I host a podcast from the green room (that’s like backstage) of Wiseguys Comedy Club called This Podcast is a Joke. This week, I had the chance to talk with one of my favorites, Dan Cummins!
Dan’s unusual observations and unique autobiographical stand-up have earned him spots on The Tonight Show (both Conan and Leno have invited him over to the couch!), a Comedy Central half-hour and one-hour special, stand up appearances on The Late, Late Show, Conan, Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, and on many other late night and cable programs. He was a cast member for the the last three seasons of the continually re-airing World’s Dumbest on TruTv, and has appeared on several other pop up commentary series, including VH1’s I Love the 2000’s.
Dabbling for a time in reality television, Dan also helped produce numerous shows such as Town of the Living Dead for SyFy, Duck Dynasty for A&E, Porter Ridge for Discovery, and several others. Leaving reality to try his hand at scripted television, he also wrote two episodes for season one of the 2016 Family Channel sitcom Raising Expectations, starring Molly Ringwald and Jason Priestly. In 2015 and 2016, Dan lived out his teenage self’s dream by hosting over 200 episodes of the hour long televised variety program, The Playboy Morning Show, MC’ing games with nude Playboy models, interviewing musical guests from G Love to Sir Mix A Lot and actors from Michael Shannon to the cast of Trailer Park Boys.
Always remaining focused on standup, his true passion, Dan recently released his fifth comedy album on Warner Brother’s Records, Don’t Wake The Bear, named a top ten album of the year by Sirius/SM Raw Dog and Dan’s first record to reach the top 5 on the Billboard Comedy Chart. He was also the first comic chosen to be spotlighted by Pandora, where with nearly 200,000 Dan Cummins stations created, he is one of their most-listened to comedians. His sixth album, Maybe I’m the Problem?, debuts on Pandora in early 2018. It will be the first standup album to debut on Pandora. Dan also rotates heavily on Sirius XM and Spotify, wrote a graphic novel called Daddy Bear: Three Rabbits Meet the Real World, is constantly on tour, and hosts the increasingly popular Timesuck podcast, a regular appearance maker on the iTunes top 100 chart for the most heavily downloaded comedy podcasts in the U.S. You can also listen to Timesuck on Spotify and on the Timesuck app in both the Apple and Google Play app stores