Interview: Comedian Paul Gilmartin

Editor Josh Atlas, Interview, April 18th, 2013

"I'll probably ruminate for about two hours over what I did wrong."

comedian paul gilmartin

Nailed Magazine conducted a series of interviews with comedians for the 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Fest in Portland, Oregon.

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NAILED: Tell us a little bit about the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. What can we expect to see in the live version of the show?

PAUL GILMARTIN: Karen Kilgariff will be the guest on the live version of the show. I’ve been meaning to have her on for about a year. I’m also going to have some listeners share their fears and loves on mic. There will probably be a short portion of me panicking on stage about what to say and whether I’m being funny enough or what to say.

After the podcast, I’ll probably ruminate for about two hours over what I did wrong. Then I’ll probably head to the food truck ghetto. Sometimes I’ll try and help smuggle a sausage.

NAILED: Who or what are you looking forward to seeing during the festival?

PAUL GILMARTIN: The Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction Contest.

NAILED: What do you have coming up in the next few months?

PAUL GILMARTIN: California’s PBS is doing a documentary on Mental Illness that is airing at the end of May. They are going to include the Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast.

NAILED: When was the last time you nailed it?

PAUL GILMARTIN: Playing hockey Tuesday night, I leveled a guy and it felt awesome. They were beating us 11 to 2 and running the score up, so I thought “Okay, I’ve got the moral go ahead to knock this guy out.” I apologized afterwards, but there was something really primal about leveling somebody that’s being a dick to you.

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Paul Gilmartin is the host of Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast, chosen for the Top Ten Podcasts of 2011 by the Onion A.V. Club, and 2012 Podcasting Award Winner (Health/Fitness). Satirist (Republican Rep. Richard Martin) TV Host (TBS’ Dinner and a Movie 1995-2011) Standup (Comedy Central Presents).

This interview was conducted during Portland’s annual Bridgetown Comedy Fest, which takes place on the weekend of April 18 – 21, 2013. Click here for information on shows that feature Paul Gilmartin during the 2013 festival. [Photo Via: KCET]


Josh Atlas

Josh Atlas was born in 1983 and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he focused on performance and video art. Since that time, he has focused on integrating comedy and art. Atlas has branched out into sculpture, drawing, and photography to explore the funnier side of desire. He has exhibited at Arte Portugal 10 (Lisbon), HiChristina (Brooklyn), MonkeyTown (Brooklyn), and NTBA Gallery (Los Angeles) and participated in benefit auctions for Equality California and the Red Cross. Josh Atlas lives and works in Los Angeles. Learn more about him at his official website.