Written by: @P_ACasas
Art by: @Hi_MyNameIsAli
Polarizing art forces you to have an opinion. Whether it be a stand-up comedy routine, or one of the most popular podcasts in the world, whenever Andrew Schulz steps behind a mic you know before it’s over how you feel about him and his art. Schulz began doing stand-up in his home town of New York City before he was discovered by MTV2 and brought on to the hit TV show Guy Code. Through hard work and sheer determination Schulz became a prominent voice in Hip- Hop culture when he teamed up with The Breakfast Club‘s own Charlamagne Tha God to co-host the Brilliant Idiots podcast. Most guys would have been satisfied with those accomplishments, but not Andrew.
For years he’s been voicing his opinion on everything that’s happening in the world while pissing people off along the way. From on air disputes with Loud Speaker Network colleagues Combat Jack and Premium Pete, to beating Jay Williams in a game of one-on-one where he earned his infamous nickname “Yung Hezzy,” to being trolled by Desus and Mero about them wanting to own white slaves if they had a choice (listen to the episode, it provides MUCH-NEEDED context to that sentence), to managing to find a way to make man-rape a topic of conversation for almost a year (again, listen to the podcasts and context will be provided). Andrew Schulz has found a way to stay true to himself above anything. He takes responsibility for what comes out of his mouth even when he knows what he said is controversial.
You have to admire a man who stands by his words when all of black Twitter is coming for his head. But let me let you in on a little secret, those who stay true to themselves are the ones who enjoy longevity in their careers. It’s hard to keep up a fake persona for years, eventually that will all come crumbling to an end. Schulz has carved a niche for himself in the industry by being genuine and honest. You mix that with the ability to produce quality content, and it looks like Andrew Schulz will be here to stay for the long haul
Andrew is one of my biggest personal influences and it’s not even close, he taught me that you’re only as good as the amount of work you put in. He taught me that no matter how far-fetched the goal, it’s never out of reach. There are very few people who I watch succeed and feel like I contributed in a small way. I’ve supported his TV shows, his podcast for 3 years, and I’ll be attending his comedy show in Dallas, TX at Hyena’s Comedy Club on May 13th. So when I say it was truly an honor to be blessed with some time from Yung Hezzy himself, I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
My interview with the man, the myth, the legend, Andrew Schulz.
– P. A: I’ve been listening to you religiously every week since Brilliant Idiots dropped in 2014, and there is something I’ve never heard you talk about. What made you go all in to pursue your dreams? What caused you to say, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life?”
– Andrew: It was a combination of several things that bring me joy. I love out of the box thinking and unique unconventional ideas. I love performing, and I love-making people laugh. I think that cocktail convinced me that this was the right career path.
– P. A: You managed to turn doing stand-up comedy in your hometown of New York to gig on MTV’s Guy Code, you flipped that into a podcast with Charlamagne Tha God, probably the biggest voice in Hip-Hop culture at the moment. From there you starred in the sitcom Benders, you’re now negotiating a deal for your own stand up special while filming the new Amazon series Sneaky Pete. How’d you do it? Let us in on the secret.
– Andrew: No secrets really, work hard, have specific focuses in life. Specific goals are much easier to achieve. It’s easier to find a restaurant when you know the exact address. Also man, I’m fortunate, these crazy ideas just come to me. I don’t know why. I take in information and my brain just starts to grind in it and puts out some wild stuff. I don’t even know how or why it does it.
– P. A: Let’s talk Brilliant Idiots for a second. I heard you humble stunt to Amin Elhassan that the show gets 250 thousand listeners a week. What you guys have created is sort of revolutionary. You and Charlamagne have a hell of a guest list including Gary V, Immortal Technique, Malcolm Gladwell, Neal Brennan, Rick Ross, Lil’ Duval, Killer Mike, Jay Williams, T.K. Kirkland, the list just keeps growing. Who’s the guest you’ve had on that you will tell your grandchildren about?
– Andrew: Malcolm Gladwell for sure. I’m drawn to the intellectuals; I get bored by the social justice warrior’s guests because their logic is often flawed. You get a guy like Malcolm in the studio and you’re dealing with a top rate brain. It’s more enjoyable for me because I don’t have to constantly check the guest for spitting “alternative facts” to the audience. So for me it’s the intellectuals, I prefer to surround myself with people smarter than me. I learn more that way.
– P. A: Every artist who puts something out for the world to see has had at least one thing they wish they could have back. Which episode of Brilliant Idiots did you release that you hate to this day?
– Andrew: Everything happens for a reason so I wouldn’t take any episode back. Yes, certain episodes have caused me adversity, but adversity introduces a man to himself. These tough times only make me more prepared for the world. So in essence, I’m more grateful for them. That being said, the second Angela Rye episode I wish I didn’t argue with her for so long about a boring topic. I also wish I struck common ground with her first because then the debate would be less about ego, and more about the topic at hand.
– P. A: You love your Knicks as much as I love my Lakers, so I want you to put your GM hat on for this one. What is young Hezzy’s first move as GM of the New York Knicks? How do you fix your beloved squad?
– Andrew: Melo got to go. He’s proven he’s not a winner, and by winner I mean he’s not willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win. He will put up impressive numbers, but he’s not willing to change his game in a way that would get more W’s. He’s not willing to motivate his teammates; he’s not willing to ask for the right players to win in the today’s NBA. Melo would be a great 2nd or 3rd option on a team. Can’t be the leader because he can’t lead.
– P. A: Out of all the players in the NBA how many of them percentage wise do you think you could beat in a game of 1-on-1? Also, name drop a few players in the league that you know FOR SURE you could give some buckets to?
– Andrew: In all honesty I couldn’t beat anyone in the league. These are the 300 best basketball players in the world. That being said, I could definitely score multiple baskets on [Jose] Calderon. It would be a close game.
– P.A: Like athletes push each other to be great, entertainers do as well. How has working next to someone like Charlamagne for the last few years affected how you move in your career? More specifically, what is the best piece of advice that you’ve taken from him that has produced tangible results?
– Andrew: He’s definitely made me research and support my point of view more. His natural inclination is to disagree with whatever I say. While frustrating, it has forced me to go in-depth with my research to make it that much more difficult to disagree with. It’s made me MUCH sharper, and opened my eyes to different perspectives I wouldn’t have considered before. That’s been by far the biggest influence he’s had in my career.
– P. A: I’ve been rooting for you at your attempt to get a date with Angela Rye the last few weeks. How’s that going? Give me some good news.
– Andrew: I don’t think that’s going to happen. Angela is really gonna miss her blessing, but I wish her all the best. She’s a beautiful woman with a good head on her shoulders. Her political leanings are a bit biased in my opinion, which makes it difficult to have honest intellectual discourse in a PUBLIC forum. But when the microphones aren’t recording, we have good conversations.
– P. A: I’ll end it with this, at the end of the day when you hang the sneakers up, what you want people to think of when they hear the words Andrew Schulz?
– Andrew: DICK TALK! DICK SEGMENT!
Hahaha Nah, I hope people see me as a thought leader. Someone who always had unique and thought-provoking perspectives on the world. Someone who cared more about consistency than any agenda, and someone who was willing to call out the bullshit on both sides.
Subscribe to the Brilliant Idiots podcast on Itunes or Soundcloud. Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewSchulz