Follow Friday: Zach Schiffman Quarantine Interview
Thanks to the coronavirus, comedians are now trapped at home like the rest of us, so we decided that even though we all isolate ourselves, we would do something a little different than we usually do “Follow on Friday” column. Instead of interviewing up-and-coming comedians we love on Twitter, we go live to Instagram every week to check in with some of our favorite people in comedy to get a glimpse of how they’re handling the pandemic. So welcome to our new version of the column, now titled “Track (from a safe distance) on Friday”.
This week, after a brief late-summer hiatus, I dusted off my living room throne for a virtual chat with porcelain-skinned Zach Schiffman (Tooning Out the news, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, invited to over 100 bar and bat mitzvahs between sixth and eighth grade) on how he is resisting during the late pandemic. He expressed his confusion over mentally healthy people, detailed to us when he knew he would be a comedian (during his college production Joseph and the incredible Technicolor dream coat), and explained the internal economy he had with Verizon as a child. He also became optimistic about the silver lining of his recent breakup: “It gave me so much. Like, I only got into Taylor Swift a year ago, and now I’ve become the principal scholar in New York City. The universe knew my breakup was coming, and it allowed me to cope. Now, I’ve tapped into the Taylor Swift community, and it was just a fountain of tweets and information and creepy people.
You can find Zach on Twitter at @schlife and on Instagram at @zachschiffman.