Listen: Sweden, Twitter, New York discussed on The Three Questions with Andy Richter
"It was so fortunate and they I got called in it like maybe eight months into to being in New York maybe a year. They called me into the office and I was like oh I am. I'm in trouble. They never want because you would. It was mostly in home home visits. Yeah and so I was like why would they call me in the office and they were like we really like the way you communicate to like the younger kids on the spectrum like the twelve thirteen eleven twelve thirteen year olds as opposed to the fifteen sixteen seventeen year olds preparing for college. Yeah and they were like. Do you have any like tips on this. We want to move you to like a senior level tutoring position and I was like. Oh that's this is awesome and so the the hourly rate was good enough tutoring and I was on the road a little bit doing stand up and I would like skype session with some of my kids which is like very fortunate that that technology existed by Yeah and was doing a little freelance writing for like mostly women's magazines scenes and other magazines as well but like Internet stuff. You know a couple of hundred bucks year a couple of hundred bucks there and was kind of piecing together a living. Where the tutoring made sure my rent was paid? My bills bills were paid and then the other stuff was like a was like growing enough that it felt like several side jobs as as opposed to like. Oh these are my fun creative hobbies. Yeah Yeah and so that was. I'm kind of twenty eleven. The last twenty eleven two thousand twelve two thousand thirteen was a lot of that and it was great and so the thing that kind of pivoted into like from side job do career was in in late. Two Thousand Twelve my Jack Moore and I created this very popular viral twitter account. Yeah the modern seinfeld twitter Eric. Yes which was just the premises. Like what if Seinfeld but now continued. was you know it was just like a fun. Hobby thing that we were doing and people seem to click with a lot of people on that kind of gave me and I. It was the first time I was ever like. Oh you're that guy. You're that guy who did this thing that I liked instead of like. Oh you're standup was funny. Like good to meet yes around and so it gave me all these opportunities and I'd started applying for jobs mostly in late night. Eight and I did that for like a year. Twenty thirteen was just like packet after packet. Submission materials for differently chose got higher or did a little tiny a bit of work on the street which was very encouraging and boy. He's so Just the best he had. His fastball is faster than just about anybody anybody else he. He has a gear. That people don't have any delightful. Wonderful Disney's magical great. Yeah and so I did a little of that and that was kind of like in the summer doldrums when I was like. Oh maybe my height the height of where I get is like gets to apply to jobs. Yeah and then I did. That has like ooh. Maybe maybe gets jobs as in my yeah as well and then the beginning of twenty fourteen. I started working at last week tonight. Doing they're like web social digital stuff and he did that for for year. How long a day is that so they were pretty? The days on the show are pretty humane. Yeah it was but it was weekends to was part of so we were like ten. Tend to six in the office. And then if you're working on a long script or script you gotTa signed late in the day for that week show. You might have to work until the evening especially early on. I think it took a little while for the to figure out like how long these long scripts to too right or like how long they were even going to be because I think they over the first several months like the store the main stories that they do on the show. Are you know sixteen eighteen twenty minutes and it's a lot of writing has expanded. They recalibrated like Oh this. This is the amount of lead time we need. So people aren't staying at the office super late. That's so nice really as long as there's a lot of places they don't give a shit well it's more convenient for us. Assign it to you at three PM until three Am. I always think that the secret ingredient to a show with as you put it humane ours. Is someone on in charge. Who has a happy home life and people with unhappy home life? They're going to keep you there till two o'clock in the morning because they don't WanNa go home oh yeah and all three of the EPA's he's had like families and children that they like and so it was like it was very nice because you knew that they had things they wanted to deal. Yeah and it's Ed's lovely and it. It makes him considerate of other people. It's very nice and so I did the digital and web stuff there for a year and then moved over and wrote for the show for four are you. Are you a topically quickly minded comedian. I think my standup isn't super topical. Yeah that's why that's why I asked what I I like. It stand up is more just sort of existential. Yeah it's a little personal. It's a little just like what is fascinating me at the time. Yeah especially topical stand up. I feel like unless you can get it on. TV really fast with the pace that the news moves now. It's it's like it's not durable. Yeah I'm trying to like especially. Those is years in Boston where I was only doing. Stand up and not writing other stuff. I kind of time. He like. Oh but to make something that holds it like a script that you can have and whenever someone says. Do you have a script you like. You're like Oh if this one that I'm really proud of something durable that you can take place to place and topical stuff. I think just just doesn't always have that lasting power because the news you Rick Perry is the Secretary of Energy and people are like what one hundred other things things I don't care. Yeah Yeah so but I I'm newsy minded and like kind of the social issues of the day shined it and that's what I think. Think about more so I I I liked working. I learned a lot about like who these people like. I didn't know because I read most news. I watch but like that's what it took like working there for five years I was like Oh. That's does the news. Now Yeah because he would watch the footage and go. Oh yeah all right yeah. Yeah it's all it's all show Biz. Yeah yeah now. You are married to a very talented writer. Yeah tell me how you guys met so we met. We marras crafts Mary skies so we knew each other. She's AH Brilliant person and a brilliant writer and we met we were acquainted lightly over the Internet and then a mutual friend brought me to a party he was has their own the she had this long running blog that had a lot of followers and like specifically I think all over the place but like it was. She was very plugged. Dan and is very plugged into the literary scene. Yeah and especially in New York. There were a lot of friends and peers and fans. Yeah and so she the eggs you worked in publishing for a long time so he was having a five year anniversary party for this blog. Slaughterhouse nine now. The ran for years and it was. It's very funny. And it was just a picture of screen-grabbed from a pop culture event or moment institution and then a quote from literature pitcher. And that's like exactly her sensibility. Consumer of Catholic. She just wants to sublime and they're just wants to know. Like what would Tony Morrison have to say about Jane. The Virgin Radio can we put things station And I think that that's so we met at this party. And we you made a date for we got along immediately made a date for the following it was like a stone cold sober nine. Am Breakfast date that we can. I was about to leave town and I had said the only thing I've ever done in my life got me married. which was we met at this at this party? And she said what's new with you because we knew of each other enough that we weren't like who are you. What do you do? Yeah and she goes. What's new and I go I just got booked for the stand. End Up Geoghegan's Sweden and I'm very excited as she goes. I want to go to Sweden and we had a couple of drinks and she is. I want to go to Sweden and they said well give me your phone number. We'll hang out once in America first is to make sure we don't hate each other so I had her phone number from that moment and the we parted ways after the party and I texted her the next day and they said Hey. I really good time talking with you last night. Let's hang out before enough. Time passes that it's weird that we haven't hung out yet and said we like two days later or three days later we had like a stone stone cold sober second date or first date breakfast. Yeah and we've just been dating since then and go to Sweden with you. She did not go to sleep. Okay 'cause I was his age. Who did an incredible? Wow but also to like. That's a big swing is no and also my family. My immediate family. My parents had never ever been to Europe. I also had not at that point and so I was like I'm going for work. You guys should come because you never take trips this bag and you I think adjust retired or about not. Just it's like everybody's going to speak English. It'll be easy Sweden. We went to London for days afterwards days afterwards which awesome again we and that was I think like even more their speed because it was a cool different cultural experience but without kind of the stress of like what are those letters and punctuation. Which Meteo? Yeah I'm like I get so nervous about international travel where I'm like. I don't know Italian and it's like a and I feel so self conscious of the idea of like going from a phrasebook or an APP yeah yeah. It's yeah I the first time because I never traveled and then shortly after it was probably like nineteen ninety for so in. My sister-in-law was Working in his no pair in France and we flew to Paris to meet her and when we landed I had like a panic attack of like. I don't speak the language here here. What happens if I get separated from everyone and night you know and I was like well what happens? You know. It's like you have a credit card. Yes you get on a plane and go home. Argue argued there definitely. was that fear of you. Know you go to a foreign land but now I mean now. It's kind of like you so every time. We went to Italy last summer and I signed up for some APP. Because it's like I'm GONNA. I know a little bit of restaurant Italian but I was like I'm going to do more. They didn't do anything. Yeah fine. We went to Greece for honeymoon. And I truly this. I've talked about it on stage but truly was blown away because I did no preparation. I didn't even really consider until I got on the plane and like from the airplane WIFI downloaded a translation happening punched in one word and I was like. I don't even know what these letters sound like. How do you say why does it? Yeah it's just like I fully punted. I'll I'll things for a week. Yeah there's I am not prepared for this. Well we've covered a lot of where you come from now. Let's go to where do you. What's what's next for you? I mean do do you have are you A. Are you a set goals. Kind of person I tried to. I tried to set goals but I also try to be more open to like going with the flow because I I think I I set short term goals. That's what I'm pretty good at setting short term goals and generally achieving them. Yeah so like I'm I'm pretty good at going. I want to write this project and get it done in roughly this period of time. Yeah I'm less. I don't have like a true five year plan in five years. I want to be doing this kind of thing. And I'll just make my way and manifested into the world. I'm a lot better being like well. I need a new five minute tape so I can and send it out to television. Booker's I can do another set on television. That feels very manageable to me right exactly. It's it's like instead of. Yeah you're you're laying tracks for train. That's one rail at a time so that makes sense. Oh there's there's a mountain there I guess I guess my track goes this way down or up and over our. That's true I'm I'm like not I don't have that kind of like vision confidence to like look towards the mountains and be you like going to be a train through you motherfucker. Yeah Yeah No I. I still one of the things that I struggle with is is the goals that I would have and the things 'cause forever I mean I.."