Interview: Eugene Mirman

My parents brought me here [from Russia] in the late ’70s, and I grew up at a time when there was a stand-up boom. We came here with the idea of becoming anything we wanted and genuinely believing and pursuing the American dream. Not to say that [my parents] probably weren’t concerned, but they let me go to Hampshire College, where I majored in comedy. My thesis was a one-hour stand-up act. It was actually an incredibly practical decision in terms of how much I’ve applied all the things I learned in college.
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