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The Michael Showalter Interview

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LB: Do you have any siblings?

MS: One. I have a sister.

LB: Are you in love with her?

MS: No. She's great but, you know, I didn't move to any city to be closer to her either.

LB: I'm going to change the subject now. This is good coffee. I think it is Gorilla coffee.

MS: Yes, it is good. And exactly, it is Gorilla.

LB: You did a blog tour in support of the release of your album.

MS: Yes.

LB: How did you like that?

MS: It was okay. I don't have all that much to say. So in a sense it was like I was squeezing my brain like it was a grapefruit.

LB: You don't think you have that much to say?

MS: No.

LB: How come blogging isn't cleansing for you like ranting is?

MS: Because I don't have that much to say.

LB: But you filled up an entire album

MS: Yeah, but I don't have that much to say. I need the response. I need a reaction.

LB: So it's the monologue nature of blogging that you don't like? It's not as much of a challenge?

MS: Yeah, it's the performance. I like the challenge. If it's not there I get bored. I get bored.

LB: Do you get bored a lot?

MS: Yes. I am very easily distracted. I have a very short attention span.

LB: Are you bored now?

MS: I wouldn't say that I'm bored. No. I'm not bored.

LB: Good. I would hate that. We can talk about whatever you want.

MS: We've already talked about most of what I want to talk about, which is your weird psychosexual relationship with your brother. That is the main topic I wanted to cover.

LB: Well, yes, we did cover that. So now that that's done, I did have another question. Since most of the work you do is ad-libbed and you seem to enjoy improv so much, what is it like stepping onto the set of a scripted show or movie?

MS: I have always had an enormous amount of difficulty being funny when doing other people's work when it's not one of the guys I have worked with my whole life. So if it's the other State guys, and some other people, when I feel strongly connected to their writing, it's good. But if it's just a random script that someone else wrote, I have a hard time connecting to it comedically. And I tend to suck. A little bit.

LB: So your roles on Law & Order and Sex and the City?

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Mondo Extra
The Michael Showalter Interview

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Showalter Explains It All

LB: You did a blog tour in support of the release of your album.

MS: Yes.

LB: How did you like that?

MS: It was okay. I don't have all that much to say. So in a sense it was like I was squeezing my brain like it was a grapefruit.

LB: You don't think you have that much to say?

MS: No.

LB: How come blogging isn't cleansing for you like ranting is?

MS: Because I don't have that much to say.

LB: But you filled up an entire album

MS: Yeah, but I don't have that much to say. I need the response. I need a reaction.

LB: So it's the monologue nature of blogging that you don't like? It's not as much of a challenge?

MS: Yeah, it's the performance. I like the challenge. If it's not there I get bored. I get bored.

LB: Do you get bored a lot?

MS: Yes. I am very easily distracted. I have a very short attention span.

LB: Are you bored now?

MS: I wouldn't say that I'm bored. No. I'm not bored.

LB: Good. I would hate that. We can talk about whatever you want.

MS: We've already talked about most of what I want to talk about, which is your weird psychosexual relationship with your brother. That is the main topic I wanted to cover.

LB: Well, yes, we did cover that. So now that that's done, I did have another question. Since most of the work you do is ad-libbed and you seem to enjoy improv so much, what is it like stepping onto the set of a scripted show or movie?

MS: I have always had an enormous amount of difficulty being funny when doing other people's work when it's not one of the guys I have worked with my whole life. So if it's the other State guys, and some other people, when I feel strongly connected to their writing, it's good. But if it's just a random script that someone else wrote, I have a hard time connecting to it comedically. And I tend to suck. A little bit.

LB: So your roles on Law & Order and Sex and the City?

MS: I was stiff and uncomfortable. I wasn't free.

LB: But if it is one of the guys from The State and they are directing you?

MS: Then I'm free. I just get their sense of humor.

LB: How many people were in The State?

MS: There were eleven total. I think.

LB: So there is a good diaspora now. You're all spread out working on things.

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