AMI's Mustache Interviews

The American Mustache Institute's award winning collection of in-depth celebrity and quasi-celebrity interviews

Ben Thompson, “Badass” Author

On January 14, 2010, by AMI Staff

It’s a biblical truth that people of Mustached American descent are powerful, good looking, and have an odor that is 27 percent more pleasant – based on Nielsen data – than the average American. Our people are also, unequivocally, a collective group of badasses. As a result, this month we talk to author Ben Thompson, [...]

Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon Singer/Songwriter

On December 14, 2009, by AMI Staff

Over the past few years you’ve probably noticed a lot bands jumping into video games. Hell, since September escaping an ad for the Beatles Rockband game has been like getting rid of a bad case of lice – a near impossibility. Until now, every one of these games have been “action” oriented video games where [...]

Clay Zavada, Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher

On November 14, 2009, by AMI Staff

Shortly after winning the American Mustache Institute’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year” award at ‘Stache Bash 2009, Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Clay Zavada sat down with the AMI to wax poetic on the immense honor and humbling personal experience. Mr. Zavada was kind enough to withstand, and even respond to, a barrage of [...]

Rollie Fingers, Hall-of-Fame Pitcher

On October 14, 2009, by AMI Staff

Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer and mustache legend Rollie Fingers recently made himself available to the American Mustache Institute to talk about his new book Rollie’s Follies. The book is a humorous and insightful look at many of the stories, stats and legends that make up the illustrious and rich history of Major League Baseball – with one of [...]

Chris Steiner, Author

On September 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

Every once in awhile the American Mustache Institute will step out of our normal paradigm of lunacy and delve into the issues facing people of Mustached American descent. And as our people often drive large, gas-guzzling pick-up trucks and use them to topple ridiculous looking hybrid vehicles, we thought it was time to focus our [...]

John Oates, Legendary Musician

On July 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

John Oates is many things: a solid citizen, a member of one of the most prolific duos in music history, a father, a square dancer, a Philadelphia-area native, and more. But more importantly, John Oates is a Mustached American – or at least for much of his life up until 1990, he embraced the Mustached [...]

Dead Confederate, Rock Band

On June 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

They’re not The Dead Milkmen, and they’re not Confederate Railroad, but they might be somewhere in between. They’re Dead Confederate, a unique mix of alternative and Southern rock. And although you might not think it to look at them, they hate Dave Navarro just as much as you do. Recently, they’ve been prominently featured in [...]

Fergie Jenkins, Hall-of-Fame Pitcher

On May 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

It’s rare that a Major League Baseball player or even a pathetic washed up celebrity, past or present, will say, “sure, I’ll talk with you” via email or any other medium. But when a baseball Hall-of-Famer will actually devote some time to do a one-on-one sit-down interview with you just four days after having his [...]

Jack McCallum, Sportswriter

On April 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

If you are a longtime reader of Sports Illustrated, you know Jack McCallum. He joined the magazine’s staff in 1981, primarily writing about basketball, but over the years has reported on a variety of sports-related topics ranging from baseball chatter to electronic football. McCallum is also the author of Seven Sconds or Less: My Season [...]

Ron Cey, Former Major League Baseball Player

On November 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

As much as it might pain us to admit it, the most notable physical trait about this month’s interviewee might not be his mustache, although both impressive and fear-inducing in its own right. Instead, it might be his distinctive running gait, which earned him the nickname “The Penguin” from his former manager, Hall-of-Famer Tommy Lasorda. [...]

Rob Kutner, The Daily Show

On October 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

To get an accurate read on the fate of civilization and prepare for the coming apocalypse, who else would we turn to than a writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart?” Rob Kutner, who is such a writer, is more importantly the author of “Apocalypse How, Turn the End Times into the Best of [...]

Dan Steinberg, DCSportsBog

On September 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post who is best known for his DCSportsBOG blog is a friend to the mustached American. Sure, he doesn’t always sport one, but he writes about them with great frequency. He just got back from the Olympics and we had a lot to discuss. So without a further string of [...]

Mike Schmidt, Hall-of-Fame Thirdbaseman

On September 5, 2008, by AMI Staff

It’s always nice to talk to someone who’s walked with the Gods of his profession, but yet, still clearly has a sense that what’s he’s accomplished isn’t that important in the overall scope of things. And when that person has a rich, luxurious mustache and a clear commitment to the mustached American race – well [...]

Jim James, My Morning Jacket Frontman

On August 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

If you are not a fan of Louisville-based band My Morning Jacket, you probably should be. If not because MMJ has an eclectic, diverse sound – then maybe it’s simply because lead singer Jim James, a freshly minted Mustached American after struggling with beard weevils for years, is clearly AMI’s type of guy. James is [...]

Hemke Madera, Actor

On July 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

There’s a solid young actor on the scene today. No, not ALF, a.k.a. Gordon Shumway, as he peaked in the 1980s before his self-titled show was shamefully cancelled. No, this actor is a 31-year-old from Queens, New York, named Hemky Madera. Hemky, who’s name means, “extra large loins made from hemp,” began his acting career [...]

Justin Fox, Author

On June 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

Justin Fox, a clean shaven mutant but friend to the mustached American, is a business and economics columnist for TIME magazine. Before joining the magazine in January 2007, he spent more than a decade writing and editing for Fortune magazine, where he was the chief economics writer, but also covered topics ranging from international business [...]

Ron Jeremy, Actor

On April 1, 2008, by AMI Staff

Ron Jeremy has been a larger than life figure ever since he appeared in Playgirl in October 1978.  “The Hedgehog” is a pop icon, he’s very smart and awfully funny, and while he’s better known for the fact that he’s performed in nearly 2,000 adult films, he is simply the product of an upper-middle class [...]

Claudia Deutsch, New York Times scribe

On March 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

Because we are the bravest organization in the history of mankind, the American Mustache Institute has a close familiarity with some of the top reporters and editors in the news media. Of course, it also may have something to do with the fact that some of our administrators have been arrested for harassment after sending [...]

Dave Navarro, Worthless Musician

On February 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

Music fans are no doubt familiar with Dave Navarro, formerly of Jane’s Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. And in Feburary 2008, one of Navarro’s press agents — Jason DeMata — set up an interview. The moment arrived and Dave was on the line. We were excited and asked him the first question (below). [...]

Harry Shearer, Comedic Actor

On January 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

You know Harry Shearer. You may not know you know Harry, but you know him. An actor, author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist and record label owner – his talents are in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for The Simpsons where he plays characters Mr. Burns, Smithers, [...]

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