We Talked to The Fighter and The Kid About Their Upcoming Denver Stand-Up Shows, CO Music, & More

By: Hannah Oreskovich + An Interview By David Landry

This is a duo you don't want to miss. 

You may know actor/writer/comedian Bryan Callen and former professional football player, UFC fighter, and Colorado native/CU alum Brendan Schaub best from their podcast “The Fighter and The Kid”, which garners over 3 million downloads a month. I first heard the comedic duo on The Joe Rogan Experience, which prompted me to dive into their hilarious and wildly successful show. Recently, the two announced that they’re hitting the road together for a nationwide stand-up tour, starting at the Irvine Improv in California this Wednesday, March 16th. We were hoping for a Colorado date, and lucky for us, WE GOT FOUR, the most shows of anywhere that these riotous dudes are scheduled to perform.

Our contributor David recently chatted with the duo about their upcoming stand-up tour, Schaub’s time at CU, Colorado music, and more. So get ready to roar this Friday and Saturday at Comedy Works Denver South, because if our conversation with these two is any indication, it’s going to be one hell of a weekend at the CW. Keep reading, and for the full audio interview, scroll to the bottom and listen up:

D: How yah doing gentleman?

C: Just a couple of men on a Friday morning.

Schaub & Callen. 

Schaub & Callen. 

D: Haha great. So you have a really fantastic podcast. It’s really funny and it seems really natural, like you guys just have fun talking and laughing with each other. How did y’all meet and build that chemistry and create something like this?

S: We’ve always kind of had that chemistry, from day one. I met Brian on the set of The Ultimate Fighter in Vegas and I’ve always been interested in the entertainment business. Bryan is one of the pioneers for that out here [in LA] so when I moved out here, he took me under his wing. He asked me to come on his podcast and we had this weird chemistry, so it was Brian’s idea to start this thing and, man, I was never expecting it to become what it has.

C: Yeah- you never know if something is going to become successful. But we are two guys who are hanging out and talking the way we would anyway- and that’s the big thing. We’re not planning anything. We just go and talk. And when we have someone on as a guest, we’re not trying to interview them…. They’re part of a conversation. There’s no filter.

S: Yeah we have no agenda. We can talk [with our guests] about whatever we all want to talk about. We’re just hanging out. I think a lot of people tune in because [it’s like] they’re one of the guys. A lot of people in this business want the love from everybody, but that’s not the way to go. And that’s how I know a show is good- if we get a bunch of bad comments or good comments, as long as they’re comments, it’s good because then we know they care about what we’re saying.

C: It’s true. In comedy, if 20% of the audience is a little disturbed or maybe doesn’t even like you that much, then you’re doing your job. If everybody likes you, then you’re just one of those comics up there smashing watermelons or something, with all due respect.

S: Yeah I’m thinking about smashing fruit at our next live show Brian. I’m running out of material…

C: I’m already all over it.

D: I think as long as you wear a cabbie hat and a mustache for that, you’ll be fine. So talk to us about this radical tour ya’ll are about to start on March 16th.

S: We start in Irvine and then we head to my hometown of Denver.

D: So Brendan you’re from Colorado? You grew up here and are from the Denver area?

S: Correct- I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and I went to Overland High School, and then I went to University of Colorado where I played football for four years.

D: That’s fantastic. I didn’t know you grew up in Colorado as well. Is that a reason you are doing four shows at Comedy Works Denver on March 18th and 19th?

S: Yeah that’s usually not our game plan. Usually what we do is one city, one night, one show- a big show- in like 800-900 [person] theatres. But in Denver at Comedy Works… I mean I’m from there so I’d like everybody who wants to see it to be able to see it, and it’s Denver. I know they’re going to come out and support, so that’s kind of the plan here.

C: A lot of times we’ll do a show and sell out really quickly but the bummer is we have to turn a bunch of people away and we’re like look, we’re in Denver, let’s just do four shows and see what happens.

D: That’s awesome.

S: Oh and it’s my birthday March 18th!

D: So the 18th show is going to be like a nude show? Everyone’s going to be in their birthday suits?

S: Yeah the only way you’re going to get in is with a birthday suit and a positive attitude. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

D: I’m glad we’re on the same page. So BolderBeat is a music news and entertainment website. Brendan- growing up in Colorado, who were some of the local bands and artists that you were listening to? And what were some of the places you’d go hang out in with your football buddies?

S: I remember one of the [local] bands who was really huge in highschool and college was The Fray. They were awesome. As far as other Colorado bands, I worked security at The Fillmore, The Gothic, and Red Rocks in college so I was around a lot of the music industry… And as far as where we hung out, I was in the typical Boulder spots: The Sink, Pearl Street.

C: Yeah some really big bands have come out of [Colorado] right? Like Big Head Todd [& the Monsters]?

D: Yeah and The Samples. So when you guys go out and do a performance of “The Fighter and The Kid” live, are you going out and doing the podcast?

S: See that’s where people make a mistake. A lot of the bigger podcasts in the podcast world go out and do these live shows, but “The Fighter and The Kid” live show is not a live podcast... it’s a live experience, it’s an entertainment show. It’s not like the podcast. But if you like the podcast, you’ll love this. We get pretty wild and have some fun.

C: Yeah we kind of surprise each other too. We like to throw things in there and get crazy.

D: Nice. So your podcast is weekly- are you still doing the podcast while you are on the road since y’all are on tour until May?

S: Yeah we always find time to get it done. The podcast is our mothership and home base and we know that not everyone can make it to these live shows. We realize that. So people can still bank on two podcasts a week, that’s for sure.

C: Always. Without fail.

D: Cool. Can you tell us one of the weirdest things that has happened to y’all while you were traveling on tour?

C: One time this woman got up and accused Brendan of proposing to her and there was this weird moment in the audience. She was like, “You asked me to marry you.” And she was um… she was the worst. She looked like Brendan with a wig. And Brendan was like-

S: -yeah we do open forum fan questions at the end where it’s a live mic, so you can’t really censor those. So we’ve had some pretty interesting questions. It makes it fun though. That’s how we end every show.

C: Then it’s like $10 to touch us and $15 to have sex with us.

50 Cent allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

50 Cent allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

D: Well gentleman, I don’t really have any more questions. We know you’re playing Comedy Works South in Denver this weekend. Anything else you’d like to add?

C: We’re excited.

S: Last time I was in Denver, I was fighting in an octagon for the UFC, so this performance, I think, is going to be a little more fun.

D: Well hopefully there will still be a knockout.

C: Brenden and I are going to do some light sparring on stage, some light sparring.

D: Can’t wait.

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We’ll see you at Denver Comedy Works South this weekend peeps.

-Hannah & David

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