AVC: Your style as a stand-up comedian uses a good deal of storytelling. Did this help you write your book?


JG: Yeah, I would say so. I wrote it, so I didn’t have a ghost writer, so it’s in my voice. It seems like more of a natural thing.

AVC: You also go off on a lot of tangents when you do stand-up.

JG: I think my book is a lot more focused. I don’t think you can get away with that as much in a book. I’m sure there’re some tangents, but far fewer than in my stand-up.


AVC: Ed Begley Jr. helped you out environmentally?

JG: Yeah, sure. Ed Begley definitely helped me out a lot. He showed me the way in the world of green. He’s an extremist though. He’s an expert. He’s like the king of that. I’m just somebody who wants to know and wants to apply what he can. He is the guy in Hollywood to turn to when you’re curious about that sort of thing.


AVC: What did you guys work on together?

JG: Gentle lovemaking skills.

AVC: I’m curious what that would be like.

JG: You’ll have to take his workshop and then you’ll understand.

AVC: For weight loss, why not get the surgical procedure like Al Roker?

JG: Because I’m not Al Roker. That works for Al Roker. For me, it’s about admitting that I’m an addict and changing the way I approach the way I eat. There are no shortcuts. Plenty of people who have that surgery and don’t deal with their addiction gain all their weight back. That would seem dangerous to me.


AVC: Do you feel comfortable with your weight right now?

JG: Yeah, I feel very comfortable about myself right now. I felt very comfortable about myself when I was much heavier. I feel much better about myself from being fit. I never felt negative. It’d suck when you put on your pants and they were too tight and now I put on clothes and they are generally too big on me. I have to go to smaller sizes.


AVC: Was writing the book helpful in the weight loss process?

JG: Writing the book made me aware that I’m an addict.

AVC: You didn’t know before?

JG: No, I was in denial.

AVC: How did you realize you were an addict through writing the book?

JG: Well, when you see the things that you do to yourself, the self-destructive behaviors, and you’re writing about it, you’re like, “Oh. This is something I’m repeating.”


AVC: If you lose enough weigh, do you lose an element of your comedy, the self-deprecation?

JG: Well, first off, I don’t do self-deprecation comedy based on being fat. I would always talk about it honestly. Secondly, I don’t care how much I weigh. It’s losing fat, not losing weight, despite whatever the promotion of the book is. I won’t miss any of it. I won’t ever become a steroid-looking guy, like Joe Piscopo or something. I don’t know if he took steroids. I don’t want to become muscle-bound. I just want to be fit and healthy.