I am super excited for this Twenty Question Interview with my friend, Evan Berke. I got to know Evan through working with him. Aside from being a talented comedian, Evan is also an engaging TV show personality currently featured on TMZ. Similar to my Author Interviews published here, these interviews started back in 2007 where I hosted famous and semi-famous creatives/comics to promote their work while having laughs in the process. Rob Delaney of the TV show Catastrophe and Paul Scheer of 30 Rock and Veep were some of my first ones published. Due to popular demand, these Q & A’s are back intermittently on here and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
1. Where are you from?
I was born and spent a majority of my life in Marietta, Georgia. It’s right between Atlanta and the country. I then went to college in Charleston, South Carolina before ending up in New York.
2. What is your occupation?
I am an Associate Field Producer at TMZ. You’ll also see me pop up on the show from time to time.
3. What effort in your profession are you most proud of?
I don’t know. I am a standup comedian and I have been doing it for 8 years. As a comedian, you have to adapt and find different ways to get your personality out there and different channels and audiences. Whether its hosting, producing, acting, ect. I’m most proud that I’ve always been able to find other mediums beside standup to be a comedian and entertain people.
4. If you could, what would you change about the city you live in?
Quality of life. I want a beach with palm trees and sunshine. I want getting around to not take two hours. I don’t want to have someone clip their toe nails next to me on the subway. Okay, now I’m ranting. Next question.
5. What was the strangest thing that happened to you while commuting or traveling?
I always find myself talking to strangers, so I will really need to think about this. I’d have to say there was one time I was on a flight for 4 hours and spoke to the woman next to me for literally the entire time. We had just met we just chatted it up. I’m sure the people around us were pissed.
6. Of all the famous people you’ve met, who’s your most treasured?
When I was walking through Beverly Hills in LA, I got the chance to shake Mel Brooks’ hand and thank him for being the great legend that he is. That was such a great moment for me, and hopefully for him too.
7. If you could commit a crime and not get caught, what would it be?
I would steal a bunch of money. But from a bank, because it is insured and really all they need to do is print more of that green paper stuff we give value. No one gets hurt and I walk away rich.
8. Do you cook? If so, are you ‘Chopped’ worthy or ‘Worst Cooks’ material?
I don’t cook often, but I wouldn’t call myself a bad cook. My girlfriend does most of the cooking, but I do make for one hell of a sous-chef.
9. What quote do you live by?
“It’s not about how hard you can hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” — Rocky Balboa
10. What do you most admire about your creative process?
The part no one sees. So much goes into a finished product and the debuts and premieres. But I love those moments when everyone is worn out and tired and just wants it to be over with already. When you are pushed to your limits and you are forced to let go the idea that something needs to be perfect, but that it just needs to be unique.
11. Black, brown, red or blonde haired hottie?
Blonde, of course!
12. What award would you love to win?
People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive (LOL)
13. Favorite dessert?
My stepmom Shelly’s Coconut Creme Pie. So good!
14. What do you dislike about your profession?
The thing I dislike is the thing that keeps me coming back — the grind. I love it and I hate it. I’m addicted to it.
15. Do you play a music instrument or would like to learn to play?
I don’t play an instrument, but I would love to learn to play either the drums or piano. They are the ones usually keeping time and rhythm and I like that.
16. Favorite concert to date?
Phish at Madison Square Garden. I’m not even a Phish fan, but holy shit, that concert was something else.
17. If you could have a dinner date with anyone dead or alive who
would it be?
Stephen Colbert. That guy is the best.
18. Biggest pet peeve?
Tardiness. I’m always early and I can’t stand it when other people are late.
19. What’s your latest plug / project / promotion?
Well, currently I work for TMZ and I am constantly producing content and interviews. You can check it out at www.evanberke.com/tmz! A bunch of my standup comedy is there too so check it out!
20. What is the last question you would like me to ask you? Or want to ask me one?
I want to ask you one! How many interviews have you done and who would your dream interview be with?
You’re no. 87! Wow… on my blog and other publications. As for dream interview… sadly he has passed, David Bowie. For now there are many but one? Michelle Pfeiffer. I had the fortune of meeting her and would like to continue the conversation we were having… this time without a drooling boyfriend next to me (haha).
Special thanks again to Evan for taking part of my fun questionnaire! Watch him on TMZ and click here to learn more about Evan: www.evanberke.com/tmz
Twitter – @evanberke
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Till next time, peace out!