Fierth i-ON Interview with Mark Sam Rosenthal
Fierth: What is your name?
Mark Sam Rosenthal
Fierth: Do you have a nick-name?
Mark: My name is a nickname. Also, my brother calls me Bubs and two friends call me Marty.
Fierth: What is your motto?
Mark: I have always depended on the strangeness of kind people.
Fierth: What exactly are you wearing right now?
Mark: 25% of what’s on my body right now is from OMG. Winky emoticon.
Fierth: How do you describe your work?
Mark: “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion” – Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias.
I like to use comedy to say all the politically incorrect things most people feel they can’t say – because I think we’re all too easily offended. I hope we’ll one day live in a world where no one gets offended. And also that world will be free of Mormons.
Fierth: How tall are you?
Fierth: How do you keep it real?
Mark: I don’t think I really do.
Fierth: What were you like as a child?
Fierth: As a teenager where did you think you would be now ?
Mark: In high school my biggest fantasy was to run away to Vegas and turn tricks out of myPlymouthin some parking lot. Seriously. I never got beyond that. I don’t think I ever thought I would be this old.
Fierth: Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.
Mark: I always cry at Christmas Eve service when I sing Silent Night with all these people who knew me as a child. (Disregard the name; I am a Methodist.) I wasn’t a particularly happy child, but I have a delusional, idealized sense of where I come from nonetheless. And the warmth of that annual rite just melts me every time.
Fierth: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Mark: I used to try and make my little brother cry and often succeeded. Also I once turned in two girls for drinking on the 8th grade church retreat – and that got me in a lot of trouble with my “peer group.”
Fierth: How would your best friend describe you?
Mark: Wrong with a twist of hope.
Fierth: If someone wrote a biography on your life , what do you think the title should be?
Mark: I already did. It’s called I Light Up My Life: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography. (see web site)
Fierth: List 5 quirky things about yourself.
-I am obsessed with maps.
-I like to use archaic phraseology like “picture show” instead of movie.
-I love to visit ruins.
-I think it’s really funny to speak German or Spanish with a Southern accent.
-I have gotten poison ivy on my knees two separate summers – be careful in thoseJonesBeach dunes!
Fierth: What motivates you in life?
Mark: Fear of not living up to my potential
Fierth: What brings you the most joy?
Mark: Being in the ocean
Fierth: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?
Mark: Writing catalog blurbs for Spiegel (I came closer than I care to say.)
Fierth: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Mark: Sing like a big, busty black woman.
Fierth: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
Mark: Yes. I’ll let you know tomorrow.
Fierth: Write a brief story about an actual accidental adventure you’ve had.
Mark: My friend Coco and I once got a rental car stuck in a snowbank on a mountain road inOregon– a road that turned out to have been closed due to a landslide. We had to hike 20 miles down the road in the dark without seeing a single soul for hours and knock on some stranger’s door in the middle of the night. This stranger had a custom-built display case for her complete collection of first-lady dolls, which few have the space for here in New York, and she drove us into Grants Pass and dropped us at a Denny’s; I looked at the coffee urns and the warm lights of the restaurant and started crying, because I guess I’d thought I might have died out there on that mountain. I am a swamp person fromBaton Rouge: mountains are for goats. And I have never and will never go back toOregon.
Fierth: Do you have a bucket list? List some things on it.
1- Karaoke inBerlin- in German.
2- TheGreat Barrier Reef.
3- Double penetration.
Fierth: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?
Mark: A sexy ancient Roman. I would literally kill someone I love in order to get to experience ancientRome. And if I were sexy then I could probably go to an ancient orgy to boot!
Fierth: What do you think about and are the first three things you do first after waking up in the morning?
Mark: I make my bed, I take a crap, I pray. I try and think about being thankful for the day.
Fierth: What do you daydream about?
Mark: Remodeling my childhood home, and strippers
Fierth: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
Mark: Purple shag rug, orange coffee table
Fierth: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Mark: Porn star friends on Facebook
Fierth: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?
Mark: A pet turtle named Speedy in the 5th grade.
Fierth: What is the worst song you have ever heard?
Mark: “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
Fierth: What is your favorite sound?
Mark: Heavy rain
Fierth: Do you have any obsessions right now?
Mark: TakingGoogle Earth streetview walks through various Australian andNew Zealandlocales. For hours.
Fierth: What is your greatest extravagance?
Mark: Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (seasonal)
Fierth: What is your guilty pleasure?
Mark: Bareback gangbang porn
Fierth: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
Mark: An island
Fierth: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
Mark: Watching House Hunters International
Fierth: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?
Mark: When I talk to myself, I do it out loud in an Australian accent.
Fierth: Who are your main inspirations?
Mark: My mother and grandmother
Fierth: Whom do you despise?
Fierth: Ever had a rumor spread about you?
Mark: I heard around town that I’d been banned from performing at a certain theater in Provincetown but was never told that directly by the theater. It may or may not be true; the night before I had peed on the stage as part of my act.
Fierth: What are you going to do next?
Mark: Write a book
Fierth: Leave us a quote to carry on with :
Mark: Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day!
Fierth: How can we find out more about you :
Mark: I perform for free every Wednesday at 9 at the People’s Improv Theater (PIT) on the improv team Someday the Cake!
Face book: marksamrosenthal