Quick--who's the most popular person on Comedy Central? If you guessed Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, you'd be wrong. Daniel Tosh, the loudmouthed host of Tosh.0, has topped both in the ratings. The show, a mashup of crass Internet jokes and tasteless YouTube videos, wraps its second season on Sept. 29; Tosh begins a national comedy tour this fall.
How does it feel to be the most watched human being on Comedy Central?
Insulting. I assume you're referring to the fact that I'm losing to cartoons. I have now passed Futurama, so the only thing ahead of me is South Park, and being second to South Park is quite O.K. with me.
What is the most ridiculous thing you've done on your show to date?
Renegotiate my contract for more money.
I meant on air.
That's in the eye of the beholder. Showing the audience "2 Girls 1 Cup" is right there at the top. Believe it or not, the audience actually enjoyed it. [Pause.] No, I think some people got sick.
How often do you reject videos because they're just too gross?
Never for being too gross, but I would say probably 95% of videos that the writers throw out to the room, we say no to. A lot of times because they're fake or they were trying to be funny or they're too mean-spirited.
What is your parents' reaction to watching Tosh.0?
My mother calls me immediately after the East Coast feed to let me know which jokes she needs me to walk her through. They have to prepare themselves for what people will say to them for the following week. My mom doesn't like me referencing sex or pornography, and my father doesn't like me poking fun at religion, but they get the fact that I've got to make fun of everything.