he opening theme to the Andy Milonakis Show with the shows namesake spitting such balderdash as, I got peas on my head but dont call me a pea-head, bees on my head but dont call me a bee-head, isnt very convincing of a b-boy. But Fat Joe, Lil Jon, the Ying Yang Twins, and Andys many other guests would tell you otherwise.
Andys off-brand sense of humor may have you believing hes also a little detached from reality, but Andy makes no apologies for who he is; shocking people with his outrageously off the cuff humor is the bane of Andys existence. Executive Produced by Jimmy Kimmel, the show is a crazy composition of wild sketches that have you shaking your head at the television in utter confusion. Whether hes harassing people on the street with his ballsy prodding, or having his mind taken over by a bottle of conditioner, Andy pushes the envelope and he doesnt have a problem laughing at himself. Though its different, its a popular guilty pleasure. Whats more is, it may be influenced by Hip-Hop.
As Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Juelz Santana join Andy this coming season – premiering 3/31, the premium season is released on DVD 3/28. In celebration of both events, Andy Milonakis got down with AllHipHop.com, on some believe it or not real talk.
AllHipHop.com: Based upon all the speculation, I have to start by asking, how old are you?
Andy Milonakis: 62.
AllHipHop.com: Yeah? You look good for 62, what do you take?
Andy Milonakis: I smoke a lot of crack.
AllHipHop.com: Well I guess it works better for you than others, crack is wack. But seriously, youre not going to tell me how old you are?
Andy Milonakis: Nah.
AllHipHop.com: So you just want everyone to think youre a 30-year-old pretending to be 15?
Andy Milonakis: I want people to believe whatever they want.
AllHipHop.com: Your sense of humor is borderline schitzo, but youre a funny dude. Im not sure if theres a method to your madness but how did your show come about?
Andy Milonakis: I had really weird videos online that I did on my own time and I had this video camera so I thought Id start creating stupid videos for the Internet. So I did that, and I had a little section of a website for like three years. Every week, Id put a new one up and all of a sudden after a long time, one of em just caught on and started to circulate all over he internet and got like a million hits and radio stations started calling me. Then Jimmy Kimmel found it, and contacted me and basically he had me make a video tape to like audition for his show, and I sent it in they liked it so they started hiring me to be a correspondent. I still lived in New York, so theyd give me an airplane ticket and say, Hey, youre going to Florida to do a Spring Break piece, and they started sending me all over and it was very surreal, it was nuts. It was even weirder because I had never met cats. Im still in my apartment in New York. and they just email me and then all of a sudden theyre buying me tickets over the phone and sending me places. I felt like the Charlies Angel guy [Charlie], like, Youre going here, heres your mission.
AllHipHop.com: Prior to that, did you have a desire to be on television?
Andy Milonakis: A little bit, but I never had enough desire to want to go out to Los Angeles. I dont know, it just seemed so out of reach. I just never had it in me to do it, so Im kinda lucky I fell into it.
AllHipHop.com: So how did that affect your schooling? Did you have to quit?
Andy Milonakis: Yeah, I had to quit [laughing], sneaky.
AllHipHop.com: I had to try. So how do all these big Hip-Hop stars know this kid who runs a show from his apartment in New York?
Andy Milonakis: I got props, yo!
AllHipHop.com: [laughing] Tell me about your Hip-Hop affiliations
Andy Milonakis: They dont all really know me. Some of them do, but Ive been a Hip-Hop head forever. So when it turned out that we were gonna start getting celebrity guests for every show, I wanted rap guys from the get-go. I just thought that even though not every body is Hip-Hop [on the show], about 80 percent are. I just think that its such a weird wacky comedy-based world, and then you bring in those rappers who are typically all about money, cars and girls and we put them in these wacky situations, and we dont really treat them like celebrities. Like Lil Jon was the first, and instead of treating him like Lil Jon with the girls and stuff, we just had him doing some stupid s**t with me so we just like the contrast of taking these rap guys and putting them in wacky situations.
AllHipHop.com: And they were comfortable with that?
Andy Milonakis: Uh, most of them were.
AllHipHop.com: Who wasnt?
Andy Milonakis: The Ying Yang Twins werent really feeling it.
AllHipHop.com: I would have thought somebody like Fat Joe wouldve had more of a problem than Ying Yang.
Andy Milonakis: Fat Joe had no problem at all. Snoop put a f**king pancake on his face, and off-camera, we were singing s**t together. He was cool as hell. Even Juelz Santana, who we did this year, was cool. He did this s**t where I got caught in a bear trap and I had to do the Whistle Song, and he came to my rescue.
AllHipHop.com: Thats sounds funny. Do you come up with all the skits?
Andy Milonakis: Not all of them, there are a few other writers I work with, and we each write our own stuff and sometimes, we finish each others endings and stuff.
AllHipHop.com: Being that your show isnt a sitcom or reality TV, how do you describe it?
Andy Milonakis: I would say its intensely bad public access television.
AllHipHop.com: So is that your intention – to make it as wack as possible?
Andy Milonakis: Actually, yeah. Some of the kids dont get that level of it. They just see its wacky, and they like that. But part of the stuff I love is the stuff thats bad. When Im acting in it, I sometimes purposely act horribly because its comedy and I think with comedy, you can do that.
AllHipHop.com: Who havent you had that youd like on the show?
Andy Milonakis: Id like to get anyone from WuTang. I love them. I got to do one with Method Man for Jimmy Kimmel, but it never got on the air.
AllHipHop.com: Why not?
Andy Milonakis: Sometimes things get cancelled. He did a hidden camera bit, and its a long story. But Method Man is cool. Ive met him a couple times, and Id like to have him on the show. Id like to have some Reggae dudes, too. I mean, theyre not as popular over here, but I listen to Reggae about as much as I listen to Hip-Hop.
AllHipHop.com: Would you call yourself a rapper?
Andy Milonakis: Yeah, I mean I do it as a joke and the raps that I write in real life are definitely for comedy. But theyre much dirtier than what I do on the show, theyre not as bubble gum.
Andy Milonakis: Dirtier? If youre supposed to be a kid, why are you doing dirty raps?
Andy Milonakis: Kids are dirty motherf**kers themselves.
AllHipHop.com: Nonetheless, is your comedy more for kids or adults?
Andy Milonakis: The show is like anywhere from eight to 25. I dont know too many people over 30 who like it, but I definitely have some middle-aged people who tell me they watch the show, but I defiantly think its for a younger audience. Some of he stuff I used to do before I got the show was for an older audience.
AllHipHop.com: Does it bother you when people dont like it?
Andy Milonakis: No, it doesnt bother me. I kinda like that people dont like it.
AllHipHop.com: Youre crazy, you do know youre a little off, right?
Andy Milonakis: You mean off in the head?
AllHipHop.com: Yes, I say that respectfully, of course.
Andy Milonakis: I just think if everybody liked it. It would be good because its the super mainstream comedy I think is awful.
AllHipHop.com: What do you like in Hip-Hop right now, and being from New York what do you think New York can do to bring it back to the East?
Andy Milonakis: My main problem with Hip-Hop is when people in the streets are rapping about real s**t, and then when they blow up, suddenly their music changes, and they start talking about the money cars hoes thing. It just kinda goes down the drain. Part of it isnt their fault, because their lifestyle changes, but the real s**t in the streets doesnt change. Im not gonna hate on all that stuff thats all about bling and all that, cause some of that s**t is catchy and cool to dance to, but theres two categories to me: the Hip-Hop I want to dance to when Im at a club, and Hip-Hop I want to listen to when Im not at a club that I think is great music.
AllHipHop.com: Whos your favorite rapper?
Andy Milonakis: My favorite rapper is Big L. That guy is so amazing to me. I think more rappers just need to rap about real life, and maybe when they blow up and they make millions of dollars, maybe they shouldnt be so quick to talk about that rich lifestyle because really that rich lifestyle doesnt make for interesting. Maybe they have other issues in their lives that they can talk about. When you talk about stuff that 80 percent of other rappers are talking about, youre just being generic. You should realize that.
AllHipHop.com: What is it that you love about Big L?
Andy Milonakis: I mean, Im from New York. I like East Coast Hip-Hop, and that cat is from Harlem. He has funny punchlines he talks about real life. I just like straight up ghetto beats – like thug rap, not posing.
AllHipHop.com: Talk to me about growing up in New York. Certainly, on the show, you dont seem as someone who keeps it hood
Andy Milonakis: You know, Im not going to sit here and say Im from some scary place. I never feared for my life or nothing, but I hung out with plenty of thugs. One of my best friends got busted for selling crack.
AllHipHop.com: To you?
Andy Milonakis: [laughs] No, they used to put crack in tennis balls, and bounce em over to peoples houses. Its crazy cause nobody believes me, cause I grew up in Westchester County, which is 30 miles north of the city – a dope area, like really rich, and you dont have to worry about someone putting a gun to your neck. But where I grew up, it was like this big Hip-Hop community. It was a complex, and everybody there was into Hip-Hop. There was crackheads selling me records at my door at three oclock in the morning. [One time] he sold me three crates of records for like six dollars and there was so many good records in there, old Run-DMC, Kool Moe Dee – a gold mine.
AllHipHop.com: Hearing these things are interesting, because you dont come off like you just exploit hip-hop for the sake of your show; its really a part of who you are.
Andy Milonakis: Definitely. Ive been into it my whole life, but its different from the White kids who dress the part, and their slang is obviously fake and all that. When these kids pose, it sounds so fake when every other word is like, Yo, yo yo, and knowhutimsayin? I might say some s**t when Im around my boys and stuff, but I hate the ones who gave White kids who listen to rap a bad name.