"Writing is just something people think I'm good at," says comedian Jesse Joyce, taking a quick break from the writers' room of @Midnight
to talk to City Pages. "I don't even particularly love it, I just get asked to do it all the time." But working on @Midnight
is a good fit for him. "It doesn't get in the way of standup at all. It's symbiotic." Indeed, he describes the hit Comedy Central game show as a "giant joke machine." Joyce has also been a contestant, and reckons he's currently sixth on the all-time winners' list. While no actual prizes are at stake, it still brings out his competitive edge. "I've only [lost] once that I count. That was to Jim Norton, and that makes sense." His other two losses should have an asterisk. "Guys kind of cheat, so I don't count those as losses." He elaborates: "At the end of the show, the last joke is anonymous, and the audience votes. Some guys will do this bullshit trick where they call themselves out in the joke so everyone knows it's them. That bugs me, but I don't really begrudge Paul F. Tompkins for beating me in the championship. It's fine." 18+; 21+ later shows.