David Wain on Wet Hot American Nostalgia and the Inevitable Rockin’ Knights of Summer Reunion

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00July 7th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

When I came up with the idea of interviewing David Wain for the 10th anniversary of Wet Hot American Summer — the 2001 cult comedy he directed and co-wrote (with Michael Showalter) about a 1980s summer camp — I sincerely believed that I was being unique. […]

Astronaut Leroy Chiao On the End of the Space Shuttle Program and the Future of Space Pleasure Cruises

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00June 30th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

On July 8th, NASA will launch the Space Shuttle Atlantis into orbit for the final time, effectively ending the 30-year-old space shuttle program with a big, eardrum-shattering boom. Though there’ll be plenty of cheering (and drunk) fans in Florida for the lift-off — a good number of them likely blaring that Europe song “The Final [...]

Carson Daly on Smoking with Johnny Depp, and Telling Britney Spears’ Publicist to “F Off.”

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00June 23rd, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

It’s been a big year for Carson Daly. For one thing, his late night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly, is celebrating its tenth anniversary on NBC. Which is a pretty remarkable feat, not just for surviving ten years but for surviving ten years with almost nobody watching. […]

Tony Nominee Josh Gad Is Happy To Talk About Mormons, But Not the Other Religion That Starts With an M.

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00June 9th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

One thing that rarely gets said about the devoutly religious is “Boy, they sure do have a great sense of humor about themselves.” […]

Barry Manilow Only Ever Played One Bathhouse with Bette Midler

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00June 2nd, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

Here are three things I didn’t know about Barry Manilow prior to conducting this interview: First, his fans are called “Fanilows,” and each and every one has beautifully feathered hair. (Just a guess, but it’s probably true.) […]

Flavor Flav Won’t Stop Making Chicken, or Reality Shows

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00May 26th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

As much fun as it can be to watch Flavor Flav in action, it’s hard not to wonder sometimes why exactly he’s famous. Sure, he was a member of Public Enemy, one of the most seminal and ground-breaking acts in hip-hop. But his main contribution to that group involved repeating his own name a bunch [...]

Wavy Gravy Knows the Secret To Eternal Life: Just Don’t Die

By |2012-11-21T10:05:14-07:00May 19th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

If you’re in the northern California area this weekend, be prepared. Most of the state is going to smell like patchouli and Baby Boomer tears. Wavy Gravy is turning 75, and he’s celebrating with a “Birthday Boogie” on Saturday at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, just across the bridge from San Francisco. […]

Sloane Crosley On Shiny Hair, Portuguese Clowns, and Midget Sodomy

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00May 12th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

There are a few things you should know about Sloane Crosley before reading this interview. She’s the author of two books of comedic essays, 2008’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and the just-released-in-paperback How Did You Get This Number. […]

India Hicks Explains the Royal Wedding For Americans

By |2019-05-10T12:21:33-07:00April 28th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

For all the media hoopla surrounding the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton — which, if you haven’t already been told a zillion times already, happens tomorrow, April 29th, at Westminster Abbey — few people have bothered to ask the really interesting questions. We’ve heard ad nauseum about the wedding dress and the [...]

Demetri Martin on Twitter Battles, Kurt Vonnegut Asterisks, and Unicycle Regret

By |2019-05-10T12:21:33-07:00April 7th, 2011|Awkward Question Time|

A few years ago, when New York magazine called Demetri Martin “the Barack Obama of comedy,” it felt like a career death sentence. Who could possibly live up to such ridiculous expectations? Even Obama couldn’t do it, so what chance did a comic who’s act featured palindrome poetry and paraprosdokian wordplay have? […]

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