Today’s the big day: Arbor Day in Cambodia. Also, Kid Cudi makes his debut tonight on Comedy Bang! Bang! at 10:30P. Our good friend Reggie Watts brought a lot to the table and we all miss him, but we think Kid Cudi is ready — even though his hair isn’t nearly as voluminous as Reggie’s.
We don’t just go around making baseless claims, so here are a few videos that have convinced us Kid Cudi can handle the pressures of his new gig, and that he’s the Renaissance man Scott Aukerman needs in his life:
Cudi is no stranger to the Comedy Bang! Bang! set since he was a guest on Episode 7 of Season 4. And he knew how to make himself comfortable, so much so that he released three surprise albums during the interview and convinced Reggie he was prank-called by President Obama. Beyond the episode, Kid Cudi and Reggie also joined forces for a classic episode of Reggie Makes Music, which you can watch above.
Scott has no quarrel with gifts, which is fantastic because Kid Cudi has mastered the art of gift-giving, bringing special goodies for everybody on set in this clip from tonight’s episode.
Cudi has demonstrated skills in a TV comedy setting before, particularly when he starred in the short-lived HBO comedy-drama series How To Make It In America, where, among other things, he showed his entrepreneurial side by starting Canines & Cannabis, a dog walking/pot delivery business.
As Scott’s arsenal of fine sweaters show, style is a crucial element of the Comedy Bang! Bang! vibe. Well, Cudi was a guest on Conan in 2011, and he dropped an absolute fashion bomb on the program, walking out in a pair of exclusive Back to the Future Nike sneakers . Plus, he gave Conan a highly trendy leather jacket that he designed himself.
It’s hip to be funny all day every day, sure, but you have to be serious sometimes, which is no problem because Cudi can do and has done drama: He starred in “Maniac,” a short film directed by Shia LaBeouf in which he plays a serial killer who has no ruth. He’s ruthless, is what we’re saying.
Almost anything can happen on the Comedy Bang! Bang! set, so anybody who hopes to be on it for a long time better be able to think on their feet and be ready for uncooperative guests, alien invasions, or worse: a surprise visit from the network boss. Cudi has proven that he’s an adept improviser, like in this freestyle rap he did live for BBC a few years ago.
Yup, Kid Cudi’s going to be just fine. Watch his Comedy Bang! Bang! debut tonight at at 10:30P on IFC.