Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of sharing one of the most viral videos YouTube has ever seen! Yes, I’m talking about legendary rapper Snoop Dogg’s “Pocket It Like It’s Hot” video with comedian Andy Milonakis, WWE Superstar Brodus Clay, YouTube rapper Destorm and Herbie Hot Pocket. And according to renowned stand up comedian and 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander, he is the reason this video went viral. He just released a response video where he is claiming to have directed it, and yesterday I had the honor of speaking with him on this very topic, as well as his stand for President, the hats he creates, what his plans are after 30 Rock, and much more.
Candace Rose: I hear the main reason “Pocket It Like It’s Hot” went viral was because you directed it.
Judah Friedlander: “Yeah, a lot of people don’t know that. Thanks for realizing that. I can tell you know about music, and everything. And food”
Candace Rose: Especially “Pocket It Like It’s Hot.”
Judah Friedlander: “I directed the video, and the video’s already gotten millions of hits on YouTube. I just released a response video to it where I talk about where it was made. I also play a ninja and play ping pong while doing the whole commentary.”
Candace Rose: What inspired you?
Judah Friedlander: “Just Hot Pockets. It’s actually the only thing I’ve ever eaten in my whole life.”
Candace Rose: I heard they were cold before you decided to make them hot.
Judah Friedlander: “Yeah, for years America was eating – in the 1940’s people were just eating Cold Pockets, and then I came along and I was like ‘hey, let’s heat this up’. And people were like ‘WOW, this is even more amazing’. That’s what turned around World War II actually.”
Candace Rose: Wow! And what was it like working with Snoop on the video?
Judah Friedlander: “It was pretty cool. He’s a karate student of mine. This time we decided to create a video. It was pretty cool stuff.”
Candace Rose: Is Andy Milonakis a student of yours as well?
Judah Friedlander: “No, he’s banned from my karate classes.”
Candace Rose: Why is that?
Judah Friedlander: “I don’t want to talk about it. The kid’s got an attitude problem.”
Candace Rose: Okay, I won’t ask again.
Candace Rose: Not only did you direct one of the most viral videos, but I hear you’re running for President as well. What can we expect if you’re elected?
Judah Friedlander: “Well, first of all, I’m not running for President, I’m standing for President. Running means you’re scared – you’re running away from a problem. I’m standing for America. I’m going to make this country better.”
Candace Rose: Who is your standing mate?
Judah Friedlander: “No, no VP. Or if I have a VP it doesn’t matter. First thing I’m going to do when I get in office, I’m going to karate kick the Vice President in the face and let him know who runs this country. We don’t need a backup leader, we need a winner.”
Candace Rose: You make all your hats on 30 Rock. How did you come up with Thursday night’s slogans of “Semi-legal” and “Lice Owner”?
Judah Friedlander: “Well, I do own lice and sometimes I rent them out to people. I don’t have them on my head but I have some in case anyone wants them. I was working with a friend of mine at the Boston Comedy Festival earlier this year – Joey Carroll, he was driving me around and he was telling me how he had to make a semi-legal turn, and I was like ‘I don’t think that’s a real turn. I think a semi-legal turn is an illegal turn. So, I kind of liked that. That hat was a shout out to him.”
Candace Rose: With this being the last season of 30 Rock, where will your fans be able to see you next?
Judah Friedlander: “Well, I’m currently working on a couple of possible TV projects and I have a few movies coming out. I’m always doing stand up in New York City, as well as touring nationally and in Canada, and Europe, and I have some in Asia coming up, so I’m going all over the world.
I have some stand up albums, and a concert movie coming out next year too. ”