November 2019

Featuring Lana Rhoades

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David Koechner

DAVID KOECHNER IS FUNNIER THAN YOU. SORRY, BUT IT’S TRUE. WHY ELSE WOULD HIS REAL-LIFE PALS (AND SUPERSTARS) WILL FERRELL AND STEVE CARELL CONSIDER HIM COMEDY’S GO-TO GUY? THE TOWERING FUNNYMAN HAS APPEARED IN OVER 130 FILMS AND TV SHOWS—AND IS CURRENTLY LIGHTING UP A SCREEN NEAR YOU IN THE HORROR-COMEDY HIT KRAMPUS. EVERYBODY HAS A FAVORITE KOECHNER ROLE: FROM PACKER DEFECATING UNDER DESKS IN THE OFFICE TO CHAMP KIND DROPPING THE “WHAMMY!” IN ANCHORMAN. WE CAUGHT UP WITH KOECHNER FOR A BACKYARD BARBECUE AND GRILLED THIS EVERY-DAD ON BINGE-DRINKING WITH BILL BRASKY, THE BLOSSOMING OF MILEY CYRUS AND DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM HOMETOWN DRIFTERS.

HUSTLER: You came up in iO and Second City out in Chicago before you went to SNL, right?

DAVID KOECHNER: I started taking classes in ’87, but I got up onstage and was on a team within two months. So it really is about stage time. It’s basically the 10,000-hours theory. If you get enough stage time, you’re going to get better and better and better. Sometimes I would have classes four times a week and then shows on the weekend. It was a marvelous time to be in Chicago.

You came up with Steve Carell?

Everybody. Carell, Colbert, Colbert’s head writer Tom Purcell. I was there with Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, all the writers from Conan, plus Andy Richter. John Glaser…

Adam McKay…

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