Anthony Jeselnik on ‘Good Talk,’ Louis C.K. and Being ‘Uncancelable’

Anthony Jeselnik on ‘Good Talk,’ Louis C.K. and Being ‘Uncancelable’

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Anthony Jeselnik’s new Comedy Central show Good Talk is basically an excuse for him to roast his comedian friends on TV. 

“I can’t help myself,” Jeselnik admits on this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast. “I don’t like making television,” he adds. “And I thought, if I’m going to come back, I want to do something that I can enjoy.” 

Jeselnik first broke through in a big way on the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in 2011 and has since made a name for himself as one of the best—and darkest—joke writers in the stand-up scene. 

Earlier this year, Netflix released his best hour-long special yet, Fire in the Maternity Ward, which opened with a joke about Alzheimer’s and ended with a long story about taking his friend to get an abortion. The 40-year-old Jeselnik describes himself as a comedy “villain,” but says he hopes to “soften” as he gets older. 

Good Talk, which premieres this Friday, September 6th, features interviews with friends like Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani and Tig Notaro. But Jeselnik jokes, “I’d like to get to the point where I’m talking to people that I do not know or care about, that seems fun.”