Tom Papa Really Knows How to Freak You Out

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Come to Papa!

Comedian Tom Papa has spent a long time in the business of laughs, but his talent doesn't start and end on the stand-up stage. Not by a mile. A well rounded TV and film guy, he's made waves as host of "The Marriage Ref," brought El Superbeasto to life in the animated feature The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, was tapped to play Ray Arnett in the HBO hit Behind the Candelabra, and he pulls some of the biggest names to chat it up with him on his SiriusXM show "Come to Papa." Of course he has several successful stand-up specials under his belt and if you haven't had the chance to see one the funniest comics around in an hour long format, on July 26th the game is about to change for you when Tom's special "Freaked Out" premieres on EPIX. With a somewhat crass (yet somehow clean) observational style, you are about to see why everyone loves them some Papa.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I'm a huge Opie & Anthony fan and I love when you are on the show. One of my favorite episodes ever was when you guys broke down that "Accidental Racist" song. It was seriously priceless.

Tom Papa: Well thank you! Oh yeah! That was hilarious. [Laughs.] Those guys are great. Today I went in to their live show from Montreal and they had a bunch of guys hanging out for the show. They also had a live audience so it was really a great time. Joe DeRosa talked for a good half-hour about falling in love with a tranny so, everything was pretty much normal.

Ha! Joe's starting to worry me. It's crazy that you are kind of comedically twisted but yet, you're pretty clean. Is it hard to walk that line when you are in a room full of filthy mouths?

Yeah you know, today was one of the only times where it got really raw because all of those other comics where there. You know, Robert Kelly, DeRosa, and Kurt Metzger were there. When I come in normally, it doesn't really go down that path so much. I just participate in the way that I normally would. I don't really talk that way or get into too dark of stuff anyway so my place is just a little bit more of, wait, what are you talking about? [Laughs.]

Well I give you mad props, you're fantastic every time you go on. So how was it working on "Behind the Candelabra" and did you realize it was going to be such a big hit?

I felt like it was going to be something very special as soon as I showed up. It was almost like I wanted to tell everybody on the first day, you gotta see what's going on here! I mean, Dan Aykroyd, Matt Damon, and Michael Douglas? Those guys are just so amazing and there were all of these costumes and we're in all of these scenes together...and Steven Soderbergh directed so you just knew it was going to look cool. It was one of the only times where you really wanted people to come out because you just couldn't explain what they were about to see.

Did you get to keep anything from the set?

I did! I got some of his jackets. The one thing I really wanted were those paisley pants I was wearing but it turned out that they were rented. But Soderbergh sent me everything else so I have a lot of fancy scarves now. [Laughs.]


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