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Comedy's New Wave

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Adam Pally: The Brotastic Gay Buddy

As Max Blum on ABC's Happy Endings, Adam Pally plays a gay man who loves sports, guns and Revenge of the Nerds marathons. "Somehow, he's a hot commodity in the gay community even though he has no job and is slightly alcoholic," says Pally, 29, who's married to a woman. "People find that he's more like their gay friends than this effeminate stereotype."

Pally's parents were performers who toured in a cheesy variety act – "like the Jewish Abba," he says. They didn't go easy on him when he did a stand-up act at age five. "I bombed," he says. "My parents were like, 'No courtesy laughs in this house!' "   

Pally sometimes makes goofy free-form Funny or Die videos – like an interview where he pesters Fred Savage over whether he hooked up with a variety of child stars in the 1980s, including "Winnie Cooper" and "either of the Beckys from Roseanne."      

"I love that Louis C.K. line: 'How bad a person you are can be judged by how soon you masturbated after 9/11.' For Louis, it was between Towers One and Two falling down. I mean, I did that too."             

By Monica Herrera

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