You’ve probably seen self-described absurdist nightclub comedian Eugene Mirman in Flight of the Conchords, opening for bands like Modest Mouse, or in hilarious online shorts like the one in which he plays a mustached Russian émigré having his first, ill-fated encounter with vegetable wonton soup. In actuality, Mirman has for several years lived and dined in Park Slope — where he’s at work on a book of fake advice, The Will to Whatevs, and a documentary about returning to his birthplace, Russia — and he’s such a fan of soups that he fixes them for breakfast. As he gears up to record a Comedy Central special that will air in the winter, we asked him what else he’s been noshing on.
Name: Eugene Mirman
Job: Comedian; appearing in tonight's Laugh Don't Destroy, a comedy benefit for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Neighborhood: Park Slope
Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
It's a toss-up between FDR and Spider-Man.
What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
I love Brooklyn Fish Camp — lobster knuckles, Louisiana lump crab au gratin, whole fried fish that's been punched in the face and yelled at — it's all delicious. Blue Ribbon is also great, and open till 4 a.m. Their foie gras is to die for (at least for the geese).
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I hold a mirror up to society, and also drink a lot. And I break rules, or at least guidelines.