Comedy Centerfold: Tyler Johnston

Welcome to Comedy Centerfold, where we feature a Dallas Comedy House performer and get to know him or her a little better by using questions that Playboy centerfolds are usually asked.  Tyler JohnstonTyler Johnston is the actual scientist who discovered running water on Mars. Don't let those mucky-mucks at NASA tell you differently. When Tyler's not working at DCH or performing in his troupes Purple Reign (Sept. 30, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28), Shameless Pug (Oct. 17), and Pinot Memoir, or recording The Lobby podcast with Jerrell Curry and Brian Harrington, he's astrophysicing (that's a technical term) all over the universe. Heck, Neil deGrasse Tyson even once said after meeting Tyler, "We've got a badass over here."

Hometown? I was born in Embrun, Ontario, Canada. It's a tiny town surrounded by cow farms and trees. There was always this rumor going around that they would open up a McDonald's and, to this day, it hasn't happened. When I was nine, I moved to Allen, Texas, and I've been (almost) fully Americanized.

Guilty Pleasures? The one pleasure I feel most guilty about is probably peanut butter. Kraft (as in Kraft Mac & Cheese) has a brand of peanut butter that's mostly sold in Canada so whenever I visit there, I bring back a large tub of it. My parents brought one back two weeks ago, and I'm almost finished with it because I keep eating spoonfuls of it.

Ambitions? I often find myself day dreaming about being a writer for a television show. Oddly enough, the part that I think about a lot is how satisfying it must feel to write an idea down and post it on a white board. So I guess my current ambition is to be able to have an idea good enough to be written on a Post-it note.

Best Concert? I'm not ashamed to say Lady Gaga has been my favorite concert so far. It was her 2010 The Monster Ball Tour, and it was like watching a musical theater show rather than a concert. That Lady put a tremendous amount of thought into every part of that concert, and she has all my respect.

Favorite Book? I don't know this counts but I'm still in the middle of reading The Silence of the Lambs, and it has been my favorite book so far. Clarice and Hannibal are much more sassier in the book than they are in the movie. I wish they kept some elements of the book in the movie like Hannibal reading Italian Vogue.

Favorite Movie? I'll never get tired of watching Scream. The sequels are great and all, but the first movie really has a way with balancing wit and terror. The opening scene with Drew Barrymore never fails to make me squirm. I also have a great admiration for Sidney Prescott's over-sized sweaters, and most of my wardrobe is based off her style, if I'm being completely honest.

Favorite TV Show? The serious side of me wants to say Six Feet Under but really, the first two seasons of Grey's Anatomy were absolute gold. Seattle Grace is probably the most unethical and dangerous hospital ever but it made for some over-the-top, dramatic material. Nothing can top a bomb being lodged into a patient with a surgeon's hand stuck in the patient's wound.

Pets? I have two dogs, Dash and Dakota, and two cats, Molly and Nellie. My dogs are adorable but my cats are the biggest weirdos I know. Nellie is one of the only cats I know that loves swimming, and Molly will start to drool on you if she starts purring.

Foods I Crave? Besides wanting to eat a Big Mac at any moment in the day, sunflower seeds are the major food I crave. I used to eat them every day when I was younger whenever I watched a show or movie. I've cut my habit back a bit recently, but I still crave them the most. I think I had to stop mostly due to me being so messy with the seed shells.

People I Admire? Jenny Slate is definitely the comedian that I admire the most right now. I've always loved that she's unapologetically silly with the way she approaches comedy. One of my favorite videos on YouTube is Jenny Slate describing the time she was way too stoned during her astronomy class in college. Her writing and acting style is so carefree and goofy, so naturally I look up to her.

Dream Role? I've always wanted to have a role where I wake up in bed during a nightmare and start screaming. I feel like shooting those scenes must be ridiculously fun. That role, or be the person that Jason Bourne pushes out of the way during an action sequence. Basically, I would love to play a very dramatic extra with a maximum of two lines.

Favorite Song to Sing? I catch myself singing "Work It" by Missy Elliott on a daily basis. If I'm in the middle of a conversation and someone says, "Is it worth it?" I have to resist the overwhelming urge to bust out into full Missy mode. Each verse of that song is so witty and catchy that I can't help myself from finding a way to incorporate it into daily conversations.

Good First Date Idea? Rock climbing, for sure. What better way to start off getting to know someone than by watching them get exhausted after 10 minutes of climbing a wall? Afterwards, you can gab about how fun it looked but how hard it was.