Join us on Beyond the Mic Podcast for a hilarious and heartfelt interview with the multi-talented Dan Ahdoot. From acting in “Cobra Kai” to hosting Food Network shows, he’s done it all! We dive into his latest project, “Undercooked: How I let food become my life navigator and how maybe that’s a dumb way to live,” a part memoir, part comedy, part life story. Plus Dan tries to revolt over the Rockin’ 8!
We’re joined on the Starline by actor, comedian, pre-med student, author, Food Network Host and shy foodie. You’ve seen him on “Cobra Kai”, “Kickin’ It” and “Raid the Fridge”. His latest project is “Undercooked: How I Let Food Become My Life Navigator and How Maybe That’s a Dumb Way to Live.” We welcome Dan Ahdoot.
Dan, let’s go Beyond the Mic. This is part memoir, part comedy, part life. Why was this important to write?
You are an accomplished comedian, actor and host. But you were the middle child. How did your parents consider you?
So how did you brothers stand apart from you?
Could you cook your mom’s recipes better than they can?
The Rockin’ 8:
It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
1. Your podcast Green Eggs and Dan is on meal prep variety kick. What’s the one food you have problems adding to your routine?
2. When you’re on the road, how do you eat? Are you disciplined or whatever
you can find?
3. Which is better a Michelin Starred restaurant or your favorite greasy spoon on the island?
4. You gave away copies of your book to people who gave the worst holiday gift. What’s the worst holiday gift you’ve ever received?
5. What’s the one cooking item do you have too many of?
6. Have you ever ate something you dropped on the floor?
7. What’s the last meal you cooked for someone else?
8. Back last September there was word about a Muslim-American comedy in the works. Where does that stand today?
The Back Half:
Currently writers are striking, what are your thoughts on this and how does it affect you?
How did writing free your soul?
How did your brother’s death change you as a man and as a brother?
Talk about the travel you did, and the food you love?
When you are eating at a restaurant what kind of foodie are you: the have to take a photo eater, the send it back because it’s either slightly over or underdone or the I’d like to see your manager foodie?
Why is story telling important to you?
Who influenced you in comedy growing up?
What’s the one dish from your mother you will keep trying to master until it is perfect?
What makes you laugh?
During quarantine, what movie or show were you watching with your parents that had the sex scene, and did your parents do a play by play or, “they’re doing it wrong”?
Turn the tables:
Restaurant pet peeve?
Death row meal?
How have you changed from your first role in AV Club as Saddam to today?
How has Hollywood changed for the better and the worse since you got there?
What your best moment from you and your late brother?
One Big Question:
What are the things that you cherish from your parents. What will you miss the most when they are gone?
Don’t give Dan Ahdoot a clam, has 2 mortar and pestles and has ate food off of the floor. He wants you to read “Undercooked: How I Let Food Become My Life Navigator and How Maybe That’s a Dumb Way to Live.” Dan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.
And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.
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Dan is a national headliner who is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is currently acting on Netflix’s Cobra Kai.