Actually, everyone loves him. Ben Schwartz is the improviser every improviser wants to be. Funny, smart, a great writer – oh, and he plays one of the greatest characters on TV: Jean-Ralphio Saperstein of Parks and Recreation, summed up in this gif:
Jean-Ralphio could be (and basically is) a giant creep. But in the hands of Schwartz, he’s just a giant overeager puppy dog of a guy. A puppy dog that you wouldn’t want in your house for long, but mostly harmless and ridiculous.
If you’re a comedy nerd, you’re probably already familiar with the project that first brought Schwartz to the public’s (well, the geeky public’s) attention: Rejected Jokes. This is an internet channel where Schwartz would perform the jokes that he submitted to SNL and Letterman that they didn’t use:
I was personally a huge fan of the series, because for a comedy nerd and writer it was inspiring to see just how hard Schwartz hustled at his comedy and the sheer volume of jokes he wrote. Also, celebrity cameos!