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Episode 456 - Billy Braver

Marc wasn’t familiar with comedian Billy Braver, mostly because Billy Braver quit show business before Marc became a comic. Billy joins Marc in the garage to talk about the process that took him from being a rising comic in Los Angeles to becoming a car salesman. Billy also explains how, after being out of the game for decades, he plans to get back into the business. This episode is sponsored by The Spoils of Babylon on IFC.

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  • 11 Comments


ikdks December 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm


He should audition for Adventure Time.

Eric December 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm


sold fake rolexes to ricardo montalban, as in star trek’s Khan? amazing.

Eric December 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm


i love how open this guy is with is fascination with smells, whether it be his cologne, a woman he’s dating, or andrew dice clay.

BigGuy December 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm


Billy comes across so kind and sweet, without the tough edge so many have, even though he’s had a pretty rough life.  There’s an underlying strength of character that’s unbelievable.  This is a man who whenever he’s been told something in confidence has NEVER revealed what he’s been told. That’s very rare in any business, but especially in show business.

He’s a Tzadik, though he would never claim to be; amazing.

BigGuy December 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm


http://vimeo.com/22673332

Saab Story is on vimeo for free.  Above is the link.

Scott December 27, 2013 at 6:09 am


I’m not clear on when he was dating the Italian actress.

Bryce December 27, 2013 at 1:55 pm


“How do you like me so far?”

Steve Kahn December 28, 2013 at 1:41 am


Great interview, Marc. Billy got his start in stand up at Folk City and Bitter End in the late 60’s (NOT 70s) because he was in those TV shows in the mid 70s. Interestingly enough this guy got out of show biz at the top of his game.

MWP December 28, 2013 at 9:42 am


One might compare this session with the Matt Graham (scrabble & self mutilation guy) interview. He’s a Lil Abner kind of a guy, always with a dark cloud over his head. His lack of brashness, neurotic behavior, and a fair amount of bad luck did him in. Very painful (IMHO) as Marc skillfully brought Billy out of himself. He pegged him correctly when he labelled him as a “subtle act.” The onstage schtick had a quirky charm, but wasn’t particularly well developed. I bet the star makers like Leno and Letterman turn around and run when they see this guy, too much tsuris! Wish him well, but he’s a project. No offense intended to Billy.

Krista Harris December 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm


What a nice guy Billy Braver seems to be. I was unfamiliar with his work but will now have to change that. While I’m sure he was a great SAAB salesman I’m glad he has plans to get back into comedy. It’s weirdly comforting to know that an artist is an artist and there’s really no escaping it. What a relief!

Jake January 08, 2014 at 11:58 pm


Happened upon this great photo when Googling Billy Braver.

http://www.laweekly.com/imager/today-in-photographs-january-24-1978/b/original/2426037/8f80/leno.jpg