21 questions

Robert Verdi Has a Drug for Every Occasion

Name: Robert Verdi
Age: 41 (28 on Facebook)
Neighborhood: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Occupation: “Gay Cable Superstar.” His new show The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Logo.

Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
The Statue of Liberty.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
The one my mom cooked in my apartment when I moved here 20 years ago.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
I create the illusion that everything is okay by making everything look like it’s okay.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
I don’t get outta bed for $35,000 a day (It’s Linda Evangelista’s answer with inflation!).

What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
A mugging.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
I prefer to give advice — it’s more valuable.

What’s your drink?
Smart Water in a martini glass with a twist … no one ever knows.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Seven times a week.

What’s your favorite medication?
Ambien when flying coast to coast, Xanax when my mom visits, Viagra on a first date, Adderall when I’m working, Oxycodone when my back bothers me, Celebrex when my knee aches, aspirin when I have a headache, and caffeine for breakfast with a multivitamin because I’m a total health nut.

What’s hanging above your sofa?
A Mike & Doug Starn from 20x200

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Anything more than the cost of a razor.

When’s bedtime?
Sleeping is boring, I prefer napping … it’s 3:30 a.m. right now and I’m up.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square? Good, old, dirty, hooker-filled, scary Times Square.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
I adore Ivanka.

What do you hate most about living in New York?

Who is your mortal enemy?
Who isn’t?

When’s the last time you drove a car?

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
I keep all my cash in cash.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
All of ‘em, and the Journal too.

Where do you go to be alone?

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Chasing a dream and living a nightmare.

Robert Verdi Has a Drug for Every Occasion