MAKE US LAUGH, FUNNY BOY! -- EUGENE MIRMAN

You might know him from the teevee -- Conan O'Brien's show and Flight of the Conchords -- but did you know that comic Eugene Mirman was named the Best New York Comedian by The Village Voice in 2009 and is one of 2009's "Hot" Twitter-ers. according to Rolling Stone. Though neither of those publications has been relevant for years, Mirman is still a talent we should be paying attention to.

You went to Hampshire College -- have your read Richard Rushfield's book? It's amazing anyone learns anything with all the drugs and not going to class. I haven't read his book -- in fact, I was too high to even learn to read. I hope what I'm writing now makes sense, since I'm randomly hitting buttons on my keybeard.

You've been described as a "longtime fixture on the downtown alternative comedy scene" and have opened for indie bands Yo La Tengo and Modest Mouse. Do you ever perform for nonhip people ?

I did a show recently in Nashua, New Hampshire, for its Chamber of Commerce. The audience was very nice, but I wouldn't describe them as hipsters. I bet only two of them (maybe fewe

r) knew that Doug Yule was ever in the Velvet Underground.

If you had a catch phrase, what would it be ?

Not sure, but here are some possibilities: "America, you're such a country!" and then throw my hands in the air. Or maybe, "That's like asking to hide in a goat's vagina ..." then I'd make a face like someone said something stupid to me and shake my head.

What are we missing by not following you on Twitter ?

You're missing tweets like this:
Just got my time machine working. Now I'll finally get some pussy.
Kid crying at ATM 'cause her pacifier fell, imagine how upset she'll be when she discovers we're unjustly in Iraq.
Turns out a watched pot totally boils. It just takes 10 minutes and is very boring.

Who do people say you look like ?

Oliver Stone and Tom Waits. I'm lying.

If you could call a moratorium on one overused stand-up premise, what would it be ?

I wish people would stop talking about the movie Multiplicity. It's from 1996! Stop doing material about it. On a side note, I'm glad Barack Obama made it impossible to joke around about what would happen if there were a black president.

What do you like to do in L.A. ?

I like to go to Skybar and hide Ziplock bags full of vomit everywhere I think celebrities will sit. I also love going to Amoeba.

Anything else you'd like to say to L.A. Weekly readers ?

If you are a famous musician, actor or news personality, please come and say hello.

Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Brendon Small and Larry Murphy.
Wed., Feb. 3, 8 p.m., 2010


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