Josh Wolf was a regular commentator on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” and hosted both “Shark After Dark” and the after-show for “Naked and Afraid” on the Discovery Channel. The comedian hosts his own late-night talk show on CMT, “The Josh Wolf Show,” which currently airs Thursdays through Sundays at 11pm ET/PT. In it, Wolf leads topical discussions with a revolving panel of hilarious guests, and explores things that make him wonder, “How’d they do that?” in a segment he jokingly calls “grownup show and tell.” Here we turned the tables on the curious and witty host …
- If your TV carried just three series or networks, what would they be?
OK, all time? I would take a little bit of everything. For my serious show, I think I would have to lean towards “Lost.” For comedies, I think I would watch “The Cosby Show,” because it was my childhood. Then for just pure silly and stupidity — that’s the three categories: drama, funny and stupid — what’s stupider than “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” otherwise known as “Right in the Nuts”?
- What three foods do you have to have in your fridge or pantry at all times?
A steak, chocolate chip cookies and tequila.
- Can you tell us about a time when you were starstruck?
I don’t know if starstruck is the right word, but Dave Grohl did a week of guest shows at “Chelsea Lately,” and he was so accessible and such an Everyman and at the same time he’s Dave freaking Grohl, you know what I mean?
- Who is your comedy icon?
I like people who took risks, who were doing things that nobody else was doing. Growing up, Sam Kinison was that for me. He talked about things that I was like “Whoa, how can you say that out loud?” People were laughing, so it was such a great lesson — almost nothing is out of bounds as long as you’re funny.
- When did you first realize you could make people laugh?
When my dad told me I was a wiseass all the time, I took it as a compliment. That’s the best thing anyone’s ever said to me. I have three older brothers, so the way you stopped getting punched was to make them laugh.