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Stephen Colbert Talks to Terry Gross About Performing on Broadway Countdown to Futurama: Infinite Benders

A van. That's all it takes. I moved to the Jersey shore, hoarded mountains of moldy board games, got pregnant at 16 and still no show. But suddenly, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, and he's Comedy Central's next big thing. The fancy van owner, who also happens to be incredibly funny, sat down with the AV Club to talk about his the process behind his hilarious new show:

I think I started making videos in the early ’90s—that was before video! … So sharing was more difficult… Some of the street videos from the new show, I started to make in the early ’00s. Some of those ideas are 10 years old. And fortunately, I didn’t put a lot of them on YouTube or anything like that, so I can “borrow” them from myself, for this, which is good. One we had in the pilot, which was this video that I made in 2003 that we couldn’t use it for legal purposes. I killed someone. No, I bought a Staples shirt on eBay, and I went to Staples in it. When people came up to me, I told them that I didn’t work there, so there was a lot of confusion, like, “What are you talking about?” I’d be like, “Oh, I don’t work here… Oh, my shirt. Yeah. I have a Staples shirt.” That’s the benefit of being bad at distributing video.

Read the rest of the interview here, and be sure to catch the second episode of the Jon Benjamin Has a Van series premiere tonight at its normal night and time, 10:30/9:30c.

In the meantime, you can watch a clip from last night after the jump, or watch the full episode here.



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