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Q+A: Josh Wolf of ‘Chelsea Lately’ brings his standup to South Point


Comedian Josh Wolf.

Comedian and storyteller Josh Wolf comes to Las Vegas this weekend for standup performances at South Point Showroom from Friday through Sunday.

First, however, the “Chelsea Lately” writer and roundtable member will helm the show’s hosting seat tonight for an edition of the E! Entertainment talk show hit to make his own.

Wolf chatted about what’s in store for tonight’s show and what fans can look forward to in Las Vegas this weekend:

Hi Josh, how’s it going?

Good! Just a warning, you may hear a scream — I’m watching the Red Sox game. There may be a curse word here or there; just don’t include that in your article.

Duly noted. So you’ll be hosting “Chelsea Lately” this week — what does it take to prep to host a talk show like that? How do you fill her shoes?

Well, nobody fills her shoes. That’s the thing. People are brutal — I’ve read some of the comments when other people have hosted, and it’s like, ‘Not as funny as Chelsea!’ Well, yeah, really? That’s why she’s got a show called “Chelsea Lately.” The mistake is going in trying to replace her, and she can’t be replaced. You just gotta go in and do what you do.

So what will it mean for Josh Wolf to host the show? What are you planning to bring to the table?

I wrote on the show, so I kind of know the process. You go in in the morning and pick the topics and write some jokes and just go from there. There really isn’t a whole lot to prep.

Who will your guest be?

I wanted somebody where I could do something physical onstage because for me that makes it a little different than Chels. So I have a woman on who is breaking her own record — she’s climbing Mount Everest for the sixth and seventh time this year. I think she’s bringing a fake ice ball, so we’re gonna do something with that. I wanted it to be a little different that way.

You’re often the only guy on the “Chelsea Lately” panels. What is that dynamic like for you?

I like it. Any time you’re on a show like that where everybody’s funny, anything that helps you kind of stick out a little more is good. So that’s always nice. And it makes sure that I have a different point-of-view than other people at the table. All that stuff is good. It makes us all stick out a little bit more, which makes the show better.

What are you focusing on right now with your standup? What can fans look forward to this weekend?

I just finished up with my book tour, so I’m practicing a lot of new stuff. The book tour stuff was kind of streamlined, one kind of storyline. This has a lot more of everyday life and is a little different than what’s been out there before. Some observational stuff and new stories.

What did you learn from doing your first book tour? What was that experience like?

Well for me it was still just going out there and doing standup. It was fun to talk to people about the book and what they liked and took away from it, but otherwise it wasn’t that different from what I normally do.

Any big plans for Las Vegas while you’re here this weekend?

It’s my birthday Saturday night, so we’ll see what happens. A lot of people from “Chelsea” are coming into town for the show because it’s my weekend. So there’ll be some people doing guest spots that they’ll recognize.

Josh Wolf performs at South Point Showroom at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $15.

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