Who Ken Marino
Claim to fame Stars in the new NBC series Marry Me (premieres Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.); played Ron Donald on Party Down; screenwriter (Wanderlust, Role Models)
Base Los Angeles
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
My alarm clock is on my iPhone, and so I grab that, and then out of habit I usually check either my Huffington Post app or I’ll go to Twitter and see what’s going on there. Then my wife will say, “Stop going straight to your phone. Get up and live your life.” And then I turn the phone off.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
Well, there’s God. I follow God, who’s really funny. I follow Michael Ian Black who’s ridiculously funny. Josh Malina I follow. Always interested in what Marc Maron is talking about and who’s on his show. And I’ve been following [Marry Me co-star] Casey Wilson, actually, so when I go into the hair and makeup trailer, I can act like I know exactly what’s going on in her life. She’s always impressed by that.
What’s your favorite app?
I just got the SportsCenter app. That’s pretty good. Let me see … I have so many lame apps. This is going to be such a bummer. One that I go to a lot is Deadline Hollywood. I look at it, and I’m like, “Why do I care about 90 percent of the things on here?” And yet I can’t stop looking at it. Oh, you know what app I use all the time? My Spotify app.
Do you generally listen to music on Spotify instead of buying it?
I do. I feel guilty, but it’s so great. I was just talking to a musician friend of mine about it, and I was saying that what’s great about Spotify is that I’ll look up an artist whose early stuff I didn’t really listen to before—like, I’ll start listening to early Elvis Costello and then I’m a bigger Elvis Costello fan. Recently I was like, “Hall and Oates, what was their first album?” And I went back and listened to it and it was awesome! I get on this kick of listening to musicians’ first couple of albums, and that’s hard to do without Spotify. I probably wouldn’t buy an album because I don’t know whether I’d like it or not.
What TV shows do you watch?
When I get home from work, I want to watch something mindless, so my wife and I will just kind of fall asleep to House Hunters International [laughs]. But as far as comedies and stuff, Louie is amazing, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I just started watching Transparent. Oh my god, it’s so good! I love it. Jeffrey Tambor just kills it.
What’s on your reading list?
I just picked up a book called Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James. He breaks down what makes people assholes [laughs]. I thought that was an interesting book because, before Marry Me, I’ve been playing a bunch of different versions of an asshole, and so I wanted to read this book to see if I’m in the ballpark for who these guys are. I also started reading Kazan on Directing, which I’ve always wanted to read. I’m a slow reader, so it’ll probably take me about 10 years to get through those.
How do you wind down before bed?
Cocaine. Just lots and lots of cocaine. I know that goes against the grain, but it puts me right down. You want me to give you a media answer? Sometimes I’ll hit myself on the head with my iPad a couple of times and just knock myself out.