This TBS Ten features Wil Anderson who discusses Donald Trump, bad film reviews and what happens to his old Thirsty Merc t-shirts…
TBS: What do you think the key factor is in you ending up where you are today career-wise?
Wil Anderson: They say in life you’ve got to know what you’re running to, or running from, and I am definitely a running from person. I grew up on Anderson Rd, which is named after my Grandfather. My Dad has lived on that road for 73 years, my brother is a farmer on that road. That’s what I was running from. People say that stand-up comedy is a hard job, they have clearly never milked a cow. No-one claps when you come to work as a farmer, you can’t drink while you do it, and you can’t send one of your mates out to warm up the cows first.
TBS: Who do you consider the most intriguing public figure to watch at the moment?
Wil Anderson: It’s hard to take your eyes off Donald Trump’s Brewster’s Millions-style Presidential campaign. I think Gruen might have to have a What Would Donald Do? segment this year.
TBS: What is the worst way for a person to try and get your attention on social media?
Wil Anderson: Probably say something nasty about The Dark Knight Rises. I once read a horrible review of the movie, so I thought I would go online and if the person followed me I would block them. Unfortunately they didn’t follow me (bad taste in movies and comedy), so I went down and found everyone who followed me and retweeted the article and blocked them instead. I’m Blockman.
TBS: If you could determine the exact influence you have on a young person, what do you hope she or he would gain from observing you?
Wil Anderson: Hopefully I can make them laugh. That’s it. I am a comedian. A joker. Definitely not a role-model. If I am the answer, then you are asking the wrong questions.
TBS: What advice would you give a 15 year old Wil Anderson?
Wil Anderson: Learn to be comfortable with failure more quickly. If you are afraid to fail then you are not taking enough risks, and comfort is the enemy of comedy. Oh, and later in life you will want to shave off all your hair impulsively. Don’t do that. You have a terribly-shaped head it turns out.
TBS: Tell us something NO-ONE knows about you…until now…
Wil Anderson: I have two podcasts (TOFOP and WILOSOPHY). In the last four years I have talked for over 500 hours on those podcasts. Believe me, there is nothing about me that no-one knows.
TBS: What is your favourite pretentious word to say? Mine is dichotomy, in unrelated situations.
Wil: Anderson: Pretentious words are the enemy of comedy. I love Russell Brand, but I wish he could express an idea without sounding like a thesaurus with a groovy haircut. My aim is to express complex ideas, but through simple language, which I guess is the dichotomy.
TBS: What is the one gift you pretty much always will re-gift.
Wil Anderson: When you work in commercial radio you get sent a lot of merch, which in my case went straight to the charity clothes bin. There are a lot of homeless in my area wearing Thirsty Merc t-shirts.
TBS: What is your favourite inspirational quote or person, as cliche as it may be?
Wil Anderson: What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
TBS: What should fans of Gruen look forward to this September?
Wil Anderson: Hopefully a show that looks at why we buy what we buy, and what that tells us about ourselves. I imagine Todd and Russel will disagree about some stuff.