Scott has always followed his instincts. No matter how crazy the idea, if he feels like it will be fun he will give it a try. “I really like being artistic, but I love making cool shit. I always wanted to make everything big and cool: I’ve never heard an idea I didn’t like.
"I remember I asked a venue if we could do a show that starts at 7pm, and ends at 8pm the next night. They said, 'No! We can’t do that! That’s definitely something we can’t do.' And I go, 'Well, we’re going to do it anyway!'”
Scott has written and performed comedy for more than 20 years, getting his first, big break when Bob Odenkirk asked him to join the cult HBO sketch-show ‘Mr Show’. Scott also co-created the hit web series ‘Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis’, featuring the ‘Hangover’ star hosting a talk show, insulting such guests as Brad Pitt and President Obama.
The biggest jewel in Scott’s crown is being the host and creator of the beloved ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’. The podcast features Scott interviewing comedy stars, with regular guests including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Jon Hamm.
But, rather than a standard interview, the guests will often take on the form of characters, improvising stories from their fictional lives. “I was really inspired by the Mel Brooks-Carl Reiner ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’ albums, where those are really like Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks improvising around a question-and-answer format.
“That’s what the podcast came to be, and that’s what people should be expecting when they see the live show. It’s me talking to brilliant comedians who are playing fake people, and I’m essentially there trying to lead them to be funny, throw them off, and steer them in different directions.”
As for what Australian audiences can expect from the live shows, Scott says it’s hard to say due to the improvised nature of the show. However, he does give an example of the hilarious madness audiences can expect. “The mystery guest will have a bag over their head the entire time,” Scott says.
“That’s mainly because we don’t want the guest to know where they are. We’re going to force the person to travel with the bag over their head while they’re on the plane, and never tell them they’re in Australia. At the end of the tour, we’ll take the bag off and tell them to guess where they are. If they can guess within a 25-square-mile radius where they are, we’ll give them a million dollars.”
Scott Aukerman Tour DatesThu 25 Aug - Brisbane City Hall
Fri 26 Aug - Athanaeum Theatre (Melbourne)
Sun 28 Aug - Metro Theatre (Sydney)
Mon 29 Aug - Astor Theatre (Perth)