Steve Berg: Longtime Fan, First Time Guest

Steve BSteve Berg took me out to lunch a couple of years ago and we had a great time. We went again recently when my newest book was released. This was when I found out that Steve’s job was comedy writing and acting, and that he has a fairly successful career doing both. People may know him from the excellent Comedy Central show Drunk History or his acting work on Idiotsitter or even this superbowl ad. To start the show, we watched a video called “Two Hamsters, One Wheel,” and some music I located (titled “Ciocarlia”) that goes perfectly as a soundtrack.

I had some questions for Steve and he had some questions for me. He likes my books and I like Drunk History and comedy, so the show veered between these themes. Steve considers UFO crazies like Steven Greer a form of performance art, and I can’t argue with that at all. Surprisingly enough, he says he was inspired to go into the funny biz by the comedic stylings of character actor Dabney Coleman. I played my bootleg recording of comedy legend Tony Clifton, which impressed Steve. He is worried about the phenomenon of more people (especially college-age kids) who are easily offended and how this is killing traditional comedy and satire.

He asked me about the mysterious Naval intelligence man who was known as “Mike Younger” and our interactions, which forced me to wrack my brain for memories, as well as some of the research leading to Project Beta. We discussed the solution to the moving rocks mystery of Death Valley before a spaced-out dude called in for stilted shenanigans.

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3 Responses to Steve Berg: Longtime Fan, First Time Guest

  1. Phil From Lunopolis says:

    Since Yeats and Evans-Wentz keep coming up in these circles, I thought I’d note this item I just saw:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13879236

    Summary:

    Some of Alexander Carmichael’s apparently lost works are being published again.

  2. John Randall says:

    A fun show!! Watched Drunk History’s version of Roswell. Never thought I’ld see Patton Oswald as Mac Brazel … 🙂

  3. MaryAnn Nelson says:

    Great conversation on UFOlogy’s demographics.

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