10 Best Comedian Interviews of 2013
Courtesy of Doug Stanhope Doug Stanhope is Arizona's darkest comedian.
Jackalope Ranch interviewed a slew of comedians in 2013. Here are the 10 best talks we had with some of the world's funniest folks.
See also: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2013
Doug Stanhope Is Arizona's Darkest Comedian
By Jason P. Woodbury
"Most comics are pretty dark people," Doug Stanhope says.
Few comics are quite as dark -- or willing to get as pitch black -- as Stanhope. Our conversation with him, following the terrible news that his best friends and Bisbee neighbors Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, had passed away, understandably went painful places. You can read that part of our interview here. But Stanhope excels at drawing out the humor inherent in the worst news; for better or worse, Stanhope is Arizona's gallows funnyman. Read more.
Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC Aidy Bryant made a return trip to Phoenix.
Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant on Real Housewives Addiction and How Kristen Wiig's The Best
By Becky Bartkowski
Look. We know plenty of people want to claim Aidy Bryant as their own. She lives in New York. She made a name for herself in Chicago. But we Phoenicians really should have first dibs on the Saturday Night Live performer. A few reasons: Her fam lives here (her mom Georganne owns one of our fave boutiques, Frances). When we recently spoke with her she wasn't kicking it in the Big Apple, but chilling in Yuma on her way to a family vacation. Plus, she told us how her career in comedy really started off in Phoenix, where she attended high school at Xavier Prep (she did the morning announcements) and found theatrical mentors around town who inspired her to pursue a career as a professionally funny person. Read more.