Indianapolis native Hugh Fink promises “good, irreverent standup” — and plenty of baseball humor — on Friday night when he makes his fourth appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Last time he was on The Late Show — summer 2005 — Fink did a bit about a first-base coach that Letterman loved. So Fink went back to the well. He’ll have three baseball bits in this set, including: “My father was my Little League coach and after our first game, he had me traded for $50 cash and a Puerto Rican kid to be named later.”
“Dave loves my baseball stuff, so I sort of put pressure on myself to always have a new block of baseball material when I go on the show,” he said.
Fink’s 2005 set on Letterman came at that time when he was starting up Comedy Central’s The Showbiz Show with David Spade, and he and his wife, Sandy, would soon become parents for the second time. (A 2005 NUVO profile gives a snapshot of Fink just prior to the show's premiere.) Standup became too difficult and time-consuming to do on a regular basis, so he took a hiatus.
Now, though, the girls are 9 and 5. So a year ago he quietly resumed writing and made his way back to the clubs. It took him about a year to put together the five-minute set that will air on Friday, the first part of which will deal with being a parent, the new theories of parenting and how to handle a 4-year-old.
That’ll fit in with the other work Fink’s being doing lately, a pilot for Nickelodeon with longtime friend and author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay. He describes the premise as an irreverent talk show making fun of all the advice that moms get about parenting.
But that’s the future. Right now, he’s happy — and comfortable — doing standup again.
“The performing part comes easy to me,” he said. “The writing is the challenge. So as long as I made an effort to write new stuff, I could go out and test it out and see what’s working. But the performing came back really well.”