Scott Aukerman is a busy man. Yet despite writing, producing and starring in television shows for cable and Netflix, working on a few major awards-show programs, and hosting and appearing on more podcasts than anyone can count, Aukerman was more than happy to chat with Uproxx after a grueling day of press and production.
The season-four finale of Aukerman’s talk show parody Comedy Bang! Bang!, which features the sultry swagger of singer Josh Groban, airs tonight, Dec. 10, at 11 p.m. EST on IFC. It will mark 90 episodes for the cult-comedy hit — an achievement that Aukerman is very excited about. The comedian is also happy about his popular Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, Chris Hardwick’s work ethic, the improv skills of Kid Cudi, and more. So we asked him about it.
Let’s get right to it.
[Sings.] Let’s get into it! Let’s hammer it all out!
Between podcasts, shows, and your work on the 2015 Emmy Awards, this has been a really busy year for you.
In January we started filming the second half of Comedy Bang! Bang! with Kid Cudi. In between, we paused season four so I could be a part of W/ Bob & David. Not only did I write on the Emmys for Andy Samberg, I also hosted the local Emmys and presented at the Creative Arts Emmys. Now we’re writing Comedy Bang! Bang! season five and I’m producing my wife Kulap Vilaysack’s show, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, for NBC’s Seeso streaming service. Let’s not forget doing 60 or so episodes of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and a few episodes of U Talkin’ U2 To Me? So yeah, it’s really been an exhausting year. Today I’m at peak exhaustion.
I’m always amazed by multitasking entertainers like yourself and Chris Hardwick. You’re able to accomplish so much while still functioning as a human being.
I think I’m barely functioning as a human being, though I’m inspired by how hard Chris works. Both of us share this sensibility of wanting to work as hard as we can while the opportunities are here. You grow up really wanting to be a part of show business. So much of when you’re first starting out is wishing you could do things, hearing about other people doing things and saying, “Oh I would love to do that!” Auditioning, wanting to be a part of any kind of creative thing and putting your own shows together. It seems like a betrayal, when you first make a little money, to say “You know what? I’m not going to work hard anymore.” You have to keep at it in the trenches. Otherwise, you become a strange hermit who doesn’t know what’s funny anymore.