Comedian Paul Virzy discusses his very funny Netflix special

You know when you’re scrolling through Netflix and you see something new and you think, “Hmm, wonder if that’s any good?” Well when you meet Paul Virzi: Nocturnal EntranceWell, I have an answer for you: yes. very nice.


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nocturnal penetration Comedian Paul Virzy has a second-hour special, which mixes his hilarious thoughts on the state of the world we live in, with stories about his father, his wife and kids, and the overall craziness we all face. Should be done everyday. It was directed by Pete Davidson and produced by a lineup of comedy greats including: bill baruwith whom Virzi co-hosts the podcast better than anything,

I had the pleasure of talking with a very funny (and fellow Sicilian!) guy for an upcoming episode of Entrepreneur’s Get a Real podcast. We discussed the valuable lessons he learned while working as a door-to-door salesman, which Italian Jedis were disappointingly lacking. star wars The universe, and the importance of being an authentic voice in comedy (or whatever you do.) Here are excerpts from that conversation, edited for length and clarity. (To hear when Paul’s episode drops, please subscribe get a real job Feather Apple, SpotifyOr your favorite podcast platform.)

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comedy end point

“If I bring up something, whether it’s Trump or Biden or a COVID vaccine, I’m just trying to make everyone laugh and make fun of the craziness of everything. I’m not trying to school anybody on anything I’m not trying to tell anyone what they’re thinking is wrong. I always want my comedy to make you laugh. I make fun of everything and everyone.”

near-death of a salesperson

“When I was 21, I was knocking on doors selling internet-phone-cables. Thinking in a nutshell, it was like coming in front of an audience knocking on the door. Sometimes you get people like, ‘Sure, in Come on. You want a cup of tea?’ And then you’ll find people who will say, ‘Get out of here. Don’t ask me again. I’ll come out and kill you.’ I guess that’s why they gave us hard hats to wear. But I learned a lot doing it, literally in my face with doors open or closed. It gives you thicker skin and makes you realize that sometimes you are a Knock on the door and close the sale a gold package. And in comedy, you keep it and one day a door opens and you get the Montreal Comedy Festival.”

support through struggle

“My wife has been very supportive from the beginning. You know, we lived in tiny little apartments in Westchester. I lived with my brother in Manhattan for a year. I basically did everything I could I used to compete. I wasn’t making any money, there was no manager, but I kept going. And then, you know, someone looks at you and they go, ‘You’re having a lot of fun. You’re here for me.’ Why don’t you come to the show?’ And I built on that, I was able to send stuff out. I got my first manager when I was about six years old in it and things just kept going and going from there.”

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success is the best revenge

“There were bookers and club owners who didn’t believe me, who put me in a box as a ‘New York boy’.” But then I toured the country, toured Europe, and I remember this one guy who dismissed me saying, ‘Oh, I’ll love you.’ Now I always thought I’d be that guy – because I’m Sicilian – to get away from people like that, but then you don’t want to. It is better to silently tell them that they were wrong. Goal’s like just getting out of a Maserati and shaking their hands and being like, ‘How are you doing?'”

authenticity is king

“The best piece of advice I’ve received and the advice I’d give to young comics is to be true to yourself. Because then your true voice will come on stage sooner. It may take ten years or so to really find it . Your voice. When I first started, I had this fake anger on stage. And my roommate was like, ‘Paul, you’re a good guy. That’s not you.’ And once you get real about things, you get to have really fun stuff. I think it makes sense to try to emulate someone who knows you’re in everything you’re going through. Admire, but ultimately, you have to be yourself or nothing.”

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Italian Iron Man?

“Comedy will always be a first for me, but there are parts of me coming out in movies that I’m excited about. You know, we need more Italian people. There’s no Italian in that. Harry Potter – No Italian magicians! I ain’t no italians Star Wars. So who knows? Maybe, God willing, people look special and I’m the new Italian superhero.”