Netflix has been cranking out comedy specials this year by offering some of the culture’s biggest names in comedy. Just this week, Chris D’Elia premiered his third hour special, Chris D’Elia: Man On Fire. The comedy special comes after Chris’s recent venture into Drama with upcoming film Life In A Year starring Jaden Smith. Comedy Hype had the chance to talk with Chris about the special, his plans, creating, and how Denzel Washington’s movie ties into his newest special.
CH: How did you come up the title Man Of Fire for this newest special?
I’m usually really organic when I pick a title. I don’t really plan it out like that. I just had an idea when I was coming up with this material, that everyone thinks they’re important. But everybody is just themselves and we are all in it together. It’s funny how people identify with lead characters in movies when you’re nothing like that person. I thought one of the coolest leading men was Denzel, and Man Of Fire just made since when I was talking about it on stage.
CH: Speaking of Denzel Washington, what is your favorite Denzel film?
CD: The one he should have got the Oscar for I thought was Hurricane. My personal favorite is when Denzel is the bad ass guy with the gun trying to find someone and that’s what he exactly was on Man On Fire.
CH: Was there a reason why didn’t go with an elaborate introduction for this special?
CD: Some people do that. To me that’s just a different thing. I wouldn’t say I would never do that. I just like having the special start and when you turn on stand-up comedy you’re there to watch stand-up comedy. I don’t want to make someone have to sit through something.
CH: What would you say is the overall theme to Chris D’Elia: Man On Fire?
CD: It was just that we’re not special. That was theme. In this world we’re taught we’re an individual. I think it’s funny to take the opposite approach. People think that no one is like them but I’ve met plenty of people like other people [Laughs]
CH: One thing noticed about your work, you’ve branded the attitude of ‘not giving a F*ck’ in your style of comedy. What was the moment you’ve decided to stop caring as much?
CD: The more people get mad at the jokes I say because their offended is the more it drives me into that hole of not giving an Fuck. Because it’s jokes. My whole life is jokes. Wether or not it offends you, I’m trying to make you laugh so I can’t understand how someone would be mad at me for it.
CH: Do you have any thoughts on the recent headlines of comedians being called out for being offensive?
CD: I think comedians have been apologizing all wrong….. “oh I’m sorry you feel bad, I was trying to make a joke”…. I don’t understand this whole public apology thing if you’re a comedian I don’t understand it all.
CH: You recently roasted the Fyre Festival, and have been known to roast people. Is there someone out there that you feel deserves a good roast?
CD: Kellyanne Conway. I’m not very political but political people come to mind. You know who would be a good sport about it is The Rock …. Don’t get me wrong I love The Rock but I think he would be funny about it…. That’s the one thing I loved about the roast I did with Shaq on it; he was the best sport. He was laughing about everything.
CH: Do you feel pressure to talk more politics these days?
CD: No It’s how I feel man, organic. If I think something is funny at the time I’ll talk about it. I don’t really have an agenda.
CH: Before you film specials, or do any big show; what kind of music are you listening to?
I always got to Tupac before stuff like that
CH: Kevin Hart is showing that comedian can even land shoe deals. If Chris was to do his own type of shoe, who would it be with?
CD: I love what Adidas is doing nowadays. Adidas or Nike have always been my favorite. I still have a soft spot for Reebok.. any of those companies…. It would probably be a lifestyle (shoe) thing, like an Air Max.
CH: Is there any entrepreneurs endeavors that you would consider getting involved with since many people entertainers often do?
CD: I got all sort of ideas. I’m a huge coffee guy. I would love to open up some chain of coffee shops. I would love that.
CH: Being Italian American, how much is tradition still molded in you, like family?
CD: Yea man, I hired my dad (Bill D’Elia) to shoot my special. Family is everything. I love my family. We’re all very very close. They sometimes travel with me to do a gig. They’re the best. My dad my brother my mom, and even my uncle, aunts, and cousin. It’s really important to me. I’m lucky.
CH: You filmed Life In Year with Jaden Smith, and RZA on set. They both are known to say things that can blow people’s minds away. Was there anything discussed on set with them that had you like “whoa”?
CD: [Laughs] We kept it pretty friendly and professional. Nobody got too deep on set. We were shooting a drama so when anyone yelled cut we wouldn’t be goofing around. In the movie Cara Delevingne is dying of cancer. I’m used to doing comedy and joking around on set but that was pretty heavy. We tried to keep it light
CH: What’s the next move after the release of this new comedy special?
CD: I got a bunch of new material that I’m trying to iron out to do a loose new hour, and tour that for a while. Who knows. I done 3 hour specials now, and a half hour special. I’ve done a lot. That’s why Im happy I did this drama (Life In A Year). I’m happy to do different things but stand-up is where my heart is.
Chris D’Elia: Man On Fire is available now on Netflix.
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