Please explain what just happened.

I just went on a road trip to go see Foreigner.


What is your earliest memory?

Wanting to get out of my crib because I had stuff to do.  Seriously.



If you weren’t a director/musician, what other profession would you choose?



Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

Sake, sushi and a few condiments.


Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

The truth is much more interesting.


What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Don’t listen to adults.  They don’t know what they’re doing either.


If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

Prince – Controversy.


What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

The New York Times
The Onion
Facebook – Pathetic but true.


From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

I always get inspired by artists that are fearless about making their art.


Name a book that changed your life.

The Comedy Writer by Peter Farrelly.


If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

The first time I played in front of an audience.


How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

2 degrees.  We both worked with Kelsey Grammer.


What makes you feel most guilty?



What would you most like to have invented?

The synthesizer.


What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

You can’t make a living being an artist.


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

You can make a living being an artist.


What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Fake friendship.


Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

It would have to be Tic Tac Dough because I love the theme song and Wink Martindale.


What do you want to know?

What exactly is going on with Donald Trump’s hair?


What would you like your last words to be?

That was fun.


Please explain what will happen.

Everything will end and then begin again.

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MARK BROOKS is a writer, director and musician born in Denver, Colorado. As a teenager, Brooks co-founded the influential rap punk band Warlock Pinchers and released three full-length albums, several singles and toured the country. When the Pinchers broke up, Brooks co-founded the band Foreskin 500, releasing three full-length albums, several singles and touring the country as well.

After Foreskin 500 ceased touring, Brooks moved to Los Angeles initially to produce records but ended up working in film and television. Among his credits are writing and directing the feature film Lil’ Pimp starring Bernie Mac and William Shatner, directing The Slim Shady Show starring Eminem, and directing the “Fruity Oaty Bars” segment of Joss Whedon’s Serenity.

Concurrently, Brooks has also been writing and performing music under the name MegaJive which has been featured in the shows/films It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication, Mad Money, Men of a Certain Age, Damages, Blonde Ambition, The Riches, and Las Vegas to name a few.

Most recently, Brooks has been directing the death metal comedy Metalocalypse for Adult Swim, writing/directing the short film “Playing With Dolls” included on Slayer’s CD World Painted Blood, and directing the Melvins “Electric Flower” video.

5 responses to “21 Questions with Mark Brooks”

  1. […] TV  Please enjoy this video for The Melvins’ “Electric Flower,” directed by Mark Brooks, this week’s featured author in TNB’s Arts & Culture section. Here we have a stop motion […]

  2. Nicrosis says:

    Total awesomeness…you are my hero. Excellent interview and some great, and timely advice. I needed this right now. Also, completely adore the new Melvin’s video, btw.

  3. Joe Daly says:

    When Megan emailed me to say that Mark Brooks was the Arts & Culture featured interview, I was angry, jealous, and filled with oceans of hope and despair. I poured wax on my nipples and walked around the neighborhood asking kids if they enjoyed disco and if so, could they show me some new moves. My dogs were embarrassed for me and locked me out of my bedroom. I put on the new Ramesses album and wrote a manifesto.

    Mark- thanks for the great interview. One question- who would win in a battle of the bands- Dethklok or Slayer?

    Thanks for visiting our humble little TNB home!

    • Mark Brooks says:

      Anytime that I can inspire that much depravity is a win.
      Oh, and Slayer would win a drinking battle any day of the week.

  4. Whip Listle says:

    He looks like Mark Prindle.

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