10 Weird Questions with Christian Finnegan
You’ve probably seen Christian during one of his numerous appearances on NBC, Comedy Central, VH1, and MSNBC on every show from Best Week Ever to Countdown with Keith Olbermann. His new comedy album, The Fun Part, comes out April 15 on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and just about anywhere else you can find comedy. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
1. So what can you tell us about your new album? Is it magical?
I’m so glad you brought up the whole “magic” thing. It’s so awkward when I have to do it myself–it’s like, “get over yourself,” right? But the truth is yeah, The Fun Part was forged in the fires of Mt. Goefblurthh by dwarf wizards and then consecrated with pixie farts.
2. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing?
Probably living a happy, healthy life. Big house in the suburbs, massive financial portfolio, adoring children to care for me in my golden years. Thank god I dodged that bullet.
3. Are you keeping up with any TV shows right now?
Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher to feel smart, Game of Thrones to satisfy my bloodlust and Bar Rescue because I like watching a giant toad-man shout in people’s faces.
4. What advice would you give to comics just starting out?
Respect the light. You’re never as good as your best set or as bad as your worst. And put on pants by noon every day–no exceptions!
5. Have you ever bought anything on Craigslist?
I don’t trust the security of any website that still looks like it was created by Geocities. Come on Craig, it’s 2014-you can’t settle on a nice WordPress template? Once they get that worked out, I’ll shell out for that Ace Frehley Trapper Keeper I’ve had my eye on.
6. What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you after a show?
Most fans are exceedingly friendly and polite. The rest are friendly but drunk. So most of the “weird” things people say are variations of “I’M A 38 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF TWO AND I’M DRUNK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS! WHOOOOOOO!”
7. Do you have a favorite venue to like to perform?
There are some truly great clubs around the country–Gotham in New York, The DC Improv, Helium in Philly. But I’ll always have a soft spot for the dingy little “bar shows” in NYC where I started. They’re always popping up and dying off, but my current faves are probably Moonwork and “Comedy as a Second Language” at Kabin.
8. What are five movies that you like better than Predator?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Almost Famous, MacGruber, Children of Men and Alien vs. Predator.
9. Can you describe the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
There have been so many bad haircuts over the years. There was the classic “Sensitive Pony Tail Man” look, the “Morrissey pompadour” and who can forget the “Lesbian Ivan Drago”? But they all pale in comparison to the feathered butt-cut mullet I sported in 1986–a look I now refer to as “Vagina Repellent.”
10. Where can people see you performing?