Doug Benson Talks Weed, Time Travel, and How the Academy Snubbed Scott Pilgrim

Comedian Doug Benson has a beard, smokes lots of weed (he even starred in Super High Me), and sits on a throne while interrupting people in the TV show The Benson Interruption. Sounds like a charmer, huh? Well, he kind of is. Just check out some of his Tweets: "They are playing very romantic music at the Whole Foods today. I might have to fuck a bottle of coconut water," "Kelly Rippa gives me a life boner," and "The thing I'll miss the most about Vegas? @SUSHISAMBA!!! Good thing there's one in Miami!" Now that fans are flocking to Sushi Samba on Lincoln Road in anticipation of Benson's arrival, it's time to announce they can hear more profound proverbs from the man. On Wednesday, March 2, he'll perform as part of the South Beach Comedy Festival.

Because we're in serious need of more charm a la Benson, we decided to ask him 10 questions. To find out what these profound, cryptic questions are and, more importantly, what his highly intellectual responses were, keep reading.

New Times: If you could interrupt anyone at any time, who would it be and when would

you want to interrupt them?

Doug Benson: I guess it would've been cool to interrupt Kanye while he was interrupting Taylor, which is what her boyfriend - who was standing right there - should've done but didn't. Stupid werewolf. No wonder she broke up with him.

The Benson Interruption is based on a long-running live stage show you

had in L.A., where did you come up with the idea?

I'd be in the back of the comedy club, waiting to go on, cracking jokes about what the comics were saying. So I thought, why not do that on stage, into a microphone, while the comics are doing their acts? Not to be rude, just to make it funnier.

Since you love movies, what movie released in 2010 do you think was

snubbed by the Academy?

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD should've gotten some nominations. And KICK-ASS. But I guess those kinds of movies aren't award bait, like movies about kings and speeches and Facebook.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, because it was my favorite movie last year and I have a short memory.

Would you rather time travel in a phone booth or in the DeLorean? And

where would you time travel to and why?

I'd go with the booth because there is no time period in history when a DeLorean wouldn't stick out like a sore DeLorean. I'd go back to the weekend SCOTT PILGRIM opened in theaters and try to convince more people to see it. Or just go a few years into the future and hope weed is legal by then.

What constitutes as a Best Week Ever in Doug Benson's world?

Any week when I don't run out of weed.

If you could be any kind of Disney princess, who would it be and why?

MILAN because she fights like a boy.

What possessed you to make Super High Me?

Marijuana, of course!

Bong, spliff, pipe, or blunt? And why?

All of the above, I'm an equal opportunity smoker!

What's the oddest thing you've ever found yourself eating after getting


Something that wasn't food.

Three words that come to mind when you think of Miami and why.

Crockett, Tubbs, and Elvis. Because I love TV almost as much as movies.

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