Comedian Eugene Mirman Starts His Days With Soup

"I had a barbecue. We watched Beverly Hills Cop on my roof."Photo: Melissa Hom


Youve probably seen self-described absurdist nightclub comedian Eugene Mirman in Flight of the Conchords, opening for bands like Modest Mouse, or in hilarious online shorts like the one in which he plays a mustached Russian migr having his first, ill-fated encounter with vegetable wonton soup. In actuality, Mirman has for several years lived and dined in Park Slope where hes at work on a book of fake advice, The Will to Whatevs, and a documentary about returning to his birthplace, Russia and hes such a fan of soups that he fixes them for breakfast. As he gears up to record a Comedy Central special that will air in the winter, we asked him what else hes been noshing on.

Thursday, August 10
I ate the leftovers from Wednesdays barbecue trout and some shrimp and vegetables.

During a brainstorming meeting at 2036 a new Website thats going to be launched by the Huffington Post someone brought me a turkey sandwich.

Wednesday, August 9
I had some leftovers from Westville on 11th and A which included some of the stuff my girlfriend had beets, artichoke, and cauliflower and peas that had something done to them (I dont know what) that made them good. It was great I stole all of her food.

For lunch I had a tofu-curry dish that also included leftovers from somewhere where she had gotten food. So I ate all of her food.

That night I grilled trout and shrimp and vegetables and stuff. I buy grilling contraptions that arent really necessary, for instance a skewer rack or a rib rack. I grill twice a week, plus or minus.

Tuesday, August 8
I made some eggs with salmon and mushrooms. For lunch I had a portabella-mushroom sandwich from a little deli in front of the Lowes hardware store.

I had a meeting in the city, then I met my girlfriend who was freelancing at The Onion in Soho and we walked around a lot and ended up at Westville. It was good. I had carrot-apple pure soup, and then I had a large mango, cucumber, watercress salad. Its the most full Ive ever felt on watercress.

Then I went to B-Side where I D.J.-ed. I played really sweet indie rock and classic rock. I like Scotch a lot so I had some Scotch and Jack and Coke.

Monday, August 7
I had a vegetable soup. I make soups for breakfast a lot. I would vote for soup if it ran for something. My favorite is the spicy seafood soup frequently found in Japanese restaurants.

For lunch I made a stir-fry with vegetables and salmon. And then for dinner I ordered from Yamato. About five or six years ago there were only one or two good Japanese places in Park Slope I used to order lunch from there all the time. Its still one of my favorites and very reasonably priced.

Sunday, August 6
For breakfast I had some barbecue stuff left over from the night before. For lunch I went to Nana, a place in Park Slope that serves Thai and Japanese. I love Asian food. They have a miso soup that has clam in it. I had a roti canai and butter crispy Ipoh squid, and then tuna tartare.

I went to a place in the Columbia Waterfront District, Alma. It has an awesome rooftop with a great view. I had a red snapper with a spicy mango sauce over spinach, and a mango mojito.

Saturday, August 5
For breakfast I made a soup with vegetables and spices. I like savory things.

I was going to Carl Newman of the New Pornographers wedding at Union Hall. Some friends had reserved it to have a nice wedding reception that I emceed. I had some salmon and salad and potatoes au gratin.

For dinner that night I had a barbecue for a handful of friends and then we watched Beverly Hills Cop on my roof (I have a video projector). I grilled trout, shrimp, vegetables, turkey tenderloin, corn, and potatoes. I mostly grill fish and vegetables, and people bring stuff. I guess ribs would be my guilty pleasure. Ive been trying to eat better in general. Ive succeeded for maybe a month or so Im sure Ill give up in three weeks. Thats not totally true.