Mick Foley: The Hardcore Legend and Hardcore Santa Lover?
From kicking asses in the wrestling ring to kicking it in clubs all in the name of humor, Mick Foley is really starting to make a name for himself in the wide world of comedy. With his upcoming show "Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley" hitting The Ice House in Pasadena on Aug 12th, the Ontario Improv on August 13th, and the Brea Improv August 14th, we jumped at the chance to chat with him. What we realized when we were done was that whether you call him Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind, or even just plain ol' Mick, after you see his stage show and get a glimpse into this fantastic guy, you too will be calling him a complete and total class act.
I learned to work much more effectively within boundaries.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): I wanted to first say that as huge fan of Opie and Anthony, I appreciated you speaking out the way you did on Anthony's behalf. You were always fantastic on the show.
Mick Foley: Yeah you know, I don't condone the language used but that doesn't stop me from liking someone or appreciating what they've done. It doesn't change that I had a great time on their show. I know that you learn who your friends are when you're down and the circumstance doesn't sweep away the friendship I have. I mean, I go out there and try new things every night and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. If they don't, I can just go back and scratch it off the list. When something of theirs doesn't work, it can offend a lot of people, even though the thing Anthony did was done on his own time. That's the downside of having social media at your fingertips. Your worst thoughts can come to fruition in a matter of seconds.
Oh yeah, social media can be such a gift and a curse. OK so for those who don't know, how did you decide to make this transition into stand-up?
First of all, I never really call what I do stand-up although for a few years I really did try to be a stand-up comic. [Laughs.] Then I realized I was trying to push so much non-wrestling stuff on people who were wresting fans and it was taking away from what makes me, me. Once I became comfortable about being this wrestling story teller, I found a lot more enjoyment, had a lot more fun, and the quality of the show really took off. I learned to work much more effectively within boundaries. I also decided to only curse once in the show using an f-bomb so when I took away that crutch, the shows benefitted immediately.
It's got to be pretty great that you are selling out all over. That must mean the world to you...
[Laughs.] Almost everywhere! Most nights are really good though. What's flattering and frustrating to me is 90% of the people are coming despite the fact that they have no idea what to expect. I've got to get some of the footage out. People say to me that they leave with a huge smile on their face and that is more important to me than however many laughs I get during the course of the show. I think it's really more of a spoken word show with an emphasis on humor...but that's kind of hard to fit on a marquee.