MADtv (which returned from a seven-year hiatus for its 15th season this summer) is second only to Saturday Night Live when it comes to sketch comedy TV longevity, and its produced its share of talented alums, too. Indeed, as the new cast tries to return the show to levels unseen since its late ’90s heyday, they’ve doubtlessly been inspired by the success of MADtv alums Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Taran Killam, Ike Barinholtz, and Andy Daly. An ensemble in the truest sense, the potential exists for a number of players to be the next to break out, and Adam Ray is making his case, carrying sketches and wowing with impressions that range from Alec Baldwin to Wolf Blitzer and Pitbull.
Adam took some time out from his efforts to perfect his Mr. 305ness to clue us in on how he feels about South Park, his Saved by the Bell crush, and Nic Cage pizza parties.
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
If the mood is right, I won’t walk in, I’ll do some cool dance I made up five minutes prior. Or the electric slide if I can sense it’ll take the ambiance up a notch. And I’m definitely having a double tequila on the rocks.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
There are girls who get paid to eat food and work out, and broadcast it all on Instagram. That blows my fucking mind. It’s some of the worst/best programming I’ve ever seen. I’ll watch it, and be confused, then angry, then amused, then angry, then horny, then angry. And by that time, Wheel of Fortune is on, and I’ve got no wits about me to solve the puzzle out loud.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR?
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He’s one of the best, especially with his interviews. Not only is he so caring with every moment, but he’s such a great listener, which is pretty much the key element you have to posses to be great in comedy. For stand-up, podcasts, talk shows, acting, oh and hey, life too.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Something from Buca Di Beppo. Yeah, you forgot about them, didn’t you? You’re welcome.
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
ESPN.com, SeattleTimes.com, Amazon.com, CNN.com, Deadline.com, and a porn site or two or three.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?
Right now, it’s Jason Derulo. Dude is a beast. Some of the catchiest tunes I’ve ever heard. Also, a few months ago, I did a piece for EXTRA with him and became homies, so now I listen to his stuff even more. Plus, when I pitched him a song about Chef Boyardee, and he laughed, I knew he was cool as shit.
7. If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Enjoy your 20s, don’t be in three back to back relationships. Or do, you’ll probably learn a lot, and it’s pretty amazing to be in that head-over-heels for someone, and then get cheated on. Everybody should at some point, it makes you stronger. Also, you’re not gonna go pro, stop trying to aggressively box out other grown men at 24-Hour Fitness.
8. What’s the last thing you Googled?
The lyrics to “Even Flow” by Pearl Jam.
9. Dogs or cats?
Dogs all the way. Rowlf was my favorite Muppet, Beethoven was one of my favorite movies growing up, and my old English sheep dogs we had as kids, were to this day, some of the most loving creatures I’ve ever been around.