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Daily Show Writer and Producer Rory Albanese This Week @ Helium

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A few years ago, Rory Albanese punched a 9/11 truther in the face.

That’s a pretty good description of Albanese’s sense of humor. He spent nine years working at The Daily Show (five as a producer) and is now setting out on a tour that stops in Philly from Wednesday until Saturday. I talked to Rory on the phone before his first Philly show…

Witout: Rory, I gotta know why you would leave such a cushy job on The Daily Show.

Albanese: Well, the job was pretty cushy and would have been for a long time, but I’m getting older and it’s like there’s this thing I gotta try cause the window’s closing. I didn’t have a map in some old journal telling me how The Daily Show was gonna play out. I’m doing this thing I wish I would have done at 22, only now it’s like a Kevin Costner movie – “Does his arm still throw? I don’t even know if he can get it up to 90 anymore boys. We’ll have to see.”

Witout: What was it like working with Jon Stewart?

Albanese: Any joke I made for The Daily Show goes through the awesome-maker, Jon Stewart. He’s saved so many of my jokes that would have flopped. You give him even a whiff of an idea and he’ll kill with it.

Witout: Your thoughts on Obamacare?

Albanese: Sure I care about healthcare, but not when The Big Bang Theory’s on. (joking) I’m right down the middle, politically, but I really feel that everyone should have access to good healthcare.

Witout: What was it like doing standup overseas, for the troops?

Albanese: Having been to Afghanistan is a real nice slice of humble pie. It makes you not want to ever wanna hear Kim Kardashian complain about anything ever again. Our veterans coming home are as badass as the “Greatest Generation” ever was and there’s no ticker tape parades for them, it’s bullshit.

Witout: So, I read on your Wikipedia page that you punched a 9/11 Truther in the face at a Jon Stewart event?

Albanese: I should have gone out the backdoor, is the lesson I learned from it. They started saying all this really terrible stuff to us, kinda like the Paparazzi do, and they started pushing us.

I’ve never punched anyone before or since, but I was here for 9/11.

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Albanese’s Wednesday night set was smart, topical humor you’d expect from a Daily Show producer mixed with everything from a proctology visit, to why ‘The Right’ should actually want Obamacare, to a family vacation in which Rory and his 8 year old nephew shared similar roles. All with high energy.

Pretty much anything can happen during Albanese’s next three nights after this Philly interchange: Midway through the show an audience member called the two women behind him (who were talking through the whole show) the “C” word. The whole crowd froze. Someone yelled EAGLES. Albanese goes, “They’re not “C” words, they’re just bitches. Well played!

Rory Albanese will be performing at Helium tonight through Saturday Nov 2. For tickets, visit HeliumComedy.com.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 30

The first episode of Norm MacDonald Live, the comedian’s new video podcast, is available to watch online. New episodes will debut every Monday at 9pm.

Time released this list of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013.

Comedian Amy Schumer was interviewed by Vulture about her new Comedy Central show and the sexual dynamics of stand-up.

The Awl interviewed Jason Ross, a writer for The Daily Show, about writing for free and breaking into comedy.

Cable channel FX is going to launch an all-comedy channel FXX this September anchored by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League.

?uestlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas of The Roots made another appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as “Black Simon and Garfunkle”.

Stephen Colbert is set to interview Bill Clinton for the first time on April 6 on The Colbert Report.

Watch Louis CK explain the title for his new HBO special Oh My God.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 27

Jon Stewart will take a 12-week summer hiatus from hosting Comedy Central‘s The Daily Show to make his feature directing debut.

According to the NY Post, NBC is grooming Howard Stern to take over for Jimmy Fallon once Fallon takes over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

The Comic’s Comic shared thoughts on Shaquille O’Neals’ (Ph.D.) theory of leadership through humor.

The Best Show on WFMU‘s Tom Scharpling wrote and directed this new video for Funny or Die following the 2002 audition process for the band The Postal Service.

Joan Rivers’ new web series, In Bed With Joan, in which she has a half-hour discussion with a different guest each week debuted with an episode featuring Sarah Silverman.

Marc Maron’s book, Attempting Normal, won’t be released until April 30th – but you can preorder it now online.

A documentary James Franco made as an NYU grad student over four years ago on Saturday Night Live may finally actually be released.

Glen Howerton of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia recently tweeted this solicitation for scripts from writers.

IFC has ordered a sketch show from Los Angeles-based group The Birthday Boys that will be produced by Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk.

The Hangover Part III is a movie that is happening. And it now has a trailer.

Comedy Around the Web, Vol. 21

VH1 has relaunched Best Week Ever and The Comic’s Comic would like to help you meet the new cast.

Watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert cover President Obama’s inauguration.

This animated video tells the story of how Eddie Murphy discovered Chris Rock.

Grantland has created this March Madness-style bracket to determine the best Chappelle’s Show sketch of all time.

Comedy Central and SiriusXM have joined forces to create Comedy Central Radio, a new station where comedy lovers can hear audio from Comedy Central programs like Comedy Central Presents and Premium Blend as well as new performances and all-access specials from Comedy Central events.

Portlandia’s Nerd PSA would like to send a message to those that go around calling themselves nerds as a point of pride.

This article from The Independent on Louis C.K. highlights the comedian’s career as his show Louie is set to debut in the UK.

Comedy Central has ordered a pilot episode for a stand-up series based on Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani’s live show The Meltdown.

PBS Off Book asks What’s the deal with internet comedy?

The Laugh Button named 8 Comedians to watch in 2013.

Like blooper reels from movies? Want to see one from Judd Apatow’s This is 40? Ok here you go.