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An Interview with Daniel Palliparambil
Welcome back to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

Daniel Palliparambil.  One of the founders of Laugh Out Load International.  This is an organization dedicated to bringing people together through the power or laughter.

This is an easy going gentleman, with an easy going smile....

Cucumber Salad anyone?  Enjoy.

Posted on April 26, 2010

Chung Lao:  Danny, how are you sir?  

Danny:  Hey Chris... I'm doing great, thanks for having me on the show... (taking a sip from coffee mug) 

Chung Lao:  Where did you grow up?  

Danny:  Raised in Lanham, MD, but born in Uranus.  (ahem) sorry, couldn't resist.

Chung Lao:  Pick one word that describes you.  

Danny:  Glorious. 

Chung Lao:  What do you think of  

Danny:  I think the work you've done with the website has been extraordinary. Having had my own blog for a few years, I know the work and dedication it takes, and to be consistent with the great material throughout the site's 9 year journey is truly remarkable. 

Chung Lao:  What are your thoughts on our new President after one year in office? 

Danny:  I believe years from now, we will look back and say he was one of the special ones. President Obama has a tough job, but I believe he will make the necessary steps to get our country going in the right direction.  

Chung Lao:  Tell us about the origins of Laugh out Loud.  

Danny:  Ever since I could remember, I loved the sound of laughter.  When I see people laugh, I instantly become happier. Once I had the opportunity to organize events, I started promoting comedy shows in New York City when I was living there. A couple years ago.......

........I teamed up with my friend/ archnemesis Justin Thomas and we took the show to the Nation's Capital. 

Chung Lao:  Where do you want to take LOL in 2010 and beyond?  

Danny:  I envision Laugh Out Loud International to be the foundation for comedy entertainment in all forms. I would like to expand our events to different cities as well as promote new comedy acts. I also see books and movie scripts in our future.  But most importantly, I want LOLINTL to be a symbol of happiness, laughter and good times. 

Chung Lao:  How often, precisely speaking, do you laugh on a daily basis?  

Danny:  80.54 times a day. Seriously though, I truly believe laughing slows down the aging process. An average child laughs about 300+ times a day, while the average adult laughs about 10 times.

The moment we stop laughing is when we lose our youth.  They don't say laughter is the best medicine for no reason.  Laughing has been scientifically proven to have significant health benefits.   

Chung Lao:  What job could you absolutely not do?  

Danny:  Hmm.. how about these:

Chung Lao:  What’s the first thing you notice about a person?  

Danny:  I usually notice an individual's uniqueness. Something that makes that person different than the 6 billion or so people in the world.    

Chung Lao:  Autobot or Decepticon?  

Danny:  Decepticon.  Without a villian, there can never be a hero.  And who's to say Megatron can't change? Evil villians need love too.  Hello....?  Chris are you crying? 

Chung Lao:  What is the most important thing in life?  

Danny:  Fill what is empty, Empty what is full. Scratch where it itches. 

Chung Lao:  List your Favorites 

A. Car(s):  

The new Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid has gotten my attention lately.  But anything that gets me from point A to B will suffice. 

B. Food(s):  

Seafood, Asian, My mom's cooking 

C. Hobbies:  

Cooking, Traveling, Reading, Watching movies, Entertaining, planning events. 

D. Countries to visit/re-visit:  

Italy, Spain, China, Australia, Egypt. 

E. Restaurant(s):  

Grace's Fortune (Bowie, MD) Phillip's (Wash/Bmore) Flying Fishbone (Aruba) 

Chung Lao:  Name someone you admire and why.

Danny:  Aside from obvious choices like my parents and JC, I would have to say Glenn Thomas.  This man can do it all: play the piano, has the ability to turn strangers into life-long friendships, extremely generous with his words and his actions, the ability to put up with a spoiled brother, and very knowledgeable on many different topics.  (note: somebody is going to be very jealous reading this...)

Chung Lao:  IPF intelligence has learned that you were once furiously chased by a renegade black squirrel at Towson University. Please elaborate on this momentous event.  

Danny:  Ah, yes I must clear that story up a bit. Legend has it that Justin and I were chased around the Towson University campus by an overly aggressive squirrel, while the rest of the students watched in horror.

As it turns out, Justin owed a large sum of money to a rather large and fast college buddy who bore the nickname "squirrel" (who ironically, had another buddy named peanut., go figure). Ok, ok.. so we were chased by a small, furry rodent on campus, but what could we do?  Chris, what would you do if a squirrel, or for that matter any wild creature follows you closely?  You run Chris.  You run. 

Chung Lao:  Tell us about those skills in the kitchen.  

Danny:  Cooking is definitely one of my hobbies. I see a dish I like and I try to recreate it, much like putting together a puzzle.  

Chung Lao:  What is in your pocket right now? 

Danny:  4 dollars, a nickle, and a half-full pack of trident peppermint gum 

Chung Lao:  Using nothing but Microsoft Paint. Please draw us a picture. 

Danny:  I drew this. I swear.  (fingers crossed) 


Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal wife.  

Danny:  A woman with good values, morals and the ability to stand a man with none of the aforementioned 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal husband.  

Danny:  A man who doesn't just hear what his wife is saying, but listens and tries his best to put himself in his wife's shoes and understands. Wait is this a trick question? 

Chung Lao:  Describe the ideal pickle and mayonnaise sandwich.   

Danny:  Considering that a pickle and mayonnaise sandwich is not ideal, I'm going to say a pickle and mayonnaise sandwich with turkey, provalone cheese, a couple strips of bacon, sliced up avacado, sliced tomato and little dallop of extra spicy mustard, cut diagonally.  Now I'm hungry. 

Chung Lao:  What is something you cannot stand in a person? 

Danny:  Ignorance and hate.  

Chung Lao:  Alright, you are home alone one night, all is quiet.  It’s a cold winter night.  When all of a sudden, you hear and see windows shattering and hooded agents slamming through.  You immediately leap to your feet, “What in the sugar is going on here!” you shout.  3 agents surround you, with their pistols drawn.   

You raise your hands.  They unmask themselves, and there, to your amazement, standing around you, are Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.  

“You have one chance” Eastwood bellows. 

“Don’t waste it” Willis cracks. 

“If you know what’s best….”  Stallone ices with his stare. 

There is a pause........What do you do?   


1. Scream like Justin, the day he found out Martin was being cancelled.

2. Wait for my urine to dry on my pajama pants

3. Gather some courage

4. Ask Clint why he squints so much? is it for effect or does it actually help him see better?

5. Ask Sylvester how much training went into making the Rocky movies?

6.  Ask someone to translate what the heck Sly just said

7. Ask the fellas if they've ever been to  (shameless plug)

8.  Let them know that they don't got to go home, but they got to get the heck out of my house!   

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought. 

Danny:  Don't take life too seriously, you'll never come out of it alive.

Chung Lao:  Appreciate it sir.  Next up on The Tonight Show is......COMING SOON. Keep it locked!

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