Over the course of his career, Roy Wood Jr. has made it to NYC a handful of times each year for shows. But as all new residents discover, living here is totally different.
“The biggest issue for me has been figuring out the commute,” says the comedian, who arrived in NYC six weeks ago from Los Angeles. “With my standup background, over the course of two vehicles I put half a million road miles on the odometer. Now, I’m just lost. I can literally get myself from Birmingham, Alabama, to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, no map, no Mapquest, no GPS, no nothing. Now, I can’t get from Chelsea to Williamsburg!”
Wood, 36, a veteran comic known for a little bit of everything, from prank calls on his radio show to the TV series “Sullivan & Son,” just became one of the new correspondents on Trevor Noah's “The Daily Show.” (He walks to the studio from his Midtown West apartment.)
On Nov. 13, Wood will also take part in the all-star lineup of Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn, part of the 12th annual New York Comedy Festival, featuring 60 standup shows in six days, Nov. 10-15. (He’s taking a cab to his show at Kings Theatre.)
We chatted with Wood about what he’s looking forward to doing at his new post, what makes standup special, and how chicken nuggets and open-carry laws both fuel his comedy.
How’s “The Daily Show” gig going?
They’ve really been very cool about allowing the correspondents to have a lot of input on what they think is funny and the angle on which we could approach it. A great example would be the piece that I did in Washington, D.C., about Justice or Else! Million Man March 20th Anniversary — I got to give a lot of input on how we should approach that piece and things that I said to certain people out in the field.
It’s a collaborative effort with your field producers, but it very well could’ve just been, ‘Here’s the story, go get it,’ much in the traditional way that a reporter has to adhere to whatever their news director tells them to do.