Mike Rowe is a TV host, narrator, and Ford Motors pitchman probably best known as host of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs and as narrator for Deadliest Catch. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike had a stuttering problem in early childhood, an impediment he was obviously able to overcome. He sang professionally with the Baltimore Opera at one time and was an on-air host for QVC in the early 90s.
Mike was nice enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule recently and answer a few of our questions.
1. You walk into a bar. What do your order from the bartender?
Depends on the bar. And to some degree, the bartender. If I’m at The Algonquin in New York for instance, I don’t order anything because I know that Sammy is going to bring me whatever brand of Scotch he feels I should be drinking on that particular day. I’ve learned it’s best not to argue with Sammy. Likewise at Reed and Greenough in San Francisco, where Paul knows to pour a large glass of the most expensive tasting, lowest priced Cabernet available whenever I stroll in. For the most part though, I’m in dive bars in small towns around the country, ordering Rolling Rock or Miller High Life or whatever the local flavor happens to be.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I have not yet arrived at that stage of my online development.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR/TiVO?
Luther, on The BBC. The last episode of Homeland, the last season of Walking Dead, and several old episodes of Dirty Jobs, which I can’t bring myself to erase.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
A bushel of Maryland Blue Crabs, steamed in Old Bay and served on a picnic table covered in yesterday’s newspaper. Fresh corn on the cob, lobster mashed potatoes, Jersey tomatoes, waffle fries, baked beans with bacon, and a case of very cold National Bohemian Beer. And a box of chocolate Krispy Kreme donuts with a big bottle of cold milk.
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
I don’t do anything on a regular basis, but often find myself interacting with The Real Mike Rowe on Facebook. I don’t know who that guy is, but he’s a lot more interesting than me.
6. What’s the most frequently played song on your iPod?
This week, it was Lush Life, (Johnny Hartman and Coltrane). The week before I’d say Pulling Mussels From a Shell. I don’t remember the week before that.
7. The first face that comes to mind when you think “punchable”?
I can’t give you a name, but about thirty years ago I had a confrontation in a Sears parking lot with a random knucklehead who believed his Trans Am deserved to occupy two spaces. It was one of the few times a small thing got under my skin in a big way. What kind of selfish cretin would feel so entitled that they could justify taking two spaces in a crowded parking lot? After circling the store for 20 minutes, I had considered the stupidity of the species, and become profoundly annoyed with humanity. I wound up parking my Grenada a mile away, and as I hiked in toward the entrance, I found myself actively fantasizing about teaching the driver a violent lesson in good manners.