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Inside Neal Brennan's Strange Comedic World

The stand-up shares his key influences, from Rick James to Seth Meyers

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"[Documentary director] Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line was a big influence on that sketch," says Brennan. "He does that thing where he asks people a question during an interview and won't respond after they're done talking, which makes them panic and spill more of their beans. We had to re-shoot part of that, because the first time we had Charlie Murphy sitting down, which made him sort of languorous and low-energy. We re-shot it to have him standing and it gave him this air of salesmanship and pleading that was lacking before. As for the catchphrases, well – they really weren't our intention. If anything, 'Cocaine's a hell of a drug' should have been the one that caught on!"

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