Jon Dore and I covered a lot of ground while he was covering a lot of ground driving from Asheville to Raleigh.
When we spoke on the phone Thursday afternoon, Dore, a brilliantly funny stand-up comedian and Ottawa Senators fan, was on his way to the City of Oaks for a headlining gig at Goodnights Comedy Club.
Coming off a visit to Asheville where he played The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, Dore was taking in North Carolina’s beauty while I asked him about collaborating with Tig Notaro and Rory Scovel, hockey in person versus hockey on TV, why the Sklar Brothers are mentioned in his outgoing voicemail and more.
Enjoy the interview, follow Dore on Twitter and don’t forget The Best Tweet I Can Find in Five Minutes at the end.
Tony Castleberry: How was the show last night in Asheville? Did you enjoy the show and the city?
Jon Dore: Loved Asheville. Loved the show too. Great venue. Good people in Asheville, that is for sure. I’m trying to think of what it reminded me of, but it’s just a comfortable, fun place and the city itself is awesome. I got into town early and I hung out on patios all afternoon so I was a mess come showtime, but that’s part of the job.
TC: [laughs] No doubt. I love that place. You’re surrounded by this rugged mountain area, and then there’s a real city just kind of plopped right in the middle of it. Is that how it appeared to you?
JD: It did because I drove in. To be honest with you, it’s technically my first time really being in North Carolina. I’ve driven through before, and the drive itself is so incredible. But yeah, you start to wonder, where is this town? There are signs for it, but you refuse to believe it exists until you get there and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s a beautiful little, like, sanctuary in the middle of the mountains. You’re totally right.
TC: I’ve watched “Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro” a few times and as funny as the shows are in all those different places, it’s the underwear scene that has stuck with me. I laughed so hard at that I cried. You know how hilarious that is while you’re doing it, right?
JD: [laughs] Well, look, I can’t remember what’s in the documentary or not, but leading up to the documentary, I remember telling Tig, like, “They’re going to sell used underwear there.” She didn’t believe me. I said, “No, they sell used everything. Trust me. I guarantee there will be used underwear.”
Then, we found it. She discovered it and would not touch it. Total germaphobe, and as soon as somebody lets me know their weakness, I have to exploit it. [interviewer laughs] I loved every second of throwing soiled underwear in Tig Notaro’s face. I could die a happy man knowing that that was accomplished.
TC: It was so great and I rewound it a couple of times to make sure that what I saw happened as organically as I thought it did. There was nothing staged about that. It was totally in the moment and I think that made it funnier, you know?
JD: Oh, she could not believe that it happened. She thought I was a friend that could be trusted and that I would respect her wishes knowing that it’s something she would not enjoy, but no, she doesn’t know me well enough.
There was nothing staged about it. It was walking through a bizarre kind of roadside second-hand store and when I got to throw underwear in her face, I was the happiest person. I couldn’t be happier.
TC: You’re funny on your own, but in my opinion, some your greatest hits are when you’re working with other people — your appearances with Tig and Rory Scovel on “Conan” to name a couple. Do you enjoy collaboration more than solo performing?
JD: Um, not necessarily. Those ideas are just kind of borne out of, or they require other people. When you think of them, you just need other people, but no, I don’t like one or the other. As long as it’s fun and I’m enjoying myself, then great.
I don’t think I like one over the other, but yeah, I love collaboration. Rory and I have done some really fun things. Tig and I get to do some fun things. … I love collaboration, but one doesn’t win out over the other.
TC: Even with high-definition screens and all the technological advances we have now, I’m convinced hockey is still a sport that is much better live than it is on TV. Would you agree?
JD: No. I completely disagree actually. It depends on where…OK, Carolina. Where do the Hurricanes play?
TC: In Raleigh.
JD: Where’s the arena?
TC: It’s not downtown. The arena just kind of pops up like a spaceship on the edge of the city.
JD: Yep, better on TV.
I’ll tell you something. As a huge hockey fan and an Ottawa Senators fan, the Ottawa Senators built their arena in…Kanata! It’s out in the middle of nowhere! It’s outside of the city, and it’s a nightmare to get to and it’s a major reason people don’t go to that hockey arena.
I like the experience of watching in a pub with my friends and people going crazy. I prefer it on TV.
Nashville might be a totally different experience because those fans seem to go completely crazy. I’d love to go to a game in Nashville.
TC: I got your voicemail the first time I tried to call today, so I have to ask: Are you ever gonna forgive the Sklar Brothers?
JD: I feel like we should explain the voicemail. My outgoing message is, “Hi, it’s Jon. Leave me a message. If this is the Sklar Brothers, you can go to hell.”
The Sklar Brothers and I are in a major feud. I don’t see any resolution. [interviewer laughs] I don’t see it in the near future. They have a lot of work to do if they want to repair our relationship.
TC: Well, I interviewed Jason, so Randy can go to hell.1 That’s where I stand.
JD: [laughs] Well, I disagree entirely. Jason can go to…you know what? Screw ‘em both. How about that? Send ‘em both to hell.
Here it is, The Best Tweet I Can Find in Five Minutes:
Maybe if we start calling it Unborn Baby Earth instead of Mother Earth republicans will be more concerned with its well-being.
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) June 2, 2017