“I’m being pulled in all different directions,” says comedian, actor, and TV host Jeff Dye when we reached him on his cell phone at LAX. “I’m not used to this level of calendar.” Indeed, Dye is all over TV, including NBC’s Better Late than Never, while still trying to steadily do standup. “I was a standup comedian first,” he notes. “That was my first love, my true love. I didn’t even know I wanted to do TV stuff, but then I got on Last Comic Standing and they were like, ‘Have you ever thought about doing TV?’ I said, ‘No, I just want to do comedy.’” Then they told him how much he could make. He also realized he’d get a lot more exposure doing TV. “So, I said, ‘I’ll do TV!’” He’s been balancing both ever since. “I’ve always been the class clown, the goofball,” he says. However, that was never his intention. “I’m a simple guy and I had some learning disabilities when I was a kid. In class, I would say things that were serious in my head but everyone laughed. The teacher would say, ‘Jeff, that’s not funny.’” He soon realized that the way he thought wasn’t the way other people thought, and that they found it funny. “I decided to capitalize on that.” 16+.