Greg Behrendt is best known for his famous, though disappointing, one-liner addition to Sex and the City and subsequent book, He's Just Not That Into You. But this fast-witted, music loving author is looking to change gears. What we thought would be a helpful conversation full of advice to guide us through the dating desert quickly turned a the story of a man with a band who wants to cover Paris Hilton.
Before Behrendt lands at the Fort Lauderdale Improv this weekend for a string of shows, he took some time to talk with New Times about his true passion, and it's not sitting on Oprah's couch.
New Times: Personally, I have some trouble pronouncing your last name. Is that still affecting you or am I the only one left?
Greg Behrendt: No, you are not alone. It's continual, this thing that I should have fixed before I got into show business, but didn't, and now I am stuck. I wasn't smart enough to come up with a stage name. Coming up in the early standup days, my friends Janeane Garafalo and Zach Galifianakis kept their real names, but theirs are phonetic and mine is just confusing. Even my dad was like, "You should have changed it."
I read that you were roommates with the great David Cross. Did he always leave his dishes in the sink?
Cross and I were roommates for over a year and we were like, so clean. We lived like two dainty old men.
It was one of the most harmonious living situations I have ever had, with a guy that really has his own rhythm. He was a nut but he was a great guy and incredible roommate. That was the time when I first started getting sober, and Cross was a really great friend to me. The only thing is, he would always talk to me when I was on the phone. And this is before cell phones, like, "There is a big piece of plastic, it is at my ear, I am talking into it, and you are really trying to talk to me?"
Just a great guy overall, except for his complete inability to recognize when I was on the phone.