Judah Friedlander - The Dramatic Punchlines of "If the Raindrops United"

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Comedian Judah Friedlander explains the inspiration behind his signature look and discusses "If the Raindrops United," his book of satirical illustrations. (6:11)

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MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A VERY FUNNYMAN WITH A NEW BOOK CALLED

"IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED."

PLEASE WELCOME JUDAHFRIEDLANDER.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE.

>> Trevor: WHAT WERE YOULOOKING AT?

THERE'S AN AUDIENCE HERE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Trevor: WHO DO YOU THINKBRINGS THE LAUGHTER TO THE SHOW?

>> I'M SAYING THERE'SGOOD-LOOKING CROWDS AND THERE'S

GOOD-LOOKING CROWDS, AND YOUBRING IT, DUDE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

SOLID.

>> Trevor: THANKS FOR COMINGMAN.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Trevor: LOOKING GOOD.

STILL THE WORLD CHAMPION?

>> STILL THE WORLD CHAMP.

>> Trevor: I ALWAYS WANTED TOKNOW THIS.

WHAT ARE YOU THE WORLD CHAMPIONOF?

>> THE WORLD.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AREBASICALLY DEATH MATCHES FOR

CHARITY.

BUT AS THE WORLD CHAMPION, I'MNOT JUST THIS GREAT ATHLETE.

I'M ALSO A CHAMPION WHO STANDSUP FOR THE WORLD, AND THE PEOPLE

OF THE WORLD.

THANK YOU, ONE PERSON.

( APPLAUSE )

>> Trevor: IS THIS LIKE--I REMEMBER-- I THINK THE FIRST

TIME I SAW YOU WAS "30 ROCK"AND THEN I SAW YOU IN REAL LIFE

AT THE COMEDY CELLAR.

THAT'S WHERE WE MET.

>> YUP, YUP.

>> Trevor: AND I REMEMBERWONDERING, LIKE, IS THIS A LOOK

THAT YOU PLANNED?

( LAUGHTER )

>> NO --

>> Trevor: DID YOU JUST STUMBLEINTO IT?

>> I DON'T THINK I PLANNEDANYTHING IN MY LIFE.

I THINK IT JUST HAPPENED.

WHEN YOU'RE PERFECT, THINGS JUSTNATURALLY COME TOGETHER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THANK YOU THREE PEOPLE.

>> Trevor: I THINK YOU'REGOING UP, ONE, THREE-- AND THE

HATS.

WHO MAKES YOUR HATS?

I HAVE NEVER SEEN THOSE INSTORES?

>> THIS SAYS WORLD CHAMPION INMERMAID LANGUAGE.

( LAUGHTER )

THE LAST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSWERE HELD UNDERWATER, SO THE

MERMAID --

>> Trevor: SO THE KARATE DEATHMATCH WAS UNDERWATER.

>> UNDERWATER, YEAH.

>> Trevor: HUMANS ONLY?

>> YES, THIS ONE WAS.

>> Trevor: MAKES SENSE.

>> MERMAIDS ARE A VERYDISCRIMINATED PEOPLE, YOU KNOW.

>> Trevor: BECAUSE THEY'RE NOTPEOPLE.

>> WELL, THEY ARE, THEY'RE HALFPEOPLE.

SO I THINK THAT COUNTS.

BASICALLY, WITH POLLUTION, THEMERMAID POPULATION IS DECLINING

AND NOBODY IS DOING ANYTHINGABOUT IT.

SO I JUST EYEWARE THE HAT ALSOOUT OF RESPECT FOR THEM.

>> Trevor: WE HAVE A LOT OFMERMAID FANS.

THEY'LL APPRECIATE THAT.

WERE YOU GUYS MERMAIDS?

( LAUGHTER )

>> THAT'S WHY SHARK ATTACKS AREON THE RISE.

YOU KNOW, THE MERMAID POPULATIONHAS DECLINED.

SHARK ATTACKS COMING UP.

THINK ABOUT IT, PUT IT TOGETHER.

>> Trevor: YOU HAVE ALL THESEISSUES GOING.

WOULD YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT?

>> NO I WOULD STAND FORPRESIDENT.

RUNNING MEANS YOU'RE SCARED.

I WOULD DEFINITELY STAND FORPRESIDENT.

AND I JUST MIGHT.

I MIGHT WIN IT.

I THINK I MIGHT.

>> Trevor: YOU ARE THESTRANGEST HUMAN BEING IN THE

WORLD.

I LIKE YOU.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BOOK.

>> SURE.

>> Trevor: HOW DID JUDAHFRIEDLANDER COME TO WRITE A

BOOK?

LIKE-- IS THIS A BOOK WE SHOULDTAKE SERIOUSLY?

IS THIS--

>> YES, THIS IS A BOOK.

IT'S A BOOK OF DRAWINGS ANDCARTOONS, AND THERE'S EVEN A

MINICOMIC BOOK INSIDE OF IT.

BUT IT'S A BOOK THAT IS MOSTLYCOMEDY.

IT'S, LIKE, ALMOST ALL COMEDY,BUT OF THE 50% OF IT THAT'S

COMEDY, I'D SAY 50% OF IT ISLIKE DARK SATIRE ABOUT SERIOUS

ISSUES.

>> Trevor: SO 25% OF THE BOOKIS COMEDY.

>> NO, NO, THE BOOK IS, LIKE,98% COMEDY.

AND A FEW OF THEM ARE JUST,LIKE, STRAIGHT-UP SERIOUS, A

DRAMATIC PUNCHLINE.

>> Trevor: I NOTICED THAT.

WHEN YOU FIRST START READING THEBOOK YOU'RE LIKE THIS IS JUDAH

MESSING AROUND, LIKE DOODLEDRAWINGS.

AND THEN IT GETS REALLY, REALLYDARK.

I WANTED TO BRING THEM UP.

>> COOL.

>> Trevor: THERE ARE SOMEIMAGES WE HAVE HERE-- I CALL IN

THE AMERICAN WAY, AND IT'S-- YOUKNOW, AMERICA PROVIDING MORE

FREE HOUSING THAN ANY OTHERCOUNTRY.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE-- WE HAVE 2.5MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS-- IN

PRISONS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICHMEANS THAT WE IS A GOVERNMENT

THAT CARES ABOUT US ENOUGH TOGIVE 2.5 MILLION OF US FREE

HOUSING AND MEALS.

( LAUGHTER )

AND SOME OF THEM GET A LIFETIMESUPPLY.

THEY CAN'T EVEN SAY NO.

YOU KNOW?

THAT'S WHY WE'RE NUMBER ONE.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RENUMBER ONE.

>> Trevor: ONE OF THE REASONS.

DID YOU SOME BEAUTIFUL PICTURESLIKE THIS ONE HERE.

>> THIS IS JUST MY COMMENT ONWHAT I THINK SOCIETY HAS COME

TO.

IT'S LIKE PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOWEACH OTHER DON'T TALK TO EACH

OTHER ANYMORE, AND STRANGERSDON'T TALK TO ANYBODY ANYMORE.

IF GO UP AND TALK TO A STRANGERNOW, THEY CALL THE COPS OR

SOMETHING, IT'S WEIRD.

WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE KID ANDYOUR PARENTS SAID, "DON'T TALK

TO STRANGERS."

THEY DIDN'T MEAN FOREVER.

IT'S OKAY TO SAY HELLO TOSOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Trevor: JUST WHEN YOU'REOLD ENOUGH.

I WONDER IF WE CAN GET THATIMAGE-- I MEAN, THIS IS--

>> YEAH--

>> Trevor: PEOPLE STANDING INLINE.

>> SO YOU HAVE PEOPLE STANDINGIN LINE TO BUY $50 GLUTEN-FREE

DONUTS --

>> Trevor: IF WE COULD GOTHROUGH SOME OF THESE.

THIS IS A REALLY DARK ONE--

>> THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOSTLOADED DRAWING IN THE BOOK.

AND THIS IS BASICALLY-- FABULOUSIS IN QUOTES.

>> Trevor, OF COURSE.

>> NO BECAUSE IT'S LIKE, A LOTOF PEOPLE-- I GOT THE IDEA FROM

THAT DRAWING WATCHING THESECOMMERCIALS ABOUT SONGS FROM THE

60s.

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT ANDEVERYBODY WAS HAVING A GREAT

TIME.

FOR SOME PEOPLE IT WAS AHORRIBLE TIME.

IT WAS NOT A GOOD TIME AT ALL.

>> Trevor: SO IT WAS NOT AGOOD TIME.

DOES THAT MEAN YOU DISAGREE WITHDONALD TRUMP, "MAKE AMERICA

GREAT AGAIN?"

>> I DO DISAGREE WITH TRUMP, ONSOME THINGS I AGREE.

I ACTUALLY THINK WE SHOULD BUILDA WALL.

>> Trevor: OH.

>> AROUND DONALD TRUMP.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

PUT MIRRORS ON THE INSIDE,THAT WAY HE'S HAPPY.

AND EVERYONE ELSE IS HAPPY.

AND I THINK WHEN MEXICO HEARSABOUT THIS, THEY'LL GET SO

EXCITED THEY'LL BE LIKE, "YOUKNOW WHAT?

LET US PAY FOR THIS.

WE WANT TO PAY FOR THIS.

WE THINK THIS IS A SOLIDINVESTMENT."

>> Trevor: JUDAH FRIEDLANDER,EVERYONE.

"IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED."

GO OUT AND GET IT.