You may know him as “Fat Jesus” from Conan, where he's a writer, or of the numerous other characters he's played on the show. Among his many credits, he ran the popular “Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There Is a Game” in NYC before moving to L.A. With his booming voice, du Bouchet is more about characters than jokes — but he's still about jokes, too, which he'll prove as he tapes his comedy CD over two nights at the incredibly loud Bar Lubitsch.
LA WEEKLY: Andres De Bouchet — what kind of fancy pants name is that? Are you related to the poet?
It's a very French last name, and a very Spanish first name. Incidentally, my middle name is Mario, which is very Italian. In conclusion, I am from New Jersey. And I don't know if I'm related to the poet Andre du Bouchet or not, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Who do people say you look like?
That's a great question, because last Friday someone told me I looked like Jack Black, and then the very next day someone else told me that I looked like Sean Connery. I think people are just trying to put “Fat James Bond” into words.
What Conan skit are you most proud of?
“Gravy Boat Lighthouse.”
What's Andy Richter really like? Do you think you're funnier than he is?
He's an incredibly upbeat, fun, irreverent guy. If he takes anything seriously, he's never shown it around me. I would say that 99.9% of the time, Andy is 100% funnier than me, but during that .1% I am 250% funnier than he is.
Who are your comedy heroes?
My list would probably be very similar to most of my ilk, but the names I'd put up at the top are Monty Python, the 1984/85 cast of SNL, Steve Martin, Chuck Jones, Douglas Adams, and Will Ferrell.
What's your favorite thing about living in L.A?
What do you hate the most about it?
The fact that every single person you meet is also in, or was in, or
wants to be in showbiz.
If you had a sitcom about your life, what would it be about and what would it be called?
It would be about the 10 years I spent living in New York City, working crappy day jobs and performing comedy at night. It would be called Ben & Jerry's at 4 a.m.
How much do you and the Conan writers goof off?
All the time. But sometimes the goofing off is just goofing off, and sometimes the goofing off gets put on TV.
(Also at the Josh & Josh Show, Thurs., June 9, 8:30 p.m.; free.)
Wed., June 8, 10 p.m.; Thu., June 9, 8:30 p.m., 2011