To kick start our week of MTV2 and show Guy Code’s official take over of ComedyHype.Com, we talk with cast member Andrew Schulz. The New York city based comedian shares his thoughts on style in comedy, Guy Code, new show Jobs That Don’t Suck on MTV2, entrepreneurship, and podcast with Charlamagne Tha God. Tune in to new episodes of Guy Code Wednesdays at 11PM/10c on MTV2.
CH: DESCRIBE YOUR START IN COMEDY AND HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN FULL TIME?
AS – I’ve been doing comedy seven years since the first time I went onstage, full-time, three or four years. In New York, once you start to break into clubs you can actually make money performing the New York clubs, like enough to live. I broke into the clubs pretty early for a comic here in NY, and then obviously once I got on Guy Code, I was able to eat.
CH: YOU SEEM PRETTY INTO STYLE, HOW IMPORTANT IS FASHION WHILE ON STAGE?
AS – If you look at white comedians, most of them are fucking losers and then they found comedy and it was a great creative outlet for them. They were able to be funny and be social for 15 minutes and be normal. I just think that in weirdo white culture, sneakers aren’t really important, clothes aren’t really important. I’m sure Kevin Hart puts a lot more effort into his outfit then Louis CK. It’s not a color thing, it’s a culture thing. I grew up in New York City so I’m a product of that environment. You wanted to have those 11s when they came out, you knew what was coming out, you know what jeans were hot and you knew you wanted to have a fucking fitted hat and left the sticker on. I don’t want to be too fly on stage though, because it’s unlikeable. I’m cool. I don’t want it to be like a fashion show because comedy you want people to be on your side. You don’t want to walk on stage and people are like, “Who is this motherfucker who thinks he’s the shit?” Look at this guy wearing leather…
CH: SOME COMEDIANS USE THEIR STAGE IMAGE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS?
AS – I think there’s something to that as well, but sometimes that feeds into the character because if you have a fat slob and he dresses like a fat slob and all his jokes are about him being a fat slob. Then that’s consistent.
CH: WHAT’S YOUR THOUGHTS ON DRAKE’S DEAL WITH JORDAN BRAND?
AS – Wait!… Drake? So Jordan is making a brand of stilettos now? Why would Jordan reach out to Drake for a pair of sneakers? This is a bad business decision realistically. No dude fucks with Drake. Maybe he’s a nice guy. I don’t know… Girls fuck with Drake, so reach out to Drake for a fucking perfume or something. Don’t do a sneaker. Sneakers are one of the few things that dudes wear to impress other dudes. That’s all it is. You got to go to a guy that’s really affecting the culture.
CH: ANY FUTURE AIR SCHULZ SNEAKERS IN THE FUTURE?
AS – I’m all about building a strong brand and have things trickle off of it. I definitely want my own sneaker. Apparently a comedian already has one. I want to talk to Nike about that shit! I would like to have a sneaker but it wouldn’t have to be like the number one selling sneaker. It would just be dope for the people who knew about it. It doesn’t have to be huge or anything.
CH: A LOUIS CK SNEAKER WOULD BE…?
AS- Louis CK can have a nice New Balance. I think he could have a nice Saucony or New Balance. I think he’d be good with one of those. It would have to be the right situation.
CH: HOW DID THE SHOW “JOBS THAT DON’T SUCK” HAPPEN?
AS- MTV, after they had chosen the jobs, basically brought me in. When it was time to create the show writing wise, they brought me and another comedian in and we wrote it out. It’s basically about people turning their side hustle into their main hustle. It’s a bunch of people who had hobbies and stuff and they found a way to monetize it and now they get to do what they love. So that’s dope!
CH: ON THE SHOW THERE ARE A LOT OF “JOBS THAT DON’T SUCK” PERTAINING TO THE INTERNET SUCH AS RAP GENIUS. IS HUSTLING ON THE INTERNET THE NEW THING?
AS – Yeah a lot of kids are utilizing the Internet. We had a talk with foobeast.com. Food Beast is the hypebeast.com of food basically. They saw what Hype Beast was doing. These kids were in college. Eli saw what Hype Beast was doing and was like “That’s cool what they do for clothes; I want to do it for food.” He started writing reviews of food and the shit blew up over the Internet. Now that’s what he does for a living. Doritos sends him their new shit, he tries them and he writes a review for them. And that’s what the Internet is for. Kind of like what you guys are doing too be honest… you have a website, people have an interest, you have a niche market and you put stuff out there and when people are like, “I want some comedy news, I’m going to Comedy Hype”
CH: WHAT WAS YOUR WORST JOB?
AS – I managed a restaurant, which was fucking horrible. You’re a babysitter for grown-ups who don’t want to be there. You have to walk up to a grown man that’s 10 years older than you and say, “Hey did you remember to fill up the salt? Did you do that? Well… why don’t you go do that? Can you do that for me?” I mean, like I give a fuck! But there’s a lot of fake giving a fuck. My other horrible job was when I worked retail. I’ve got flat feet. I don’t like standing. I had to fold shit! That’s annoying. Those were my jobs that I hated the most.
CH: DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF YOU BECOMING A CAST MEMBER ON GUY CODE?
AS – They saw me do stand-up. Then they brought me in to MTV for this New Year’s thing and after that, Guy Code came around and they let me audition and they liked it. They just had me on and at the time I didn’t have a contract. I would just do an episode and if they liked it, they would bring me back for another episode and so forth. That was the most anxiety-ridden time of my life, just hoping that they enjoy what you’re doing. If you have a bad day you’re like, “Man am I done? Is that it? Did I not talk about shaving my balls the right way?” But they fucked with me and it changed my life.
CH: WHICH CAST MEMBER DO YOU THINK BREAKS THE MOST GUY CODE?
AS- Charlamagne! The way he puts on lip balm. Somebody has to make a gif of this, it’s the weirdest thing! He puts his fingers like way too deep in his mouth so it’s definitely a violation there. But everybody breaks it, everybody breaks guy code. That’s the cool thing about it, everybody breaks it, we’re all going to break it, nobodies perfect.
CH: WHAT DO YOU THINK A LIL DUVAL GOOD ASS NIGHT WOULD CONSIST OF?
AS – It will be at a tropical island where the people are really poor so he could take advantage of them and he would like stay in a bungalow. It would involve his girlfriend. I don’t know if this is his girlfriend or a photographer because you never really see pictures of the girl. It would be her taking pictures of him alone on the beach, taking pictures of him making these pondering thoughts. Duval loves to have these type of pictures ’cause it makes him look like he’s really thinking about something. Every picture he’s probably thinking, “Why does he have on these ugly neon orange and green fucking sneakers in every picture?” I think he will go back to the hotel room, maybe have his girlfriend help him get up into the bed, then he’ll probably take care of business with this girl. Then some other girl too, because his girl is cool with that, which is fucking phenomenal! Then his girl and the other girl will probably go to sleep.
CH: YOUR PODCAST “BRILLIANT IDIOTS” WITH CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD, HOW’D IT COME ABOUT?
AS – We were number one for about a week. But we dropped down to number seven. We’re fucking with the big dogs, which is cool. It’s a great outlet for me because you get to hear my POV. As a comedian, the most valuable asset you have is your POV. That’s what sustains your career. The other day I was at Comedy Cellar and Chris rock walked in and we just started chopping it up about the Donald Sterling situation. I wanted to know Chris Rock’s opinion about that. So that’s my goal, to become a point of view that people want to hear and I think Brilliant Idiots is a great opportunity for that. I think Guy Code and Girl Code as well are good stepping-stones for that cause you get to give your point of views. But with Brilliant Idiots you get to stretch that out. It’s just Charlamagne and me for an hour chopping it up about shit, giving our opinions and being funny.
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