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Q&A with Rory Scovel, Performing This Weekend @ Helium

Rory ScovelRory Scovel plays a supporting character on the TBS sitcom Ground Floor, and has a new standup comedy album called Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records. He’ll be performing this weekend at Helium.

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WitOut: On Ground Floor, you play a character named Harvard, who, I think, is the most interesting part of the show. How would you describe Harvard for someone whose never seen the show?

Rory Scovel: Thank you. I appreciate that. I am very lucky with this character. He is definitely the weirdo of the show, a role I’ve been preparing for most of my life. I’m not sure how to describe him really because I’m not a professional actor. I sort of just pretended I knew what I was doing at the audition and for some reason they liked that about me. That’s kind of who he is, Harvard. He just goes through life pretending he knows what he’s doing and being an office weirdo. I love him. Yes, I said I’m in love with my own character that I play. Further proof I’m so ready to be this guy on camera.

WitOut: What’s the experience been like in general? Is it intimidating being on the set with John C. McGinley?

Scovel: It’s been great. I’ve really loved it and I’m excited to get back for a second season, fingers crossed. It’s a great group to work with so I want to go back and have some more fun and see what we come up with. McGinley is a champion. Not only of the show and of the craft, but of people. He has an intimidating quality because I think he wants everyone working as hard as he is. He makes me a better actor, so it’s great to be around him. He is a pro.

WitOut: How’d you get involved with The Life and Times of Tim?

Scovel: A buddy of mine, BJ Porter, wrote on the show and recommended me to come in for it. We were working on a pitch for a show and it just worked out to go in and become one of the characters. I wish it was still possible to go in and do that show.

WitOut: What are some of the responses you’ve gotten to your album Dilation?

Scovel: Pretty good I think. I try not to read reviews too much but with that being my first album, it was hard to avoid. I think overall people enjoyed it and anyone that reviewed it seemed to like it. I know there are some people that didn’t like it and I hope those people die an awful death. Not soon or anything, I’m not a monster, but when it does come time for them to die, I hope it’s awful.

WitOut: Your new album is available on vinyl only. What influenced that decision?

Scovel: I recorded it on Jack White’s label Third Man Records, it’s called Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records. They primarily release stuff in vinyl format and I thought it would be cool to just release it as that. I’m sure it’s out there in digital form somewhere ILLEGALLY. We decided to do it as just vinyl since some of the material is going to show up in my upcoming special that I’m shooting in Charleston, SC on 2/21 and 2/22. Didn’t want to have the same material over and over in different formats.

WitOut: Have you been watching the Olympics so far? What’s your favorite event?

Scovel: I have not watched any of it. I’m not sure that I will. Maybe the hockey. I don’t know, I really haven’t thought about it. The pressure, it gets to me.

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For tickets, visit www.HeliumComedy.com. After the late show Saturday, check out The Dirty Dozen at midnight. Twelve of Philadelphia’s most NSFW comics will regale you with stories too inappropriate to discuss on the internet!

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 20

In case you missed Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host The Golden Globes, here’s a video that cuts the show down to just their parts.

The Comic’s Comic has shared the full list of comedians set to appear on the second season of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.

The YouTube channel LOUD just released the first episode of a new six-part web series called Coogan Auto, written and directed by Rob Riggle.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone announced they will be starting their own production company.

Friend of Philly comedy and member of UCB team Scraps Angel Yau sent us her group’s new Banned Diversity PSA sketch, which you can check out online.

Tina Fey revealed the secret to her success.

Comedy Bang Bang and other Earwolf Network podcast have joined the Video Podcast Network.

Nick Kroll’s new Comedy Central show Kroll Show debuted. Splitsider breaks down what to expect from the sketch show in this preview.

In 2012 comedian Rory Scovel made this video (part one) documenting every single day of his life (part two).

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 16

Watch as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits the set of Judd Apatow’s This is 40.

Splitsider explores the Uneasy Relationship Between Mental Illness and Comedy.

Comedians Jon Dore and Rory Scovel performed together again on Conan to pretty hilarious results.

ADHD, Fox’s upcoming late night animation block, combined Peanuts and Louie to produce  A Charlie Brown Christmas Reunion.

The Laugh Button caught up with Hannibal Burress for an interview for their ongoing Talking Comedy series.

Ricky Gervais is in talks to play the lead (human) role in the next Muppet movie.

As part of their year-end recap Uproxx listed the 15 Most Quotable TV Characters of 2012.

The New York Times reviewed Maria Bamford’s Special Special Special.

Joe Rogan became the latest comedian to release a special through their website.

Huffington Post Comedy has a list of seven websites you should be wasting time on right now.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 12

Splitsider talked to some prominent improvisers about the concept of game.

In this clip from The BS Report Bill Simmons interviews Bill Hader about his SNL character Stefon.

Here is an animated Thanksgiving special that Larry David wrote for Funny or Die.

Laughspin thought it was important to share this open letter to Paul F. Tompkins that was originally posted on Reddit, and so do we.

Conan O’Brien interviewed Judd Apatow (for a whole hour) for his internet project Serious Jibber-Jabber.

In this interview with Splitsider Kyle Kinane talks about his early days as a stand-up in Chicago, his upcoming hour special (which premieres November 24 — watch preview clips here), and more.

Comedian Rory Scovel has a new television deal with ABC and Laughspin would like to tell us why that makes perfect sense.