Doug Benson: “Everyone thinks I’m funnier when I’m high, so why fight it?”
Doug Benson just released his 5th stand-up comedy album Smug Life [TLB Review] and he shows no signs of stopping. His constant recording and releasing of new albums, a hefty touring schedule, a podcast Doug Loves Movies that’s consistently one of the funniest and most popular out there, is enough to make anyone second guess the laziness of stoners. We got the chance to pick Doug’s brain to find out where his drive to podcast comes from, how he dives into social media and why he decided to record Smug Life both cooked and uncooked.
You seem to be the podcasting machine these days. Doing your own, appearing on others. Why are you drawn to the medium as much as you are?
It’s like morning radio but you don’t have to do it in the morning. I’ve always liked being on radio, but no one was ever gonna offer me my own show, so when podcasting came along I jumped on it. It’s turned out to be even better than radio, because I can say whatever I want and record shows whenever I want. Freedom!
You are quite the movie buff and showcase it on Doug Loves Movies. Is there such a thing as the perfect film and do you think you could make it?
Some films are very close to perfect. But I bet most filmmakers wish there were certain things, little things, they wish they could change, even in their most highly regarded films. I know I’m never completely happy with anything I produce or appear in. I’m a perfectionist pothead!
So… you are really going to go through with just stealing all of Morgan Spurlock movie titles and co-opting them for your own? Did you ever locate him at Comic-Con for your movie?
I’ll rip off Spurlock for as long as it entertains me and my fans don’t complain. As far as Comic-Con goes, you’ll just have to see my movie Chronic-Con to find out if we located Spurlock or not.
You are also a very active Twitter personality. What made you decide to start delivering tweets as part of your stand-up act like you did in Potty Mouth and Smug Life?
I believe in recycling. If a tweet gets a good response on Twitter, I read it on an album recording so that non-tweeters can enjoy it. Or people who read the tweet in the first place will get to hear what it sounds like when I say it. Also, I’m lazy.
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
There are too many to mention. I follow all of my comedian friends and some celebs I don’t know but would like to. It’s quite the stalker tool. Stalker Tool would be a good name for one of my albums.
On Smug Life you recorded two sets, one high and the other sober. What did you learn from the experience?
That everyone thinks I’m funnier when I’m high, so why fight it? This experiment told me that the audience wants me to be high on stage, and I will not let them down.
Marijuana has become a major symbol of your recognition which has brought you great success. Besides the munchies, have there been downsides to this association?
It’s a typical assumption that pot humor is dumb humor. And that assumption is kind of correct. But I like to think of what I do as smart/silly humor. Some may argue that it’s more the latter than the former.
Do you envision yourself filming any new documentaries and/or movies in the future?
I sure do! We’ll have to wait and see whether I actually get around to doing it.