One of the original “Daily Show” correspondents and a memorable reoccurring guest star on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," these days Brian Unger spends his time on the road as the host of History Channel’s “How the States Got Their Shapes,” which airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Q: When do you get up when you’re filming on the road?
A: Typically, we’re up at 5 a.m.
Q: What is life like on the road?
A: I get up. I look in the mirror. I look like hell, and I ask myself, “What am I doing with my life?”
Q: What do you answer?
A: Before I actually have time to formulate an answer, there’s someone knocking at my door saying, “We’ve got to go, hurry up.” So I never get around to answering the question. You see how that works?
Q: Any morning rituals?
A: My morning rituals are coffee and complaining.
Q: What do you complain about?
A: I usually complain about the fact that the sun is not up and that most people are still sleeping. That those breakfasts that they serve that are included in the hotel room are not really breakfast and isn’t really food. That’s fake food, so I always complicate things in the morning by saying, “Can we please stop at a real place and have breakfast?” to which the producers usually say to me, “No.”
Q: So what is breakfast on the road?
A: I’d like to say that I really delve into the fine cuisine of America, but I don’t even know how we would have done this show without McDonald’s. McDonald’s drive-through … was pretty much our breakfast every day. Sometimes I’d shake things up, and we’d really dial it up with a Dunkin Donuts. But they’re not everywhere. When it was all said and done, I had a nice 15-pound weight gain.
Q: What did you get at McDonald’s?
A: Now we’re getting real deep. I would eat two Egg McMuffins, but I throw away the English muffin on the second one, because had I not done that, I would have been 30 pounds overweight by the time I got home.
Q: You lived in NYC for 15 years. What was your favorite breakfast spot in the city?
A: My favorite breakfast in New York City was a bacon, egg and cheese at any corner deli, on a roll. You can’t get that out here [in Los Angeles]. You can’t even get that bread out here. You know, that Kaiser roll, and it’s wrapped in that foil, and it gets kind of soggy — you can’t get that sandwich out here.
Q: You don’t have bodegas.
A: We don’t have them, I know! That was my favorite breakfast in New York. I miss that so much.