Writer, actor, television host and radio performer, AJ Benza is the man for all media. A former columnist for the New York “Daily News,” he was a regular on the Howard Stern Radio Show. Benza hosted “Mysteries and Scandals,” on the “E!” channel and co-hosted “High Stakes Poker,” on GSN, for six years. In 2006, Benza starred, with Sylvester Stallone, in “Rocky Balboa.” His first novel publishes in late 2012.
Forty questions, plus a few bubbling under, about AJ Benza, today, Tuesday 26 April 2011
What is your current state of being?
Tense and uncertain.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My children being happy when they’re with my wife and I.
What is your idea of perfect unhappiness?
A family illness.
What is your greatest fear?
I won’t leave my children a better life than my father left me.
What historical figure do you most admire?
What living man or woman do you most admire?
What is your favourite non-domestic animal?
What is your favourite domestic animal?
Dog, a Yorkie
What’s your favourite word?
What word do you most dislike?
What’s your favourite cuss-word?
What trait do you abhor most in yourself?
What trait do you abhor most in others?
Pretentiousness, self-entitled wealth.
What do you dislike most?
How the world doesn’t understand me, as much as it should or could.
What do you like most?
The idea of a better after-life.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
Whom do you love?
Anyone who puts up with me, starting with my wife.
What’s your favourite food?
My sister’s pasta.
What do you value most in your friends?
What’s your most favoured possession?
My father’s World War Two Dog Tags.
What do you think is the most over-rated virtue?
When do you lie?
To not hurt someone’s feelings, when you know you’re right.
What living woman or man do you most despise?
When or where are you most happy?
Laying on my back, my kids on chest.
If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?
My waist line.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Making a name for myself.
What do you think is the lowest depth of misery?
My child’s cry for help.
You find yourself in a bright, white room. What do you do?
Put on sun glasses and ask. “Where’s the boss. I want to talk to him or her.”
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Streeter Click is editor of GrubStreet.ca.
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