Five years ago Andy Milonakis was ”living off of Ramen Noodles.” But then, thanks to a non-PC little ditty called ”The Superbowl is Gay,” he caught Jimmy Kimmel’s attention, and following an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Milonakis went on to land his own TV show — MTV’s The Andy Milonakis Show — several movie roles, and a loyal Internet following.
He’s now getting back in touch with his Web roots with a new show on MyDamnChannel.com, which launched last week, and he’s supplanted the Ramen Noodles with sushi from Studio City restaurant Asanebo, where they let him bring his own bottle of champagne (Dom Perignon, of course). Milonakis was gracious enough to set aside the highlife for a few moments and talk to EW.com about his evolving humor, hip-hop, his love for Jimmy Kimmel, and a whole lot of inappropriate things we can’t print — because unlike Andy, we can’t be as dirty as we want to be online.
Andy talks about the advantages of an online show, and switching up his humor.
(Disclaimer: That weird clicking sound? That’s our interviewer typing maniacally because of a lack of faith in the tape recorder to capture everything — yeah, she’s a bit less tech-savvy than Milonakis….)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So do you feel like you’re going back to your roots with your online show?
ANDY MILONAKIS: I feel like it, but at the same time … I feel like when [I make videos on my Web cam], I don’t feel totally satisfied because I feel like I’ve been there and done that. I’ve really kind of have to kick myself in the ass to get motivated to create better, bigger stuff. It’s gonna be equally as stupid and, you know, the same kind of retarded humor probably, but I just want to work on creating different stuff. I don’t want to beat a dead horse.
How is your MyDamnChannel show going to be different from The Andy Milonakis Show?
For one I get to be as dirty as I want. I’m going to do a lot of weird stuff that’s not going to be like me prancing around like an insane 12-year-old. I showed everybody that side of me and I think it’s time to do different stuff, even when it comes down to the type of humor. I want to do some drier, weirder stuff. And definitely, there’s a side that I want to do just like really retarded arty films … like parody, pretentious art films that kind of are supposed to have some deep meaning.
You got a little theological in your first webisode.
That was just kind of a rant. More importantly, I think I’m gonna focus on really directed, edited pieces with different locations, different people — kind of make you feel more like ”all right, somebody’s actually spent time on this,” instead of just ”Oh, I just woke up and started ranting in the camera.” There’ll be that too, but that stuff is obviously effortless. I want to put some effort into a bunch of different types of videos. I don’t think I’m gonna do ”Man On The Street” messing with people, I don’t think I’m gonna do over-the-top wacky comedy.
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