I’ve given a lot of thought as to why people from Boston might be funny. I love where I’m from so much, but I always felt a little intimidated by my hometown. I’m not a baseball fan, and I don’t know how to drive downtown. I don’t know my way around the Green Line. It was always this intimidating, outsider sort of feel. So I was like, Well, I better start being funny. I’ve got to do something.
Conan [O’Brien, a producer of the new show] likes to do humor that’s not against anybody but with people. That’s the way my stand-up is. When I get heckled or somebody’s being rowdy, I don’t lash out at them. That’s not really what I’m about. I like to think that we’re all creating comedy together and it’s not me against them. The show isn’t going to be me against the audience; it’s going to be me with the audience.