Comedian Joe Pera is having a moment.
Fresh off his Adult Swim viral short “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” the Buffalo native made his nationally televised debut on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” with a five-minute standup set Thursday night.
With his his soft-spoken delivery and nervous energy (like never quite knowing what to do with his hands), Pera honed a well-structured set about a number of backup jokes he uses while socializing.
Based on the audience reaction, Pera, as comedians say it, destroyed. He was invited over to the couch to sit with Meyers at the end of the show, and even got to say hello to his parents, Dave and Kathy Pera, sitting in the audience.
Pera first began performing standup in 2006 and would hit stages in Buffalo during the summer when he was home from college. Now living in New York City, Pera said in an email interview that he was nervous before his appearance on “Late Night” and just wanted to get his jokes right.
“Seth really seemed to like the set and couldn’t have been nicer,” Pera said. “Everybody else at the show was incredibly nice too.”
Meyers caught notice of Pera after his 10-minute Adult Swim animated short, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” went viral earlier this year. The “Late Night” host retweeted a mention of the short in March.
“This year has been great and I am very grateful for both opportunities,” Pera said. “I was working on the animation and editing footage of barns (for ‘Talks You to Sleep’ and realized that it’s not going to get much better than that.”
Here's some of the reaction to his set, via Twitter:
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) May 13, 2016
I liked Joe Pera before it was cool to like Joe Pera.
— Rachel Paige (@rachmeetsworld) May 13, 2016
— Vulture (@vulture) May 13, 2016
Seeing Joe Pera on @LateNightSeth was surreal and fantastic.
— Jews From The 6 (@ynadavtal) May 13, 2016