AVC: It was your first real comedy special. What do you remember about doing it?
JG: I remember I honestly enjoyed it, and also I remember it was the first time I ever had my eyebrows tweezed. The makeup guy -- who was also the Larry Sanders makeup man -- accidentally tweezed a chunk of hairs from the middle of my eyebrow. And so we had to draw in a fake -- on one side -- eyebrow, because there was a gap. I also remember not being pleased with the set they wanted. You know, they go through your material, or you do material for them, and they pick out like five or 10 minutes of what they would like to see. That would not have been my choice. I do remember feeling constrained by that at the time.
AVC: Your performance there was different than most others you've done. It seemed like you had everything memorized, for instance.
JG: [Laughs.] Yes, they really insisted on knowing exactly what you were going to say and how you were going to say it, which makes me uncomfortable.
AVC: Another noticeable difference between your earlier specials and If You Will is that you actually appear more animated now -- you're quicker with your jokes and asides, and you move around more. Were you so aloof back then because it was the '90s and everyone was aloof?
JG: No, no, no. [Laughs.] It was not a cultural statement. It was literally terror. I was terrified of being on television -- and also I overcompensated, I'm sure, because I know I did this in my personal life too at the time, when I was younger. To combat social awkwardness, I would just act like I couldn't be bothered -- that kind of aloof persona or aloof demeanor. It's so off-putting. I so regret that, but I'm sure that's what I was doing, because it just seems like what I would do, and I really do regret it. Also, as I've gotten older and more mature, I've become much more comfortable in my own skin. After 25 years of doing stand-up, that's reflected onstage. I would say just in general, in life, I'm more willing to be animated as a person, and so obviously onstage as well.