For Rising Comedy Star Clark Duke, Tweeting Is Like Drunk-Texting America

Why you won’t find the Hot Tub Time Machine star on social media


Who Clark Duke

Age 29

Claim to Fame Stars as Jacob in the upcoming film Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (in theaters Feb. 20); recent guest star on CBS' Mom and Two and a Half Men; opportunistic intern Clark on The Office

Base Los Angeles

What's the first information you consume in the morning?

Probably just any texts or emails that came in while I was asleep.

What social media platforms do you use?

I don't use any.

Why not?

It just doesn't interest me. It feels like a weird, part-time job. And it seems kind of dangerous, having that in your pocket. It's like drunk-texting your girlfriend, but your girlfriend is, like, America.

Were you ever on Facebook?

Facebook came out when I was in college when it was just localized on your campus. I remember, at first, everybody had their name and phone number and everything on there because it was just limited to other people at your school. Then it opened up to other schools and now everybody's grandparents are on there. My brother is on Facebook, and he's always having to avoid friend requests from relatives and stuff. I feel like it's over.

Do you follow any websites or blogs?

I read The Wall Street Journal on my iPad. That's where I get most of my news from. I'm like a 50-year-old man. I'm also a big fan of Bill Simmons' site, Grantland, and The Onion AV Club, Pitchfork, Deadspin.

What's your favorite app?

The one that I use the most is the podcast app on the iPhone. But my favorite app is NBA Game Time where you can watch all the games on your iPad and phone. That's pretty awesome.

Which podcasts do you listen to?

Like everybody else on Earth, I was listening to Serial. I like Bill Simmons, all the NPR stuff, like Fresh Air, some of the Nerdist stuff, like the Writers Panel show they do, The Treatment from KCRW. I'm friends with these guys that do a pro-wrestling podcast called Cheap Heat, which I like a lot. There's a whole, bizarre ecosystem of pro-wrestling podcasts.

What TV shows do you watch?

Right now the only stuff I'm watching is Girls and Togetherness on HBO. Nothing's grabbed me in a while.

What's on your reading list?

I read a lot of crime fiction, but I read more comics than anything, to be honest. Comics-wise, the best thing I've read in a long time is this book from Image called They're Not Like Us, which is this weird, Brit-pop take on the X-Men, and it is exceptionally cool. Image actually has some other great books, like Sex by Joe Casey, which is essentially about if Batman got PTSD and retired, so instead of his psychosis coming out via Batman, it's all coming out through S&M stuff. This is really a golden age for comics right now.

How do you wind down at night?

I try to read instead of watching TV just because I've read so many of these studies that say that looking at these screens is screwing with everybody's sleep patterns. Or I'll listen to podcasts. The soothing sounds of Canadian guys talking about pro wrestling just lulls me off to sleep.