Meet the parent: Talk show invites guests to chat with dad

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How would your dad’s jokes fare on late night?

“Running Late with Scott Rogowski” is a Conan O’Brien-style talk show — with Rogowski’s dad, 64-year-old Marty Rogowski, as sidekick.

In the monthly show at the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, the father and son talked about their vacations, Scott’s bar mitzvah, and about Scott and his sister’s failed attempts to get into Dartmouth. The show has the intimate feel of sitting in a family’s living room — a living room where audience members and guests like comedic musician Reggie Watts, or “Girls” actor Alex Karpovsky can sit down and chat with Scott’s dad.

The guests are entertaining — but Scott’s dad steals the show, according to the host.

“He is just, to me, so unintentionally funny,” said Scott. “We have a strange dynamic. I see him in a certain way, and I like putting that out for the rest of the world to see.”

Marty, who is a retired Westchester County legislator, said he felt comfortable in the spotlight, but was unsure how he would do at comedy.

“I like to think I have a sense of humor, because you need to have a sense of humor in politics, but I’m clearly the straight man,” he said.

The Rogowskis’ first outing in Brooklyn last month featured a handful of small-time celebrities, including Saturday Night Live alumna Rachel Dratch, baseball insider Ken Rosenthal, Watts, and Karpovsky.

Rogowski started out as a stand-up comic and briefly hosted a sports-themed talk show called “12 Angry Mascots.”

Rogowski admires Johnny Carson bits he has seen on YouTube and considers Conan O’Brien his idol. But he’s also a fan of lesser-known talk show guys from the 1960s and 1970s, including Dick Cavett.

“He was less of a sketch guy. He gave his guests more time to talk,” said Rogowski. “I aspire to be like that, to break new ground, to not just be glib, to not just be promoting something.”

“Running Late with Scott Rogowski” and his dad at the Galapagos Art Space [16 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO (718) 222–8500,]. $12.

Updated 6:39 am, February 11, 2013
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