If Mario Cantone hasn't amused you from the tele on The View, then you've laughed at his character Anthony, Charlotte's bestie on Sex and the City. The comedian is a gigantic force, he's all energy, drama, and humor, whether on the screen or live and singing in person.
He's bringing his songs and comedy to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood next week. So we chatted with him about everything from the loving family of Honey Boo Boo, who he's rooting for on Dancing with the Stars, and even meeting Barack and Michelle Obama -- both big fans... of his! Here's part one of our interview with the man who introduced himself to the president as "the King of Gays."
New Times: How's it going this morning?
Mario Cantone: I'm up! I'm up! I got out of my bed, I can't believe it. I actually moved. I'm not good in the morning.
It's not that easy. The morning light!
It is! I don't know how people in radio, they have early morning radio shows. When I do the View, I have to get up at 8, that's horrible. I don't know how people do it every day.
You're a night owl.
Yeah, I am. I don't go out at night that much, unless I'm dining, or going to the theater or the opera... I'm so gay, I can't stand it! I stay up, I like watching TV and being inside. The older I get, I guess the more agoraphobic I am...
What shows are you watching?
I'm watching New Girl, which I love. I'm watching the New Normal, which I like, I think it's very good. I like Dancing with the Stars, I like Glee, and I resisted Glee. I hated it for the longest time, and now I love it. My big shows are Mad Men, which isn't on right now, Breaking Bad, which is phenomenal. I'm watching Homeland, which is amazing. I like South Park. I call it my number one show in the world.
Did you see Little Honey Boo Boo was a guest last night on the show?
Yes, she was "the guest." Yes she was. I talked about that on The View a few weeks ago, Honey Boo Boo, which I had never seen, cause I don't watch reality shows, I watch the competition shows. But I watched some of that for the material. I was like, OK, I'm done. It's a lot. Although what I did see though, when I watched, as trashy as it is, I think there's a lot of love in that family.