Q&A: For now, Greg Behrendt is into his stand-up
Comic and writer Greg Behrendt, known for his book-turned-movie “He’s Just Not That Into You,” brings the funny to Helium Comedy Club this weekend.
Do you consider your stand-up comedy career a separate venture from your writing career? I’m Greg Behrendt, whatever it is I’m doing. When I’m writing, I’m Greg Behrendt. When I’m doing stand-up, I’m Greg Behrendt. When I’m playing in my band, I’m still Greg Behrendt. It’s all part of the same thing; it’s all part of being Greg Behrendt. … They’re all Greg Behrendt’s ideas, it’s the same guy, it’s the same essential voice. They’re not too dissimilar.
How did “He’s Just Not That Into You” change your career? It was epic at the time because the book itself was sort of a phenomenon This was sort of pre-Internet, so I had a night stand-up career building, and then I suddenly became this almost-international relationship guru, and that was a little bit of a head spin. I wasn’t ready for that. And so my crowds went from dudes to all girls, and a lot of them came out for relationship-themed comedy, which is not what I did at all. It was just what the book happened to be about because I was a consultant on “Sex and the City,” and that’s where the whole idea came from. Then (crowds) would come out, and my comedy, they liked it no doubt, but it was not what I think they thought it would be. So it was difficult for a while.
What’s next? I’m doing stand-up. To me, that’s enough. I beat cancer last summer, so for me, to be up and doing stand-up is enough, and I love it. … I’d like to do another special. I’d like to get back on “Conan.” My wife and I have another book coming up pretty soon called “How to Keep Your Marriage from Sucking,” I have another music project called “Greg Behrendt and His Flying White Falcon.” I do another podcast with a guy who’s a former punk named Bob Forrest, who’s also from “Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew, and we do a podcast about parenting called “Just Keep Them Alive.” That’s the stuff that I’m up to. There’s a couple of things that I’m really excited about but I just can’t talk about because I don’t want to jinx it. I’m very superstitious.
What Greg Behrendt • When 7:30 and 10 p.m. Feb. 26-27 • Where Helium Comedy Club, 1151 St. Louis Galleria Street • How much $15-$31 • More info 314-727-1260; heliumcomedy.com
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