Neal Brennan is probably best known for co-creating one of the greatest sketch shows of all time - "Chappelle's Show" - with his longtime friend Dave Chappelle.

Neal Brennan is probably best known for co-creating one of the greatest sketch shows of all time - "Chappelle's Show" - with his longtime friend Dave Chappelle.

He's also an established stand-up comedian whose tour brings him to Woodlands Tavern on Wednesday. He took time to talk about his act, President Obama and annoying liberals.

How long have you been doing stand-up?

In earnest, for the last four years. My brother Kevin was older than me and doing stand-up.

So through him I got access to professional comedians. When I was in high school, I used go to New York and hang out at The Improv with my brother and his best friends, like Dave Attell.

Once I moved there for NYU film school, I started working at a different comedy club as a doorman.

I didn't actually do [stand-up]. I would just sort of watch and give people suggestions for jokes they could do. They hated me for it, except for one guy, and that was Dave Chappelle.

We were the only guys that were young, both 18. Dave started when he was like 14, and he was really good, too.

So telling people what to say is how it started?

Yeah, that's how it started - me just being a know-it-all and telling people what to say. What's funny is, aside from doing stand-up, that's still my job in a weird way. On "Chappelle's Show" and doing movies, basically the job is still, "Hey, why don't you say this and you say this?"

I was working yesterday on the ESPYs because my buddy Seth Meyers is hosting and we were shooting sketches. It's just, "Hey, Blake Griffin, say this. Tyson Chandler, say this."

Does stand-up give you the chance to get more recognition for your humor?

Yeah, the stand-up part is, "Hey Neal, say this." I guess stand-up is more me getting credit or whatever. It's more I get to try it and see if it works, and if it doesn't then I feel the pain.

The analogy I always come up with is it's like hitting the plunger on one of those Bugs Bunny dynamite things and actually being in the explosion. The difference between watching the mushroom cloud and being in the mushroom cloud.

Getting a room of laughs is like an explosion?

It's great when a crowd really laughs at a joke. It's surprising that your hair doesn't move from the perceived energy coming at you.

Tell me about contributing jokes to Seth M e yers ' speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner .

It was like the Emmys, except fun. Me and Dave got nominated for Emmys in 2004, and this was actually way more fun because there were no showbiz people there. And we got to meet Obama, which I didn't get to do at the Emmys.

The other thing was, and I don't want to over-inflate my contribution, but you want to talk about speaking truth to power, we kind of helped extinguished Donald Trump's run.

It's not like we're affecting history or all that stuff, but its fun because we felt like we were standing up against the bully.

Did you write jokes about Trump specifically?

We all wrote stuff. I wrote, "He has a beauty pageant which will make it easier for the republicans to pick a vice president and, "If you can't finish your entree the fox on his head will."

Any Obama jokes?

One joke where I felt like I was speaking for a lot of people was, "Obama, you know no [Republicans] could beat you, but you know who could? You in 2008. You would've loved yourself." It was like saying, hey man, you're disappointing people.

I wrote a joke that Seth cut - rightly so because it went a bit far - but it was, "Mr. President, I think of your re-election the same way I think of my troubled cousin. I wish you all the luck, but I'm not giving you any money again."

Now, I'll probably give him money, but let's see how this debt ceiling thing turns out.

The other fun thing was I got to write the final "Where's Bin Laden" joke: "People think he's in the Hindu Kush, but he actually has a show on C-SPAN everyday from 4-5:30 p.m."

"Where's Bin Laden" jokes are really hacky, and that was the last one because he got killed the next day. I was the last person to beat that dead horse, as it were.

Were you surprised by how funny the p resident could be?

I wasn't surprised because he'd done it before and was hilarious. Also he was on "The Daily Show" one time and told Jon Stewart, "You're the most overrated guy since me," which is a really funny joke.

How do you tackle race issues in jokes without offending people?

I think the Chappelle show gives me more leeway. First of all, they've already laughed at my race jokes, and I had a famous black writing partner for a long time that everyone loved.

And you know what side of it I'm on. I don't think if I do a joke people are going to think I'm a white supremacist. You know that I'm on the side of humanism.

I'm on the side of humanism in that white people have such an unfair advantage in the world it's cartoonish. So I like to make fun of that - powerful white people.

And the second thing point is I also believe racism is a human instinct. I think a lot of times it's just observation. It's a human instinct that we all share and when I say "all," I mean everyone, including the people who are mostly the victims of it - blacks, Latinos, poor white people, Asians.

I wrote a piece about Tracy Morgan recently that said you can go after Tracy all you want, but every single person I've ever met is a little bit racist, a little bit sexist, a little bit homophobic or politically, religiously bigoted.

Tell me about that piece.

I think people try to chastise Tracy as somehow proof that they're not like him, but I'll go ahead and say it. I am like him. I'm not as extreme as him, but everyone I know is a little like Tracy.

What Tracy said was borderline hate speech, but it was comedy. There are outlet malls because clothing companies have irregular clothing; it doesn't come out the way they want. Comedians need to have the same thing.

I'm not saying we need to come together and be racist. It's just like, dude, stop, please! I know comedians who came out against Tracy that do racist jokes.

What's a good example of one of your race jokes?

There's one where I say the n-word like eight times. It came about from getting rid of all the n-words in Huckleberry Finn because there are 219.

The first joke is, "To me, that's six too many." Then I say that's white people's idea of helping black people.

Black people have shorter lifespans, can't get loans and access to a fair education, and the solution is to get rid of all the n-words in "Huckleberry Finn"? You're insane white people. I'm just making fun of white liberals.

I just so tired of white liberals thinking they're helping when all they're doing is the absolute bare minimum. They think if they like "The Wire" they have black friends.

With the Tracy thing, if you want to help gay people, donate to GLAAD. Instead, they take 40 seconds and pretend they're outraged.

That's the beginning of the joke which establishes my point of view that white people are f---ing goofy. The next part is I feel bad for Mark Twain aficionados because now when they go get the original "Huckleberry Finn," they're going to seem like a complete racist.

They're going to have to go into bookstores and ask for "Huckleberry Finn" and then very quietly say, " with the n-----s."

That joke does really well and I've done it in all black rooms. I've done it for Dr. Dre and he thought it was hilarious.

When I say the n-word, the hope is it's working on them on a deep level. And if it wasn't, it wouldn't get laughs. It would get shrieks and disapproval.

How do you feel about doing a nontraditional venue like Woodlands Tavern?

It's fun doing these music venues because comedy clubs feel like your just part of a cog in a wheel. They're going to give you the light, give checks out and you do you time while people pay their checks and aren't laughing.

And also they pay you terribly. You got to do at least two nights and at least seven shows. The reason I'm doing these off-site places is because Attell and Doug Stanhope, two of my favorites, say don't do comedy clubs. They told me I have enough Twitter followers to get people to show up.

Your Tweets can be hilarious and ruthless, like the one about Nancy Grace.

Which was that, ruthless or funny?


Yeah, the Nancy Grace one was funny. "Nancy Grace was murdered as a child." That was the only way to explain her passion. That one was a hit.

Do you use Twitter as a writing exercise?

It didn't start out that way, but that's what it's become. One night I tried a joke on Twitter because I didn't know if it was going to work and asked what [people] think.

Most people are reasonable and then there are these trolls. Professional comedy writers will say that's a good joke and then a couple guys are like "100-percent bomb, it'll never work."

And, then it works and I posted a video of it working later that night its fun to interact.

What else can we expect from your act?

I'd like to do an hour. This is the first time I've had enough [material] to do an hour.

A lot of my act is about men and women, too. You want to talk about two groups of people who are woefully unsuited for each other? Yet, we have this dumbass instinct to try.

Basically my act is about race, men and women, politics and texting. And sound effects like Michael Winslow. Then I close out with a dynamite medley of impressions. Kidding.