Ron Funches recently realized how far he’s come when someone commented on his Instagram about how he used to host an open mic hoping to make enough money in tips to afford McDonald’s for his son afterward.
Since then Funches, who wears T-shirts with secret positive messages to himself, has worked hard to become a highly sought-after actor (Undateable and Powerless), writer (Kroll Show and The Eric Andre Show), and one of the best stand-up comedians working today (Comedy Central half-hour special, hit comedy album The Funches of Us). His voice is infectious, his comedy is powerfully hilarious, and he gets high whenever possible.
Ron’s taping his first hour-long Comedy Central special at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle June 19th, and all the money from ticket sales go to the homeless shelter Mary’s Place. I’ve watched him perfect this special at clubs all over LA, and it’s safe to say it’s poised to be one of this year’s best hours of stand-up comedy.
We talked over the phone about puffing joints, pro wrestling, raising a son with autism, and …