Dark, dirty, offensive…yeah some might consider comedian Eddie Ifft all of the above, but guess what? He doesn't want to be “tame” and we personally couldn't be more pleased about it. It is after all what makes this man tick and if you are a fan of keeping it real, then you'd love Eddie just as much as we do because he takes that concept to a whole new level. A level of complete awesomeness. As Ifft put it, “I don't want anyone to walk out of a show but if that one person didn't, those other people wouldn't like it!” Chances are when Eddie hits the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday, you will be staying and you will like what you hear. If you didn't get the memo, comedy is meant to make you laugh and by the way the crowd roars for Ifft, you can tell that his message is understood loud and clear.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): So I hear you're off to India soon. Are you going to have to switch up any of your act when you go there?
Eddie Ifft: Not really. Well, maybe a little bit if there are American references that they won't get. In the Middle East they're like, don't talk about Islam or you will leave without your head. But India will be fine.
I know you tour all over but, is there anywhere you'd refuse to go do a gig?
Ummm…I think Somalia. There was a comedian who got shot in the face in Somalia so yeah, not there. And it's not like there are many comedy clubs in Somalia like, hey, I'm doing the Chuckle Hut tonight! But apparently, he was this famous comedian in Somalia, he did jokes, walked out of the club, and BOOM! Right in his face.
Good call. I've never even heard about that comic from Somalia! I guess America is too focused on Amanda Bynes and crap like that.
Now there's a girl I didn't even know until she started this. It's proof that in the United States, the more trouble you get in, the better it is for your notoriety. Nobody ever gets known for something like, he saved 4,000 children from going to the gas chambers or he cured epilepsy in African babies. No one would know who that guy is. But you know who the girl is who has a drug and alcohol problem or who threw a party and trashed the hotel. It's always like, whoa! Who's that? America cares way more about the guy who wrecked the train than who built the train.
Well let me give you some notoriety then. I mean, you like to be involved with good causes right? Shout them out!
I wish I was involved with more. I'm open to it whenever people approach me. I'm like, please yes! Anytime I can do some positive stuff I'm into it because I do enough negative shit with my podcast so I might as well! Jim Jefferies and I tried to create a charity once where we'd take disabled people to whorehouse's and get them laid. Apparently it already exists but we really wanted to make it ours.
I feel like even if there is a cause like that, there could always be more.
[Laughs.] I agree. I really want to start a charity that removes skin tags from people's faces and especially from their necks. I'm going to do a Kickstarter to remove all of the skin tags. They're fucking disgusting and they make other people sick.
Oh my god! I'm so happy you said that! I always wonder why people wouldn't have those removed! I'd donate right now honestly.
Yeah! [Laughs.] Day one, if I had a skin tag I'd be like, looks like I need to see the dermatologist! It should be free like birth control for inner-city teens. I want to make it mandatory for skin tags to be removed because it makes me sick when I see them. I really think I might start that Kickstarter. And it's not for them, it's for us because we have to look at it. So gross.
That is the best thing I've ever heard. That's way better than getting disabled people laid. I love that you speak your mind on any and every topic thrown at you. A lot of people sugarcoat that shit.
Everything is funny. I mean, I was once lying in the hospital and I thought I had broken my neck. All I could do was make jokes about it. I realized that this is how I feel about the pain of it. Not the pain of my neck, but the mental anguish I had thinking that I seriously could have been paralyzed. The only thing that was getting me though it was making fun of the situation. This is why I do joke about AIDS and rape. I'm afraid of it. I'm terrified of all of these things. You shouldn't joke about it? You absolutely have to joke about it. One of my friends died in a motorcycle accident and at the funeral we started telling stories about him and all of the sudden, we were laughing and feeling a lot better. It was like we were roasting him and he's dead. You need the comedy sometimes to break up the pain is what I'm saying.
I totally agree. Wow. This is interview is getting depressing. I feel like I might start cutting…
Hey. That's not funny!
Sorry but cutting can be funny.
OK. People who cut themselves, yeah, that's funny. I swear to god this is true, I had to travel through New Zealand once with five comedians. It was me, a manic depressive, a just out of the closet gay guy who wanted to talk about it constantly, a girl who was our driver that didn't speak, and a “self-harmer.” So he was this guy who cut himself all of the time. I was like, this is going to be a fun trip.
What a shit show! Did you get some ribbing in?
I tried but they all worked against me. It was like four against one. I ended up smoking too much pot and having panic attacks.
Ha!! They are probably somewhere telling a story about how they traveled across New Zealand with this super panicky pothead.
Yeah, yeah. [Laughs.] They probably are talking about me.
Well luckily you'll be solo in Brea. Are you working on a new CD or something?
I do a new hour every year and I'm doing a new hour special soon so, I'll be doing some of that. I don't perform in Southern California often because I'm always touring so when I'm home, things get pretty crazy. I'm hoping that all of the ShitHeads from my podcast come out and wear the new t-shirt. I want to get an army of ShitHeads out there. If you wear the new Talkin' Shit t-shirt, I will go out and party with you afterwards.
Oh you're going to be fucked up!
Yeah. If ten guys wear the shirt it's going to be really embarrassing but if it's like 100 guys, it's going to be really funny. It'll be like a mob mentality.
Eddie Ifft performs at the Brea Improv August 15st through 18th, 120 South Brea Blvd. 92821, (714) 482-0700. For tickets go to www.Improv.com. For more info, check out his website www.EddieIfft.com, subscribe to his beyond hilarious podcast Talkin' Shit with Eddie Ifft, grab a Talkin' Shit t-shirt to wear to the show on his Facebook, and follow him on Twitter: @EddieIfft.