Kickin' it with Andy Milonakis
Internet sensation turned MTV show star Andy Milonakis just launched a new Web series and is now finishing up his hip-hop comedy record — and yes, it will include his smash hit ''Penis Capades''
Five years ago Andy Milonakis was ”living off of Ramen Noodles.” But then, thanks to a non-PC little ditty called ”The Superbowl is Gay,” he caught Jimmy Kimmel’s attention, and following an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Milonakis went on to land his own TV show — MTV’s The Andy Milonakis Show — several movie roles, and a loyal Internet following.
He’s now getting back in touch with his Web roots with a new show on MyDamnChannel.com, which launched last week, and he’s supplanted the Ramen Noodles with sushi from Studio City restaurant Asanebo, where they let him bring his own bottle of champagne (Dom Perignon, of course). Milonakis was gracious enough to set aside the highlife for a few moments and talk to EW.com about his evolving humor, hip-hop, his love for Jimmy Kimmel, and a whole lot of inappropriate things we can’t print — because unlike Andy, we can’t be as dirty as we want to be online.
Andy talks about the advantages of an online show, and switching up his humor.
(Disclaimer: That weird clicking sound? That’s our interviewer typing maniacally because of a lack of faith in the tape recorder to capture everything — yeah, she’s a bit less tech-savvy than Milonakis….)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So do you feel like you’re going back to your roots with your online show?
ANDY MILONAKIS: I feel like it, but at the same time … I feel like when [I make videos on my Web cam], I don’t feel totally satisfied because I feel like I’ve been there and done that. I’ve really kind of have to kick myself in the ass to get motivated to create better, bigger stuff. It’s gonna be equally as stupid and, you know, the same kind of retarded humor probably, but I just want to work on creating different stuff. I don’t want to beat a dead horse.
How is your MyDamnChannel show going to be different from The Andy Milonakis Show?
For one I get to be as dirty as I want. I’m going to do a lot of weird stuff that’s not going to be like me prancing around like an insane 12-year-old. I showed everybody that side of me and I think it’s time to do different stuff, even when it comes down to the type of humor. I want to do some drier, weirder stuff. And definitely, there’s a side that I want to do just like really retarded arty films … like parody, pretentious art films that kind of are supposed to have some deep meaning.
You got a little theological in your first webisode.
That was just kind of a rant. More importantly, I think I’m gonna focus on really directed, edited pieces with different locations, different people — kind of make you feel more like ”all right, somebody’s actually spent time on this,” instead of just ”Oh, I just woke up and started ranting in the camera.” There’ll be that too, but that stuff is obviously effortless. I want to put some effort into a bunch of different types of videos. I don’t think I’m gonna do ”Man On The Street” messing with people, I don’t think I’m gonna do over-the-top wacky comedy.
NEXT PAGE: Is the Andy Milonakis Show coming back?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s going on with your TV show? Is there going to be any more of The Andy Milonakis Show?
ANDY MILONAKIS: Probably not in its original form. I’m coming up with some new show ideas that are much more tortured-soul than, like, 10-year-old on acid and crack, much more like characters just, like, beaten down. As young as I look, I think it will still be funny if I played a person who’s kind of tortured and hates his life. Kind of like a Larry David-type thing. I have a specific idea I don’t really want to talk about yet, but … the stem of the idea comes from reality, from where I had popular videos on the Internet. I’m going to write a whole pilot and see if anyone’s interested, and if not then I’ll just live out the tortured life instead of showing it on TV.
Do you still talk to Jimmy Kimmel?
Ummm, by talk do you mean make love to?
Yeah, I talk to him all the time. He never stops standing by me. I really got lucky that he was the one who found my [online videos]…. He had an avenue to show it to a lot of people, but he stood by me, got me on his show, helped me develop my own show. He even was the one who got me involved with MyDamnChannel. He constantly looks out for me and I really, truly feel lucky that it wasn’t some other random person that found me that would be like, ”Okay, yeah, yeah this is funny, haha,” and then kind of chew me up and spit out like, Next! What’s the next thing? He saw a potential and took the time out to develop it. There’s no way to repay that man for that.
Do you think fans of your show and your original Internet shorts are going to enjoy your online show, or are you going for another demographic?
I think the fans of the old-school Internet shorts were a little bit older just because it was racier material. As stupid as I was being, it kind of played better to the older crowd because [I was] being dirty, talking about more adult subjects and stuff, and I think that group of people will be happy with it. People who watch [The Andy Milonakis Show], I don’t know if they’re going to fully get it. I mean, some of them are five years old so I hope not. There’s little kids on trains coming up to me, singing my theme song, and they can barely walk. And I’m like, ”I can’t believe how young some of the people are that watch my show,” so I hope they’re not watching my new videos where I talk about ”vagina.” That’s my favorite word by the way.
Is it true that you’re coming out with a hip-hop comedy album?
Yes ma’am. I have about 12 songs already, but I can only use like four or five of them because a lot of the ones I did like a year ago I don’t think are good now. I’m going to keep working. [I’m working with] my boy Stu Stone, and Justin Trugman is doing a lot of the beats for it. He [Trugman] is a real hip-hop producer. He’s worked with a bunch of real artists. So it’s good to get real people involved with my wacky bulls— antics. It’s just cool because I don’t want to make a gimmicky comedy CD. I want to make a real hip-hop CD that happens to be funny.
You’re song ”Penis Capades” is floating around the Internet. Is that going to be on your album?
That one’s going to be on my album, and we’re actually doing a music video for it. It should be up soon. It’s gonna be really filthy. We have a special cameo in that too.
Who’s going to have a cameo?
It’s a secret. Actually, there might be two cameos. I really think it’s gonna be really disturbing and offensive. There’s not a lot of music videos that are totally, totally disturbing. I think this one will be pretty f—ing disturbing.
Is is going to be on MyDamnChannel?
Yeah, we’re still working out the details of it but [I’m] 99 percent [sure it will be on MyDamnChannel].
When do you think people can expect to be able to go out and buy your CD?
I don’t really have a date, but I’m filming the sequel to Waiting in October, so that’s gonna kind of c— blocked it a little bit, but … I’d say it’ll definitely be in stores in time to buy as a Christmas present for all your eight-year-old kids. Eight-year-old kids that love triple X-rated content.
NEXT PAGE: Is Andy on Team Kanye or Team 50? And how does he feel about papaya juice?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Speaking of hip-hop, are you on Team Kanye or Team 50?
ANDY MILONAKIS: I like both of them. So far I only have Kanye’s album. I think it’s great. I really like how he’s kind of flipping hip-hop on its ass. I think so much of hip-hop is really, really generic music that’s derivative and it’s all about the same topics: about bitches and bling and cars and money. And although he definitely has those topics in his songs … he brings a different style to it. It’s amazing that he produces most of his own music. He’s just, like, one of the top guys out there right now, doing different stuff.
Are you going to have any collaborations on your album?
Yeah, I’m going to really try to base it not on star power, though. I really want someone who can be really unique and we can kind of mesh well.
Do you have anyone in mind?
I’ve been talking to this Bay Area group called The Federation who’ve heard my stuff, and they’re interested in getting down on a track. I’ve talked to [Wu-Tang affiliate] Killah Priest. He’s down to get on a track. MF Doom, I think, would be really dope. MF Doom is like so out-of-the-box and just crazy…. I just don’t want a traditional rapper on it that plays club music about their car or about a new dance. I want to rap about, like, having sex with Martians on Mars and building a mansion on a different planet, on a different dimension, and like, you know, having sex with spirits or something. I just want to do some next-level sh–. I don’t want to rap about my car. How generic is that? Be creative. People are just not f—ing creative enough.
Are you a Britney fan?
Did you see the monologue that Sarah Silverman did after Britney performed at the VMAs?
No, but I heard some of the things she said. I really like how [Silverman] pushes people. I think it’s important. There’s so much to make fun of in Hollywood and there’s so many people that are scared about pissing off people…. Only a few people will be that hard core with their insults. I think it’s important to do that, just for the sheer fact that not enough people do it. And they should — those people need to get their asses handed to them…. You need to shake them up a little bit.
You mentioned filming the sequel to the indie film Waiting… this fall. For people that haven’t seen the first movie, what’s your character like?
Basically, I just play like a wannabe rapper, totally faker, trying to … be cool and smoke weed. [Writer/director Rob McKittrick] said that even though there’s nothing much to me and T-Dog’s [played by Max Kasch] characters, he still didn’t want to take it out of the movie, and he thought it was good, even though he thought they were kind of one-dimensional. He made a joke of it in the movie like when he had a Bishop — the wise dishwasher — tell us that we’re one-dimensional. In the sequel, it’s gonna be a little bit different. We’re going to get to do a lot of funny stuff. I don’t want to give any of it away.
Is there anything else you want EW.com readers to know about you?
I want them to know that I’m double-jointed. And I’m a really huge fan of papaya juice.