Stand-up comic and actor Chris D’Elia isn’t slowing down. He’s got a lead role in the new NBC sitcom “Undateable,” which aired in May, a new stand-up tour, and even has a film in the works.
The New Jersey-born, L.A.-bred comic will stop at Lisner Auditorium Saturday night as part of his “Under No Influence” tour.
We spoke to D’Elia about his latest material, the relationship between stand-up and acting and his weirdest onstage moments. The interview was edited for length.
Hatchet: You’ve said that you see yourself more as a stand-up comedian than an actor. What is it about stand-up comedy that you’re drawn to?
D’Elia: I just like doing it, you know, myself. When it comes to acting, you’re relying on other people for cues, and when you’re on TV, people shoot it and edit and write it, and, you know, it’s not really you. Stand-up is the only thing that’s purely you.
Hatchet: Do you ever get nervous?
D’Elia: I used to get nervous, I mean, when I first started. But now I feel like there’s no reason to. I know what I’m doing and I’ve worked the material. And even if it doesn’t work, who cares, you know?
Hatchet: How much of your stand-up is scripted?
D’Elia: I just kinda go up knowing what I’m going to talk about. I don’t really write anything down, I just kind of have ideas and I go up and work them out.
Hatchet: What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?
D’Elia: I was making fun of somebody and they attacked me.
Hatchet: Like, physically?
D’Elia: Yeah. A woman. She was talking [during the show] and I told her to be quiet. She was crazy.
Hatchet: Tell me a little bit about your role as “Danny” on the new NBC sitcom, “Undateable.”
D’Elia: Basically, he’s a ladies’ man that girls don’t want a relationship with, they just kind of like, like him for a night or two. And he’s trying to give himself to help these other guys. Then they become friends, and it’s mostly about like, you know, just friendship. But I have fun doing it. There’s a lot of other comedians in the show, and we all know each other, so it’s pretty fun.
Hatchet: Do you identify with your character?
D’Elia: Not really. I mean, I don’t know, I’m not in a relationship myself. But he’s kind of a ladies’ man. I don’t know if I would say that about myself. But, yeah, I’m trying.
Hatchet: How does stand-up influence your acting, and vice versa?
D’Elia: I think that stand-up kind of teaches you to just kind of be free and not worry about failing, which can help as an actor too. I think it’s harder to get there as an actor and it’s like, a little bit easier as a comedian because you just kind of throw yourself to the world. You learn how to just kinda say, fuck it. So it helps as an actor.
Hatchet: What can people look forward to at “Under No Influence” this Saturday? You recently tweeted that it will include all new material.
D’Elia: You know, it’s still my same style and everything, it’s just new material. A little bit more opinionated stuff. I talk about sports, I talk about guys and girls, but it’s all new stuff and it’s just kind of my opinions on things.
Hatchet: How do you feel about performing at a college venue?
D’Elia: College venues can be a little wilder, just because they’re kids. You know, it should be fun. But funny is funny. Once you get into a rhythm and people fall into listening to you, it just kind of works. I guess funny is funny.
Hatchet: On your Vine account (@chrisdelia) you’re known make fun of strangers on in public, but they never seem to notice. Have you ever gotten caught?
D’Elia: No. Never. But then people try to shoot me and I see them all the time. It’s so annoying. I just want them to be better at it. Like, I never got caught, ever. Just, you know, just do it slyer.
Hatchet: What’s next on your agenda career-wise?
D’Elia: I did a movie called “Flock of Dudes,” I don’t know when it comes out, but it’s got a great cast, and I’m doing this tour and then I’m shooting my special in December. So there’s that. And then the second season of “Undateable” starts. Well, we’ve got to shoot it, but that’ll come out sometime next year.
Hatchet: What’s the last thing that made you laugh?
D’Elia: I was at a diner last night with my friends. The thing that makes me laugh the most is just hanging out with friends. And we do that after shows, we’ll just go to a diner and eat, and just kind of bullshit, mess around, and that always makes me laugh really hard.
Hatchet: What’s the funniest Twitter handle you know of?
D’Elia: @coffee_dad. He just tweets about coffee. Like, a father. It’s really funny.
Chris D’Elia will perform at Lisner Auditorium Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29 regular / $23 student