No one can watch a meteor shower like Jeremy Shamos. That might be why he’s currently starring in Meteor Shower on Broadway next to Amy Shumer, Keegan-Michael Key and Laura Benanti. It might also be that he’s one of the great comic actors in this very big, funny city. Mr. Shamos is no stranger to the boards of Broadway, snagging a Tony Award nomination for Clybourne Park and appearing in Noises Off, The Assembled Parties and Glengarry Glen Ross. He has taken to the screen in award-winning films like “Birdman” and “The Big Sick”, as well as television shows like “Better Call Saul” and “The Night Of”. This week, Jeremy Shamos has entered our atmosphere in a bright ball of fire, and it looks like he’s headed straight for The Couch.
What do you consider to be your best asset?
My ability to answer questions like these.
What was your proudest moment?
Probably answering that first question above.
What is your favorite drink?
Water. I know, people hate me.
What is your favorite food?
Maybe ramen? Not like “I’m 19, and I just put boiling water in this Styrofoam cup” ramen. More like “do we seriously have to wait in this line just for ramen?” ramen.
What is your favorite condiment?
That hot sauce with the round wooden top.
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
I’ve actually given up so many. (See favorite beverage above). When I’m into a good book and I’m reading on the subway I see people playing games on their phone and feel like they are not using their brains. Then when I’m NOT into a good book (85% of my time) I’m the one playing games. That is a long way of saying “playing games on my phone”
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
It’s been going so well without “longing” I think I will just keep doing what interests me and makes sense for my family.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
My wife would say online shopping. My wife is generally right.
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Either the games on the phone thing (mentioned above) or trying to be “clever” when answering questions on questionnaires.
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Lack of exercise.
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A general belief that things will turn out positively mixed with cautious anxiety which can be generated into humor.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
Procrastination (You wanted these answers by the end of October and it is November 27th).
What in the world most thrills you?
My kids. No jokes just a fact.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
The shorter and shorter “news cycle” which works for (and to some extent was created by) the current administration.
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
I stopped auditioning for commercials when I got yelled at during an audition by a casting assistant half my age because I wasn’t standing in the taped out area when I pretended to be flying on a credit card. I think I get “furious” and “embarrassed” confused sometimes to protect those around me.
What is your favorite place in the world?
Anywhere where I’m laughing with my family.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Good looks (and humor).
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Dogs. 100%. I don’t get (and am slightly creeped out by) cats.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of
I’d have to ACTUALLY DEEPLY appreciate it. I try but fall awfully short most of the time.
What is your personal motto?
I’m trying to pick something I said in this questionnaire to turn it into a motto… “If they don’t have the hot sauce with the wood ball top at a restaurant, skip hot sauce altogether because it means they just have Tabasco and that will not be the same”