We’ve been kicking it for a while. And he’s still my boss, but I really always enjoy Judd because he will let you go as far as you want with an idea, and sometimes he’ll reel it back and be like, “No, that’s not what we’re doing. We used to come into New York City and put down red carpets for events and then take them up the next day. It’s really crazy. It was amazing. It was just weird. He was like, “You want to see a real motherfucker from Queens.”

I do have a chip on my shoulder because all that stuff I did. He doesn’t just tell you. I didn’t know that’s what we were going to call him. So, I did two different 15 minutes on it of just bangers — just going for it. Well, Ricky Velez, whose debut hour special Here’s Everything premieres on HBO on October 23, would like you to know he’s from-from New York. I knew nothing about Bruce Springsteen. He just kept putting me in great positions. I didn’t have a parent pay for an apartment for me. A lot of the stuff he preaches is like, “Lose the ego.” And that made it comfortable to work. One of my boys got fired for yelling at the Entourage guys. I cried. Then he was like, “How about you’re on set every single day?” And quickly me and him just started to relate and have fun and just enjoy each other’s company, and we just kind of became friends. Pete [Davidson] was begging for me to get an audition for King of Staten Island. On Vulture’s Good One podcast, Velez discusses his new special, working with Judd Apatow, and representing Queens. Queens, specifically. I saw him standing on the side of the stage while I was up there. I didn’t know the story. I was basically trying to get my dream while Adrian Grenier fucking walked over my shit. There’s nothing I haven’t done to try to get my dream going. I was like, “When am I going to get on this?” But I went to a performing arts high school, so it’s cool to see the kids that didn’t get to continue to follow the dream being like, “Yo, thank you.” I went to dinner the other day, and this kid came up to me, and he goes, “Thank you for representing Queens.” And I was like, “That means more to me than anything.” And then I was like, Thank God, I tipped this kid well. Fifteen minutes into that Broadway show, I was using my mask to wipe my tears. It was nuts. Tune in to Good One every Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, or wherever you get your podcasts. But not unlike the players on a sports team, no one thinks about where the comedians are actually from. We go to some Mets games together. He came out, and I thought people were booing him. I painted the ceiling of a comedy club up on 53rd. It was awesome. And there was none of that. I saw them postin’ up about somebody the other day. When you’re working with people of that high stature and people that have the past that he has and the how people look at him, you’re a little nervous to start spitting ideas out because his idea is usually the best. This makes more sense.” Then he gives you answers on why that makes sense. It was the worst situation. Ricky Velez
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When people talk about New York comedy versus L.A. I was like, If I bomb and then have to do stand-up in front of him … But I had a really great audition, and then that night, the two shows couldn’t have gone better. I mean, my high school won’t show me no love. I grew up in 50 Cent town. More From This Series

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Tags: I didn’t know Bruce was the Boss. That’s who Pete is; he’s the best. You can read an excerpt from the transcript or listen to the full episode below. On Being a New York City Native

It means more to me than everybody else, honestly, because I’m actually from here. It’s funny because some people have told me I have a chip on my shoulder for it, and it’s like, “Yeah, I do.” When I started comedy, I was laying carpet. Everybody says, “Uh, I’m a New York comedian.” No, you’re a tourist in my city. And I went in, I auditioned, and that night, I had to do a show with Judd at Largo in L.A. Then I went back home to New York and I was sitting in bed with my wife, and I got a phone call from Judd, and he’s like, “I want you to write on the movie.” He basically sent me the whole entire script to do a punch-up on. Half hour bus plus the last stop on the F train. I worked at comedy clubs. comedy, they usually are discussing stage-time norms and the comics who make up the cities’ scenes. And New York has been with me the whole time. Good One
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On His Comedic Courtship With Judd Apatow

I wasn’t really on his radar. I saw Bruce Springsteen [with him]. And though his career is on quite the roll after acting in and producing on The King of Staten Island, leading to him developing a TV show for HBO with Judd Apatow, this fact is more important than anything. That would’ve sucked. I used to have to take the F train to the last stop, go back to my house, go live in my basement, come back into the city the next day. It was really weird.