I recently sat down with comedian Dan Levy before a show at Westwood Brewing Company in Los Angeles, California. The location was appropriate, as Westwood is home to UCLA, and Levy is one of the top comedians on the college circuit. Sitting down sucked though, because we were totally in the way of all the girls with the black pants.
Levy is the 22 year-old host of MTV's brand new "Your Face or Mine," a game show that destroys the egos of everyone who participates. After a round of celebrity photos, each episode features a college-age couple as the contestant, going through several rounds of predicting how hot the crowd thinks they are compared to strangers, exes, and even each other. I saw a taping of one of the episodes and holy crap, this one is going to be good.
"Your Face or Mine" airs on MTV every weekday at 1:30 and 4:30 EDT. But prepare to scream like only a high school girl can, because this interview airs right now.
CH) How did this all happen?
DL) I've been performing for five years. When I was a sophomore in college, I was selected as one of five people to compete for the title of Funniest College Comedian at the Aspen Comedy Festival. I won, which put me out there in front of all this industry. Freemantle [the production company that does American Idol] really wanted me, and so did MTV so it all worked out.
CH) Is it fun to say that MTV really wanted you?
DL) It's fun to say anyone wants me. Especially that drunk girl sitting in the corner. Is that a girl? I don't care.
CH) Does the show help you get girls?
DL) As of now, no. But that's only because I already lie and tell people I'm on a different show that's more successful. "You don't recognize me? I'm one of the Friends."
CH) Where'd you go to school?
DL) Emerson College in Boston. Go Sox! Just kidding, I don't really care about sports.
CH) You're calling the Red Sox sports?
DL) I wish I knew what you were talking about.
CH) I wish I did, too. Give me one piece of advice for college students.
DL) Don't light anything on fire in your dorm room.
CH) What about in the quad?
DL) Yeah, that's fine.
CH) How many colleges did you play last year?
DL) Probably 60. I skidded off the highway in Fargo on the way to a show so it may have been more, I don't remember. Great school, lousy weather.
CH) Name the best three schools you've played.
DL) Embry-Riddle, Juniata, UMass-Amherst. Juniata was like 700 people.
CH) What's the smallest crowd you've played to?
DL) 12 people at a school in upstate New York.
CH) Would you ever go back there?
DL) The sad part is I would. Twice. In a semester.
CH What can we expect from "Your Face or Mine"?
DL) Me making fun of celebrities everyone hates and college couples embarrassing themselves on national television.
CH) Are you going to have a good show tonight?
DL) Probably not.
CH) Better than me?
"Your Face or Mine" with Dan Levy, every afternoon on MTV. You heard it here first.
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