Musician, comedian, frequent contributor to The Howard Stern Show and Twitter terror Eli Braden is coming to the East Coast for some much anticipated New York shows and he was kind enough to make Philly one of his stops (June 20th, Underground Arts, Tickets).
I know you’ve never been to Philadelphia but what do you imagine is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?
I plan to fix the crack in the Liberty Bell once and for all, using cream cheese and a putty knife. After that I’ll cue up the Hooters on my Walkman and swing by a Wawa for some TastyKakes.
Why has it taken you so long to visit Philadelphia? What are you afraid of?
I’ve lived in dire fear of inadvertently being an extra in a ‘Rocky’ film for many, many years.
Are you excited to visit the pride of historic Philadelphia, the Rocky Statue? What else do you plan on doing while visiting?
Very excited! And after I visit the Rocky statue, I plan to visit the Toni Basil statue, the G. Love statue, the Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes statue, and the Joey Lawrence statue.
Biggest musical influence on you coming out of Philly?
Philadelphia legitimately has one of the most impressive musical legacies of any American city. Which makes the fact that what I do has been most influenced by the Dead Milkmen and the Bloodhound Gang even more pathetic.
Favorite Philadelphian, alive or dead or dying?
I’ll go with ‘dying’. Yes, my favorite Philadelphian is one that is dying.
Philadelphia has a horrible tradition called the Mummer’s Parade. What’s your favorite horribly embarrassing tradition?
Eating handfuls of chocolate chips at 3am.
Enough Philly talk, we love hearing your songs on Howard Stern, how did that first come about? Will you pop in his studio while you’re doing your NYC show?
I’ve been a huge Stern fan for almost 15 years. A little over a year ago I had an idea for a parody song, recorded it, sent it to the address listed on the website, and he played it the next day. I recorded another one THAT day, sent it in, and he played it the NEXT day. I’ve continued doing it as often as I can, and Howard has played about 100 of my songs on his show over the past year.
I should note 99% of what I do on the comedy music tip is original, but I mainly do parodies for Stern because that’s what works within the context of the show. I MIGHT be making an in-studio appearance when I’m in NYC – I definitely hope to!
You are an award-winning Twitter sensation, what’s been your favorite @ reply from a celebrity? Worst twitter experience?
My all-time favorite is when Frankie Muniz from ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ tweeted me simply “@EliBraden DIE” after I made fun of one of his inane tweets. I still re-tweet that one regularly. But I felt really bad after I asked Cee-Lo Green if his arms were long enough to clap and he responded with humor – he totally Jedi mind-tricked me by being cool about it.
Describe your live show in 140 characters.
A one-man Tenacious D. A music-based comedy tour de force. The Beatles of laughter. The Richard Pryor of rock. And… THIS is 140 characters
What makes Eli Braden laugh? Cry? Poop?
Laugh? ‘Mr. Show’, ‘Look Around You’, ‘The Jerk’, ‘This is Spinal Tap’, ‘Life of Brian’, the Howard Stern Show, Tim and Eric, Sacha Baron Cohen, Scharpling and Wurster, Quentin Tarantino, the Lonely Island, Ween, the people I follow on Twitter, a zillion other things…
Cry? ‘Toy Story 3’, physical pain
Poop? Folger’s crystals, cocaine
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