Jeremy Beiler writes for Saturday Night Live and has appeared on and written for Inside Amy Schumer. Like fellow funny person Gabe Gronli, Beiler is from Madison, Wisconsin. Of Beiler, Gronli attests: “He’s been one of the planet’s funniest people since at least the time he was 12—which is when I met him.” For our part, we can attest he’s been funny at least since he’s been writing for two of TV’s best shows. On Inside Amy Schumer, Beiler wrote “The Foodroom,” which paradies The Newsroom, and has Schumer cuttingly reference Sorkin’s female newsroom producer when Schumer says, “A woman’s life is worth nothing unless she’s making a great man greater,” but to her fast-food restaurant manager. Beiler also co-wrote the excellent “Santa Baby” on SNL, in which Ryan Gosling is a hysterically genuine believer of Christmas.
When was the first time you remember making someone laugh? What happened?
I used to babysit my sister Rachel, who is 7 years younger, and we had a swingset in our back yard. I would push her on the swings and when she swooped back toward me I would pretend to get slammed in the face by her feet, launching my body from the impact while screaming and cursing, checking to see if my teeth had fallen out. She laughed uncontrollably at that and I loved making her lose her shit.
What is the toughest part about being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn today? What is the best?
The toughest part is that I am not a part of it. In the handful of standup shows I’ve done this year, it’s nice to do one that I can walk to. But I spend most days in a tower in midtown pacing nervously, then come home to sleep slash die, then go back. On the weekends I turn my brain off and sit quietly facing a wall.
Who do you find funny?
Jonathan Krisel, Larry David, Jessi Klein, my sister.
What was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Probably when I was camping in Pennsylvania with my friend Lee and we were kayaking and he kept pretending to violently drown while thanking god it was happening.
What are your goals for your comedy career?
I want to write, direct and perform in my own thing because me me me please love me.
What is your favorite knock-knock (or otherwise goofy) joke?
Why couldn’t the Buddhist vacuum in the corner? Because he had no attachments.
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