Anonymous asked you:For Eugene: Hi, Eugene! As far as I know you were raised in an immigrant Jewish family. In the USSR Jewish people were known by their unique sense of humor (Odessa-city humor for instance). Were you influenced by this tradition? Thank you! - Rusty
I grew up in a family with a great sense of humor, but we were from Moscow, where the comedy tradition is mostly about avoiding being captured and sent to Siberia. So, I don’t know that I was influenced by that specifically. But I do love the Odessa Steps Sequence in Battleship Potemkin. Makes me laugh every time! Plus, that’s why I do so much montage humor today.
awriterindetox asked you:What would it take to get you to perform at my 31st birthday party?
Depending who and where you are, probably between $15000 and $30000. Not because that is what someone should pay me, but the idea of performing at a birthday sounds terrible. But, if afterwards I could buy part of a house, it would maybe be worth it? Plus, what if the show went okay?
Anonymous asked you:Eugene, have you ever asked them let you draw Gene for a entire episode of Bob’s Burgers? That would be groundbreaking stuff…
I have not. I don’t know that it would be groundbreaking, since other performers have maybe drawn stuff before, but it would definitely look terrible, so that would be nice.
jenremauro asked you:For Eugene; Where do babies come from?
When a man cums inside a woman (in her “normal zone”), if she is fertile, a baby will grow inside her. That’s what it implies in Cosmo at least.
germz-comics asked you:When will you be in vegas ??
No plans now, but maybe next time I’m on tour.
Anonymous asked you:Eugene, if you were an unconventional superhero (not the usual Marvel/DC powers), what would your powers be and what would you fight?
I would probably be like the superhero Superior or someone out of Astro City. But to distinguish myself from the traditional Marvel/ DC superhero, I would talk about the Velvet Underground and how I like pre-1978 Jethro Tull. Still, I’d probably fly and stuff. Maybe I’d have gadgets too.

That’s it for this edition of Ask a Professional Comedian. A big, sincere thanks to Eugene Mirman and to all of you who sent in questions! 
Don’t miss the premiere of Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, tomorrow night at 12am/11c.

Anonymous asked you:
For Eugene: Hi, Eugene! As far as I know you were raised in an immigrant Jewish family. In the USSR Jewish people were known by their unique sense of humor (Odessa-city humor for instance). Were you influenced by this tradition? Thank you! - Rusty

I grew up in a family with a great sense of humor, but we were from Moscow, where the comedy tradition is mostly about avoiding being captured and sent to Siberia. So, I don’t know that I was influenced by that specifically. But I do love the Odessa Steps Sequence in Battleship Potemkin. Makes me laugh every time! Plus, that’s why I do so much montage humor today.

awriterindetox asked you:
What would it take to get you to perform at my 31st birthday party?

Depending who and where you are, probably between $15000 and $30000. Not because that is what someone should pay me, but the idea of performing at a birthday sounds terrible. But, if afterwards I could buy part of a house, it would maybe be worth it? Plus, what if the show went okay?

Anonymous asked you:
Eugene, have you ever asked them let you draw Gene for a entire episode of Bob’s Burgers? That would be groundbreaking stuff…

I have not. I don’t know that it would be groundbreaking, since other performers have maybe drawn stuff before, but it would definitely look terrible, so that would be nice.

jenremauro asked you:
For Eugene; Where do babies come from?

When a man cums inside a woman (in her “normal zone”), if she is fertile, a baby will grow inside her. That’s what it implies in Cosmo at least.

germz-comics asked you:
When will you be in vegas ??

No plans now, but maybe next time I’m on tour.

Anonymous asked you:
Eugene, if you were an unconventional superhero (not the usual Marvel/DC powers), what would your powers be and what would you fight?

I would probably be like the superhero Superior or someone out of Astro City. But to distinguish myself from the traditional Marvel/ DC superhero, I would talk about the Velvet Underground and how I like pre-1978 Jethro Tull. Still, I’d probably fly and stuff. Maybe I’d have gadgets too.


That’s it for this edition of Ask a Professional Comedian. A big, sincere thanks to Eugene Mirman and to all of you who sent in questions!

Don’t miss the premiere of Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, tomorrow night at 12am/11c.

mattsturgis asked you:PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FUCKING GET A THEREMIN
A music store or Moog’s website. Just call a bunch of them.
Anonymous asked you:Where does the red fern grow?
No idea. Do you know why I have no idea? It’s because your question doesn’t have enough information for me to base an answer off of.
paulst6 asked you:This question’s for Eugene and it’s a two-parter: What do you think is the highlight of you career so far, and who do you think would win in a cage match between Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Flight of the Conchords? I’m thinking Tyson since he probably fights dirty.
I don’t really know, there are probably a few. The day I got a box of CDs of my first comedy album was amazing. I think it was my 31st birthday. Opening for Flight of the Conchords at the Hollywood bowl was pretty great. But also, lots of moments doing my comedy festival and Pretty Good Friends (with Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead) - we produce Star Talk live together, do fun outdoor shows and other stuff that I love doing.
Not sure who would win in a fight, but I do think have two people is an advantage, so all three are grown ups. I think any one of them could beat up five to 10 children.
skrillafame asked you:This question is for Eugene mirman, eugene, why in my dream did you murder my best friend? I caught you in my dream but it was too late. Thank you. Sincerely Sami stacks
I probably represent feelings you have. Maybe you both want to be comedians and I represent your id murdering your friend, even though there is no real competition in comedy because it’s all just about being able to do a good job on stage. Or maybe he is secretly fucking your girlfriend and I represent justice. One of those I bet?
mikekavanaugh asked you:If you were the head of an international crime syndicate what would you steal and why??? Show your work.
I would probably steal jewels and art. Mostly, because it sounds profitable.
Anonymous asked you:Can you convince Bret and Jemaine to revive Flight of the Conchords on American television? Maybe Comedy Central can broadcast it this time instead of HBO.
I probably can’t convince them, but when I see them, I’ll pass on your plan.
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mattsturgis asked you:
PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FUCKING GET A THEREMIN

A music store or Moog’s website. Just call a bunch of them.

Anonymous asked you:
Where does the red fern grow?

No idea. Do you know why I have no idea? It’s because your question doesn’t have enough information for me to base an answer off of.

paulst6 asked you:
This question’s for Eugene and it’s a two-parter: What do you think is the highlight of you career so far, and who do you think would win in a cage match between Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Flight of the Conchords? I’m thinking Tyson since he probably fights dirty.

I don’t really know, there are probably a few. The day I got a box of CDs of my first comedy album was amazing. I think it was my 31st birthday. Opening for Flight of the Conchords at the Hollywood bowl was pretty great. But also, lots of moments doing my comedy festival and Pretty Good Friends (with Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead) - we produce Star Talk live together, do fun outdoor shows and other stuff that I love doing.

Not sure who would win in a fight, but I do think have two people is an advantage, so all three are grown ups. I think any one of them could beat up five to 10 children.

skrillafame asked you:
This question is for Eugene mirman, eugene, why in my dream did you murder my best friend? I caught you in my dream but it was too late. Thank you. Sincerely Sami stacks

I probably represent feelings you have. Maybe you both want to be comedians and I represent your id murdering your friend, even though there is no real competition in comedy because it’s all just about being able to do a good job on stage. Or maybe he is secretly fucking your girlfriend and I represent justice. One of those I bet?

mikekavanaugh asked you:
If you were the head of an international crime syndicate what would you steal and why??? Show your work.

I would probably steal jewels and art. Mostly, because it sounds profitable.

Anonymous asked you:
Can you convince Bret and Jemaine to revive Flight of the Conchords on American television? Maybe Comedy Central can broadcast it this time instead of HBO.

I probably can’t convince them, but when I see them, I’ll pass on your plan.

Eugene Mirman is answering your questions right now. Submit them to our Ask box, then tune in to the premiere of Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, tomorrow night at 12am/11c.

Anonymous asked you:Dear Eugene, will you be releasing any DVDs that people can purchase that contain your jokes?
Yes, an extended CD/DVD of this special will be coming out sometime in January. Buy it!
its-slinkyvagabond asked you:I’ve always found your advice about doing something for ten years inspirational, so thank you. I’ve been doing a comedy show for about four years now at renaissance festivals, and am trying to move toward club gigs and stand up. How did you find the transition from open-mic to full time touring, or hosting ‘invite them up’? was it natural, or something you had to work with a lot?
Well, Invite Them Up was a show Bobby Tisdale and I started. So it’s not like it was something before that. In general, I think the transition is gradual. You do more and more legitimate things and work more and more and find yourself to be a comedian. But it’s still all freelance, even now for me, so you always have to keep coming up with projects to do. But in terms of advice, maybe perform in clubs/ cabaret spaces/ music venues where people aren’t dressed up like kings and princesses. Though it does sound fun to do that too.
utpian asked you:Hi Eugene! Do you have any intentions of remaking or reposting the Art (aka “Anguish Sandwich”) video?
I think it’s online, no? If not, I’ll post it, but I bet it’s on my website. I think it’s also on the DVD that came with my first album, The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman. So you can order that too. Check my site in the video section, you might find it.
Anonymous asked you:In 6 days I turn 18. I will have been doing comedy for 3 years and my parents may kick me out of the house. I want to go to film school. Im scared for my future. Any tips?
Yes, keep doing standup and/ or go to film school. You might have to find a place to live and a job I guess. So, do that. Keep doing it for several years. Also, maybe do it in a smaller city and in four or five years move to New York or LA. And don’t be scared. Everything is terrifying for a while but then you figure stuff out once you’re 48 I am told (I am 38, so I hope I have not been lied to).
veejjang asked you:EUGENE: How do you feel about Huey Lewis and the News?
They are very expensive to try to get to be a surprise guest on a comedy show in a small club in Brooklyn.

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Anonymous asked you:
Dear Eugene, will you be releasing any DVDs that people can purchase that contain your jokes?

Yes, an extended CD/DVD of this special will be coming out sometime in January. Buy it!

its-slinkyvagabond asked you:
I’ve always found your advice about doing something for ten years inspirational, so thank you. I’ve been doing a comedy show for about four years now at renaissance festivals, and am trying to move toward club gigs and stand up. How did you find the transition from open-mic to full time touring, or hosting ‘invite them up’? was it natural, or something you had to work with a lot?

Well, Invite Them Up was a show Bobby Tisdale and I started. So it’s not like it was something before that. In general, I think the transition is gradual. You do more and more legitimate things and work more and more and find yourself to be a comedian. But it’s still all freelance, even now for me, so you always have to keep coming up with projects to do. But in terms of advice, maybe perform in clubs/ cabaret spaces/ music venues where people aren’t dressed up like kings and princesses. Though it does sound fun to do that too.

utpian asked you:
Hi Eugene! Do you have any intentions of remaking or reposting the Art (aka “Anguish Sandwich”) video?

I think it’s online, no? If not, I’ll post it, but I bet it’s on my website. I think it’s also on the DVD that came with my first album, The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman. So you can order that too. Check my site in the video section, you might find it.

Anonymous asked you:
In 6 days I turn 18. I will have been doing comedy for 3 years and my parents may kick me out of the house. I want to go to film school. Im scared for my future. Any tips?

Yes, keep doing standup and/ or go to film school. You might have to find a place to live and a job I guess. So, do that. Keep doing it for several years. Also, maybe do it in a smaller city and in four or five years move to New York or LA. And don’t be scared. Everything is terrifying for a while but then you figure stuff out once you’re 48 I am told (I am 38, so I hope I have not been lied to).

veejjang asked you:
EUGENE: How do you feel about Huey Lewis and the News?

They are very expensive to try to get to be a surprise guest on a comedy show in a small club in Brooklyn.

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Anonymous asked you:Eugene, how long did it take you to master the theremin?
Mastering it is easy, learning to play music with it is what’s hard. I mastered it in a few months, but I can’t play any songs.
Anonymous asked you:Question for Eugene, is there any advice you can give a 19 year old who wants to get started in comedy in a lifeless city with no comedy clubs?
Well, I would say either move to a city where there are more clubs or start a comedy night. I used to do a weekly comedy show in the basement of my dorm in college, because there weren’t many places to perform. Lots of people start in the middle of nowhere, so you can too.
Anonymous asked you:Dearest Eugene, want to hang out sometime? Signed, jtfehr28
Probably not, but who knows?
edwardlikestoskateboard asked you:Eugene, what was the best thing about growing up in Massachusetts and what was the worst thing about growing up in Massachusetts?
I like Massachusetts a lot. I still go back often. I love the Boston area, western Mass and the Cape. But growing up anywhere is a little terrible, because people, especially Tweens and hockey players or teens that seem like hockey players, can be dicks. So, best part, the charm, history, seafood, woods and ocean. Worst part - shitty kids who are probably nice people now.
atreatiseonself-inquiry asked you:For Eugene Mirman: I once heard that you were introduced as the comedian king of hipsterville. How can I ascend to this title? has Reggie Watts overthrown you? (I’m a fan btw)
You should move to Brooklyn or some cool city and organize a bunch of stuff. I bet you can take over the title in three to four years. Reggie is probably five weeks away from being King. Maybe even only two?

Eugene Mirman is answering your questions right now. Submit them to our Ask box, then tune in to the premiere of Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, tomorrow night at 12am/11c.

Anonymous asked you:
Eugene, how long did it take you to master the theremin?

Mastering it is easy, learning to play music with it is what’s hard. I mastered it in a few months, but I can’t play any songs.

Anonymous asked you:
Question for Eugene, is there any advice you can give a 19 year old who wants to get started in comedy in a lifeless city with no comedy clubs?

Well, I would say either move to a city where there are more clubs or start a comedy night. I used to do a weekly comedy show in the basement of my dorm in college, because there weren’t many places to perform. Lots of people start in the middle of nowhere, so you can too.

Anonymous asked you:
Dearest Eugene, want to hang out sometime? Signed, jtfehr28

Probably not, but who knows?

edwardlikestoskateboard asked you:
Eugene, what was the best thing about growing up in Massachusetts and what was the worst thing about growing up in Massachusetts?

I like Massachusetts a lot. I still go back often. I love the Boston area, western Mass and the Cape. But growing up anywhere is a little terrible, because people, especially Tweens and hockey players or teens that seem like hockey players, can be dicks. So, best part, the charm, history, seafood, woods and ocean. Worst part - shitty kids who are probably nice people now.

atreatiseonself-inquiry asked you:
For Eugene Mirman: I once heard that you were introduced as the comedian king of hipsterville. How can I ascend to this title? has Reggie Watts overthrown you? (I’m a fan btw)

You should move to Brooklyn or some cool city and organize a bunch of stuff. I bet you can take over the title in three to four years. Reggie is probably five weeks away from being King. Maybe even only two?

Eugene Mirman is answering your questions right now. Submit them to our Ask box, then tune in to the premiere of Eugene Mirman: An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, tomorrow night at 12am/11c.

Ask a Professional Comedian: Eugene Mirman
The great Eugene Mirman’s brand new stand-up special, An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, premieres tomorrow night at 12am/11c. But first, he’s going to be answering your questions today at 1pm EST / 10am PST in the latest installment of our live Q&A series, Ask a Professional Comedian.
You can start dropping your questions in our Ask box now, but be sure to mention they’re for Eugene. In the meantime, click the image to watch a clip from the special.

Ask a Professional Comedian: Eugene Mirman

The great Eugene Mirman’s brand new stand-up special, An Evening of Comedy in a Fake Underground Laboratory, premieres tomorrow night at 12am/11c. But first, he’s going to be answering your questions today at 1pm EST / 10am PST in the latest installment of our live Q&A series, Ask a Professional Comedian.

You can start dropping your questions in our Ask box now, but be sure to mention they’re for Eugene. In the meantime, click the image to watch a clip from the special.

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Eugene Mirman in an interview promoting his new Comedy Central special coming out December 14th!