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Adam Cayton-Holland

March 9, 2011

Don’t think for a minute that Adam Cayton-Holland won’t make you laugh.  He will.  He’ll kick you in the gut with his on-point, intellectual barrage of wit. If you want to know more about his accolades, go to his website and you’ll find a long list of big-deal collaborators, awards, and headlining marquees – but all of that’s just window dressing.  Adam and his cohorts at Wrist Deep Productions have taken to changing the landscape of comedy in Denver, applying the principles of Punk Rock DIY culture to effectively create a comedic underground independent of the mainstream venues that often dominate the world of stand-up.

Adam is funny live, on his website, and on Twitter – where he harasses Arby’s with alarming regularity – and his contribution to 12 Questions is no different.

1. What is your hometown?

Denver, Colorado

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

Linus from Peanuts. Him or Stalin.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

I sometimes get Jason Schwartzman. Probably because we both look kind of Jewy, what with the noses and all. Yeah, Schwartzman can do it.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Well whenever I orgasm I see nothing but Goya’s black period paintings. Does that count?

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Just finished City of Thieves by David Benioff. Fantastic.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

The new Kanye album is getting a lot of love in my car. But so is Wilco’s old album Summerteeth. It alternates between crunk and weepy for me.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

What’s the last movie that didn’t make me cry? Movies rip me apart on the regular. Just rewatched Synecdoche, New York. That one did the trick.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

I have a dog. I don’t dislike cats. I don’t suppose I’d eat either.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness. Truth is subjective.

10.    How do you define sin?

Whatever other people are doing that I object to.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Whatever I’m doing that other people object to.

12.  Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It’s a spinning obelisk that hovers above a dark, neglected cemetery. An orgy of birds of prey constantly encircle it, guarding it with an almost deranged intensity. It reads, “He held up a mirror so that we could all see how ugly we were behaving. And yet he never judged us for it. He just kept holding up that mirror, while his triceps grew leaner and more taut by the day. By the end his arms looked really great. I mean really great. But then he died and the mirror fell and it cracked into a thousand tiny pieces. And he never suffer any bad luck.”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Troy Tulowitzki.


Adam Cayton-Holland

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