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Everything is coming up Dan St. Germain.

The rising-star comedian is a regular on VH1's Best Week Ever. He's the creator/star of his own web series, Kicking Dan Out, and the animated series In Security on Comedy Central Sudios. His debut comedy album, Bad at the Good Times, is coming out on June 10. He has a Comedy Central special. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Sean Donnelly called My Dumb Friends that has been picked up by Comedy Central Sirius.

And that's just a handful of the projects he's attached to. It's little wonder the 30-year-old landed on Variety's annual 10 Comics to Watch list in 2013. (He's also got an enviable head of hair.)

St. Germain is also developing a sitcom for Fox with New Girl's Jake Johnson and Max Winkler. He wrote and will star in the as-yet-untitled comedy, which is about a lovelorn manchild who moves back in with an ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend.

"It's like Alf -- but with someone you used to have sex with," he jokes. "We've got a script we like, we're just trying to put the pieces together. We're trying to get a pilot."

The New Jersey-bred, New York-based comedian, the son of Cosby Show writer/playwright Mark St. Germain, dabbled in theatre in college and been writing scripts since he was a teenager. He says working across disciplines makes him a sharper writer. It's no surprise, then, that he draws inspiration from prolific writers.

"The people I look up to the most are the people who do lots of things -- people like Patton Oswalt, Sam Shepard. They're not artists -- they're in the business, and I mean that with reverence. They're in the business of creating."

While St. Germain's bread is buttered by his writing, he's still a fixture of the standup-comedy circuit. His humour skews more confessional than observational. "It's very personal," he agrees. "But there are also a lot of pop-culture references."

St. Germain is a recovering alcoholic, a subject he doesn't shy away from in his act. "It's just part of who I am," he says. "I think there has been some catharsis in that. But it's something I went through so I'm going to talk about it."

For him, baring all onstage is almost second nature.

"I'm much more nervous about doing a play than doing standup," he says. "If it's just me getting up there and talking about me being a piece of s , I have no problem doing that.

"I think it was Chris Rock who said that comedy gives you the chance to laugh at yourself before someone else can."

jen.zoratti@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 23, 2014 C8

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