On Nov. 1, Todd Barry celebrated the 24th anniversary of the first time he stepped on stage to perform stand-up. He took some time to call me from New York to talk about the last 24 years and what's in store for the future.

On Nov. 1, Todd Barry celebrated the 24th anniversary of the first time he stepped on stage to perform stand-up. He took some time to call me from New York to talk about the last 24 years and what's in store for the future.

What's coming up for you?

I'm getting ready to do a special for Comedy Central on Dec. 1 in New York. So I'm looking to work out some long shows.

So your special will be recorded in your hometown. Is it easier doing a special on your home turf?

With the special, there's just so many people here that I want to invite. And it's just easier because Comedy Central is here.

Plus, I can load it with friends who I can make laugh.

Will you be trying out material for the special in Columbus?

I'll be doing basically everything that I'll do on the special, which is … basically stuff that hasn't been on any of my other CDs or specials. I think this special will turn into a CD and DVD.

You've been doing some more acting recently. What can we look for in the future?

I did a couple of movies, but I have no idea when they're coming out. One is "Vamps," which is directed by Amy Heckerling, who directed "Clueless," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

It's a vampire comedy starring Alicia Silverstone, Sigourney Weaver and Krysten Ritter and a bunch of people. I play Sigourney Weaver's kind of right-hand vampire man. There's a lot of vampire stuff that I don't quite understand, but I saw a screening of it and it looks like a cool movie.

There's another movie called "Wanderlust," which is directed by David Wain, who's from "The State" and directed "Wet Hot American Summer." I play Paul Rudd's co-worker.

What's it like opening for music acts?

I guess it's something I've done more than most comics, but it's not something I do constantly. I just became friendly with musicians and then sometimes they'd ask me to open for them.

People are getting used to it because more bands are doing it now. They're not necessarily there to see you, but if it's out there they'll get excited about it. It's something different. It probably wouldn't work with a metal band or something like that.