Comedian Tom Papa: Audiences are ‘craving sincerity right now’

Comedian Tom Papa, whose fourth hourlong stand-up specific, You’re Doing Great!, streams Tuesday on Netflix, talked about he takes “pride in not being a cynical comedian.”

Papa, 51, co-host of What A Joke With Papa And Fortune on SiriusXM’s Netflix Channel, suggested UPI within the newest interview that the title of You’re Doing Great! is meant to be taken at face price, with no trace of irony.

“I actually take pride in not being a cynical comedian,” talked about Papa, who can be a writer and performer for nationally syndicated radio current Live From Here. “I think most comedy lives in the negative space. I’m naturally an optimist, and I realized I can be positive and hopeful and be funny at the same time. That’s what I want people to realize. ‘You’re doing great’ actually means that you are winning if you have a simple, good life.”

The performer talked about he feels comedy already has “enough people that deal in irony and cynicism,” liberating him as a lot as be additional “positive and sincere,” even when it usually is prone to be seen as “corny” to some audiences.

“I think we’re kind of craving sincerity right now, and I’m not afraid to say that I really enjoy something or I really think there’s a reason for optimism. Sincerity is sometimes laughed at by the cool kids, but that’s the world I deal with.”

Papa talked about the sincerity in his comedy outcomes from his character and worldview.

“I think as you develop as a comedian through the years, if you’re striving for anything, it’s to be more honest and truthful. And it’s only with developing more skill and better writing that I was able to translate what I really am into my stand-up,” he talked about.

Timeless comedy

You’re Doing Great! affords largely with tales and observations stemming from Papa’s life and relationships alongside together with his family. He talked about holding matters like politics and world events out of his supplies is an acutely conscious decision impressed partially by comedian and actor Lily Tomlin.

“She was talking about how she likes to deal with comedy that’s timeless. Current event comedy is disposed of much quicker. You talk about something in the news and it’s gone inside of a couple of months. That really resonated with me, because the places I like to write about are family stuff, aging, anxiety — things that are more timeless.”

Some of in all probability essentially the most excellent characters in Papa’s comedy are his family — his mom and father, partner and two daughters.

“My wife’s got a great sense of humor about it, my parents a little less so, because they get teased by their friends. My kids, I’m not even sure that they know I’m a comedian,” he laughed.

Papa can also be on the brink of launch information in May titled You’re Doing Great!: And Other Reasons to Stay Alive. He talked about the information has additional in widespread alongside together with his stand-up specific than merely the title, however, it absolutely’s higher than a mere transcription of his comedy.

“A couple of the jokes from the special are mentioned in the book, but in a book, you get to expand on it a lot more and go much deeper. Take that same theme and go much further with it,” he talked about.

Both the actual and the information deal carefully with the considered overcoming feelings of inadequacy.

“We have this overwhelming feeling in the culture that we’re not doing enough, and that we’re falling behind our neighbors and other people in the culture, like when you see people on social media,” Papa talked about. “I just took stock of that and realized, ‘No, we’re actually doing pretty great, this is what life is. A simple life is what wins.'”

Writing vs. Improvising

Papa moreover lends his comedic sensibilities to What A Joke With Papa And Fortune, the SiriusXM radio current he hosts with fellow comedian Fortune Feimster. He talked about stand-up and radio might seem superficially comparable, nevertheless, he sees them as “totally different forms.”

“I was actually talking with my friend, Nikki Glaser, the other day, and she was saying her radio show was helping her develop a lot of material for her act,” Papa recalled.

He talked about the other comedian’s perspective was surprising “because I haven’t gotten anything from the radio show that’s been in my act. I do see them as really, really different.”

Papa talked about he sees himself as an additional of the writer.

“I think that’s where I’m spending most of my time and what I really enjoy doing,” Papa talked about. “This is the second information in a number of years. I write for Life From Here, do my ‘Out. In. America.’ monologue, and I’ve acquired scripts and I’m writing my stand-up — I’m writing regularly.”

Papa talked about he has some “improvisational skill,” which he locations to utilize all through his stand-up act when he’s “riffing off the audience.”

“I think that’s the closest to what’s happening on the radio. But I would never say I’m an improviser. I’m definitely a writer first,” he talked about.

Papa talked about he has acknowledged the following place he desires to verify his writing talents: the massive show.

“I’ve written on movies, but I’ve never created my own film,” Papa talked about. “I’m starting to get that kind of itch. … While I think it’s a way away, and I don’t even have a clear idea of what I would do with it, I am for the first time starting to think of that.”

The multitalented entertainer talked about that whatever the place his totally different initiatives lead him, he has no plans to give up stand-up comedy.

“Since I was in seventh grade, this is what I wanted to do,” he talked about. “I wanted to do it because I like making people snicker, and I knew that I would do it as a baby. There’s one factor merely genuinely gratifying about all of us getting collectively and sharing enjoyable about these widespread experiences and anxieties and tensions that we’re all dealing with. It’s merely in all probability essentially the most alive, relatable, gratifying issue you are in a position to do.

“I like writing, and I like placing out my books, and I am going to do this for a very long time, however that is a distinct form of satisfaction. It’s not purely as a lot enjoyable as strolling right into a membership or a theater and doing all your activities. Nothing comes near that.”

Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great! begins streaming Tuesday on Netflix.

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