An Interview With Eugene Mirman, Volume 7

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The comedian Eugene Mirman describes himself as America's "Master of the Noticing." Shawn Brackbill

Eugene Mirman is a comedian who lives in Brooklyn, best known for his avant-garde stand-up, a supporting role as the adventure-obsessed Gene on Bob'​s Burgers, and as Bret and Jemaine's landlord on HBO's beloved Flight of the Conchords.

Mirman's third comedy album, I'm Sorry (You're Welcome), is an absurd nine-volume, seven-LP opus ranging from "A Guided Meditation to a Thoughtful Body" to an "Introduction to Spoken Russian" to "Over 45 Minutes of Crying," which features him—you guessed it—crying for over 45 minutes.

As such, Mirman's interview with Newsweek will come in nine volumes leading up to the album's release date, October 30. Here is Volume 7, entitled "Of Fuckscapes and Porn."

I read that the "Fuckscape" portion of this album was inspired by an elevator in Boston that had a strange soundscape?
Well, that's half right. I had originally wanted...the way that people put on new music, I had wanted to make something that looked like talking or audio. And then as I was thinking about it, the idea of it being just talking was too...odd? And not as funny.

And then where I would often stay [in Boston], there was this little sign in the elevator that said "24 hour soundscape" provided by blabbedy-blah. And it was this like soundscape that runs all the time, as opposed to elevator music. I thought a funny way to present it was, you know, not as romantic music but dialogue, this sexual soundscape. And that is what I will make. I will make a fuckscape.

So what was that soundscape like in the elevator?
Soundscape-y. Relaxing. Probably some environmental sounds with some new agey music. It wasn't a particularly sexual elevator.

Does Jon Hamm know that the "195 Orgasms" portion of the album contains a track entitled "Don Draper has the Flu?"
No, but he might eventually find out about it [laughs].

What are some of the best babymaking albums out there?
Oh! I don't know. My answer's going to be wrong.

Eugene, there's no right or wrong answer here.
Meaning I'll be like, the Velvet Underground's Loaded!

Loaded is a great album!
It's a great album. Great! I would say that then. That's a good start, and a good finish [laughs]. Yeah, I think I don't know that there's an album. Some mix of Rick Nelson, and Swamp Dog, who is great.

I don't know him.
He's a great country-ish artist from the late '60s, early '70s. I'm just naming things I like now that are a pleasant mood. I wonder if Merle Haggard would be good. Probably not. But maybe. Eh, yeah! I think the answer is like, "It's OK to have sex to whatever!"

Speaking of which, have you seen the Bob's Burgers parody porn?
No, but I know about it. Well, because everyone on Facebook or whatever who will tell you about it would be like, "Here," because there's a YouTube link. I saw the little trailer for it. So somebody who is a real fan was like let's authentically.... This must have come out a year ago and about once a month or something people will be like, have you seen this? I am aware. There's something disturbing to me about watching something that's like, this is fake, you are fake. Is Teddy in it?

No. But there is a zombie in it.
Nice.

The guy tries to stay in character of Bob the whole time, too.
Really?!

Yeah.
Is someone trying to do Jon Benjamin?

Yep.
Oh, that's so great. I'm glad that Bob's Burgers is popular enough to be enough in the ether that someone said, "We should make a porn of this."

Do you think that's what "making it" means?
I don't know. That's definitely a sign that it's partially within people's consciousness, in a broad way. When people were like, "This exists," I don't know that I was like, "I no longer have to worry about a job" [laughs].

Check out Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5 and Volume 6 of Newsweek's interview with Eugene Mirman.