And now for something completely different…
Finding out a celebrity skates is usually a pretty disappointing experience. The big timers—Bieber, Wayne, Aquaman (although shout out on the Natas reissue)—seem to pick up and drop off skating like any other hobby. Rarely do we see someone making it in the entertainment biz who’s kept up with skating full-time like the rest of us. (Thankfully, Kyle Mooney seems to have cooled it with the Featch.)
Which is what makes the standup comedian Whitmer Thomas so different. He skates, admittedly, like a 31 year-old, but he’s funny enough to get an HBO special, “The Golden One”, so he’s doing something right. His humor is goofy-yet-oddly-sexual, which is the category most skateboarders probably fall into on dating apps as well.
We met up with Whit when he was in New York to promote his special, and learned about his history working at Active Ride Shop and his difficult path to finally hitting it big on HBO. Then we hit the Williamsburg Monument to meet up with some of the Canal guys, and later followed Whit to two standup shows to watch him try new material. Grilling him on his thought process and technique, we came away with a kind of “My War” for jokes.
Hope you get a chuckle out of it, or at least have a very pleasant bowel movement today.
AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE SKATE PARK OF TAMPA
"It was a young person's dream. Nonstop fucking chaos."
BETTER OFF DEAD: BRANDS THAT SKATEBOARDING DIDN’T NEED TO COME BACK
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should."
RAW TAPES: NOT ANOTHER SWAMPFEST EDIT
Somewhere in between Woodstock 99 and a redneck civil war re-enactment.
A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
The man loves to read Nietzche, skates in some expensive vintage gear, and paints in his own neoclassical-meets-abstract-expressionist style.
A GLIMPSE INTO THE BAKER HAS A DEATHWISH II WORLD PREMIERE
16 long years later, the second coming of Baker Has a Deathwish has arrived...