Now Just Isn’t the Time for David Wain’s Lehman Brothers Rom-Com

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Photo: Sascha Knopf

Name: David Wain
Age: 39
Neighborhood: West Village
Occupation: Filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, creator of Wainy Days

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Harry Houdini (he's sort of all four).

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
The tasting menu at Blue Hill. Oh, yes.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Never the same, but often involves some combination of writing, walking, meetings, editing, shooting, laughing, debating, reading, watching, and sitting in coffee shops.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Not with my family, but if I were alone, yes, and I have, on less.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Hair and Reasons to Be Pretty.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes.

What's your drink?
Grey Goose martini, slightly dirty.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Not often. But when I do, I make sure to clean up within two weeks.

What's your favorite medication?
Metamucil.

What's hanging above your sofa?
A stained-glass thing my wife's father made.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
40 minutes.

When's bedtime?
1 a.m.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
I worked in Times Square (at MTV) during the "Times Square in Transition" phase, so I have a soft spot in my heart for those times.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Silly but increasingly harmless.

What do you hate most about living in New York ?
The weather during the colder ten months.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Time.

When's the last time you drove a car?
In Cleveland visiting my family.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
My romantic comedy I Met Her at Lehman Brothers was put on the shelf.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times online in the morning, Post on the subway or at the diner.

Where do you go to be alone?
I can't say, because then your readers will find me there, and then I will no longer be alone.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
REAL New Yorkers all have raspy voices, under- (or over-) developed biceps, dirty flip-flops, and they NEVER put sugar on their pears.

David Wain and friends (including Intel Jessica's one-day-second-husband-although-he-doesn't-know-it-yet Paul Rudd!) will perform Wainy Days Live at the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca (200 Hudson St.; 212-415-5500) on Thursday, May 7, at 9 p.m.