Judah Friedlander Says His Shows at Stand Up Live in Phoenix Will Give You a Six Pack
Whether you know him as Frank Rossitano from 30 Rock, Toby Radloff from American Splendor, or as his guest characters on Flight of the Conchords or Curb Your Enthusiasm, Judah Friedlander is one thing and one thing only: The World Champion.
Courtesy of Stand Up Live The World Champion, Judah Friedlander will be at Stand Up Live Thursday through Saturday.
The 44-year-old comedian has been performing stand-up for more than 20 years now, and he's bringing his routine to Phoenix on Thursday for a three-day stint at Stand Up Live.
Friedlander is the self-proclaimed Champion of the World, and it's become his selling point. He used his champion status to publish a book in 2010 called How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book in which he teaches readers to, you guessed it, beat up anybody.
The seasoned performer, famous for his deadpan delivery and quippy trucker hats, has been touring the world for the last five months. The World Champion (the title with which he signs his e-mails) took a quick break to talk with Jackalope Ranch via e-mail.
As you approach the tail end of your tour, what would you say was your favorite moment or show from the last few months?
Performing in Sweden. They were a great crowd. My opening acts performed comedy in Swedish. And I performed in English. The audience did not miss a beat. They speak fluent English, seem to know American politics better than most Americans, and it's easier to understand them speaking English than it is for me to understand half of the people in England when they speak English. And they're a good mix of energetic and polite. And they like twisted dark stuff as well.
What about in a bigger scope? Your extra-dark black belt not withstanding, what would you say has been the biggest accomplishment of your career?
I have not made that happen yet. But I will. I feel like I am still in the Rocky 1 phase of my career. I've been doing stand-up for well over 20 years, but have yet to get my shot at the title. By next year I will release a stand-up comedy album and stand-up comedy concert movie. Those are the two immediate big projects that I'm working on.
Explain the theme your stand-up routine in as few words as possible.
Winner. America. Justice. Karate. Future President. Global Sex Symbol. Role model to children.