Me: Hey, so, I was wondering if maybe, you know, you might be able to drop by the house for a minute and push my butt?
Jordan Carlos: (Pause).
Yeah, I know, that's not the conventional way to start any conversation, let alone an interview. But Carlos, who's coming to Memphis for a show at RockHouse Live this week, is more sympathetic than surprised. Carlos is a multiple threat — an actor, stand-up comic, and comedy writer who's lent his considerable talents to projects like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. He was Stephen Colbert's long-suffering "black friend" on The Colbert Report, and he's gotten really good at doing impressions of Donald Trump and Barack Obama. But most of the time, he'd rather talk about how animals have sex.
- Jordan Carlos
"Sure, man," he says, regarding my request. "If it's like that, I'll come over and push your butt." Carlos does a lot of animal humor. He's been the face of SharkWeek on Instagram, and has an especially funny routine about boy blue whales who have no trouble meeting girl blue whales or even achieving penetrative sex with them. But whales have trouble with the whole in-and-out part and require a special whale friend to swim by and give their tush a push. "You know, I think there really could be an app for that," Carlos quips.
"As a kid, I used to watch Wild World of Animals and National Geographic Explorer," he says. "I wasn't all that political, but then late-night comedy made a shift into the more political realm, and you have to go either with the wave or get crushed by it. But I love talking about animals. The thing we all have in common is we're human. We can talk about mating habits of pigs and how they have 30-minute orgasms. It's fun to get into that, and the best part is it never gets back to the animals. So, I never get any hate mail from them. They don't care; they just live life in the moment."
Carlos just wrapped a pilot for a Full Frontal-style show on TBS dealing with tech instead of politics. He's also got a Comedy Central show in the works called Holmes about a Brooklyn guy with dissociative disorder who's called "Holmes" so many times he starts believing he's Sherlock Holmes.