Los Angeles comedian and non-fine-dining guru Danny Palumbo, a Prodigal Son of Austin, returned to town this weekend for a couple of headlining dates at the Velveeta Room. He dropped by Humor and the Abject to talk about his new food podcast Meatball Party, living in Los Angeles, cooking across a spectrum of kitchens, high concept online food pranks, that time he appeared on America’s Got Talent, his brother who I still think doesn’t exist, 9/11 in Texas, toxic masculinity in grill culture, Ratatouille, poetic ways of stealing from your boss, shucking oysters, and more. The outro song is “Le Festin” by Camille from the Ratatouille soundtrack. See Danny’s upcoming dates around the US here. And don’t forget to check out Danny’s fake restaurants: Lil’Buco, Abbrev’s, and Con-Fusion.