Mad Dog, Author & Director of Mad Dog Productions
- 24th June 2003
your background and that of Mad Dog Productions?
left college after ¾ of a semester because
I was writing instead of going to classes. I went
to work in a recording studio in New York City instead.
I've sold candles on the streets of New York, worked
in a foam rubber factory, wrote, played in bands (drums,
guitar, pedal steel guitar), owned a handcrafts store,
wrote advertising copy, was a live audio engineer,
put out a line of novelty gift items, wrote, produced
records, started an independent record label (Brat
Records), wrote, was a radio DJ, and a slew
of other things. You think it's easy being A.D.D.?
Dog Productions itself was formed to sell Croc
O' Shirt, a golf shirt with an embroidered
patch of an upside down dead crocodile. I later put
out the Horse Shirt, Earl the
Dead Cat, the Silent Vigil Foam Rubber Wind Chimes,
and other useless products for people with too much
money. From then on most (legal) things I've done
have been under that name.
are your aims and objectives?
earn a living doing what I enjoy.
are your products and services?
don't call what I do products or services. It metamorphoses
every couple of years (see Answer #1) but lately it's
a combination of the weekly humor column I've been
writing for the past seven years, magazine articles,
writing and designing web sites, and writing advertising
to make ends meet.
has the internet helped and hindered you?
helped immensely. For one, I do virtually all my work
via e-mail. It's allowed me to live without actually
having a place to live for the past six years-I house
sit and petsit and move around all the time. I spent
eight months in Bali two years ago and while there
I wrote my columns, posted them to my web site, e-mailed
them to my syndicate and other newspapers, published
a compilation of my columns, and even wrote a large
web site for a company. All those people were in the
All I need is my laptop, a phone outlet, and IBM tech
support. Also, since I started my website five years
ago, I've gotten an average of 1,200 people a day
visiting from all over the world. The website, not
my house. There's no way I could get that kind of
reach without the Internet. Unless, of course, I hijacked
an airplane and demanded that they let me read some
of my columns on TV if they wanted to see the hostages
do you do on a day to day basis?
drink, go to the toilet, masturbate, and put hyphens
between the words day-to-day.
have been your biggest supporters?
the syndicate which gets my column into alternative
newspapers in the U.S. and my mother. In that order.
freedom of the press?
who owns the press has the freedom to print what he
books and e-books have you authored?
at Night," (Xlibris Corp); "Stand Tall,"
the co-written autobiography of Ike
McKinnen, the former Chief of Police of Detroit
(Sleeping Bear Press);
"If It's Such a Small World
Then Why Have I Been Sitting On This Airplane For
Twelve Hours?", a compilation of my
humor travel columns (Xlibris);
and I was included in an Australian humor-I mean,
do you prefer to write about, and why?
strikes me. It turns out to usually be humor, though
to be honest I don't think it's funny. It's just what
I do. I write the way I think and see things and learned
that people think it's funny. Some of them, anyway.
I've written a novel, several unproduced screenplays
(one was the winner of the Virginia
Governor's Screenwriting Competition), over
400 columns, and lots of other stuff. Obviously I
prefer writing what I want to write rather than try
to get people to buy a certain brand of toilet paper,
but a guy's got to make a living.
have been your biggest influences?
Marx, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving,
the bra and girdle ads in the New York Times magazine
when I was growing up, and tequila.
your sense of humor?
the funniest or weirdest thing that's ever happened
guy from Australia e-mailed me and said he wanted
to interview me. Want another? I got the job writing
the autobiography of the former Chief of Police of
Detroit because some guy found my web site, liked
it, and put me in touch with his sister, who was an
editor for Sleeping Bear Press.
We finally met up when we were both in Paris and a
month later she hired me to write the book. That's
the short version.
other media coverage have you received previously,
and what was it for?
my. When I put out the Croc
O' Shirt I was sued by Lacoste, S.A. I knew
of over 300 newspapers and magazines that ran articles
about the lawsuit and it was on all U.S. TV networks,
in all major news magazines, etc. I had gobs of publicity
about Earl the Dead Cat
too. And on and on and on.....
would you like to be thought of, 50 years from now?
like to be thought of as alive.
places in Australia have you been, or would like to
go to, and why?
sorry to say that I haven't been to Australia yet.
When I was growing up I wanted to go there very badly
and still do. I spent eight month on Bali several
years ago and was supposed to visit friends in Australia
on the way back but it didn't work out. Will you still
publish this? If so, can I say "Hi" to all
the Monet girls on Phillip Island?
other important information should our media savvy
audience be aware of?
as expensive as a woman who's free for the night.
Well, that and my website is at www.maddogproductions.com
note: This guy is talented and "out there".
I like him.