Aziz Ansari may be Human Giant’s best known foodie, but New York transplant Paul Scheer knows his nibbles too. Chatting post Comic Con about current projects (including his Adult Swim show National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle, in which he stars with his wife June Diane Raphael and their podcast, How Did This Get Made?, analyzing the cheesiest or worst of films on DVD and in theaters), Scheer shared some faves.
Kamshaft: Your favorite LA food places?
Paul: Sushi, I’m a big fan of Sushi Spot in Tarzana but my normal go-to is Sushi Saito in Silverlake, right by Garage Pizza. It always looks closed and you’d never go in if it wasn’t recommended but once inside, go to the bar and watch out. Also I know that people say that LA doesn’t make good pizza but the Grandma Pizza at Tomato pie is amazing and they sell hands down the best cookie I’ve ever eaten, it’s made by a local baker called Half Baked. Best fish tacos in Ensenada on Hillhurst can’t be beat for fish tacos. Hell, it’s in their name! These are the best. My new current favorite place is Elf. They only take email reservations and cash but it’s so good.
Kamshaft: Any changes or closures you are not happy with?
Paul: They removed the rumble seats from Mann’s Chinese theater; for those not familiar with the rumble seats (aka D-Box seats) they were state of the art movie chairs that were calibrated with the action of the film on screen to make every movie feel like a ride. If Vin Diesel got punched, you’d feel it, but without the pain part. LA and AZ were the only two states to have them. Now no one will know what it’s like to be on a 90 minute roller coaster. The Kids Are All Right rumble seat experience was by far the most intense.
Kamshaft: What are your favorite buildings?
Union Station, their waiting room chairs are amazing.
The Griffith Park Observatory & The Cinerama Dome (I like circular things).
The Disney animator studios in Los Feliz, these little bungalows look exactly like real world Snow White and the 7 Dwarves locations.
The Die Hard building, I believe it’s owned by 20th Century Fox but it will always be Nakatomi Plaza to me.
There is a structure on the 101 right before the downtown exits (coming from the East) that I have no idea what it is but it looks like an insane roller coaster. I’m sure it’s a sanitation building but I don’t want to know, I want to keep the mystery alive. The Rosebowl without the flea market.
Kamshaft: An extra-curricular activity or hobby we didn’t know you were into?
Paul: Training Lizards to do stunts. It’s hard work but seeing a lizard do a 102 foot free fall, makes it all worth it.
Kamshaft: Something you are really bad at?
Paul: MMA Fighting.