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. We were spelunking in Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana, when my flashlight died. Brian Harrington was dangling below to my left, about to lower himself into the cave when he saw me swinging in the darkness. He ascended to my level and gave me his flashlight because Brian Harrington is that kind of guy. Also, he doesn't need a flashlight in the darkness like a normal human being because he echolocates like a bat. You know what else echolocates? Dolphins. Brian Harrington is the dolphin in the Dallas Comedy House ocean, ready to give you a ride toward the beach or defend you from sharks. You know where else sharks reside? Caves. True. Look it up.
Hometown? Denison, TX. It’s the last town on 75 before Oklahoma, the birthplace of President Eisenhower (who quickly moved to Kansas at the age of two, but we still name everything after him), and also some guy from Magnum P.I.
Guilty Pleasures? Big Brother. This will not go under my favorite TV show because I know it’s not good, but it’s so good. I have watched every season since it premiered (yeah, I was in 6th grade. I was weird), and I have no intention of stopping.
Ambitions? I recently conquered one of my ambitions, which was to enjoy what I do for work. What’s next? I’d love to write something people read that isn’t a questionnaire or a bar menu.
Best Concert? Honestly, I’ve only been to a few concerts. Don’t hang me, but I’m not actually a big fan of concerts, especially concerts of acts I don’t really know. However, my first concert was in high school, and it was the Vans Warped Tour at Smirnoff Music Centre (now Gexa). That was a lot of fun because everyone still really liked watered down punk music in 2003, which is what I still listen to.
Favorite Book? I don’t read as much as I should. I love Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please. Favorite book since high school, though, is the quintessential “nobody gets me” book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Favorite Movie? Jesus, this is a loaded baked potato of a question. I’ll have to give two: Halloween and Empire Records.
Halloween was such a simple concept that just became too much with the sequels (some of which I still love) and remakes. It’s hard to remember that in the original, Michael wasn’t Laurie’s brother, there was no backstory or mythos, he was just a lifeforce. Then Empire Strikes Back came out and everyone had to be related.
Empire Records takes place over the course of one day in a record store. It’s the most 1990s movie that captures the decade without over-exaggerating it. If you haven’t seen it, it will make you feel good. If you haven’t seen it, you can borrow mine.
Favorite TV Show? For anyone who knows me, no surprise here. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the smartest show with the stupidest name. If you’ve ever thought, “I should watch that show,” you should, but you have to commit that you will watch through the end of season two. They made season one with 20 bucks and a synthesizer. Season two changed everything, and there are arguments to be made that it changed the entire landscape of scripted television. I could write a book (see above, re: ambition) about it, so it’s best I stop here.
Also, Big Brother.
Pets? Many of you have already met Xander. He’s a German Shepherd mix and topped off at 60 pounds. He is now three-and-a-half years old and is the best soul I’ve ever encountered. When you leave the country for a week and have several unsolicited offers from people to dog-sit, you’ve got a good one.
Foods I Crave? I’m always lookin’ for somethin’ more savory. If I was only allowed one meal for the rest of my life, it would be taco salad.
People I Admire? For anyone who knows me, no surprise here. Joss Whedon writes what he wants and how he wants, which has led to so many fantastic pieces of work. He writes characters as equals. Almost every press junket he does will include a journalist asking “Why do you write strong female characters?” to which he responds, “Because you’re still asking me that question.”
Dream Role? I used to want to be an actor, but I didn’t take as much of a liking to it in high school as I thought I would, so my dream role wouldn’t necessarily be in front of camera or on stage. If any producer, however, wanted to be part of my “I-was-just-walking-down-the-street-and-they-pulled-up-and-asked-if-I-wanted-to-be-in-this-little-show-and-the-rest-is-history” story, I would consider it. (Producers, I usually walk around the Bishop Arts area). I think my dream role would be behind the scenes writing for a comedy with a small and devoted fan base. I would also like to do an action movie, any action movie, where they pay you to train and get hot and know karate.
Favorite Song to Sing? Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You.” Some day, I will hit that note without helium. Most likely, no one will be around. But I’ll know it happened.
Good First Date Idea? I’m always a proponent of the Alamo Drafthouse, but if dinner-and-a-movie is a little passé for you, I would personally love something physical like an obstacle course. Do those exist? First date obstacle courses? Someone please make this. (Please include a zipline.)
You can see Brian perform in the following troupes and shows:
Pretty People With Problems Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m.
The Roast of George RR Martin Saturday, June 18, at 11 p.m.
Sketch Revue Shows in July, TBD