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What are you doing in New York?
I'm actually visiting a friend for a couple weeks. I normally live on tour — I'm with a theatre company.
Oh yeah? What show?
Barney the Dinosaur. I'm Barney's assistant manager. I'm not a performer.
Ah. So what are you listening to?
I'm listening to "Hey Soul Sister" by Train. Sort of a guilty pleasure.
That is a guilty pleasure. Who are your favorite artists right now?
I'm listening to a lot of The Beatles. And I'm into My Chemical Romance right now...
Listen: My Chemical Romance - "Na Na Na"
What Beatles albums are you listening to? What are the good Beatles songs for summer?
I like the more acoustic-y ones, like "Yesterday." And some of the earlier stuff for summer. If it's at night and I'm writing, I prefer the White Album.
So what artists right now do you hate?
I don't listen to the radio a whole lot. I don't like a lot of the big songs.
But you like "Hey Soul Sister."
That is one of my few guilty pleasures, like I said, but I'm not a huge fan of Ke$ha, or Taylor Swift.
I wish I could show readers the face you just made when you said "Taylor Swift." Is it just country music in general or specifically Taylor Swift?
I don't like country music, but I can't even respect Taylor Swift as a country-music artist, because her lyrics are just so mindnumbingly dumb.
I've never met someone with such a strong reaction to Taylor Swift.
Probably because I've been forced to listen to her so many times in the car.
On the road with Barney? What's the guy who plays Barney like?
We're all crazy people after living on the road together. We hit about three cities a week. We're on a break now before we hit the West Coast, so we're on the road about three days a week going in between cities.
Can you give us some good road-trip songs?
I like big songs when I'm on the road. Stuff for when you're driving real fast. Gotta listen to some Bon Jovi.
The big hair-metal songs?
Yeah, I really like "It's My Life" and "Livin' on a Prayer." The standards.
Who's a musician who you find really sexy? Whose tour van would you want to go back to?
I really like Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance right now. I wasn't a huge fan, but they put out their new album and he has that awesome red hair right now. I'm really jealous of it actually, I wish my hair was that red. The promo pictures are sexy to me.
So you like the goth look?
Sort of. It's a concept album, so they've got this sort of future-dystopia-space-cowboy look. They rock a lot of dusty leather jackets and thigh holsters for their laser guns and stuff like that.
And that's sexy?
Yeah I'm a big Firefly fan, so I like stuff like that.