Cast of "Undateable" not unlikable

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Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman of "Undateable" speak March 17 at SXSW Interactive.

Laughter has power—the power to make me want to start watching the show “Undateable.”

Chris D’Elia (Danny Burton), Ron Funches (Shelly), Brent Morin (Justin Kearney) and Rick Glassman (Burski) sat down Tuesday to discuss the origin of their careers as stand up comedians, and the renewal of second season of their NBC show, “Undateable.” 

“Undateable” is the first show to star four stand-up comics.

The four comedians began their careers doing stand-up in clubs and bars.

Funches said he began in Portland.

Morin said his parents were always supportive of his comedic career.

“…You lucky motherf­­­­ucker,” Funches said. “I had so many people telling me to stop doing it.”

Comedy was something the cast knew they always wanted to pursue.

Marin said he knew he was funny and athletic at age 11. D’Elia and Funches said they only ever cared about comedy.

“I’ve always wanted to be funny,” D’Elia said. “I didn’t care about anything else.”

The comedians said nothing is off limits when writing jokes. However, some comedians tell jokes for the shock factor. Some will make jokes right after something like a school shooting happens because they want to be first, they said. 

“Do no harm—and that’s how I write my jokes,” Funches said. “I try to write to not hurt anyone.” 

Social media has negatively and positively impacted the comedy industry.

D’Elia said social media has ultimately hurt stand up. He said comedians need to “cut their teeth in the clubs” and work really hard to make it. However, social media helped grown D’Elia’s fan base, he said.

Funches said social media has helped cut out the middleman when speaking directly to his fans.

“Undateable” premieres Tuesday night on NBC at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central Standard Time).

Morin said his mom told him the show is playing in the same time slot in which “Seinfeld” and “Friends” use to air. Morin used to fill up Conan O’Brian’s car and now he’s starring in his own show. 

If the show is anything like the panel, I will definitely be tuning in.

-Quixem Ramirez, sports editor, contributed to this post.