Andy Kindler has a reputation as the "comic's comic," not just for the originality of his stage act, but for the zest he takes in mocking the norms of conventional (read: hack) comedy in his routines. A recurring actor on such shows as "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," Kindler will bring his carefully scrutinized shtick to Atlanta's Laughing Skull Lounge for a four-night stint beginning Jan. 6. He spoke with CL beforehand about his new show on Fox, how he perceives himself in show business and how he feels about the president.
What's going on?
Not a lot right this second, just at home watching television, and I've got to say, I really like Obama. You can quote me on that: I'm an Obama supporter.
Got it. Andy Kindler is an Obama fan. Are you planning on doing political comedy while you're in Atlanta?
Nope. I just like the guy, and I thought you should know for no reason at all.
Noted. So you were a judge on this past season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Did you enjoy that?
Oh, man, that was great! I love to judge people, and I don't just mean for comedy. The more opportunity I have to sit back and judge others, the better.
Now that "LCS" is over, what are you currently working on?
Well, I'm on a new animated show coming out on Fox called "Bob's Burgers." I play a character named Mort the Mortician.
This isn't the first animated show you've lent your voice to. Did you always know you had a unique-sounding voice, and did you figure it would actually get you work?
I know what my voice sounds like, but I certainly didn't imagine the day where there would be a demand for it.
So Mort the Mortician isn't the main character, but he's heavily featured in the show, right? You've made quite a career out of playing recurring characters.
Yeah, when I retire I'm trying to go into the recurring character hall of fame. That seems to be my thing.
Is that by design, or would you like to one day be the star of your own show?
I don't have any plans to. I mean, if someone wanted to give me my own show, sure I'd love to have my own show, but it's more about reality than what I want. I'm fully aware of myself, and I don't think there's a huge demographic of people out there just waiting for a guy that looks and sounds like me to star in a show. I'm funny, but I'm no Jim Belushi.