Edmonton

THE INTERVIEW PROJECT 26: Adam Thompson


Adam hates wearing the smelly hat.

BIO:

“A proud Edmontonian since 2005, Adam Thompson moved to Edmonton for the start-up of SONiC 1029. Starting off as an evening show host, Adam moved off-air, and took over as SONiC Music Director/Assistant Program Director in 2007. Adam’s also an active volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross, and sits on the Board for artsScene Edmonton.”

When I first saw Adam, he was a green haired punk with a long board. He had just came into Mountain Equipment Co-op, where I was working at the time, and was waiting for a friend. I thought to myself, “Who does this green haired punk think he is? I bet you he’s fallen off that long board more than once with that green hair going all over the place! He’s come here to steal our women!” Sometimes, inside my head, I am not a very rational/logical/nice.

But then I got to know Adam. And yes, he was a green haired punk, but he was also a great guy. Such a great guy that when he was working on air at SONIC, he invited myself and Matt Stanton into the studio to promote Mostly Water’s second Christmas Show ‘XXXMAS 2 – Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-luck Off’. It was our first actual interview I would say. Matt and I were more excited than nervous and it went well. We requested the Pixies I think. Also, I remember Adam asking us who our favourite comedians were. I can’t speak for Matt, but I never really thought of it before that moment. I mean, I had favourite actors who were funny. Favourite bands and groups that were funny too…but my favourite comedian? I didn’t know what to say. Then Lenny Bruce popped into my head. I had always liked Lenny more for his opinions than anything though. He wasn’t as funny as he was insightful. Also, I liked the realism of Lenny’s life. From the artistic wonder to the intrinsic shittiness of it all. It’s not a ‘fun’ story, but a story fitting a man who was always a bit ahead of everyone else. So, to make a short story long, thank you Adam for making me define aloud who my favourite comedian was and still is. And also, thank you for being a green haired punk. You’ve changed my perception of green haired punks forever.

ADAM ANSWERS:

If you would give yourself a nickname what would it be?

Snazzy-pants.

If you could switch one body part with anyone else in the world living or dead, who and what would it be?

James Earl Jones’ vocal chords. BASSFORDAYZ.

In five words, describe your most uncomfortable dream.

Needles poking eyeballs. Doctor drunk.

What is your favourite word?

Pantalones.

What does that word smell like?

Corduroy.

What is your spirit animal?

A kitty. But a bad-ass kitten. Looks real sweet, but acts a boss.

If ghosts existed, would you want to meet one? If so, what would you ask it?

I don’t need/want to be reminded of my own mortality.

If you could share a bottle of alcohol with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be and what would you drink?

My dad, and we’d split a flat of 50. I need to book a trip home soon.

What would you rather have as a pet: A dragon, a unicorn Pegasus or Ezra Levant?

A dragon. Then when he burns down my house with his stupid breath, I get a fat insurance cheque.

Finally, if you could live your life over again with guaranteed success, what would you do?

All of it, all at once.

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