From “Saturday Night Live” to HBO’s “Girls” to his strong belief Steve Harvey is the best option for our next president, Brooks Wheelan has had an interesting career thus far. He’s making his comedy album debut with “This is Cool, Right?” hitting iTunes January 27.
But long before he was making people laugh, Wheelan was a biomedical engineer. You read that right.
“I was going to college, I was dating a girl and I was living in Iowa,” Wheelan said. “She was like ‘I’m going to be an engineer’ and I was like ‘Ok me too!’ and then I started doing stand-up when I was 19 and I never stopped going to college so I got the degree.”
Wheelan announced his departure from SNL in an epic tweet, but says he learned an important lesson: Be funny all the time.
“The biggest lesson was learning how to write well – everyone there knows how to write so well!”
As for the sketches he did write, many were left on the cutting room floor.
“Kevin Costner in the ‘Field of Dreams’ when he builds the corn … I wrote a sketch where it opens up a portal and it brings Nazis back. That was my favorite sketch that I never got on, but they are probably correct on not letting that air.”