The Windshield Wiper Bit With Rob Fee

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, Rob Fee discussing giving people heart attacks, those moments when his head and hands don’t work and finding the comedy in horror movies.

Your first bit…

When I was around 6, I would sneak out of church early and get into everyone’s car and turn up their radio full blast and turn their windshield wipers on, so when they turned on their car it would all start going crazy. At the time I thought it was hilarious but now I realize a lot of those people were super old and there was like a 60% chance of me giving them a heart attack and killing them.

Your writing process is…

I don’t know really. Some days I can sit down and write for hours at a time and others I’ll just sit there and stare at my computer like I forgot how my hands works. I think having a clear schedule every day and sticking to it helps. You just train your brain that it’s work time and not “work time but maaaaybe play Destiny for an hour???” time.

My influences are…

I loved Conan in the 90s when he was doing super weird stuff that no one else was really doing. Mr. Show was a huge influence. Pro wrestling was a massive influence. Just the characters and storyline progression always fascinated me. It’s like a soap opera that never ends where they wear face paint.

I also remember always watching Dennis Miller’s show on HBO, but I had no idea who he was joking about or what 90% of his jokes meant. I probably still don’t know who most of his jokes were about, to be honest. Also I watched every horror movie I could get my hands on which made me fall in love with the genre, but also helped me with comedy writing since both are just hitting your audience with something they aren’t expecting.

I wish I wrote…

Every episode of Nathan for You is so good that it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around the idea of someone writing it.

A new bit…

I sold a movie I’m spending a lot of time on and just finished another script that’s going to be magnificent when it gets made. I’m hosting a new scary storytellers show, working on a new book with my pal Sal Vulcano from Impractical Jokers, and a few other projects that are gonna be a lot of fun.

Rob Fee has written for Comedy Central, Ellen, MTV, IFC, Playboy, Epic Meal Time, VICE, CBS, books, albums, movies, and so on. Also super nice! Follow him on Twitter.

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