Season 1, Episode 5: Jimmy Brogan
PLEASE NOTE: This interview was conducted right before the outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. As we all grapple with the severity of this pandemic, we hope that this podcast will help to nourish your soul and make you laugh a little as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Stay healthy and safe!
Our guest on this episode is legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jimmy Brogan. Jimmy is revered in the comedy profession as one of the all-time greats - a witty, clever innovator who has a legion of followers. Jimmy's impressive background includes numerous appearances on the talk show circuit including multiple performances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman.
He has hosted Laffathon on Showtime, Comic Strip Live on Fox, and hosted The Late Show on Fox after Joan Rivers left the show. For 9 years he was a writer and talent coordinator for the Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and appeared many times on the show with Jay doing stand-up routines, in written comedy pieces and in remote segments. As an actor, he starred in his own ABC sitcom Out of the Blue and has appeared in major films such as Punchline with Tom Hanks, The Informant with Matt Damon and Bridesmaids with Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.
Jimmy is well known in the comedy clubs for his off the cuff ad lib-style act. The Los Angeles Times has called him “an absolute master at interacting with the crowd” and says, “he elevates crowd interaction to a high art.”
In this podcast, Jimmy shares memories from his early career days and peppers the conversation with fascinating and funny stories about the comedy business, famous friends he has worked with along the way, and his views on how to find your passion.