Anyone who has known Josh Gondelman for more than five minutes will tell you — he’s a really nice guy. He knows this is how people see him, and he’ll take it. It’s a good feeling to have people think about you at all, and he knows they are being sincere. The only problem is, when someone in comedy calls you “a nice guy,” it’s usually not the best of compliments.
“That was kind of a reputation before I had any external markers that I’m at least a serviceable comedian and writer,” Gondelman says in a telephone interview, speaking from his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. “It’s a very funny place to start, because unless people have a reason to think that you’re funny, it sounds to people in comedy that you’re not very funny.”