When I remind Gary Gulman on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast that this 12 months marks the fifteenth anniversary of Dane Cook dinner’s Tourgasm actuality present, which first aired on HBO in 2006, the comic replies, “I hadn’t considered that. Wow. Are they celebrating it in any manner?”
The speedy impression that he provides off is that he would slightly overlook about his time touring the nation in what he now describes as a real-life Entourage starring Cook dinner as a immediately well-known famous person surrounded on tour by his still-struggling comic associates: Gulman, Robert Kelly, and Jay Davis.
What began as a hopeful bid to boost his comedy profile ended up being a reasonably “depressing” expertise for Gulman, who has since opened up about his struggles with melancholy and anxiousness, most notably in his recent stand-up special The Great Depresh.
Throughout our podcast dialog, I requested Gulman to replicate on this odd slice of mid-2000s comedy nostalgia, together with the true cause that he briefly bailed on the tour halfway by way of and virtually didn’t come again.
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The place have been you in your profession at the moment while you ended up getting the chance to be a part of that tour and what ended up being a actuality present, which possibly you didn’t know while you signed as much as be on the tour?
I had simply been on Final Comedian Standing. So I had accomplished some TV and was promoting tickets alone. However the attention-grabbing factor was that it dissipated actually rapidly. I used to be kind of again the place I began after the present went off the air. It was short-lived. I imply, it was just about a summer season and fall of being the flavour of the month. After which simply going again to essentially hustling to promote even a small quantity of tickets. And it was irritating as a result of all I needed to do was to have the ability to tour and get out and earn my residing as a humorist. And it was subsequent to inconceivable, it was an actual wrestle. In order that’s the place I used to be. I had simply come off Final Comedian Standing possibly six months prior and we have been capturing that present [Tourgasm], nevertheless it was on spec, as they are saying in present enterprise while you don’t have any cash. No one’s paying you to do it. Dane was simply filming it on his personal, and I suppose deliberate to both promote it to his followers on his web site or promote it to a community. After which by the point that tour was over, he was the flavour of the last decade. I imply, individuals have been going loopy to try to work with him. And so he offered it to HBO and so they produced a collection out of all this footage that, trying again on it, I had no concept anyone was ever going to see it. So I simply was pleased to be depressing your entire time.
What was your response while you noticed it?
I bear in mind considering to myself, had I identified anyone was going to see it, I wouldn’t have been so depressing and possibly I might have been on higher habits. However within the second, I simply thought it was form of cool. And once more, I hoped it will assist me to promote tickets. Robert Kelly and I went out on a tour [after it aired], however the present was about Dane and we didn’t promote that many tickets.
They needed to see Dane.
They needed to see Dane. I imply, present enterprise is humbling by itself. And then you definitely get these extra-special humblings. And so it was enjoyable to be out on the highway with Robert Kelly. We had a extremely good time. We had been waiters collectively rising up in Boston, doing comedy, so we had a extremely lengthy historical past collectively. However it was actually humbling. I used to be actually attempting to come back to phrases with the thought of being a kind of a Robin or a Scottie Pippen to Dane’s Batman or Michael Jordan.
Not what you imagined for your self?
Nicely, in your thirties, in present enterprise, it’s very aggressive and your ego will get concerned and that makes it very, very painful. So I’m glad I did it as a result of if I didn’t do it, I might have regretted not doing it. However on the similar time, I want individuals hadn’t seen me being so sad. And I imply, I used to be actually depressed on that tour, as a result of it was simply very exhausting to get any sleep and I couldn’t do plenty of the issues that I did again then to keep up my sanity, like exercising and writing and attempting out new jokes. And simply being in any individual else’s orbit at that time in my profession was not simple for me.
I imply, it was additionally a really bro-y vibe on that bus from what I can inform—
Which doesn’t precisely fit your needs as I do know you now. So I’m questioning for those who didn’t slot in very properly with that scene.
Proper, yeah, the attention-grabbing factor is that I seem like a bro—
Visually, you slot in nice!
Yeah, bodily I’m a bro, however internally I’m extra of the man who works on the espresso store and, and reads Camus late into the night time.
“I’m bodily a bro, however internally I’m extra of the man who works on the espresso store and, and reads Camus late into the night time.”
Then you definitely kind of had a mysterious disappearance in the midst of the present, which they tried to mine some drama out of.
Yeah, they dramatized it. However the reality was I had a school gig that was paying greater than your entire tour paid me.
That’s not good. That doesn’t converse extremely of the tour.
Yeah, the tour was not very profitable. That unique one the place we simply went out, it hadn’t been offered to HBO but. So I wanted to just accept the gig. And so I missed a few days and, I’ll say, I dragged my ft to get again on the tour. I held out so long as I might.
I used to be going to ask, how shut have been you to not going again?
I used to be on the cellphone to my supervisor asking them to get me a flight out of, I feel it was Villanova, to return to LA. As a result of I had reached my limits so far as how lengthy I might keep on a bus sleeping with three different guys. And consuming poorly and never getting any train. So, yeah, it was a nightmare.
Nicely, it’s fairly a doc of what comedy was like in 2005, 2006.
Yeah. I imply, in some methods it was kind of a real-life Entourage. It has an identical kind of arc the place this man, who isn’t all that well-known, abruptly he’s tremendous well-known and his associates have been there to witness it. And I don’t know the way properly anyone dealt with it.
Subsequent week on ‘The Last Laugh’ podcast: Humorist Taylor Tomlinson.