A Q&A with ... comedian/podcaster Doug Benson
05:00 AM, Mar 21, 2013
Seriously, Doug has to be the most productive marijuana advocate of all time.
Anyway, Benson’s new flick, The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled, is now available on demand via Chill.com. I watched it the other night and laughed as Benson and pal Graham Elwood goofed off on a cross-country tour, the proceeds from which funded the movie.
Doug and I chatted over e-mail about the documentary, his work and the things he loves most (aside from the obvious):
The movie makes it seem like you’re always on the road! About how many days a year are you away from home?
Maybe half. I go out most weekends, so that would be how many days? I’m not good with math. Anyway, my home is just a storage facility. Even when I’m in Los Angeles I’m not home much. But every once in a while I like to sit at home all night with my stuff, watching American Idol.
The film shows some pitfalls of being on tour so much, but what’s one thing you like about traveling?
Hotel rooms. Love checking into a new hotel room. What’s the view gonna be like? Is there a balcony? How big is the bathtub? Exciting to me every time.
I’m sure this has been covered on a podcast, but how did you meet Graham Elwood?
I dunno. I just spend a lot of time around comics, and we had mutual friends, so after knowing him for a few years he started going on the road with me and we usually have a blast. The day we met might have been the Fourth of July, because he was wearing a leather American flag vest with fringe on the sleeves.
I love the scenes with the chatty/opinionated comedy club owner, who, at one point, declares the business would improve if a large percentage of other club owners would quit. Do you understand what he means? Is there any truth to what he says?
I like having him in the movie because he’s not afraid to be himself on camera, but I don’t really agree with him that all club owners should quit. There’s at least two or three that I like.
Most of your fans seem pretty cool, but the movie shows a few who are a little intense and/or super-drunk. Can you tell me about a particularly weird experience with a fan?
With fans who get super-drunk during the show and then approach me after, it’s always the same. Enthusiastic, handsy, pushy. And I’m just talking about me! But honestly, booze can make people really obnoxious, but I have to put up with it because I know they are nice people who just had too much to drink.
I’m also a fan of Dining With Doug and Karen. Can you tell me a couple restaurants you enjoy, whether they’re in L.A. or elsewhere?
There’s a Sushi Samba in several cities, and two in NYC, and I just love it. Sushi more than samba. I don’t really need the dance music while I’m trying to eat. But you’ve probably heard of that place. I’m just starting to learn to be a foodie thanks to doing that podcast.
A couple movie questions: What’s the worst film you’ve seen so far this year, and what’s an indie/lesser-known film you loved?
I haven’t seen much, but what I’ve seen I didn’t like. Saw Spring Breakers today and feel shame for liking it. It’s probably going to be my best and worst movie of the year.
Have you considered using Kickstarter to fund another movie/tour/creative project?
No. But now that you mention it, yes. I’m considering it, thanks to you.
And finally, have to ask: Which Spurlock doc will you be parodying in your next movie?
With Mansome and the One Direction 3-D Movie to choose from, I’m probably going to get out of the Spurlock parodying game.
The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled is now available now to rent/download. Benson tweets at @dougbenson.