As he does every year, comic’s comic Andy Kindler delivered the State of the Industry Address at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. For the uninitiated, the speech is delivered in a ballroom in front of hundreds of comedians and industry types. Kindler’s charge is to passionately explain to the crowd what exactly is wrong with the world of comedy. As part of that, Kindler doesn’t shy away from naming names: Jay Leno, Dane Cook and Chelsea Handler are popular targets. But this year, the veteran comedian spent more than a few minutes heavily criticizing Louis C.K., who is, arguably the most beloved comedian of our day. It was a ballsy move, to say the least.
As the speech was proceeding on July 27, I tweeted a few of his one liners, which included, “He’s not the greatest comic in the world” and “You’ll never hear the phrase ‘self-effacing’ in reference to Louis C.K.” and “There are more laughs in two minutes of Portlandia than there are in a half hour of Louie” and “Just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s the best show on television.”
The day after the speech, I sat down with Kindler to chat about the address, the general state of comedy, Kindler’s upcoming projects and much more. Listen to the completely unedited interview below.
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