David Alan Grier takes multitasking to the extreme.
An actor, comedian, author, radio host, food blogger and Dancing With the Stars alum, he says he could never spend his career behind a desk.
Admittedly, it makes for some disjointed experiences. Like his recent interview about his standup comedy show Friday at the Club at Treasure Island. In between talking about his latest projects — Porgy and Bess in the theater and Tyler Perry-produced We the Peeples on the big screen— he was playing with his 3 1/2-year-old daughter on Santa Monica Beach and wiping sand out of her swimsuit.
It's a lifestyle well suited for the Yale drama school grad, who turned 55 last week. Over the years, DAG has appeared on Broadway, TV and in movies. Last year he was nominated again for a Tony award. Perhaps best known for his roles in the TV comedy show In Living Color, he was named one of Comedy Central's 100 Great Stand-Ups Of All Time.
The Detroit native spoke recently about cooking curried goat and what it takes to lose weight.
Do you consider turning 55 a milestone?
No. Is it supposed to be? You're just older and crustier. I'm just trying not to be that.
What can people expect at your show?
I'll talk about politics, our 14 wars that we're currently fighting, being a dad. I like doing my (standup) dates because it's really a chance for me to reconnect with my audience and get all that stuff out of my system. When you're doing a play, you have a director, a part, a character, writers. You can blame it all on everybody else. Standup is just me and my audience.
Your food blog, "Chocolate Glutton," has recipes for curried goat and rabbit, and lots of pictures of raw meat — not exactly mainstream stuff. Is that what you eat?
I don't want to be mainstream. It's not about me writing about hot dogs. It's the best food in the world. Not every day, but just real cooking. I don't want to do raw kale sushi.
Did you watch this past season of Dancing With the Stars?
No, it's too long. There's no score at the end. I was watching basketball. I didn't care about anybody. Celebrity Rehab — I'm watching that. That show is awesome.
Didn't you lose a lot of weight while on the show?
Twenty-eight or 29 pounds. The problem is you have to keep dancing with a hot chick for seven hours a day. I gained about 10 to 12 pounds back. I do best when I'm working and have a regular schedule and can really concentrate. The road is the worst. Chicken wings are like crack.
How do you juggle so many projects?
As you can see, I multitask. I just do it. I like the variety. By the time you're sick of one, you can go to another. It's the best. My nightmare would be a cubicle job in which I have to sit next to the same person for 20 years. I'd probably kill them and myself or myself and them. But if you kill yourself first and try to kill someone else, it's tough unless a timing device is involved.