Chuck Shute Podcast

Jeremy Hotz (comedian)

September 02, 2022 Jeremy Hotz Season 4 Episode 275
Chuck Shute Podcast
Jeremy Hotz (comedian)
Show Notes Transcript

Jeremy Hotz is a stand up comedian and actor who has appeared in a number of TV shows, films and comedy specials.  He got his start as a writer for the Jon Stewart Show and would later win a Gemini award for his work on the TV show "The Newsroom."  In this episode we discuss his stand up persona, working with Jason Priestly, getting out of a potential mugging, his current stand up tour and more! 

00:00 - Intro
00:45 - New Tour & Poster 
02:42 - Comedy Clubs In L.A. 
04:22 - Comedy Awards 
05:58 - Instagram Models & Only Fans 
07:30 - Playboy Mansion & Hefner 
09:30 - Comedy Central & Australia 
10:36 - Developing the Stand Up Persona 
12:50 - Dealing with Anxiety & Medication
13:40 - Shackleton The Wonder Dog & Fans 
14:55 - Canada Vs. L.A. 
17:30 - Writing on The Jon Stewart Show 
19:50 - The Newsroom 
20:45 - Canadian Culture & Life 
25:20 - Crime Shows, Murder & Prison
27:10 - Running From the Police 
29:15 - Half-Hearted Mugger 
30:22 - Writing Checks,  Money & Investments 
32:55 - Nudity & Junk 
34:00 - Call Me Fitz & Jason Priestly 
35:46 - Film Work & Radio Show 
38:16 - Comedy Gives Back 
39:53 - Finding Shows 
40:40 - Outro 

Jeremy Hotz website:
https://jeremyhotz.com

Comedy Gives Back website:
https://www.comedygivesback.com

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http://chuckshute.com

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Chuck Shute:

Hey guys, we're switching it up a little bit today and we have a comedian on the show. It's been a while since we've had a comedian. But he is a great comedian. Very funny guy Jeremy hots. He's award winning actor, writer and comedian from Canada. And he's got a tour lined up there right now and we're going to talk about that, plus his work on speed to his work on the Jon Stewart show his work with Jason Priestley on call me Fitz, and how he ran from the police but also how he foiled and attempted mugging. Talk about his anxiety and so much more. Stay right there. Please welcome Jeremy Hotz, the show how you doing?

Jeremy Hotz:

Hi, how are you?

Chuck Shute:

You're so mellow.

Jeremy Hotz:

This is it's early in the morning and I'm you know, it's I don't I'm not hyper when I wake up like that. I save that for the stage where it'll do some good.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, okay, so tell me you got this new tour. And I'm, how do you even say this? I don't want to say this wrong. I'm gonna sound like an idiot. So that you announced the name of the tour.

Jeremy Hotz:

It's called the Marquis de said tour. Oh,

Chuck Shute:

did have it right.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, that's yeah, it's we just dropped the E cuz I'm known as miserable. So that was sad. And then I think I'd look like a moron. And then they put a wig on and then I held my dog. That was that was the whole thing. And then everybody's gone crazy for the poster. Who knows? You never know when you come up with a title of a tour. If it's going to be something that this one seemed to catch everyone by surprise. I don't know. I don't know if

Chuck Shute:

it looked interesting is like a like a revolutionary. I don't know. There's probably some sort of smart thing behind it that I don't get because I'm dumb, but okay.

Jeremy Hotz:

It looks classy, though. That's all but it has nothing to do with the pervert. The real Marquis decide who was like, who's like, you know, that's what saddest are named after you realize that right? No, see, I

Chuck Shute:

didn't know this.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, he was the first guy that liked slapping people. And that made it made him happy.

Chuck Shute:

Oh, yeah. There's a lot of people like that in the world right now.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah. Or there's a lot of people that could use one, right?

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, that too. So is it only Canadian dates right now? There's no US dates.

Jeremy Hotz:

I live here. Yeah, I played two. I live here though. I play mostly clubs here. And then what I do is I work on, I work on the big theater shows and I do them in Canada.

Chuck Shute:

So you're bigger in Canada? Because you are.

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh, yeah. I'm from Canada. I moved from Canada. Yeah.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, but didn't you weren't you born in South Africa?

Jeremy Hotz:

I was but you know, we were one when I moved. So you know, I told my parents Hey, I don't agree with this apartheid crap. And they went the kids right. And we left.

Chuck Shute:

So what who's your like? Home comedy club in LA? Do you have one or you just bounce around? Like you go to the Comedy Store your regular their laugh factory or

Jeremy Hotz:

factory? Improv comedy and magic club?

Unknown:

Oh, really? Yeah.

Jeremy Hotz:

They're really good one. Yeah, one's

Chuck Shute:

really cool. I went to go see a friend perform there once. And that was sold out. So we're sitting there backstage, and all of a sudden, this guy was really tall guy walks through the door was Kevin Nealon.

Jeremy Hotz:

Holy shit. big stars. That's the big Star Club. And that's the that's the best club in California. Period. Is it? Absolutely. Yeah, they still do

Chuck Shute:

a lot of magic though. I didn't see any magic.

Jeremy Hotz:

You know, you know, something. It's variety is what they're really, it really shouldn't be called the comedy and variety. Because it's sometimes it's a juggler that got buddies juggling, like a chainsaw, a bowling ball and a severed head or something. You know what I mean? Like the crazy percent, you know, magic. And that varieties changed to put it that way. It's like, I saw a guy walk on and he had taught his dog to open and close his mouth like this. And he did ventriloquism like he was doing the dog's voice. Yeah. Oh, wow.

Chuck Shute:

And it timed with the dogs. That's it's pretty

Jeremy Hotz:

good. I mean, you gotta say it's pretty good. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Wow. That's amazing. Well,

Chuck Shute:

you yourself I mean, you tell me about these awards that you've won the two Canadian Comedy Awards. The I don't know. I'm not familiar with the Dave brought Broadfoot Genius Award and then the best male standard 2009 Yeah, kids abroad

Jeremy Hotz:

foot cook Genius Award there that's that's a big deal. You can another that's a big one. You know, that's not a that's not like a just a best comic of the year thing that's kind of like he here. We like you. We're good. We're calling you a genius. Enjoy. When they give you a sharp piece of glass that you can't take on the plane because they think it's a weapon.

Chuck Shute:

So how did you did you have to ship at home then or I've wrapped

Jeremy Hotz:

it up in newspaper and because it was a Canadian airline, they didn't even look through my luggage.

Unknown:

Oh, well, let's get to know, I feel safe now.

Jeremy Hotz:

So, whatever. Listen, it's very nice thing to be awarded something in your career because you don't really go looking for anything right? You just all you want to do is to stand up and make people laugh. And then when you're recognized for anything, you should be grateful, you know?

Chuck Shute:

Right. But isn't that the whole point of stand up? You want to? Yeah, you want to make a lot of people laugh. Like if it's just your family, then you're not really a stand up comedian.

Jeremy Hotz:

Right. But you'll say you are. You know, there's a lot of that going on right now. A lot a lot. I'm a comic. Really? Yeah, I do. Open open mic night on, you know, three, three times a month. Wow. It's like there's a lot of that going on. Everyone's a comic now. Right. Have you noticed?

Chuck Shute:

Well, you're a supermodel. Everyone can be a supermodel now. It's amazing.

Jeremy Hotz:

That's just like what what? Remember MySpace? Yeah. Okay, this that what's going on on Instagram right now with all the supermodels and the women wearing bathing suits. That's the same thing that happened on MySpace except they weren't naked. That's all I'm saying. You know?

Chuck Shute:

Well, that's what only fans afford Nessie. Now they can make money off about it. They don't just post it for fun and attention. They can actually make a lot of money out of it

Jeremy Hotz:

off of what the when they're actually naked. And then they for their own fans.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah. Oh, yeah. You know that girl like the Cash Me Outside girl, whatever it was on Dr. Phil. She's like one of the highest paid only fans, people like I think she made like $16 million last year or something from only fans.

Jeremy Hotz:

That's incredible. And she's not even doing porn. She's showing yourself naked.

Chuck Shute:

I think I don't even know if she's naked. She might just be in bikinis. I don't know. But she makes the $16 million. And she that's the talent is just being a cute girl.

Jeremy Hotz:

And I waste my time writing an act.

Chuck Shute:

Doesn't that get frustrating? Like, I will think I do a really good podcast and I have these great questions and a rapport with the guests. And I feel so like cocky, almost. And then I'll see this girl on Instagram post a bikini photo and we'll get 2 million views. And of

Jeremy Hotz:

course, of course. Half the people looking at it are guys of course. We're visual, you know? Yeah. What are women do? Hey, look, and then you we do we do our whole lives? We look? That's what they do. So you know. Don't Don't look at me what?

Chuck Shute:

Well, yeah, and didn't tell me the story. Didn't you play the Playboy Mansion? You said that was your best and worst gig tell me that story. I don't know the story.

Jeremy Hotz:

I did. I did play. I didn't play the Playboy Mansion. I went to the Playboy Mansion. Oh, you didn't have a gig there? No. I met a girl. I don't want to talk about that story. It's really that bad. Yeah, it's not one of the better ones. You know what I mean? Hey, I went to the Playboy Mansion once that's that's the whole story right there.

Chuck Shute:

That's, I mean, that's still pretty amazing that you got to do that. But have you seen the new documentary on Hefner?

Jeremy Hotz:

I did. Well, I haven't seen the thing, but I've seen it advertised. Yeah.

Chuck Shute:

Well, that was creepy. I did not know a lot of that stuff. Oh, you've watched it already? Yeah, it was very isn't very creepy. Like creepy

Jeremy Hotz:

kind of way or what?

Chuck Shute:

Huh? Boy? Yeah, it get bogged down. I mean, the way the some of the stuff he did and kept cameras, and it's just it's seemed like a weird dude.

Jeremy Hotz:

Really? Yeah. Well, it was a weird thing to have a mansion with just like naked women walking around it. You know? Seriously, like, come on. Like what are you doing there?

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, I mean, it's like I feel like people say I think this power corrupts people or two people who are corrupt go get power. I don't know what the I don't know what comes first the chicken or the egg. But I have

Jeremy Hotz:

no idea. But you know, without him there wouldn't have been Playboy and didn't is didn't his daughter take over the magazine and then take all the nudity out of it.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, I don't I don't think it's going so well right now. I mean, because again, you got these there's so much Internet porn for free. Why would anyone buy a magazine?

Jeremy Hotz:

Because Playboy was a classy magazine. It was classy, naked women.

Chuck Shute:

You got to be classy on Instagram and only fans I think.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, the only fans just sounds just sounds like another name for just born it's only fans alright. Yeah, sure. Your what's going on in there? You know? That's like parlor okay. Yeah,

Chuck Shute:

I was so I've always been curious because I discovered you like God, it had been like the 90s when you like went viral? I think it was the just laughs was that what your first big thing that went like that you had like a seven or 10 minute clip or something that went viral when that viral back then but Comedy Central

Jeremy Hotz:

I think probably presents went crazy. That's what that's that's probably what it was in America. If you if you were in the states that's probably it. Because did you didn't get Just For Laughs stuff did you?

Chuck Shute:

Oh, yeah. Well, I don't know what it was. Yeah. Think was Comedy Central is probably called something else. But I remember seeing you like in college, I was really into stand up in college. Oh,

Jeremy Hotz:

you probably saw stuff like, like I'm famous in Australia because they just for laughs sent those things. They you know, they had a thing with Australia. So all this stuff went to Australia. So I have all these Australian fans. Yeah, it's wherever they send it, you know? Wasn't on in America, which is why I'm more famous in Canada than in America. Had it been it would be the same, you know? Okay, that's it. That's it. Okay, so

Chuck Shute:

explain the process. Because I've always wondered this. And I listened to some interviews, and I cannot find the story of how exactly you develop your stand up persona. I know that you were it was a festival in Montreal, and people were telling you, you got to do it this way. And do it that way. And then you just so you just came up with this character. But like, had you practiced that before? Or did you just think

Jeremy Hotz:

it was I was so nervous when I was there, the first time that I put my hand in front of my face. And my friend said, you got your hand in front of your face, don't do that. You got to show your face when you go on. And then I just kept saying, Take your hand away from your face. And I only found out that I only realized I was doing it when they told me that was it. And then it was just the way I was feeling at the time. And then I felt like you know, very isolated and then I went on and I did a what do you call it a new faces show? You know, because I was young. Okay, annihilated sisters Christ. You know, so I, I'd had all this high energy, and I just sort of stood there and told them how I really, you know, my body language told them what I was really feeling like, and that was the beginning of the end for me, because I wasn't going to jump around on stage like a crazy person anymore at all. You know,

Chuck Shute:

are you doing that before? Yeah, I

Jeremy Hotz:

had energy. I had crazy energy. And I didn't know how to control it. And you know, there was that. And I just hadn't found myself yet. At all. And then right before the festival I did, which was really lucky. It was very good timing for me, because I broke out because of that. Yeah,

Chuck Shute:

so it's like the handle for your face. But also, it's like, I heard people say that, that you're on the verge of cracking up, but I feel like it's cracking up laughing like you're you're like, are Sorry, sorry, someone say you're on the verge of tears. But I think it's more like you're on the verge of of like, like you're gonna laugh hysterically. You know, it's all

Jeremy Hotz:

that you know. It's like nothing you've ever seen before is when he's trying to tell you Yes. Remember it because you there's no one. There's no other hots. You can't do it. Except if you're me. That's the only way. Yeah, you gotta be you have to be angst riddled and have generalized anxiety disorder, or else you can't really do me.

Chuck Shute:

So it's just like kind of an exaggerated version.

Jeremy Hotz:

That's what it is. When I'm at my at my absolute worst, you know, when the meds aren't working, and the doctor won't give them to me and he's not even really my doctor.

Chuck Shute:

Are you still you're still doing the meds and stuff. I can't do the big

Jeremy Hotz:

strong meds a that's the problem. That's the major problem because the big strong meds for anxiety make you I wouldn't be able to write material. You can't. So I actually still have to go. It's not as bad as it used to be. I still go through some stuff before I go on. You know, it's not an easy, it's not an easy time now.

Chuck Shute:

Right? Because if you if they give you the really strong stuff, then it just it takes the whole edge off and now you

Jeremy Hotz:

go to sleep essentially

Chuck Shute:

like Ativan and stuff like that

Jeremy Hotz:

you walk around like like a millennial, you know a zombie it's such an ass

Chuck Shute:

no but so and then you still have your you still have your your emotional support dog. Yeah. Shaq

Jeremy Hotz:

jackal tend to wonder dog. Yeah, I still got him and I bring him on the road. And he's he's becoming quite a bit of a celebrity. When I walk him down the street. I'll hear Shaq and then he'll look and then he'll look at me and I'll go I don't know that guy either, man. I don't know why he's yelling your name. Just keep walking. Let's pretend we didn't hear it.

Chuck Shute:

So he's okay with the fame and like going on the airplanes and stuff that doesn't bother him. He likes

Jeremy Hotz:

being with his dad. I don't think he likes the autograph line. No, but he's got to do it because you know, he's learning to be a team player.

Chuck Shute:

Is there an autograph line after the shows?

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh yeah. Geez my god that's sometimes that's longer than the show

Chuck Shute:

that's cool that you do that because some comedians just bolt after the

Jeremy Hotz:

show you know I don't do that i My fans come first and that's the way it is period always will be always has been that's that's just the way I am you know without them there's no meat right like it's not like if you look at my career I've been one of those guys that you know the network's all go this guy that guy pay no attention to them at all. You know, did you ever have

Chuck Shute:

because I know you've done Leno and Letterman and stuff. Did anyone ever pitch you like a series for yourself or anything like that though?

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh many times but You know, I mean, obviously, there's that ethnic problem. Oh, yeah. We got a problem there. And you know, I'm to New York for some things if you know what I mean. Or to Canadian? No, I'm not Canadian enough, apparently. Yeah.

Chuck Shute:

Oh, is that a problem?

Jeremy Hotz:

I guess I don't know. Interesting. It's odd that you can be a household name for something in a country and never really have your own show. Really? Yeah. So that

Chuck Shute:

you're that big in Canada? Like you're like a household like if I go to Canada and say your name people know who you are. Yes. Yes. And they wouldn't give you a show.

Jeremy Hotz:

Why I've never really you know, who cares? What do you think I left? You like I knew is yeah, you know, I moved years ago.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, you like LA better than Canada.

Jeremy Hotz:

Listen, it's my life. I live here you know, I mean, it's nothing. I love Canadian people. You know, most of them but the bottom line is I don't live there anymore. But I'm still Canadian as hell like I I watched the hockey on on on satellite TV. I mean, you can't stop me being I'm wearing a Vancouver Canucks hat. They're not even my team. It's just every day. I like the leafs. You know, I don't like to say it but I do. You know,

Chuck Shute:

is that because you're from Ottawa, right? So is that the closest team or a there was

Jeremy Hotz:

no Ottawa when I was a kid, there was no Ottawa hockey team. So it was Toronto. My brother was a Montreal Canadiens fan. So I was a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. That's the way it was. Yeah. Yeah. Back in the day, man, you know, went growing up in Ottawa. Yeah. To change

Chuck Shute:

the culture shock coming from Canada to La that's like two polar opposites. And well, I guess in some ways, some of the weather wise, at least,

Jeremy Hotz:

I lived in New York. First, I wrote on the Jon Stewart show for a year and a half. And so I got to live in New York. And so I had a bit of a prelim to it. But there's nothing like Los Angeles, you know, it took me You know, I mean, every you know, like, it's violent. It's different than Canada. I mean, like, the guy today asked me, I didn't think for Winnipeg, and the guy asked me, you know, you live in America. So, you know, aren't you worried everybody there has a gun? And I'm like, dude, not everybody here has a gun. I have drones.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah. Tell me about you mentioned the John Stuart. Thanks. So tell me that story. Because didn't you submit the sketches to kids in the hall first, and then John Stewart got a hold of them. And then they they hired you from those based on those sketches?

Jeremy Hotz:

No, I'd submitted sketches to the kids in the hall. And then I submitted sketches to the John Stuart show. And then I got the John Stuart show is well, they were separate. So they were the same ones. Yeah, they weren't the same, you know? Oh, I think Nate, I don't know. I don't know if it was a similar pack. It might have been a similar pack, you know, the way you send out a pack, and then I've never sent anything out before. And then I got a gig like, right away, man, you know, like, they didn't know who I was or anything, right. I had no, I just got a gig man. You know, so

Chuck Shute:

before you kind of broke out through

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. Like my manager at Just For Laughs that year that I broke out was the was the executive producer of the John Stuart show, Barry. I met him there. And he said, I said, I don't have a manager. And he said, I'll do it. And then I broke out in Montreal that year, just by chance. Okay, so it was all just like, everything just happened. What can I say? I mean, you know, yeah,

Chuck Shute:

well, what's the what were the sketches? Do you remember what you must have had some good ones?

Jeremy Hotz:

I can't remember there. But one was about a cockroach. I don't remember. But we wrote some really funny things on that show. I wrote with David tell on that show. He was no way really. David tell was on that show. Who else was on that show that you would know Tom hertz, another stand up comic from the back in the day? And then and he became a showrunner. They're, like all the guys on that show? A lot of them anyway. We're like, like, right? Like, like, stand ups like Steve Higgins from like, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. You know, the sidekick, Steve. He was a writer. He was the head writer on that show. Oh, yeah.

Chuck Shute:

So what did you learn from from working on that show? Oh, never

Jeremy Hotz:

be a writer on a sitcom on a show. Never do that. Because, like the jokes and then another comic says your stuff. That's garbage. I wanted to say the jokes so no, and never do that again. So I got to act in a lot of stuff because I was a good actor. And that's what that I had a really good time in the show because of that, you know,

Chuck Shute:

okay, but then so then you did this the newsroom show. Well, I didn't see that as a Canadian show cuz I never saw it.

Jeremy Hotz:

It was a show. Yeah, it was shot in Canada. It was on the foofy network and PBS. You That's where it was on in America. Yeah. They and then it was like the newsroom was before the newsroom was like, it was like a you know, like behind the scenes look at a newsroom. Except it wasn't. There was another show called newsroom that was a drama and Adam Sorkin thing. Oh, that's not the

Chuck Shute:

show. Yeah, that's the newsroom. This was different. Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

it was and it was a comedy and it was really funny and it was done in like, you know, a very played down style. It was really good. And we won awards for that.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, you want to Gemini what is that the Canadian me or what is that?

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, it's like a Canadian me. I think they changed the name it used to be called the Golden Mountie.

Chuck Shute:

Rule away. I thought it was a Canadian police is that

Jeremy Hotz:

yeah, mounted police. Okay, everybody jokes about the Mounties. But that's why there was no wild west in Canada. We had like guys on horses shooting bad guys. But they didn't have that in the West. Right?

Chuck Shute:

I have your bid on the USA versus Canada. Oh my God, that's that's so classic. Is that still one of your most favorite bits from everybody? All your fans?

Jeremy Hotz:

And yeah, they do. There's more of it, too. I've written more about the difference now that I've lived here. I can really tell like the differences between Americans and Canadians. Yeah, we just look the same. There's it's completely completely different people, you know, Canadians are closer, because I've been to England. They're closer to English people. They are. Yeah,

Chuck Shute:

that's what I've heard. Yeah. It's more Europeanized as it is,

Jeremy Hotz:

in mentality wise, you know what I mean? And if you look at the, if you look at the way they make their buildings, so it's very American, and then there's really European for a second, you know what I mean? It's like, Canada kind of has culture a little. A little they never mentioned it, you know? I mean, what do you know about Canada? What's the first thing you think of when you hear Canada?

Chuck Shute:

Well, so I grew up in Seattle, so for me Canada was like the place that I'd go to drink when I was 19. I drive over to the border and go to Vancouver and I was like, Oh, I could go to a bar. This is so cool.

Jeremy Hotz:

There's so you know, let me tell you something. I grew up in Ontario, where you could drink when you were 18 but it was right next to home which is Quebec and you could drink when you were three in whole so we all just used to go over there ever since we were young man because that you could buy beer in the grocery stores when I was a kid in Quebec

Chuck Shute:

with no age limit

Jeremy Hotz:

Not really. No you know the the French are very liberal when it comes to things like that drinking nudity stealing

Unknown:

today on problem a lot of problems with stealing over

Jeremy Hotz:

in Canada like you said it I

Chuck Shute:

feel like people are so polite in Canada like it would just be too rude to steal something right?

Jeremy Hotz:

I don't know I mean look at that. You never trust come back that's all I'm saying. All right, it's because it's it because they speak another language so the whole thing about it is they're plotting like it that's what that's what it comes from you know, that's it so all the internet went down in Canada one day I don't know why I think one of the major carriers had a big problem so all the internet was offered candidate and I thought oh, Quebec's going to attack

Unknown:

That'd be funny.

Chuck Shute:

Do they have a duty that I see I never think of that like Canadian Army there has to be some sort of military there right?

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh no, we have military Absolutely yeah no we have good military you just never hear about it or anything when they need look at in every war you need a country to show up get in the middle and go hey guys break it up. And that's what we're good at. All right.

Unknown:

Boys to

Jeremy Hotz:

like there's only fighting if a hockey game is happening. That's fight over hockey. Nothing else. Right.

Chuck Shute:

How come nobody ever talks about us here? I'm in Arizona now. Right? So I always hear they're always talking about the border and the and all this the border security? You never hear about the border to Canada.

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh, we don't have a border. What do you do? Oh, I think there it's a line. You can go Yeah. Okay, whatever, welcome. You know, just go back the same way you came.

Chuck Shute:

But America is starting to get kind of nutty. Like, do you think Canadians are starting to worry? Like Americans are gonna start coming into their country or?

Jeremy Hotz:

I think they do already. I think every time there's an election, I think there's a movement of Americans into Canada, right? Because they're not going to put up with whatever President they're electing or something. I'm putting my foot down, and I'm moving to Canada and then they move to Canada and they go, hey, the Prime Minister is shit. Go you never it's just bad everywhere. That's what happens. Sorry. It's is never going to be like it was when you were a kid because everything was fancy for when you were a kid you remember like oh yeah it remember how much snow you thought you had. It's because you were smaller that's all and it's it's a whole thing the world wasn't really better I think we just know more about it now so we're much more weary you know what I mean? Like do you watch those crime shows? Oh, yeah, like

Chuck Shute:

Forensic Files holy shoot crime was me talking about generalized anxiety.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, those are those are bad for the world. Those of those true crime things were about the murders you know, someone

Chuck Shute:

and but isn't it good for people to be cautious? I think sometimes people are too trusting

Jeremy Hotz:

I watch those shows for one reason only when they catch the guy I can say you that's the only reason that's it. That's the only reason

Chuck Shute:

but don't you it's not a part of you too when you watch those you go yeah you idiot you think like if I was going to kill somebody I would never do this this this and this even though like hopefully you wouldn't ever kill somebody but you think in the back your head is gonna kill somebody I would never get caught

Jeremy Hotz:

though that's what that's what the psychopath snake you know the the regular people think why would you want to kill somebody? Done it Yeah, the whole concept is just so I gotta kill this person. What? Yeah, like an on purpose. What are you nuts? Like that's ridiculous. You know? Right and

Chuck Shute:

then like, it's like because normal people would have guilt that's what stops you from doing you get

Jeremy Hotz:

but they don't they say they don't have it. They say that they don't they say that a true psychopath doesn't have any guilt. Right? So if you kill someone you don't feel bad about it. Which is weird to me.

Chuck Shute:

Let's even without the guilt. Wouldn't you have the fear of going to prison? That would be enough even if you didn't have the guilt? It'd be like oh, I don't want to spend the next 30 Next 30 years of my life in prison

Jeremy Hotz:

nobody wants to spend any time you know what they don't even have a door like the toilet is right in the middle that people can watch you take a dump if you're in jail That's horrible. There's no doors or anything come on there's no privacy I would that's what that's what keeps me out of the jail the hole where the toilet is thing

Chuck Shute:

Have you ever had any brushes with the law?

Jeremy Hotz:

No it talking about I mean come on once once driving back from the Laugh Factory cop chase me chase you yeah he's behind me is the car there but I I got away I got I know the route and I know to click the clicker in the garage before you get there and I just went right and that was the end of it. And then I called my friend because the cop was parked outside there and I said can we do anything and he went No, he can't just stay inside don't go outside that was it

Unknown:

was really good stuff. Yes you did. So let me just gave up

Jeremy Hotz:

nothing they can do man really? I was you know once I was on my property apparently according to my friend he would need a warrant that on those shows Yeah.

Chuck Shute:

So that's a tip if if if you're speeding and a cop tries to pull you over just drive home go in your garage shut the door and they can't

Jeremy Hotz:

I wasn't speeding Okay. Through it was my neighborhood I was going home and I went through two or three stops just to get there Yeah. Oh, okay. And he I guess saw me doing that because he was hanging around the neighborhood like a creep and then I I just kept going though so I had a bit of a lead on him and that was enough

Unknown:

that's awesome.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah. I'm not proud of that story. Really? I'm not I'm not

Chuck Shute:

okay. Yeah, no, follow the law whether it's a copper Mountie You gotta listen to him. I remember

Jeremy Hotz:

what it was. I was going home and he put the lights on and I went I gotta take a piss. I'm not gonna to go take a fee that's all it

Chuck Shute:

was. I always wondered that. So yeah, what if you really have to go to the bathroom really bad and the cop pulls you over? That can be done that's maybe that's why you're speeding because you've got to get home it's an emergency.

Jeremy Hotz:

I got out of it. out of it. I got away from a criminal once to a real I got almost got mugged. But I talked my way out of that to the other way to what it told me this time I was walking the dog and then a guy came out of the bushes and he went Give me your wallet. And I just looked at him and I went I don't bring my wallet when I take the dog for a walk and walked away turned around and walked away. And I had my wallet the whole time it just like

Unknown:

wow, that's ballsy. Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

half hearted mugger wasn't he didn't really immediately get credible, a simple life plan.

Chuck Shute:

Think about like right on the spot or

Jeremy Hotz:

said that right away. You know but not the money the credit. I don't want to go get new credit cards. You don't have to do that.

Chuck Shute:

Oh my oh yeah, even when you like your credit card runs out after the expiration date, and then they send you a new one and then you have to change all your automatic payments and

Jeremy Hotz:

oh, all of them see, to garbage world, man, you know, garbage garbage world. That's the problem.

Chuck Shute:

But it's still not as bad as I remember having to like, write a check and like mail it to the electric company and stuff. Oh, that was how

Jeremy Hotz:

writing checks. You mean? Yeah. And having

Chuck Shute:

to mail it was so annoying, trying to find stamps and envelopes and like, Oh, that was such a pain in the ass. Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

you don't have to do that anymore. Now they take it directly out of your account, so you can't keep track of it.

Chuck Shute:

Right? Yeah, they do it. Which is better for me. Because otherwise I wouldn't budget enough to pay the bills. Probably.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah. Listen. I do my best. Right. Do you have a business manager? Me? Yeah.

Chuck Shute:

No, I'm a shitty podcaster with like, 10 followers. I don't have a business manager. I'm I'm my manager. I'm my production assistant. I have everything.

Jeremy Hotz:

Okay. I was just asking, relax.

Chuck Shute:

I've just never been nuts hilarious that you would think I feel I feel special that you thought I might have a businessman?

Jeremy Hotz:

I don't know. Maybe you got something on the side that you do it? I don't know. Maybe you invested in Tesla.

Chuck Shute:

That would have been a good investment. Or what's the other one that everyone was the crypto thing. What's it called? The I

Jeremy Hotz:

don't know if you make any money off that. Everyone seems to lie that they do but they're not rich. So I don't know what they're talking about. Yeah, right.

Chuck Shute:

It's like the thing. Well, people are trying to jump on it now. And I told my friend I'm like, Look, dude, you're like 20 years too late for this,

Jeremy Hotz:

though, because you never know. I guess there's some way but look at when when everybody went west to get gold. Remember that? Back in the days you heard about the rush? I'm sure one guy went late and found some so there.

Chuck Shute:

Most of the people that were there first, probably they had

Jeremy Hotz:

a better shot you would think right? Yeah. Yeah. You

Chuck Shute:

don't want to be too it was like my buddy who was buying all these houses in like, 2008. And then the market just boom, it crashed. I'm like, You're a little late on that. Dan,

Jeremy Hotz:

when that happened to a friend of mine. Don't kid yourself like that. When the bottom fell out of the real estate market. He had just spent like a million dollars or something on and then his house was worth like 100,000

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, there's so many stories like that. Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

I mean, that was like, you know, and I bought a house when that when it when things were limited. That's when you were supposed to buy them remember when they were Yeah. Okay.

Chuck Shute:

That was so after the price has plummeted. Yeah, yeah. Is that the house you're in now? Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

this is my this is my dump. It's not a dump. I got a really nice place. But those stairs you go up and then there's there's a naked woman that I pay to just stand at the top of the stairs.

Chuck Shute:

Really? That sounds like fun. Oh, you ought to have me over sometime. That sounds like

Jeremy Hotz:

Yes, it's my it's my fans. Only thing I liked

Chuck Shute:

you should get on there. There's somebody.

Jeremy Hotz:

I gotta get on there. I show myself naked on Facebook. I don't really care. Well, sometimes, you know.

Chuck Shute:

Even he just dropped the dick pic. And just No, I don't

Jeremy Hotz:

do that man. Those are the guy who wants to see you guys. Junk. Come on.

Chuck Shute:

I don't think anybody does did that. I

Jeremy Hotz:

never understood like, Hey, I'm gonna send you I'm gonna send you a picture of Mike growing. I can't wait. That is a woman see it and be happy. This is joyous. God,

Chuck Shute:

I think that we think because we like to see them naked that they must want to see us naked. We it's called Junk for

Jeremy Hotz:

a reason. It's garbage.

Chuck Shute:

Oh, you only got like five more minutes. Okay, I have some other questions for you though. Okay. Um, some of the TV film work you've done is kind of intriguing like you did that show call me Fitz with Jason Priestley. Tell me about that experience, because I loved 902 and I was a big fan of that. Is he really that cool?

Jeremy Hotz:

Guy is is a really good guy. And I you know, I hadn't had any cuz he's an actor, right? So I never ran into the guy but he's Canadian to like, make sure never I never ran into the guy before. But I got this gig and then it turned into four episodes. It was you know, and so I got to stay in Halifax and work with their cast for you know, for shows. It was great. And I was working with him was really good. And he's a really good looking guy. And you know, he had a car accident, right? Did you know that? I heard about that. bashed up his face. And you see the guy and he's still way better looking than me.

Chuck Shute:

Oh, yeah, me too. I'm sure Yeah. People got pissed me out. But are you that's good. So he's a nice guy in real life.

Jeremy Hotz:

Oh yeah. He's really funny. He's a funny guy. He's got like a really good sense of humor Jason Priestley. He really does.

Chuck Shute:

Hmm. Is is it good to do those acting gigs? Like because you don't you get like royalty check. Like money. Yeah.

Jeremy Hotz:

Yeah, you don't think about that though. You do it to you know, it's there's a whole camaraderie thing to like, when you're working with other funny people. It's a really, it's acting is a different thing than stand ups. Just my show and with the mic, and the thing, and it's all my thing. This is a collaborative effort. It's a different thing. And you're working with a team to make the best possible thing and it's, you know, there's safety in numbers. You know, it's like you got a whole army of people working towards and that was a really, it was a really good experience, honestly.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah. What about speed to was that fun? movie didn't do as well, but like, it's still that's a big budget for the biggest budget movie you've ever been a part of. Right? Yeah,

Jeremy Hotz:

I was gone for eight months. Shooting that movie.

Chuck Shute:

Yeah, that was irrelevant. I'd have to rewatch I haven't seen it since it came out. But

Jeremy Hotz:

I was in Cyprus, and we went left in float left Florida. Oh my god that took forever to make that movie. Oh, my God. You know, I mean, it must have been horrible. But I got to meet. I got to drive away a wave runner with Willem Defoe. I got to hang with I forget her name. Now. Just I blanked her blog. Yeah. That to hang with her. And, and then I did. Right after that movie. I got to do another one called My Favorite Martian. And I got to hang with Elizabeth Hurley and Daryl Hannah. Ooh, yeah. Remember slash the chick?

Chuck Shute:

Oh, yeah. Yeah. And Elizabeth Hurley Oh, man. She was so beautiful. Black

Jeremy Hotz:

woman that's like a model stunning woman. You know, like, yeah,

Chuck Shute:

yeah, absolutely. Well, I know you got to get going here. Tell me about your are you still doing the radio show on Sirius?

Jeremy Hotz:

Yes. The radio show? Yes. The new show. Hilarious house of hots is on. It's on Sundays at seven on channel 138. It's on. It's on in America as well on demand from Sirius as well, you can get it once again, the hilarious house of plots is what it's called I interview. Well, my friends who are actually famous. So that's all it is. And it takes place here. This is my set. Essentially, you're what you're looking at. You know, nice. That's why I have better lighting than most people do. Because we actually, that was part of the deal. It had to be easier. I knew I wouldn't do it. So they decided to do it from the bottom of my stairs.

Chuck Shute:

Okay, nice. Beggar I walk by here every day.

Jeremy Hotz:

So I could just quickly do a show. Is it? So is there a video component to or is it only audio that's coming to YouTube very shortly. And then we're also going to run it on Facebook Live and Instagram, Instagram, so don't worry about that. You'll see it. It's coming. Okay,

Chuck Shute:

cool. So we got the tour, we got the radio show anything else you want to promote?

Jeremy Hotz:

No, no. I'm not really good at promoting stuff. Oh, we got to have the charity thing, right? Yeah, we

Chuck Shute:

got the charity, your your publicist said something about something. Now I forgot what it was comedy

Jeremy Hotz:

gives back is what we talked about here. And it's, you know, like, some, like not all comics get to, you know, it doesn't go well for everybody, you know that right? So, you know, it's a, it's a tough thing. And there's nothing, nothing really looking after the people that don't really flourish. And this is what this is. And if you you can donate by texting, laugh to 70 7070 or you can go to comedy gives back.com And you can you can read about what they do for people that are you know, struggling with this. This is a very, if you're not in it, you don't really know it's a very difficult business. We're only well like, you know, different a lot of people that you have never seen are really good and not getting an opportunity. It really isn't 100% based on talent.

Chuck Shute:

It is that no that's what I'm learning after doing these I'm on like this like almost 300 episodes of my podcast and I'm learning and hearing these stories. It's really interesting and I actually just had somebody on that who's very successful they didn't have his first hit until he was 40 years old and he said look you can do everything right in the entertainment business or music business and lose and you could still not make it so yeah

Jeremy Hotz:

it's very conservative started everything you never know you know so and because you know there's no union there's no so who's looking after guys?

Chuck Shute:

Nobody Right? Or health insurance. How do you get health? I mean, not Canada. Yeah, that's cool that there's a charity for that I did not know this existed. So I will put that in the show notes. Along with your website. People can see you in Canada. Hopefully you'll do a US tour. Oh, I'll have to drive to La I'm only five hours or now it's like seven with traffic. But

Jeremy Hotz:

if you're in Cali you can see me at the you know, I'm always playing out down at the comedy magic Club. Alberta or the improv, you know, you'll be able to see me. You know,

Chuck Shute:

you put your like, like your weekend, local, you put that those dates on your website or how would i

Jeremy Hotz:

i Don't people get really mad at me that I don't do that

Chuck Shute:

I guess I'm in LA and I'm like, I want to see you How do I know where to go?

Jeremy Hotz:

It's a good class. You I would say, I would say that usually, you know, through I'm on bands in town and usually ends in town. So then it tells you if you

Chuck Shute:

Okay. All right. Very cool. I'll let you go. I know you got another interview. Thank you so much for doing this. I appreciate it. A lot of fun. Okay, you

Jeremy Hotz:

have a good day. Thank

Chuck Shute:

you. All right. Thanks, Jeremy. Thank you again to Jeremy Hotz. Check out his website for current tour dates or check out his stand up specials or clips online. Very funny comedian. I hope he comes to my neighborhood soon. Did you enjoy this interview? Do you like comedians? Let me know in the comments if you think I should do more of this. And also if you're on YouTube, check out my comedians playlist. We have a bunch of great great comedians that have been on the show like Mark Norman Fahim, Anwar, Tommy Chong, and many many more. And also make sure to subscribe wherever you listen or watch so that you'll stay up to date with future episodes. Have a great rest of your day and remember to shoot for the moon.