Brooklyn resident (and Russian immigrant) Eugene Mirman is a really great guy and comedian. After escaping the clutches of communism, he grew up in Lexington, MA (where the American revolution began through no fault of Eugene’s). He attended Hampshire College and designed his own major of Comedy — doing a onehour standup act as his thesis. People made fun of him for it, because they were majoring in practical things, like playwriting and semiotics.
Since college, Mr. Eugene Mirman has appeared on television, which is still a relevant medium for another few years. Some examples include: his own half hour special on Comedy Central, appearances on Conan O’Brien and Carson Daly, a recurring role on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, MTV, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, Lucy, Daughter of the Devil and the new Adult Swim live action series Delocated.
Mr. Mirman tours the US regularly. He performes often as part of Patton Oswalt’s Comedians of Comedy, and has toured doing standup with bands such as Yo La Tengo, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Cake, and more.
In 2004 Eugene released his first comedy album, Suicide Squeezes’ The Absurd Nightclub Comedy of Eugene Mirman (Voted Best of 2004 by Time Out New York and The Onion). In 2005 Eugene and Bobby Tisdale released Invite Them Up, a 3CD/1DVD compilation on Comedy Central Records of their charming now defunct East Village alt-comedy staple. His most recent album En Garde, Society! is available from Sub Pop records.
Wait! He is also an author! Eugene just completed The Will To Whatevs, an outlandish self-help guide to modern life for Harper Collins due out in the winter of 2009. Eugene is thrilled he got to use the word outlandish.
Currently, Eugene makes short videos for the website 236.com and is working on a documentary of visiting Russia for the first time since he immigrated to the United States.
There’s lots more, but who cares, right? Are you really going to be any more impressed to find out that Eugene once did one of those crappy VH1 talking heads things, was a suspected arsonist on the hour long drama Third Watch (holy shit! No way!?) or played a spokes-potato on Food Network during potato weekend in 2002? Probably not. But you should know that Pete Townshend (from The Who!) e-mailed Eugene in 2001 to say he liked Eugene’s Marvelous Crooning Child. That’s great.