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June 20, 2013

Bob Golub’s buddy brings foreign take on comedy

SHARON — Gerry Bednob has been buddies with Bob Golub for more than 30 years, but Bednob does not see the relationship as one of equals.

“You know how good-looking people enjoy hanging out with people who aren’t so good-looking?” Bednob asked. “That’s the analogy I’m going for.”

Bednob, a standup comedian and actor, will appear with Golub at a comedy show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Tully’s in Sharon.

Golub, a Sharon native, has been trying for some time to get Bednob to make a trip to Sharon to see the town that factors into a lot of Golub’s comedy. Bednob, who has reduced his traveling since his 3-year-old granddaughter was born, finally agreed.

“I do feel so much better hanging out with him,” Bednob said. “When I feel depressed, I call Bob Golub.”

Bednob has East Indian ancestral roots but was born in Trinidad and raised in Toronto. He now is an American citizen.

He took to comedy after working as a high school counselor.

“I found this was not working out for me,” he said of education. “There must be something more creative.”

He comes at his comedy from a foreign point of view, often playing the role of the innocent, naive emigrant as he riffs on current events, politics, sports, his family and becoming a citizen.

“I have to make it silly,” he said. “Facts, basically, are not funny.”

Although silly, his humor often is “pretty dark,” he said, dealing with his alcoholism, death and funerals.

He also does not heed the warning to steer clear of religion, politics and race.

“I pick on everybody,” he said, noting he has gotten some flak for a comment on Michelle Obama’s looks. “I pick on myself upfront so everyone is fair game. I can’t recall a subject I don’t touch.”

As to whether Golub will be a target when Bednob gets on his host’s home turf, “I’ll have to think about that,” he said.

“I could make him my fat, black friend,” he said.

Bednob considers himself a writer more than a comedian, but finds acting as important to keeping his sanity as performing. While acting prevents him from getting burned out and has the potential to pay much better, standup affords him more creative control. He is his own writer, producer and director when standing alone on stage.

“I can’t blame anybody if I don’t do well,” he said.

He finds his spots in acting roles to be creative, when he gets a director or writer who is not so attached to the material that he or she can’t accept a different interpretation.

He found a willing partner in Judd Apatow when they made “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

“The bulk of the work I did in ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ I improvised and they kept it,” he said.

The role of Mooj in that film has opened up other opportunities for him, and he now gets called for roles instead of having to audition for them, he said.

He has appeared on film in “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” “Walk Hard” and “Encino Man,” and on television in “Mad About You,” “Seinfeld” and “The Wonder Years.”

Tickets: 724-981-9464. Information: www.thelube.com

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