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How long did...
Oh yeah. Probably about seven or so years before I started getting too busy to keep a day job. It could have been faster, but in New York City and in LA, the comedy clubs hardly pay anything. Because they kind of get you in a catch-22 a little bit, because if you want to be in the TV or film game at all, you pretty much have to be in New York or LA. If you just go on the road, you can make a lot more money and start making a living much faster, but you're going to be kind of out of the loop with the TV and film game. Not quite as true today as it used to be — pre-Internet, much more true. So I probably could have started going on the road about three years in and not had any day jobs, but I wanted to be in New York and be involved in the TV and film stuff, so because of that I hardly made anything.
You don't have an album out, do you?
No. I've been joking that I am going to release a greatest-hits album for my first album. It'll be a five-CD collection. I should have about five or so out at this point, but this year I'll definitely be able to release an album.
Is that due in part to 30 Rock coming to an end and allowing you more time to make that happen?
Yeah, and as I have gotten older it's been harder to do so many different projects at once. When I first started I was working a full-time job and doing standup, and for years, before 30 Rock, I would do about three to five movies a year, plus commercials, plus stuff on TV, plus comedy spots on TV. And then the past six and a half years of doing 30 Rock full-time, and standup, and I also did a book [How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion]. I did a very extensive book all by myself. I didn't have a ghostwriter or anything, it was just me and my graphics designer doing the entire book. That was a huge undertaking. So now I have more time to focus on standup, and I am going to get that album done.
Well, I am looking forward to it.
Cool. Thank you.
And definitely looking forward to having you in St. Louis.
Yeah, and I am going to buy five Imo's pizzas.
OK, do you prefer pizza or burritos?
Oh, I'll take the burrito over anything. Tell me where to go, and I'll go. I take Mexican food very seriously. I live in New York, and in New York, in my opinion, they have pretty shitty Mexican food.
We've got you covered in St. Louis.