Posted by
Gavin
• 06.14.11 11:45 am




As I told you before, getting a show on TV is like learning to surf: It’s not hard, it’s impossible. Despite the odds however, a small Jewish man named Jon Benjamin has THREE SHOWS ON THE AIR AT THE SAME TIME (four

As I told you before, getting a show on TV is like learning to surf: It’s not hard, it’s impossible. Despite the odds however, a small Jewish man named Jon Benjamin has THREE SHOWS ON THE AIR AT THE SAME TIME (four, if you count SQO). I went to a screening of his latest show, Jon Benjamin Has a Van and laughed my penis off.

The show is about him touring the country in a van and doing man-on-the-street stuff but he occasionally hijacks the show and goes off on a bizarre sketch tangent that is so out-there, it’s almost annoying. The result is a roller coaster ride made up of laugh your head off, be scared, get lost, be fascinated and then laugh your head off again. That’s all anyone should ask of a comedy show. If you’re not laughing, you better be looking at something you’ve never seen before.

I sat down with Benjamin in an exclusive interview for Street Carnage that he won’t give to anyone else.

Street Carnage: So you have three shows on the air, four if you count SQO.

Jon Benjamin: What?

Soul Quest Overdrive? We did that pilot thing together and they ended up airing it. They’ve aired it a few times.

You know, I barely remember doing that. Some guy at a party came up to me and said, “Soul Quest Overdrive!” and I had no idea who he was or what he was talking about.

I guess that’s what happens when you have three fucking shows on the fucking air.

Well, it’s not really three shows that are mine. I do VO for two other shows and Jon Benjamin Has a Van is “my show.”

Three shows. That’s insane.

Ha. I was introduced like that the other night. The guy I was with goes, “This is Jon Benjamin, he has three shows on the air.” And he kept saying it. “Three shows,” again and again. It looked like I had coached him to say that. It was embarrassing.

Three shows. That’s insane.

Okay, stop.

You’re the dad in Bob’s Burgers, you’re Archer, and you’re you.

All right.

You’re the main guy in all three shows.

Yep.

That’s three shows.

Yes, it is.

People spend decades trying to get a show on the air.

Mmmhmmm.

Amazing.

Yessir.

Wow.

Uh huh.

I’m blown away.

All right.

-GAVIN McINNES

Jon Benjamin Has a Van airs Tonight at 10:30 Eastern on Comedy Central. I hope it has the sketch we saw at the screening where Jon Glaser plays a war “vet” who lost his voice because he was screaming about going to war though he never actually made it but he does consider himself someone who lost something in the war.


Comments
  1. reo speedwagon in converse says:

    What part of a Jewish guy getting a gig in media is ‘against the odds’?

  2. narcos says:

    the only good thing this guy ever has ever done is play shake in the live action aqua teen; even though, he was overshadowed by a red exercise ball.

  3. DINGUS says:

    nice ad, dipshit.

  4. (not published or required) says:

    im going to come back and read this because im actually interested in it.
    ive got other stuff to do at the moment though.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Coach McGuirk – “home movies”. So many good times

  6. booty says:

    comedy + dicks. I like it

  7. heroin town says:

    let’s not forget about his best roles: the talking can of vegetables or Dr. Katz’s son Ben.


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