For years, David Gborie (no need to pronounce that “G” in his last name) has been a beloved favorite in comedy circles around the country, especially in his current home of Los Angeles. You may already know him from the Viceland series Flophouse and Party Legends, or perhaps his appearance on Conan. It could be that you’ve stopped into his stand-up night, Faded, at Blue Rooster, a premium art supply shop in Los Feliz. Or maybe you listen to the comedy podcast he cohosts, All Fantasy Everything, which imagines fantasy drafts of anything in pop culture, from songs to sandwiches. Whatever it is, get ready, because Gborie’s on the precipice of becoming a household name, after just wrapping a half-hour solo special for Comedy Central, plus a set for the brand-new series, The New Negroes With Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle.
Our comedy expert, Jake Kroeger of the Comedy Bureau, caught up with this unabashedly honest and surprisingly sweet guy while he could, to chat about success and a love of Los Angeles.
What Should We Do: How would you define yourself in a pithy label or phrase?
David Gborie: “Excitable enthusiasm for whatever the day brings.”
WSWD: That works. How would you define “making it”?
Gborie: Having people who care about your art, and being able to pay rent.
WSWD: Have you felt like you’ve made it or are close to making it?
Gborie: That’s a dangerous question. I feel like I’ve achieved some of my goals, but there’s definitely no end point on my dreams. If you give me the moon, I gotta try for Mars.
WSWD: Back on earth…what’s your perfect day in Los Angeles?
Gborie: Walk around Highland Park, take the train to Blue Rooster Art Supplies to watch [my stand-up night] Faded, drinks at the Roost, and a nightcap at Del Taco.
WSWD: Underrated things in town?
Gborie: Public transportation and artistic integrity.
WSWD: How about some underrated things in life?
Gborie: Not knowing the right answer and deli sandwiches.
WSWD: Do you feel like a coastal elitist? Why or why not?
Gborie: [Laughing] Thankfully, no. I’ve only been to New York four times, and I’m not that into it.
WSWD: Electric scooters have become something of a controversy in L.A. What’s your take?
Gborie: Not a big fan. Walking was working out OK.
WSWD: If you could get away with something, what would it be?
Gborie: Give free high-speed Internet to broke people.
WSWD: Is there something in pop culture you are glad you missed out on?
Gborie: Yes, politics.
WSWD: You have a somewhat controversial Instagram handle, which other comedians have begged you to change. In theory, what would it take (if anything) to change @coolguyjokes87 to something else?
Gborie: You can pry that handle from my cold, dead hands.
WSWD: Do you have any feelings on nostalgia pervading everything in pop culture?
Gborie: It’s kind of corny. I was there for the ’90s; it was fine. Let’s push it forward.
WSWD: On one of the latest episodes of All Fantasy Everything, you discussed “words that are fun to say.” What’s your favorite word right now?
Gborie: Fiduciary. It sounds way sexier than it should, and it’s probably something I should know more about. I think it’s Latin.
WSWD: Favorite song right now that you listen to on repeat for an hour at least?
Gborie: “Juice” by Lizzo. That song makes me feel like I’m 10 feet tall and hot as hell. It sounds like summer and spring making out.
WSWD: This is L.A., so we have to ask…crystals or spirit animal?
Gborie: I believe in science.