Comedy

Anthony Jeselnik on his jerk persona, Comedy Central roasts, and why he likes hecklers

In his comedy act, Anthony Jeselnik plays the asshole, cracking dark, arrogant, and hilarious one-liners. The persona has gotten him far; Jeselnik is now a prominent figure on Comedy Central's roasts, has a successful stand-up career, and is in development for a television show on the same network. Jeselnik will be appearing seven times at Comedy Works Downtown starting tonight and running through Sunday. We spoke with the surprisingly thoughtful comedian about how his comedy is never autobiographical, ex-girlfriend Amy Schumer, why he likes hecklers, and much more.
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