Joe: What was going through your head/your general reaction during The Gethard Show?
Mitch: Disbelief, excitement, and guilt, mostly. Positive sides of all of them. Disbelief because the day I responded to Chris's video, I went to school and to pass the time/get through it, I thought of how cool it would be if I were chosen, and all the cool things that could happen. A lot of those things DID happen, so I had a hard time believing it. I was sitting in a community college in Ohio, thinking "Then Dave Hill could come out!" and a month later he does, and it was unbelievable. I think excitement is obvious. I mean, a litany of things I adore were just coming and going and I didn't know how to handle it. Apparently, my excitement didn't translate, and I was holding back somewhat, because if I didn't I probably would have cried for far too long. Then guilt, because I was thinking about all the comedy nerds who don't even get to attend shows at the UCB, let alone be the guest at one. Also, the whole weekend people were asking me if or when I'd be moving out there, and during the show there were absolutely no reasons not to in my mind. There are still very few reasons not to, but the heat of the moment romanticized the whole thing. I had never had one of those moments I want to last forever till then.
Joe: The Dave Hill bit was pretty great. Similar to you creating a Dave Hill online fan group, is there also a Mitch Fesh online fan group?
Mitch: There is. It is called "Mitch Fesh is God." I didn't make it because I think I'm great, but because all of the people I was Facebook friends were posting these really arrogant things, so I decided to go for the most arrogant and made that group.
Joe: You also specifically mention (on Facebook) that you're interested in "artificial banana flavoring." At the very first Chris Gethard Show, one of the first bits was "Share what's on your mind", and Bill from the Kung Fu Monkeys pointed out that artificial banana flavoring is a sham, as bananas taste differently depending on how ripe they are (and later admitted that's often a go-to topic of his). So, is your interest true/would you like to argue and or defend any of that?
Mitch: He's right. But, I love the flavor they use in the artificial flavoring. I don't care for bananas, it's specifically banana flavored taffy, smoothies, and candy in general that I love. So, I don't feel the need to defend it at all. It's like how pizza flavored chips don't taste like pizza, but can have a separate, good taste.
Joe: How was your overall time/experience in New York City, aside from the UCB/Gotham show?
Mitch: Great. It rained pretty much the whole time, but other than that it was real cool. I don't know how to express how much I like simply being there. At one point during Shannon's tour they asked if I was having fun, and I responded with, "I could do this all day," and it's the truth. Also, eating pizza and burgers is always a good time, and we did a fair share of that.
Joe: Do you think you've changed in any way since the trip/The Gethard show? If so, how?
Mitch: Yeah, I'm much more determined now. Its official, I plan on moving to New York. Which, in itself, has made me try harder in the respect of finding jobs. I have a reason outside of comic books and DVDs to have an income. A goal. Additionally, it has given me stories to tell at family functions and memories to cheer me up. Also, I'm much less into pessimism, lately.
-- Joe Evans III
Read Part one of the interview.