The Cornhusker comic, 52, on his surprising golf addiction, his support of Boo (it’s mutual) and trying to Git-R-Done.
How do you generate new material?
I’m a one-liner comedian. So a lot of stuff is, you’re just hanging out with your friends, you’ll flash out something funny or you’ll — for instance, like — Nebraska lost on a Hail Mary to BYU. And I wished I would’ve thought of it right when it happened, I could’ve tweeted it out. But I’m just riding in the car and somebody had brought that game up, and I’m thinking about it, and I thought, I don’t even think that’s legal. I don’t think a Mormon can do a Hail Mary! I thought, That’s a good joke. So it’s kind of like that. You just think of these jokes and you put them in your head. I put them on my phone. Then I get home and I put them all down on paper.
Do you have a favorite golf comedy movie?
Oh well, Caddyshack obviously. Yeah. And you know, they’ve asked me to be in the Caddyshack tournament, and that’s one that I’d like to play in, I just haven’t had time to do it.
You’re a fan of Boo Weekley. Do you follow the pro game on a regular basis?
I do, I do. I watch every [tournament]. I love it. I mean, I never thought in my life that I would not watch a football game and I’d watch [golf], but I did the other day, golf was on, there’s a football game on, and I switched to the final holes and watched that. I follow Boo obviously all the time, and if Boo’s not in it, I follow Steven Bowditch, because he’s a buddy of mine. And if Steven doesn’t make the cut, then I follow Billy Horschel.
And what does Boo think of your golf swing?
Boo was impressed last time we went out. He said, “Hey, you’re getting better.” I just got done playing a great course up in Gretna, Neb. And I shot an 85-41 on the front and a 44 on the back — so I’m getting better.
You must hear “Git-R-Done” a lot on the golf course.
They yell “Git-R-Done” all over the place, which I don’t mind. I love it. I think it’s great. Let me just say this: “Git-R-Done” means something. I want to punch the guy in the face that does “Mashed potatoes.” I have no idea who that is, but I mean, when you hear somebody yell “Mashed potatoes” — why are you yelling “Mashed potatoes?”
Do you play often?
I play as much as I can. I got a golf simulator at my house, so in the wintertime I go down and I hit 100 balls. My goal is to not have to play with Charles Barkley on Sunday at the Tahoe tournament. As much as I love Charles, I don’t want to play with him anymore on Sunday.
What’s your advice for people on how to have more fun on the course?
Don’t get all bent out of shape. You’re out playing golf. There are people dry-walling, and you’re out here breaking clubs and cussing. I mean, come on, you’re on a beautiful course, relax and enjoy the game.