Pepitone is one of my favorite comedians. His anger over social and economic issues causes him to delve into deep dark rants but they are always underlined by his genuine sweetness and silliness.
When Eddie was in Seattle for Bumbershoot a couple years ago I got the chance to speak with him. He had been ranting on stage about an incident that had happened as soon as he entered the festival grounds. A man bumped into Eddie and he decided he wasn't going to take it and yelled at the man. The man then punched him in the face and knocked his glasses on the ground. It's a terrible occurrence in any 54 year old man's life to be punched in the face by a stranger but also a great opportunity for a joke.
I shared an embarrassing story with him about a drunken young man at Capitol Hill Block Party who kept bumping into me and my girlfriend during a show. I turned around and said something so ridiculous that I regretted it immediately.
"You need to stop being a d--- right now," I yelled.
"DO I, DO I?" He responded.
"I guess not?"
When I told this story to Pepitone he let out a loud and generous laugh and it is still the greatest sound I've ever heard.
Listen to Luke's interview here. And check out the trailer for The Bitter Buddha below.