From Dr. Katz to Home Movies to Freak Show, Jon Benjamin has established himself as one of the funniest dudes in the history of the universe of all-time ever. Yesterday Gothamist had an interview with Benjamin, and it went a little something like this:
What are some projects that you're currently working on?
Right now, I‚Äôm working on a cartoon for Superdeluxe with my friends Matt Hall and Patrick Borelli called Thunderpoint. We‚Äôre producing three episodes that more specifically renders your next question moot.
Do you plan on getting involved in online programming, like Superdeluxe? In the future, which medium do you think people will look to for comedy?
Ha. Told you. In the future, there will be very little comedy left, except for that ‚ÄòTater Salad‚Äô Guy who‚Äôs brain will be preserved. But, there will be f**k powder, so it will balance out.
In a previous interview, you said that you started writing at sixteen. What was your writing like at the time and how did you develop that skill at a young age?
I wrote extremely pretentious poetry. In my last years of high school, I ran with a very poetic crowd. I started reading Blake, Keats, Tennyson, Rossetti, the pre-Raphaelites and I wrote poems ripped off from them with titles called, ‚ÄúThe Tear‚Äù and ‚ÄúStone Fields‚Äù, which regrettably was about a cemetery.
Were you often injecting humor into your school assignments?
I did write a college essay once where the question was, ‚ÄúWho would want to have lunch with and why?‚Äô and I wrote this long essay about me wanting to lunch with Hitler and we would go to this swank outdoor restaurant we would have this wonderful lunch and in the end I would point and say, "Adolph, look," and he would turn around and I would slip poison in his drink. I did not get into college.