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Information Diet: Judah Friedlander

When not Skyping with the president, the '30 Rock' star tweets, watches 'Family Ties'

Judah Friedlander

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Specs
Who Judah Friedlander
Age 42
Accomplishments Stars as Frank Rossitano on NBC's 30 Rock; author of How to Beat Up Anybody: An Instructional and Inspirational Karate Book by the World Champion; trucker hat connoisseur
Base Queens, N.Y.

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
Usually the Pentagon calls me to find out what’s going on, and then that gets interrupted because the president starts Skyping me. And then [Mitt] Romney starts Skyping me, but he just wants to talk about sports. It’s a little weird.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
WWE Magazine. Print edition. I’m banned from WWE because I suplex too hard, but I still respect their organization and their periodical.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?
I usually break-dance for money on the train, but that’s actually a cover for me solving crimes. So I would say what’s on my mind is security and justice.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I don’t watch a lot of TV. I’m too busy teaching karate to exotic dancers. I actually talk about that in my book, How to Beat Up Anybody. It’s currently ranked No. 55,175 on Amazon.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?
Once in a while, I do watch old Family Ties repeats on The Hub. And I have every episode of The Six Million Dollar Man on DVD. You can’t go wrong with Lee Majors. At times, I’ll walk the streets carrying my TV set so it’s mobile. I’ll take it on the subway, hook it up to a generator and watch it right there.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
I have my own Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, and I manage them all myself, so I go on all three of those. I just want to throw it out there—Twitter has yet to verify me. I don’t know what they’re afraid of.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
It really depends on the product. If it’s raining outside, and you forgot your umbrella, you can put a newspaper over your head. You’re not going to do that with a computer. And you’re not going to pick up after your dog with your iPad.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I like Action Movie FX and Super 8 from J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot. Super 8 makes anything you film with your phone look like an old 8-millimeter movie, and Action Movie adds all kinds of really cool machine gun and explosion effects to your videos.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
I’m going to go old school and just say talking on the phone. It’s something that nobody does anymore. If you call someone directly on the phone, it’s like you’re breaking the front door of their house or something.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I just stick to bionics, wrestling and sports. All the political, serious world stuff—it comes to me. And I don’t read celebrity gossip. I just hide in celebrities’ homes and overhear things. That’s where you get the real story.