Jason Mulgrew is a writer/blogger/humorist whose first book, Everything is Wrong with Me, made the New York Times bestseller list. His new book, 236 Pounds of Class Vice President: A Memoir of Teenage Insecurity, Obesity, and Virginity, is on sale today. In 2005 Mulgrew, a Philadelphia native currently living in New York City, was named one of People magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors.” (Yes, this really happened.)
Jason was nice enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule recently to answer a few of our questions.
1. You walk into a bar. What do your order from the bartender?
A nice stout. Guinness by default, but if something unique is on tap, I’ll try that.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
@TeamHenderson and @thepatrickwalsh consistently bring the thunder.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR/TiVO?
About a year and a half ago I recorded a BBC documentary called “My Big Breasts and Me.” Since then, it’s been my wife’s mission to delete it from the DVR, but I think she knows that doing so might destroy our marriage.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Chicken cutlet supreme (no tomatoes) from Tony Luke’s, a sandwich place in the neighborhood I grew up in in Philly.
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
Aside from Uproxx? The usual, early 30’s dude stuff: SI, ESPN, Grantland, cumonmyglasses.com – the normal shit.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your iPod?
“Echo Park” by Joseph Arthur is still holding strong, as it was the flagship of my “Let’s Make Out or Something” playlist, which has since been retired (because I’m married now and making out is no longer a thing). Coming on strong in second place is “The Ghost of Genova Heights” by Stars, which is an excellent gym and drinking song (but not both at the same time).
7. The first face that comes to mind when you think “punchable”?
Chris Christie. Politics aside, he’s kind of a fat bully and he loves fighting; I wouldn’t be surprised if he tracked me down after reading this and threw the first punch.
8. What’s your favorite meme?
Is it ok for me to say that I hate them all?
9. Dogs or cats?
Dogs. I’m allergic to cats and also I’m a man.
10. Best concert of your life was…?
My first concert was Paula Abdul, with Color Me Badd opening. My second was the Grateful Dead. So, I’d say a tie between those two.
Honorable mention: I saw an AC/DC cover band in New Orleans that rocked so hard they made me want to take my shirt off and start punching dudes.
11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?
This question is flawed; every time I give a gift, it’s a signed copy of one of my books. This didn’t go over so well last year at my nephew’s first birthday party, but he’ll appreciate my heart-felt message once he learns to read.
12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My wife married me. Even if you have no idea who I am (which is almost certainly the case), you can see, from this interview alone, that this was a pretty nice and selfless thing to do.
13. South Park or Family Guy?
Toughest question yet. Slight edge to Family Guy with the understanding that they are both spectacular.
14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Never mind – this is the toughest one yet. Because I can’t spend the required week-plus thinking about this answer: I’d gather a bunch of friends, find a nice, cozy pub, and drink a lot and tell a lot of stories. At the end of the night, a beef patty (with cheese, side of sauce) from Rosario’s on the Lower East Side.
15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?
Goodfellas. It’s like being hit with a tranquilizer whenever I come across that movie, because there is no further physical movement.
16. Android or iPhone?
17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
I think that the first time I had foie gras butter – on filet mignon at Dylan Prime – well, things were different after that.
18. The last movie you saw in a theater?
True Grit? I’m not a big going-to-the-movies person. People are generally assholes and I have a short attention span, so I’m better suited on the couch with Netflix.
19. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Sandy from Grease. Still gets me riled up.
20. What would you cook if Nic Cage was coming to your house for dinner?
I can make a good chili. I feel like me, Nic Cage, chili and some beers could make for a pretty solid evening.
You can follow Jason on Twitter here.
Previously: Mike Rowe