Bill Schaefer Knows the Difference Between Delis and Bodegas

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This week, I sat down with former child bride Bill Schaefer (Quality Time, Chloe and Bill Show, honestly spending a lot of time doing comedy at Easy Lover in Brooklyn) for a chat about dating apps, kickboxing, and being the right kind of biracial. He told us the (dramatic) story behind his journey into stand-up comedy, lamented his “mess-withable” face despite his height and presence, and bonded with me over our extremely misleading names. He also detailed the one thing that gets his goat the most about non-native New Yorkers: “Here’s the thing. I grew up in New York City my entire life: Queens, right off of Jamaica Avenue, lots of storefronts and stuff like that. And I swear to God, it wasn’t until about 2015 when I was hanging out at UCB that everyone started calling every corner store and deli a bodega. They were not that way growing up, on God. And I’ve talked to other people and been like, ‘When did this switch happen?’”

You can find Bill on Twitter at @billiamschaefer and Instagram at @billdagawdd.

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Bill Schaefer Knows the Difference Between Delis and Bodegas