The Peanut Butter And Jelly Bit With Mike Sacks

Each week in Give A Little Bit, we’re talking to funny people — comics, writers, cartoonists, senators — about the first time they got a laugh. This week, humorist, author, all around funny person Mike Sacks talks about his peanut butter and jelly bit, his influences and random farts.

Your first bit…

I think I was in fifth grade and I made a joke about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Forgot how it went, exactly, but it was a sarcastic joke. Something like, “Imagine. Peanut butter goes with jelly.” People laughed and I was shocked. I’m still shocked. And I still love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And jokes.

My process is…

An idea first. Let it marinate. Come back to it. See if it still works. Then punch it up, edit it over and over again. Let it sit. Come back to it. See if it works. Then fill in nuances and details. Put it aside. Repeat, etc.

My early influences are…

Letterman. Chris Elliott. Bob & Ray. Woody Allen. Albert Brooks. Jean Shepherd. Mad magazine. People farting at inopportune moments.

I wish I wrote…

Pretty much everything Jon and Tom do on The Best Show. There was a hilarious sketch cut a few years back from SNL that I just love, for some reason. The office gossip but in a West Virginia coalmine. Bill Hader played the gossip. Just really makes me laugh. Also an older sketch called “Get Off the Shed.” It was Will Ferrell’s very first sketch. And then this Chris Elliott bit from the late 80s, co-written with Adam Resnick, whom I love. This might be my all-time favorite.

A possible new bit…

I’m working on a YA book. It’s weird. Not sure if it works. Also, I’m writing a fresh peanut butter and jelly joke. This version is dirty!

Mike Sacks is the author of several books and has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, Funny or Die, MAD and countless other outlets. He’s the host of the popular podcast, Doin It

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