UPROXX 20: Jon Lajoie Wishes He Could Go Back In Time To Buy Netflix Stock, Just Like You


Jon Lajoie is an actor, musician, and performer probably best known for portraying Taco MacArthur on FXX’s The League. You may have also seen him on Kroll Show and NTSF:SD:SUV. Currently, he has a folk-rock album out titled Wolfie’s Just Fine that can be purchased on iTunes and streamed on Spotify.

Jon was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule recently to answer a few questions from us.

1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
Depends. Who’s the bartender? Is it Jake Gyllenhaal? If it is, I’d probably forget to order a drink, because I’d be wondering why he’s bartending here… I thought his career was on the upswing? Oh shit, maybe he’s doing research for a role? That’s cool! Oh wait, it’s just a guy who looks like Jake Gyllenhaal. I guess I’ll take a vodka soda.

2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
I’m not a huge Instagram person. However, Jessetreececollage is an awesome Seattle-based collage artist who made my Wolfie’s Just Fine album art. I randomly came across his work on Instagram and reached out. After a brief chat, he got to work, and a few days later I had the image in my inbox. It perfectly embodied the spirit of the music, the man’s a genius. Follow him!

3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR?
Is DVR a show on Netflix? Sounds pretty cool, I’ll have to check it out.

4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
A really strong weed cookie, or some other kind of edible. I’m dying, it’ll help me let go. Or it’ll induce an insane panic attack. Either way it’ll be more interesting than having a stomach full of Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
I’m more of a heavy podcast consumer. A few of my favorites are WTF with Marc Maron, Song Exploder, Hardcore History, Common Sense with Dan Carlin, How Did This Get Made, On Being, Radiolab, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, Inquiring Minds, and Democracy Now.

6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?
Right now, “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison.

7. If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
As soon as you hear about a little startup called “Netflix,” borrow as much money as you can and buy up as much stock as possible. I don’t care that you work at Blockbuster video right now, and their business model seems infallible, just do it! Also, stop being so insecure, one day you’re going to be a huge celebrity. Well, maybe not huge, but people will yell things like “Show me your genitals!” at you from moving vehicles.

8. What’s the last thing you Googled?
Gyllenhaal. I wasn’t sure how to spell it.

9. Dogs or cats?
Dogs. What’s a cat?

10. Best concert of your life was…?
I saw Arcade Fire from the side of the stage at Bonnaroo in 2011, that was pretty mesmerizing. I got to see Fleet Foxes pretty early on in 2008 at Le Divan Orange, which is an awesome, tiny venue in Montreal. I’ve seen Paul McCartney a bunch of times, every show of his is pretty much everyone’s best concert ever.

11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?
Good Night Canada. It’s a children’s book about Canadian geography. I live in LA, it’s how I teach Americans about my homeland.

12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
My mother carried me in her uterus for nine months, then pushed me out of her vagina. That was really nice of her.

13. South Park or Family Guy?
South Park. It’s almost annoying how prolific, relevant, and necessary Parker and Stone are. But I’m not a Family Guy hater like a lot of people. Talking babies are funny, too.

14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Play guitar, write, read, swim in the ocean, hang out with my wife… Wow, that was a boring answer. I meant do coke, put on a panda costume, and go to a furry orgy.

15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?
Terminator 2.

16. The sports team or teams you’re most passionate about?
I’m the opposite of passionate about any sports teams. However, when the Montreal Canadiens are in the playoffs, I temporarily turn the passion on. Go Habs go!

17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
A poutine from Benny BBQ in Saint-Hubert (south shore of Montreal) is ALWAYS the best meal of my life.

18. The last movie you saw in a theater?
Midnight Special. LOVED the first half. So good. Then, not so good. But I’d definitely see the first 45 mins again. Sam Shepard!

19. Who was your first celebrity crush?
Deborah Voorhees (yes, that’s her actual, real name!) from Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning. It was a complicated, slightly traumatizing first crush to have… So much so that I wrote a song about it. It’s called “A New Beginning,” it’s on my Wolfie’s Just Fine album.

20. What would you cook if Nic Cage was coming to your house for dinner?
I’m not sure, what do angels eat?