Brooklyn’s 50 Funniest People: Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer

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Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer
“Real Life Lovers” Murf Meyer and Diana Kolsky are hosts of the weekly podcast on the UCB Comedy Network, Ménage à Trois Radio—”which drops every hump-day.” On it, they host famously funny people–like Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and Amy Poehler—and discuss “your hearts and parts” and all things sex and sexiness. You can also see both on the Chris Gethard show, and you can see Meyer in a recent appearance on Broad City.
When was the first time you remember making someone laugh? What happened?
DK: I would do skits based on Car Talk for my parents and their friends. Was I the only rabid 7 year old Car Talk fan? I do not know. I loved imitating voices, so the accents really spoke to me. I can also now rebuild a transmission.

MM: When I was in 3rd grade I did a short stand up set at my school’s talent show. I made fun of teachers, and did some racy impressions of Looney Tunes characters. The kids loved it, the principal did not. The following year when I signed up for the talent show the principal said I had to do my act in front of her before the show. I did not end up in the talent show.

What is the toughest part about being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn today? What is the best?
BOTH: Toughest, hmmm, maybe that there’s so much going on? Best, there’s a ton of cool shit going on.

Who do you find funny?
DK: Maria Bamford, Winnebago Man, VEEP
MM: Hunter S. Thompson, Bridget Everett, Richard Pryor, Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice, John Swartzwelder

What was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
BOTH: We got stoned and went to see new The Jungle Book at the Pavilion near our place. The theatre is 1000 years old and in terrible shape. The audio in the movie theater was out of synch & very quiet, so we did all the animal voices. It was probably better than the actual dialogue. The crying baby next to us seemed to like it.

What are your goals for your comedy career?
DK: Eat pray love, baby.
MM: To collaborate with people I love & respect on projects we care about. If I can make rent doing that for the rest of my life, I’m happy.

What is your favorite knock-knock (or otherwise goofy) joke?
DK: I like live news bloopers a lot. Especially when an animal is involved.

MM: I love all the dirty Irish limericks from my drunk family.

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Photo by Nicolas Maloof.

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