Name: J Bernard Calloway
Occupation: Actor, currently appearing in Memphis on Broadway.
Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
LL Cool James. Especially the younger version (“I Need Love,” “I’m Bad,” “Mama Said Knock You Out” … ).
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York?
Honestly, there have been many great meals I’ve eaten in the city, but I have to go with Yum Yum Bangkok’s prix fixe. It’s only like fourteen bucks for a soup or salad, an app, entrée, and dessert. Chicken pad thai is my fave.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Sweat and keep Huey in check.
Would you live here on a $35,000 salary?
I have lived here for far less.
What’s the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Next Fall. It’s a must-see.
Do you give money to panhandlers?
No. I will give food, though.
What’s your drink?
Manhattan with Maker’s Mark. Chilled and straight up.
How often do you prepare your own meals?
My wife makes me the best meals ever. Love you, sweetness!
What’s your favorite medication?
Watching True Blood or The Wire on HBO.
What’s hanging above your sofa?
A rotating twin fan.
How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Usually between 12 and 1 a.m.
Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
The new. Much more pedestrian-friendly. Trust!
What do you think of Donald Trump?
His hair is a hot mess.
What do you hate most about living in New York?
Sometimes people can be too pushy, negative, and aggressively rude.
Who is your mortal enemy?
The devil! Just joking. I would say the judges in my head that question my gut feelings.
When’s the last time you drove a car?
November 2009. I was moving.
How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
Fortunately, it didn’t.
Times , Post, or Daily News?
Daily News, ‘cause it’s inexpensive and I like the “Gatecrasher” and “Sports” sections. The Times when I want more accurate news on a global scale.
Where do you go to be alone?
Sometimes 44th and Twelfth on the water by the Naval ship. Very peaceful.
What makes someone a New Yorker?
Not taking things personal and moving on.