Hey Reddit! It’s Denis Leary and I have a new book “Why We Don’t Suck”. Ask Me Anything!
Hey, Denis Leary here. Do what you do best and ask me anything!
My new book is out now “Why We Don't Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches” (https://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Dont-Suck-Partisan/dp/1524762733).
If I miss any of your questions, come ask me live on my book tour: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/17027/denis-leary#events
go fuck yourself
Are you consciously trying to make a shittier AMA than Woody Harrelson or is it just happening naturally?
I'm doing it on purpose.
Why are you such an asshole, Denis?
Bc it made me a very rich man.
How often do you get mistaken for Willem Dafoe?
Well, this is going to be one of those AMAs!
Did nobody tell you what AMAs were about?
Whats an AMA supposed to be about?
what would you do to your kid if he took your babe ruth signed baseball and belted it into the beast's yard?
I'd tell him to go fucking get it
Your speech in Demolition Man: How much of it was the script, and how much was you?
It was almost all me.
How come you didn't get to have virtual sex with Sandra Bullock?
I don't know but I'm still pissed about it.
who in hollywood would you like to kick in the balls and why?
Harvey Weinstein for obvious reasons
No Cure for Cancer blew my fragile little mind as a kid. Thanks for that. So I have to ask, you once sang:
"Life's gonna suck when you grow up.
It sucks pretty bad right now."
In your opinion, does life still suck or have things gotten better?
life generally sucks but have to make the most of it.
Who's your favorite comic (that's still doing shows today)?
Chappell, Bobby Kelly, Chris Rock, Bill Burr, Louie CK
Hey Denis! Just wanted to let you know that I practically wore out 'No cure for cancer' back in the day. It was one of the first comedy albums that got me into seeing stand up. It recently came to Netflix and I had never actually seen you perform it. Man, the feels. Still kills today. Are you still doing stand up?
Two concerts a year, one in boston called Comics Come Home - November 18th this year at TD Garden. Also, Michael J Fox Gala on Nov. 11th this year in New York.
What’s your take on kneeling during the national anthem?
I think its a valid form of protest.
I am trying and failing in quitting smoking right now - any suggestions or advice so I don't go postal on others or slip up?
Please keep smoking.
My wife and I have an ongoing dispute -- she think there is bad blood / ill will between you and Jon Stewart, and I think it's just the rapport you two have. Who's right?
Our rapport is build on bad blood, grudges and the inability to stop hanging around with each other.
Hey Denis! Huge fan of Ice age. Would love to see another. Any talks about making a new one?
Which late night talk show, past or present, was your favorite to be on?
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Do The Job, Rescue Me, Sex and Drugs and Rock N Roll, and Sirens all take place in the same universe?
no. totally separate universes. only common thread is lenny clarke...and me.
I'm pretty convinced that we won't progress as a nation until we stop clinging to the two-party system where there's always an "us" versus "them".
Do you see a path to NOT SUCKING that doesn't involve a 3rd/4th/5th party to shake up the establishment?
yeah its called Mars.
What's your favorite all time bit from the Stern Show?
Shuli doing Tanner Mom
You and Jim Jefferies should get together and have a few beers - are you doing any new comedy tours coming up?
No but I really like Jim Jefferies
I was a huge fan of your show The Job. I thought it was a strong show and very well done. What do you think led to the demise of that show, given that the similar Rescue Me did so well just a few years later? Was TV not ready for that type of anti-hero show yet? Was it ABC?
At that time there were only two one camera shows on at that time. ABC did not have faith in the show, FOX didn't have faith in arrested development. Both got cancelled. we just decided not to bring the job back.
How much hookers and blow is too much?
Denis is there anything like "The Ref" in your future? Love that movie I think it was perfect casting....
I sure hope so
I know you’ve laid off the cigarettes, booze and drugs, but does their cousin coffee still come around?
coffee flavored coffee.
Hey Dennis, my girlfriend told me if you respond to my post she will give me a B.J. Help a guy out?
Now you owe me.
Hi Denis, writing from Worcester. Wondering if you still visit the area and what do you think of the renaissance going on downtown?
Yes i do - I think its great.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment of your career?
not winning an emmy, golden globe, an academy award or a tony.
I loved No Cure for Cancer when it came out and watched it again recently on Netflix, and still knew most of the words.
However your asshole persona really seems to be off the time and wouldn't wash today, similar to Eddie Murphy's AIDS jokes in RAW. Do you regret making any of the jokes and are there any jokes from that routine you wouldn't make today?
Hey Dennis! What was your favorite part of being on Rescue Me?
The whole 7 years.
Still hang out with Lenny Clarke?
Are you going to do a modernized version of Ass Hole ever?
We did it on James Corden about Trump last year.
How do you feel about the statement "The Ref is basically 'Shut the Fuck Up by Dr. Denis Leary' from No Cure for Cancer"?
Biggest downside to fame Denis? Other than wanna be comic's always laying bad jokes on you...
Having Jon Stewart be famous at the same time.
You are the best on Stern!! And clearly a huge fan - I listened to your most recent appearance with a stupid, shit- eating grin on my face the entire time, laughing out loud periodically. I'm sure you are a bit too famous/ busy, but would you ever consider sitting in the Jackie/Artie chair if it was offered to you? Even if it was just for a day or two?
Oh yeah, it a heartbeat.
Any chance of bringing Rescue Me back, in any capacity?
No never - just binge watch the 7 seasons over and over again.
Hey Denis, looooooong time fan of your stand up, TV shows etc.
1) I wanted to know what are our thoughts on the current status of coffee and coffee flavoured coffee?
2) Will we ever see another stand up special?
3) I'm Canadian, will I take anything away from your new book? (Loved the last one by the way)
Finally, thanks for doing this.
of course you'll get something out of it, there are some great hockey jokes in it.
Do you actually like Ford trucks?
Love them. Best pick up trucks in the world.
The Thomas Crown Affair was a favorite of mine, and I thought you were great in it. What's Renee Russo really like?
Sexy, funny, smart.
Denis...was Demolition Man as fun to be in as it appeared to be?
If you had a chance to work with any director (living or dead, or undead), who would it be, and why? Which leads to the next question, of what genre of movie would you like it to be?
Scorese and a Western.
Do you use public toilets and paid on the seat?
If I have to.
Do you have a favorite book?
Orr on Ice by Bobby Orr
Cool, Would you ever be in the new Spider-man movies?
No but I'm dying to be a bad guy in a James Bond film with Daniel Craig.
What inspired you to write the book?
Just wanted to make everyone start laughing again after all the shit everyone is taking so seriously.
I loved Sex and Drugs and Rock n Roll! Will there be a 3rd season?
no there will not be a 3rd season.
When are you going to write your book "Shut the fuck up! By Dr. Dennis Leary"?
might be the next one..
What future shows do you think you’d want to be part of? Big fan of Sex and drugs and rock and roll and also rescue me. Also do you find that comedy is being toned down to appease the PC people of the world? You and Carlin are the only comedians I watch that I actually agree with on most issues.
I would love to do a sitcom called Denis and Jon - just me and Jon Stewart sitting in a apartment together. For 7 seasons.
It is not being toned down in my book. I spend a lot of time talking about this.
Denis, thank you for doing this AMA. Huge fan since No Cure for Cancer. I've always wanted to ask if you really had to remove the Bonanza theme in the later tape release because of song rights?
I couldn't never tell if it was glitch or covered up. Your entire body of work since then is just amazing. Glad you never took the early sitcom offers to be the angry neighbor or some shit. Keep up the good work. Fucking ignore the Hicks haters. Like no one's ever picked up something before.
Yes we did.
What defines a man in the 21st century?
They drive an f-150.
So many great comics come out of the Boston area, why do people seem to forget the city? It's one of my favorite places.
Nobody forgets the city.
Do you personally drive an F-150?
yes i do.
Whose material did you enjoy stealing the most?
Also I don't think you're an asshole, you're a cunt.
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