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TechnologyWe're MegaBots, Team USA in the Giant Robot Duel. Our robot fights tomorrow - AUA!

Oct 16th 2017 by MegaBots_Team • 17 Questions • 321 Points

Hey Reddit, I'm here again!

After starting standup at 19, I wrote, starred, and produced my own television show TITUS from 2000-2002. After I pissed off the Network President and the show got canned I've done seven 90 minute comedy specials and I'm working on my eighth called Amerigeddon, which is touring now.

I also just finished my first feature film called Special Unit, a cop movie starring actors with real disabilities and my emotional ones. We used handicapped actors in a way that has never been done before, in a balls out comedy that is as if Mel Brooks made Lethal Weapon with retards. You can check out the movie below.

Special Unit:
Available Here
And on iTunes

No I have not heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise, and one more thing...catapults, no question.

My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/KLw0j
Tweet at me: https://twitter.com/titusnation
Instagram me: @TitusNation

Bring it!

EDIT: I need to jet people! Thanks so much for the questions and some of your hilarious responses. If I get some time later I'll come back and answer a few more! And guys, PLEASE see the movie, no bullshit you'll laugh your ass off. If you don't want to give the corporate overlords at Apple any money you can get it on my website Until we meet again Reddit!

Q:

Gundam or Pacific Rim?

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Huge Curb fan. What's your favorite Curb scene you've done? Mine is "Get in that ass, Larry."

Honorable Mention to "She didn't come upstairs because she was coming downstairs."


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I just wanted to say how much I miss your show. It seems like after it was cancelled all television kind of went to hell. Any chance we'll ever get to see another sitcom from you?

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You get free tickets?


Q:

How was your original escape to China orchestrated? Did your family help, and if not, how did you plan it as an 18-year-old with restricted contact with the outside world?

You are incredibly brave and your work now to become a social worker shows your nobility and goodness as well. I wish you and your daughter the best

A:

One of the biggest criticisms I've seen against your work is that it overly romanticizes physical and mental illness. What is your response to this criticism?


Q:

Was it strange to be back on earth with earth smells and earth people?

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I asked Adam Savage this, I'll ask you too.

When will some one remake Junkyard Wars? It seems like it would be perfect for some one with your skill set.


Q:

Huge Curb fan. What's your favorite Curb scene you've done? Mine is "Get in that ass, Larry."

Honorable Mention to "She didn't come upstairs because she was coming downstairs."

A:

I just wanted to say how much I miss your show. It seems like after it was cancelled all television kind of went to hell. Any chance we'll ever get to see another sitcom from you?


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Gundam when we want to watch an actual story.

Pacific Rim when we want to get drunk and yell at the screen about how awful the engineering is.

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I love both!!! This car chair is a fuck machine!!!! LOL!!!


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Yeah, I was in charge of all of it and when I went away everything just sucked. Except for Breaking Bad. Honestly I am working on a new show for me and Billy Gardell and another one called "Devils Music." It's all a crap shoot though.

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I had a "Self Admission Pass" that could get me into the parks for free whenever I wanted. I also earned 3 guest passes for every 150 hours I worked.


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My step-mother wanted me to marry so I would not be her responsibility anymore. I heard rumors that I could escape to China and be adopted by an older Chinese couple and live a happy life there. My step-mother knew a broker who convinced me to go to China.

The broker guided me to the Tumen river and told me when and where to cross. When I was picked up on the other side the broker told me to pay for my escape or be sold as a bride. I had no money and was terrified of being arrested by the Chinese police. I felt so trapped.

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I've tried very hard to fight against both the stigmatization and the romanticization of mental and physical illness. That's pretty much entirely what my new book is about. And if I've failed, in this book or elsewhere, I'm sorry.


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Yes, it was strange, including the smelly earth people.

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That's funny you say that. We've been talking about revamping that show.


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I love both!!! This car chair is a fuck machine!!!! LOL!!!

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Yeah, I was in charge of all of it and when I went away everything just sucked. Except for Breaking Bad. Honestly I am working on a new show for me and Billy Gardell and another one called "Devils Music." It's all a crap shoot though.


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Hey guys, thanks for doing this AMA, I've been psyched about this duel since it was first announced. When you made your challenge video, did you know already how Suidobashi would respond? Was it a surprise when he did? How did you react to his response?

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WTF is a-jak-a-lit??


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Is there any you will ever come back to Montreal ?? I would love to see you live

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That's how they do that nowadays? It used to be we could bring 3 guests with us any day, any time for free (except for special events).
Also, here's the obligatory "What time does the 12:00 Mickey's Main Street Parade start and where?"
(It's been almost 20 years so forgive me if I messed up the quote).


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Was there a certain event that happened in your life in North Korea that made you decide you wanted to escape?

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What’s your advice for getting through your hardest mental health days?

Also, I would like you to know that because of TFIOS and Nerdfighteria, I met my future wife! DFTBA!


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Hello! Thanks for doing this!

Considering your total 520 days in space, do you consciously ever feel any differences in your body or health as a result?

Do you ever dream you are back in a weightless environment, and how realistic are those dreams?

A:

Who decided on the cars used in non-car specific myths/scenarios? It seemed sometimes that sought after classics got destroyed sometimes, where regular/other cars could have been used


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WTF is a-jak-a-lit??

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Is there any you will ever come back to Montreal ?? I would love to see you live


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We had no idea how he would respond. When he upped the ante we had this moment like... 'uh... hand to hand? We're gonna die.'

But then after that little hiccup we were pretty psyched!

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One of my favs!!!!


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I love the festival I want to go back but Canada needs to have real money first. I love the monopoly aspect of it but it makes me uneasy.

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This just goes to show everyone how often Disney changes things up. It’s actually the 3 o clock parade now, but yes that’s still a question CM’s get a lot. The reason they changed the guest pass rule for interns is because there used to be people who would apply for the College Program for the sole purpose of getting free tickets. They would work for a couple weeks, use their guest passes to take their whole family on a free vacation, then quit. Because of this, Disney made a rule that CM’s have to work to earn their guest passes.


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My step-mother wanted me to get married and I wasn't ready. I was only 18 and needed to find a way to make money to provide for myself. I thought I could go to China and find a well-paying job.

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That's amazing! How did you met, and are you getting married soon? Also, are you registered anywhere?

EDIT: I just realized I didn't answer your question. I am not a psychologist, and do not feel qualified to give advice to people who are suffering from mental health problems. I can only speak to my experience, and my experience has been that on the worst days, I just have to survive minute to minute to minute and know that it WILL GET BETTER, because it will. It truly will. Your now is not your forever.


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I don't feel any differences now. Took about 8 months to feel back to normal. I rarely have a dream about space, unless I'm in space.

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It still breaks my heart that we destroyed so many classic cars. Ugh.


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One of my favs!!!!

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I love the festival I want to go back but Canada needs to have real money first. I love the monopoly aspect of it but it makes me uneasy.


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Aside from Gundam, what is your favorite giant robot anime?

Mine's Gurren Lagann.

A:

Hey JB,

Huge fan of you as Leon in Curb. I got two questions:

Do you see yourself becoming more like Larry or is Larry becoming more like you as time goes on?

What’s your ideal breakfast?


Q:

First off, I’m a big fan!

Your comedy has always been extremely personal in subject matter. This may seem like an obvious question, but has making light of those events in your life made things, for lack of a better word, easier to cope with and process?

A:

Are there any stereotypes of people that play certain roles? Like, all Jasmine's are bitchy, or all Snow Whites are sweethearts?


Q:

What was the part of the day you looked forward to most when you lived in north korea?

A:

I met my girlfriend 5 years ago in Cincinnati at your book signing. I want to propose now, but don't know how. Any advice?? See you again soon at Cinci!


Q:

Took about 8 months to feel back to normal.

That's actually an amazingly long recovery time. How did it compare to your time adapting to life in space?

A:

Where did you learn the majority of your workshop and building skills? I.E. Welding, carpentry, electronics, etc..


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Hey JB,

Huge fan of you as Leon in Curb. I got two questions:

Do you see yourself becoming more like Larry or is Larry becoming more like you as time goes on?

What’s your ideal breakfast?

A:

First off, I’m a big fan!

Your comedy has always been extremely personal in subject matter. This may seem like an obvious question, but has making light of those events in your life made things, for lack of a better word, easier to cope with and process?


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Megas XLR!

CHICKS. DIG. GIANT ROBOTS.

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Leon is rubbing off on Larry... shrimp and grits!


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Yep, stopped me from killing a bunch of people in a KFC. ( I used to work there) Once I put all the pain and bull in joke form it became absurd, funny and easier to deal with. My family won't talk to me though... because I have shredded them. I understand.

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I've met a lot of really sweet Rapunzels. Elsa is stuck up. Anna is also a sweetheart. Ariel is a mix. Tinker Bell is also really sweet. Oh and Tiana is always sassy and sarcastic and the very few Elena's that I met were such sweethearts and very friendly.


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Whenever I had something delicious to eat! I really looked forward to preparing the food and enjoying it with my family.

A:

That's awesome! Are you ready to propose now? Have you talked about getting married? Have you discussed your plans for the future when it comes to things like career, children, and so on? I NEED MORE INFO.


Q:

I never felt like I was completely adapted to life in space, but the transition to space to me is easier than the transition back.

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A lot of the skills I have I learned on the job. Fake it till you make it.


Q:

Leon is rubbing off on Larry... shrimp and grits!

A:

Yep, stopped me from killing a bunch of people in a KFC. ( I used to work there) Once I put all the pain and bull in joke form it became absurd, funny and easier to deal with. My family won't talk to me though... because I have shredded them. I understand.


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I have never seen Megas XLR.

A:

Any funny stories from the set of Pootie Tang? I have to imagine working so close with Chris, Louis, Wanda, etc.. must have been ridiculous.


Q:

Hello Mr. Titus! What's the most rewarding thing about a career in comedy?

A:

How aggressively do they update rides/walkways? Like from large scale rides to small details inside the park.


Q:

What kind of stuff do they teach in North Korean schools about western civilization?

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Thanks! hahah yes we are ready! Our careers are great and we agree on children. We just got a house in the spring. We already have 2 dogs and 3 cats together! Everything is good to go! DFTBA


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If you're allowed to elaborate on them, what sort of projects did you do while in space?

A:

Did you ever recover from the emotional damage caused by the infamous bike jump?


Q:

Any funny stories from the set of Pootie Tang? I have to imagine working so close with Chris, Louis, Wanda, etc.. must have been ridiculous.

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Hello Mr. Titus! What's the most rewarding thing about a career in comedy?


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Crazy ass movie... Wanda was funny as shit!!!


Q:

Bitches! Seriously from "Please welcome" To "Thank you goodnight" All the other stuff, travel, hotel beds that 30000 people have slept in and soiled, shitty food. It's all work but the heroin of laughter is the best.

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It depends on what you mean by "update". The attractions have repairs/renovations done to them at least once a year. Every attraction has an opening checklist to be completed every morning, and a closing checklist to be completed every night. The items on any checklist usually relate to safety and show (everything should look the way it's supposed to). If even one of the items on the opening checklist doesn't pass, the attraction won't open until it's fixed.


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I did not spend much time in school because of how difficult life was for us. The Great Famine left us without food and we needed to work on the farms instead of going to school. I remember textbooks always portrayed America as a terrible place and Americans as evil. We were told that the South and North could not reunite because America wanted to keep our countries separated to weaken us.

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If you're ready, I'm ready. Let's get this done in Cincinnati next week.


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Over 400 different experiments in all different scientific disciplines.

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Haha! Yes, and amazingly I didn't get injured too bad. I need to revisit that jump using a BMX bike.


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Crazy ass movie... Wanda was funny as shit!!!

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Bitches! Seriously from "Please welcome" To "Thank you goodnight" All the other stuff, travel, hotel beds that 30000 people have slept in and soiled, shitty food. It's all work but the heroin of laughter is the best.


Q:

I know one of your intentions with this fight was for it to act as a proof of concept for robot fighting leagues in the future. Have any groups reached out to you and expressed interest in further competition as of yet?

A:

Outside of Larry, who on the show makes you laugh the most?


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Bitches love heroin.

A:

How the fuck did you know that? I've worked at Universal for three years and I have no idea how you got that number. Seems like that was a Google search.


Q:

How does the Korean spoken in the South differ from the North?

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Then that settles it, we're all ready. I dont want to interrupt anything during your appearance. If you'll let me do it then, great! When? Maybe during like a Q&A? If there is one.

If you'd rather me not, that's cool too!


Q:

What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about astronauts?

A:

Wait, you're actually considering jumping the wagon again? Do you think using a BMX bike instead of that "cruiser" would help?

If you do decide to jump it again, we'll need Kari and Scottie there for commentary. Just like old times!


Q:

Outside of Larry, who on the show makes you laugh the most?

A:

Bitches love heroin.


Q:

Yep - since we challenged Suidobashi, we've had a ton of groups reach out with interest. You'll hear more about that soon :)

A:

Funkman!!!! He is amazing!!! Great guy. A lot of great stories too!!


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I asked the orientation leader in my Traditions class because I was curious, and that’s the answer she gave me.


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Because the North Korean government is so militaristic, the language is very direct and authoritative. South Korean's are more passive in the way they use Korean.

Also, in South Korea they borrow so many English words and it was hard to learn all these new "Korean" words.

A:

What is your first name and your girlfriend's first name? I will cue you at the appropriate moment. I am not going to tell you in advance what the moment is because that would make it TOO EASY.

THIS IS HAPPENING.


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That they were always the smartest kid in the class, and I was not.

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Totally. The "Cruiser" was way too heavy. BMX should be a piece of cake. I'll post it on YouTube.


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Funkman!!!! He is amazing!!! Great guy. A lot of great stories too!!

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Word.


Q:

So I was under the impression that the bot fight was between two manned vehicles, even with the evolution of the weapons systems on both rigs and the switch from only ranged combat to a full on melee. Is this true? Were human lives at risk during this fight?

Im going to break the golden rule of AMA and ask two questions. Would it be okay for me to use footage of this battle on my channel FactFile to do a run down of the fight, explaining weapons systems and key moments. It's something a lot of my fans have asked for since I made a video on the subject a few months back.

Since I've already broken the golden rule... lets break it even further. Do you have any plans to fight more giant mechs? Greatmetal's Monkey King would be a good opponent.

A:

Love your work JB, the combination of Leon and Larry is genius. Have you ever seen Larry get into a real life awkward situation?


Q:

Hey Chris! I got into your stand up early on when my dad would play your standup specials late at night. Your film Special Unit resonated with me; my brother has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and has been wheelchair bound since elementary school. He doesn't let his disability get in the way and we always make sure to treat him equally. Even when he lays a sick burn on me that makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry.

My question is have there been any hecklers in your standup career that have truly rattled you?

A:

How accurate is Swoozie's diaries of an ex disney employee stories on YouTube?


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What is a funeral ceremony like in North Korea for the average citizen?

A:

Do you think you would still consider writing something outside of the YA bracket? What key aspects of YA keep you writing it?

PS. big fan of 10 years now. I was 15 when I first saw you and Hank on YouTube and have met you guys in Scotland twice. Please visit again sometime!


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What beverage options does one have on hand on the ISS? Did you miss any foods/snacks?

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"Lets egg Tori on until he hurts himself" lol


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Love your work JB, the combination of Leon and Larry is genius. Have you ever seen Larry get into a real life awkward situation?

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Hey Chris! I got into your stand up early on when my dad would play your standup specials late at night. Your film Special Unit resonated with me; my brother has Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and has been wheelchair bound since elementary school. He doesn't let his disability get in the way and we always make sure to treat him equally. Even when he lays a sick burn on me that makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry.

My question is have there been any hecklers in your standup career that have truly rattled you?


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Hey! You can totally break the fight down. Feel free.

And let's just leave it at - yes, we absolutely have plans to fight more mechs...

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Yes indeed. Always. Especially at parties. He was the first one to arrive at my big birthday party. Too damn early!!! Hilarious! Then complained that I was late to my own party. SMDH!!!


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Glad you dug the movie. It was a ten year quest. Did your brother see it. He will pee himself. The only heckler I had a moment of fear was in Orlando when a dyde walked to the stage and we were yellng at each other and the bouncers were outside. My wife saw that and stood behind him with an empty wine bottle ready to crack him. Good times

A:

Mostly accurate. Keep in mind, he’s a storyteller, so a lot of what he says is exaggerated since it makes for a better story.


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Where I lived people were buried after three days in a small coffin. No one I knew was ever cremated. I once heard about a North Korean grandmother who was scheduled to be buried but woke up and scared everyone in the village when they realized she was still alive!

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I loved both those trips to Scotland! Hope to be back soon.

I don't know what I'll write in the future. Or if I'll write in the future, for that matter. Writing this book over the last six years was really challenging for me, and I sort of made a deal with myself that I'd take a break once I finished.

As for why I like publishing YA: There are several reasons. One is that I like sharing a shelf with so many writers I admire, from M. T. Anderson to Angie Thomas to Jacqueline Woodson. I love that YA includes scifi AND mystery AND romance AND 'literary fiction' AND everything else.

Another reason is that I like teenage characters and teen readers. Teenagers are doing so many things for the first time--like, they're often falling in love for the first time, but they're also asking the big questions of human existence for the first time as entities separate from their parents. They're thinking about whether there is inherent meaning to human life or whether we have to construct meaning (and what meaning we should construct). They're thinking about the role suffering plays in human life. They're thinking about free will and selfhood and how we establish and confer personhood.

And they're doing it all with unironized emotion and enthusiasm that I find incredibly compelling. Like, I think sincerity is maybe the most underrated feeling of contemporary life. I understand that overly sincere people and sentiments feel cringey to us, but to me sincerity is really lovely, and worth celebrating.

Most of TFIOS's readers are adults, and most of TATWD's probably will be, too. And that's awesome. I want to write books that stand up to critical reading but that also appeal to a broad audience. But I really like being read by teenagers. It's an incredible privilege to have a seat at the table in someone's life when they're asking those big questions for the first time.


Q:

We have a lot of juices and coffee and tea. And something that's similar to Kool-Aid.

Do I miss any food/snacks? from space? no.

A:

Why would they do that?


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Yes indeed. Always. Especially at parties. He was the first one to arrive at my big birthday party. Too damn early!!! Hilarious! Then complained that I was late to my own party. SMDH!!!

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Glad you dug the movie. It was a ten year quest. Did your brother see it. He will pee himself. The only heckler I had a moment of fear was in Orlando when a dyde walked to the stage and we were yellng at each other and the bouncers were outside. My wife saw that and stood behind him with an empty wine bottle ready to crack him. Good times


Q:

Will you ever consider using actual articulated legs in the future? (such as legs with feet instead of wheels/treads)

A:

JB, you are the best on Curb!!!

Do you do any writing for the show or just acting? And/or how much of it is improv?


Q:

I just wanted to say thank you for making me hyper aware of my inner retard.

Question: Everyone I've introduced to your specials (Norman Rockwel is Bleeding, Love is Evol, Voice in My Head et al) absolutely loved them and asked me, "How come I have never heard of this guy?" Do you think it's an area you could work on, gain more visibility?

I just think it's weird that you have fantastic material and equally great delivery but you aren't as popular as you deserve to be.

I did buy your Right Amount of Wrong Collection recently and noticed it wasn't available on any of the big video distribution platforms (Google, Apple, Netflix etc.). Are you averse to working with or publishing your work with the big guys?

I'm from India btw and we did have Titus in syndication like 15 years ago.

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Worst customer experience?


Q:

Thank you so much for doing this. You, and LiNK are wonderful.

What kind of stigmas do you face in South Korea as a North Korean? How difficult is it for you to "come out" as a North Korean?

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How's Willy doing?


Q:

Thanks for your time in doing this. My question is, What does the ISS smell like? Are there ever any issues regarding smells? and if so how do you go about solving them? Cheers!

A:

About 10 years ago you were in Windsor, Ontario on a tour speaking to kids. The extra tickets were turned over to the university and I was able to attend. In your talk you showed your Mythbusters audition tape “Do girls fart?” and also a video of a childhood experiment that I think was just a pipe bomb that you filmed from 6 feet away. Any chance you could share those videos again?


Q:

How exaggerated is Larry's character? Is he at all like that off camera?

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I just wanted to say thank you for making me hyper aware of my inner retard.

Question: Everyone I've introduced to your specials (Norman Rockwel is Bleeding, Love is Evol, Voice in My Head et al) absolutely loved them and asked me, "How come I have never heard of this guy?" Do you think it's an area you could work on, gain more visibility?

I just think it's weird that you have fantastic material and equally great delivery but you aren't as popular as you deserve to be.

I did buy your Right Amount of Wrong Collection recently and noticed it wasn't available on any of the big video distribution platforms (Google, Apple, Netflix etc.). Are you averse to working with or publishing your work with the big guys?

I'm from India btw and we did have Titus in syndication like 15 years ago.


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Yep. We desperately want to get there, but in order to raise the money to do that we have to prove people want to watch the entertainment first...

A:

Always appreciation!!

Just acting... with curb though all the dialogue is improvised... so i guess its kinda like writing for your character!!


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"Visibility" is something that takes up time. I'd rather make comedy and hopefully the visibility will come. Thanks for the compliment though. I was a big fan of Prince and he took over all of his distribution and production. He didn't sell as many maybe, but made twice the money and the fans knew they were supporting him and not a monster conglomerate. I love that. I've also been reemed a couple times. I may write SLAVE on my face like he did.

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A woman called me racist and screamed at me for 10 minutes because I told her she had to wait in line to buy food.


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I face the most discrimination when I apply for jobs in South Korea. When I have an interview, the South Korean employer can usually tell I have a North Korean accent. They will then tell me they do not hire North Koreans and end the interview right then. That happens about 7 out of 10 interviews.

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(Willy is my dog.) Willy has cancer, and has for almost a year, but he is doing well. He has a great dog life--we live in a wooded area and Willy has a great time chasing after small woodland creatures and barking at the neighbors.


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We store our garbage on board for a long period of time, so sometimes it can get smelly. In general, though, it's not an unpleasant smell on board. Space itself has a very unique smell, kind of like burning metal.

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Oh man! That was a while ago. I'll look through my video files and see if I can find them.


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He's not that bad but interesting dude.

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"Visibility" is something that takes up time. I'd rather make comedy and hopefully the visibility will come. Thanks for the compliment though. I was a big fan of Prince and he took over all of his distribution and production. He didn't sell as many maybe, but made twice the money and the fans knew they were supporting him and not a monster conglomerate. I love that. I've also been reemed a couple times. I may write SLAVE on my face like he did.


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Hi yall, thanks for doing an AMA! My question is, how did you and Suidobashi work to ensure that the fight was entertaining enough to viewers while not putting the lives of the pilots in danger (or at least minimizing the risk of serious injury) ?

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Hi. What has your experience been like working with Larry David?


Q:

what's the skeeviest thing you've witnessed fellow comics, network execs or military personnel do?

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Hello Joy (and Sarah!) This is John From L.A. (I did your hair for the fundraiser last month) I just wanted to ask how can you get your daughter out of China so she can come live with you?

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You're John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down. Why are you on a bus for the next eight hours? You could have taken a plane!


Q:

How do you know how space smells like?

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What was the funniest episode of Mythbusters you filmed?


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JB, you are the best on Curb!!!

Do you do any writing for the show or just acting? And/or how much of it is improv?

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Titus given how everythign turned out with your ex-wife, do you l ever watch the old show and think god was I naieve?

Also given how many issues of yourwith your ex-wife mirror wat happened between your father and your mother, did that give you empathy and a closer relationship with your father? Did he see it coming and help you through it or just let you figure it out.

BTW. I loved your show. I wish there cold be a miniseries intersplicing clips of your old show with you talkign to yourself knowing what you know now.


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We spent the last two years talking to Suidobashi about how the arena would be set up, what the rules were, and the like. Ultimately, both teams were committed to putting on an awesome fight, and not murdering the other pilot, so we touched base regularly.

We specifically tested a bunch of weapons to figure out which ones caused a lot of damage without risking death - that's why you won't see our "Dentist" weapon make an appearance, even though it was one of the most damaging in our tests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVxNSu6DoKY

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Amazing guy since we me at the audition!!!! I talk a lot of shit to him. He loves it!!!


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Comics : Sleeping with the skanky waitress. (guilty when I was younger) Network execs : Telling a comic what they think is funny without ever writing or telling a joke. Two exceptions Jon Landgraf and Doug Herzog. Both great execs. Military: Honestly the whole time the only thing that happened was an Air Force pilot refused to fly us to a show for the troops in Iraq because he was "Tired." Everlast lost his shit about that, me too.

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You’re right. I fixed it.


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Hi John! Thanks again for the great hair style. I can get my daughter if the man's family will allow me to take her. It will be difficult right now to bring her to South Korea because they want to keep her. I also want to finish university so I can get a job which will allow me to provide for her if she comes to South Korea.

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I could've, but it would not have been as fun or as comfortable. Here's my reasoning:

  1. Early in my career, I missed three very important events because of canceled or delayed flights. I understand of course that road traffic can also be a problem, and all kinds of unfortunate things might befall anyone at any time, but so far I have never missed an event while driving from place to place.

  2. When you take 19 airplane flights in 19 days, you spend a lot of time in airports. I like airports, but they're public(ish) spaces, so you can't totally relax in them. (Or I can't, anyway.) The bus is (so far anyway) super relaxing.

  3. There is no Super Nintendo on airplanes.

  4. I've always liked road trips. Some critics of my books might argue that I like them a bit too much.


Q:

When a volume was previously at vacuum, like after a space walk or a resupply ship arriving, when you open the hatch you can smell it.

A:

Probably the superhero episode. I just remember dressing up in costume and running around the shop like a freak.


Q:

Always appreciation!!

Just acting... with curb though all the dialogue is improvised... so i guess its kinda like writing for your character!!

A:

No, I knew at the time but I was always trying to placate her. I've learned now that life is to short to be with a Life Vampire. My life has paralleled my Dad's in a bunch of ways. My kids even did the same thing to me I did to him. Great idea for a show. If I could tell myself what I know know when I was 12, I would be John Titor.


Q:

What's the most time and most money intensive systems​ for the machines?

And do y'all have any ideas on how to deal with these bottle necks?

A:

JB,
What was the hardest line in Curb to deliver with a straight face? Your delivery is hysterical. Cheers!


Q:

So you have mentioned some of the people that inspired you to do comedy (Carlin, Cosby, Robin, etc.), but are there any comedians today that make you laugh like that?

A:

This is really freaky. I'm Scott. I did the college program at the same time, and I started as a Lifeguard and ended as Food and Beverage. Let's see how far these similarities go. What complex did you live in?


Q:

Thank you for doing an AMA. I lived in South Korea for a while, and when I would talk to the locals, they all held an opinion not of disdain for North Korea, but more like regret. They seem to all wish very much for a peaceful reunification of the two nations.

My question is this: all the news of North Korea is almost inconceivably dreadful. While I'm sure there is much misery in the country, can you tell us a story of a time when you or your family were genuinely happy? What sort of things bring joy to the average North Korean?

A:

Hi John,

I met you at a meet up in Rotterdam, when you where finishing TFIOS and living in Amsterdam. I knew you from Vlogbrothers and I hastily bought a book to get me an autograph. I've since read them all and love them.

Question: Will you please reveal the secret writing spot in Amsterdam you talked about? The one where one other nerdfighter found you, but kept it secret. Or did you reveal this already?

Thanks!


Q:

How often did you use the ham/amateur radio on-board the station?

If you did, where was the most rural location you talked too?

A:

Was there a myth on the show that you were personally afraid to test?


Q:

Hi. What has your experience been like working with Larry David?

A:

Been a fan of your standup and your show ever since I first saw it in 2012. I love doing a little bit of standup here and there, myself, and I was just wondering... how do you go about your writing/scripting process? Do you write the jokes first, then weave them together, or just kind of see where it goes, adding that big punch at the end (that's really my favorite part of every show)? Thanks for your time, keep up the good work!


Q:

The most money-intensive system is the hydraulic valve system in Eagle Prime. The high-speed valves that let us do coordinated motion with the arms and legs cost us between $3500 to $5000 per valve, and we have 26 of them... and then we have custom hardware that each valve mounts to.

The most time-intensive system is probably the design of the arms and legs. It takes a lot of time to make a balanced design that allows for both fast robot motion and heavy payload capability.

We're hoping to address the money issue by testing out a bunch of different valves to see if we can find a less-responsive (and way less expensive) valve that we can standardize on, and the time issue by developing modular components we can reuse across multiple robots!

A:

When I know Larry doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about!! That dude never heard of "Get in that Ass' in his life!!! Funniest face the first take Ive ever seen!!


Q:

Most everybody has something that cracks me up. I love standups. Ralphie was a great comic. I can watch John Mullany and Mike Birbiglia all day. They are masters.

A:

Oh wow. I lived in Chatham Square from February to August, then Patterson Court until the end of my program.


Q:

My fondest memories from North Korea revolve around my family. Everyday when my mom would come home she would give me a big hug and I loved that. I also have great memories of family talent shows where we would sign karaoke late into the night!

A:

It was the top floor of Amsterdam's Central Library. Sarah and I went there to work each day during our months in Amsterdam, and I rewrote most of The Fault in Our Stars there. Still my favorite library!


Q:

I didn't have a ham radio license, so the ham radio guy wouldn't let me use the radio.

A:

Anything involving heights I tend to stay away from.


Q:

Amazing guy since we me at the audition!!!! I talk a lot of shit to him. He loves it!!!

A:

Go to Bert Kreishers Podcast. I did a whole thing on how I break down a real story from your life and turn it into a 12 minute bit. Every sentence is just a setup for a punchline...except for this one.

EDIT: Here it is - http://bertcast.com/?p=408


Q:

I have a pretty more serious question regarding this topic. As hyped as I am to see two massive mechas fight each other (childhood's dream), I was wondering, if you will try to expand your business into other areas. Let's say you gather enough interest and funding for the future. Are you planning to create mechas only for sports or also for things like search and rescue?

A:

Hey, JB! What’s the best curveball you’ve thrown at Larry and/or another cast member while improving and vice versa? Also, how do you keep yourself from laughing? Any tricks? Great job, as always, this season!


Q:

Chris, big fan since the TV show. I frequently use the line "Dune Buggggieesss" and get blank stares from my friends.

I know you had said there were talks of a Titus 2.0 a few years back, are those talks over or still on the back burner?

A:

What was the work culture there like? Any difference between lower-level and higher-level employees in attitude?


Q:

Hi. Your story sounds horrific and harrowing. I’m glad you’re okay. I hope your daughter can be delivered to you safely.

What is North Korea like? Is it anything like the news stories we see on the television? Is it better or worse? Are there any myths about North Korea that are spread by the western media? I’m guessing you didn’t like it, hence the defection.
How likely is it you will see your daughter soon, and how will you be able to get her back?
What action can be taken to help stop human sex trafficking? I’d like to help if I can, but I don’t know how much use I’d be.

Thanks in advance, and thank you for doing this AMA. Hope you see your daughter soon. :)

A:

how many turtles does it take to make it all the way down?


Q:

Do you give your brother a hard time for being an "old man" compared to you?

A:

Also, have you ever had to work with any celebrities (not asking for names!) that you just refuse to work with again? If so, what sort of behavior was it that caused it?


Q:

JB,
What was the hardest line in Curb to deliver with a straight face? Your delivery is hysterical. Cheers!

A:

I notice a lot of comedians, yourself included, voicing strong opinions about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and rape on twitter, but most comedians are mum on a certain fat ginger with a goatee whose harassment is an open secret.

Do you think it's hypocritical to be outraged over Weinstein but quiet about about a sexual predator inside your inner circles?

I'm not saying that you necessarily know about the man, but Tig Notaro is the only big name I see addressing the issue at all.


Q:

It's definitely something we've talked about. At the end of the day, we're building out our ability to make robots right now, and we can apply that technology to just about anything. We could definitely see ourselves reapplying the tech later on!

A:

I try and give Larry something new he didn't know about Leon every time we shoot. Gotta be the first episode this season when I slipped in that I did a porno constipated!!!


Q:

FOX flat out said we couldn't use any of the characters or names. FOX owns my family now. I miss them.

A:

I'm speaking from my own personal experience here, since every role is going to have a different feel to it. Most of the people that I worked with were super into their job. Disney trains us to treat everything as if it were one big show, so we just tried to make it fun. Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy being at work. There were a ton of strictly enforced rules and guidelines we had to follow, concerning everything from how you dress to how you have to act when you're "on stage" (on stage means anywhere that you can be seen by guests). The leaders and coordinators usually had more of a stick up their rear end about these kinds of things, but I never had many problems with them. Part time and full time employees have a tendency to look down on/be condescending towards interns, but that doesn't always happen.


Q:

Good questions! There is so much focus in the western media about North Korea's military and nuclear weapons. There is rarely any stories about average North Koreans, especially those that live outside the capital Pyongyang. Most North Koreans are ordinary people that want to live peaceful lives but the media makes it look like every North Korean wants to destroy America or South Korea.

Everything in the underground broker networks revolves around money. North Korean women that cannot afford to cross the border are told it is free to cross and then when they cannot pay on the other side they are sold instead. That was my experience. If you want to get involved in helping North Korean women avoid sex trafficking you should fund rescues through organizations like LiNK. The safest way a woman can avoid being trafficked is to have her rescue paid for before she leaves the country. Then when she crosses she can enter a safe network that can move her out of China before she is exploited.

A:

It takes more than all of the turtles.


Q:

No. But thanks for the idea, I will start.

A:

Kari Byron!...Just kidding.


Q:

When I know Larry doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about!! That dude never heard of "Get in that Ass' in his life!!! Funniest face the first take Ive ever seen!!

A:

Usually it gets around if its a problem. I heard about Cosby when I started. Louie has been around forever and I never heard weirdness. Not questioning Tig, she's nothing but honest. It was just never talked about inside until lately. I still haven't heard but then again i'm a bit of a loner.


Q:

given the amount of effort it took to get this fight to happen do you really thing you could make a sport out of this?

A:

"Look, I'm-a hum, I'm-a catch it in my hand and I throw this ommm in your mouth. OPEN YO MOUF!!!!"


Q:

Titus, thanks to your specials, I learned that it's okay to make jokes to get through dark times. We enjoyed your show last week in Boise! Please keep coming back! Any idea when you'll tape Amerigeddon?

A:

My sister worked for the mouse and was treated horribly, especially when it came to housing where she was living with 4 people in a 2 bedroom apartment, how was your experience?


Q:

Joy, thanks so much for sharing your experiences, and thanks Ian and Sarah for being a part of such a great organization.

How has your experience in New York City been so far? How does it compare to the culture in which you were raised?

A:

I'm a social studies teacher and I use your Crash Course videos all the time. I know you've got like a dozen different Crash Course series going on right now. So my questions are:

  • How involved are you in the Crash Course program now? Are you mostly handing them off to other experts to design and host?

  • Are there any plans to bring back the defunct Crash Course Geography series? (Props, by the way, for owning up to the first episode's flaws and pulling the series.)

  • Do you have plans to extend any more of your series like you did with the second season of World History?


Q:

Hi Scott, thanks for the AMA.

How was getting used to life back on earth after one year aboard the ISS? What was something you had to "learn" again?

A:

Did the build team get booted from the show by the producers? by Adam and Jamie? or did you guys decide to leave on your own?

Did you really enjoy the skits you guys did re: myths (i.e. the prison break).

Where did you guys go to shoot your machine gun myths?


Q:

Hey, JB! What’s the best curveball you’ve thrown at Larry and/or another cast member while improving and vice versa? Also, how do you keep yourself from laughing? Any tricks? Great job, as always, this season!

A:

Did...you really pee on your dad's dead body?

Also, Fetus is a fantastic foil to you on the podcast. Love it.


Q:

Yes. It might have to look more like stock cars and everyone building similar robots first, though.

A:

Getting close!!!


Q:

February!

A:

I had an amazing experience. Everyone seems to have a different experience when they come to work for Disney. It all depends on your perspective I guess. My experience with housing was pretty great, and I'm actually still friends with most of my roommates. I lived in two different apartment during my time there: the first was a 1 bedroom 3 person in Chatham Square, the next was also a 1 bedroom 3 person in Patterson Court. Which complex did your sister live in?


Q:

I am happy to share :)

New York City is so bright at night! There are so many lights! The buildings are so tall here. I also love the diversity here, there are people from all over the world on every street. In North Korea I never saw someone from another country.

A:

Thanks so much for using Crash Course (and for teaching). It's great to hear that it's a useful tool for your students.

How involved are you in the Crash Course program now? Are you mostly handing them off to other experts to design and host?

I am involved in the same way I was always involved, which is mostly in helping decide what we cover, overseeing projects, and some hosting. (There's a new literature series hosted by me that will start up next month.) They were always mostly written and designed by people other than us, and that's still the case. The channel is definitely DEEPLY dependent upon the brilliant team of people who work on the channel.

Are there any plans to bring back the defunct Crash Course Geography series? (Props, by the way, for owning up to the first episode's flaws and pulling the series.)

There are plans, but not for 2018, because I think we've set the upload schedule for next year. As we learned, it's an extremely challenging topic, and we don't feel like we've cracked it yet with the right writer, curriculum consultant, and Crash Course producer combination yet.

Do you have plans to extend any more of your series like you did with the second season of World History?

I think we'll continue to do 10-12 episode of literature videos per year, and we are looking toward doing more "seasons" approaches, but if we go back to World History, it probably won't be hosted by me. I think it's important to get new voices and perspectives in that conversation.


Q:

Took me about 8 months to feel completely back to normal. The one thing I had to learn again was how to control my daily schedule and decide what I was going to do.

A:

It was a combination of circumstances. The show had run it's course and we were ready to move on to new opportunities.


Q:

I try and give Larry something new he didn't know about Leon every time we shoot. Gotta be the first episode this season when I slipped in that I did a porno constipated!!!

A:

NO, but my father really did say that was how he wanted to be buried.


Q:

Will the fight have remote controlled allies? Or will that be off the rules? Will there be any rules? Let there be robot blood!!!

A:

My question is 'What da fuck is goin on, Larry?'


Q:

Hi Chris! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your show, I really loved it! I know it pushed a lot of limits in regards of black comedy back in the day, but the way the TV has evolved made me hopeful that some day we could have a fourth season. That being said, what is your best memory from those days? Is it true that you got intimidated by Stacy Keach?

A:

Not sure, but the whole complex got covered in black mold and they refused to pay for hotel rooms while the rooms were being cleared and then refused to pay for the medical bills for the lung problems the mold caused.


Q:

I've seen photos of average people in N. Korea. Only the children seem to ever smile. Is this cultural? Or us it due to the awful life adults must face each day?

A:

When you and your wife were deciding to have children did you ever worry about how your mental illness may affect them and whether or not they would inherit it from you?

Both my SO and I struggle with depression and anxiety and I always worry about passing that on to future children.


Q:

The graph of human health vs prolonged exposure to gravity level only has two data points: one at microgravity and one at 1 gravity. Do you think even small amounts of gravity would help greatly offset the negative health effects of microgravity? For example, would astronauts on the Moon (in 1/6 gravity) fare much better than ISS astronauts do?

A:

What was the worst injury you have sustained on Mythbusters?


Q:

Hey JB,

Who has been the easiest director to work with in your career?

Keep up the great work.

A:

Are there any plans for a Killer Klowns From Outer Space sequel?


Q:

No comment!

A:

LOL!!! Love it!!


Q:

At the audition Stacy was SOOO good. We finished the Audition and after Stacy left Jack and Brian (Other exec producers) said "What do you think?" I replied " He scares the shit out of me!" They said "He's the guy" In the final audition with the network we had to fight for Stacy because they thought he was "Too Real" WTF?

A:

That's awful. Yea I've heard a few horror stories like that from friends of mine.


Q:

It is not cultural, I think young North Korean children are not really aware how difficult life is. But I know plenty of adults that smile too!

A:

Yes, I worried (and worry) about both how my illness might affect them and about their increased risk of mental illness.

But I also worried (and worry) about lots of other things--whether they'll be at increased risk for other chronic illnesses because of our genetics, whether our public lives with negatively impact their lives, et cetera. Every parent brings their own set of strengths and challenges to parenting.

For me, the decision in the end was helped by the fact that I really believe that it is possible for someone to have a chronic mental illness and also live a fulfilling life.

Of course it can be challenging to meet your kids' needs when you're sick--but that's true for anyone with a chronic health problem.

All that said, whether to have kids is a deeply personal decision, and I don't think my decision would necessarily be right for you or anyone else.


Q:

I think you definitely have got something there. And that would make a great experiment. The Japanese had some fish they were experimenting on at various levels of gravity below 1g.

A:

I only went to the emergency room once on MB. Hollywood myths I was trying to hang on to the edge of a building. When I let go I fell 10ft and my shin hit the ledge of a window below. 7 stitches later I was good to go.


Q:

Camron Crow!! Did We Bought a Zoo!! He plays music to set the tone for scenes and communicates so well with what he needs from his actors.. Matt Damon was cool as shit too.

A:

I've been hearing about it for years but i died in that movie... so fuck em.


Q:

Hi!

I am super hyped for this fight ever since it was originally announced.

Do you think mecha fights could become bigger form of entertainment? Like fighting leagues, more competitions, more national/international teams?

When building, how big of a concern was pilot safety? Im assuming its probably one of the biggest concerns.

Looking forward to tomorrow :)

A:

We've all seen LD on screen but what's real life Larry like? He always seems to be playing a character in his shows and movies but what's he actually like - in the most raw, personal way?


Q:

what would you say has been your best and worst fan interactions?

A:

Did you save any money while working at Disney? I've heard that they don't let you eat outside food, make you live in certain places, etc. so that in the end you don't really make any money.


Q:

Do you expect to see the current regime in North Korea fall within your lifetime?

A:

Hi John! (And Hank too!) Congratulations on the new book, I can't wait to read it once I've finished my final university exams in a couple of weeks.

Firstly I just want to say thank you for being so awesome and for all the great things that you have done over the years, you make me proud to be a nerdfighter.

What do you find the most challenging part of writing a book?

Made you look, Brooke


Q:

How long does it take to get used to looking at Earth and realizing you're not on it? What does it feel like looking at Earth?

A:

If you can have one piece of tech from all the fictional universes you were involved in. What would it be and why?


Q:

"Look, I'm-a hum, I'm-a catch it in my hand and I throw this ommm in your mouth. OPEN YO MOUF!!!!"

A:

Hey Titus! My question is how true to life was your show? Was it based on your life growing up at all? Do you hate to be called Titus?


Q:

Pilot safety has been our top concern for the past 2 years, and we think we have some pretty great answers for it. We're working off of Monster Truck and NASCAR roll cage standards, Army ingress/egress requirements, and a whole host of regulations for other industries.

Our goal for a long time has been to turn this into a sport, it's just required us to learn a ton about how to make robots, how to put on events, and how to share all of our progress with our audience in video form. We think we've found an answer!

A:

Very nice guy... although I wouldn't recommend rolling up on him for a hug!!


Q:

My people are usually thinkers. I don't know why. They have usually been through some shit in their life and are always cool. I did get attacked once in Austin but that was because a dude heckled because his girl was into the show. They had to break us up in the Merch line.

A:

Those rumors are pretty exaggerated. Disney does offer housing to their interns, but they give you the option to live off-site. You can eat wherever you want. The last part is true though. By the end of my internship I broke even with my money.


Q:

I am not sure. If I am lucky, I have another 60 years of life so maybe by the end of my life I will have the chance to go back to see my hometown.

A:

Great name-specific sign-off, Brooke.

There's always a point, usually 20,000 to 30,000 words into a new story, where I realize it's bad. Like, really bad. And often when I get to that point, I have to abandon the story--which is a bummer, because I've spent three or six or twenty months on it, and then I feel like, this was all for nothing! I have wasted all this time!

But then sometimes I will get to that point of realizing the story is terrible, and I'll think, "You know, I think I can plow through to an end here. I think I've at least got some idea about the characters." And then I make it to the end of the draft a few months later. I'll still have to delete most of that draft in revision, and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite before I have a book, but if I make it past that point where I realize it's all bad, I can finish.

And then eventually I will understand that none of the time spent was actually wasted, because I had to puzzle through those stories that couldn't work to get to the one that could.

So for me the hardest part is accepting when something isn't working, and letting it go, and starting again.


Q:

Instantly. You just had the ride of your life, and you know you are not on Earth anymore.

It's inspiring.

A:

Light saber! Great question.


Q:

Getting close!!!

A:

Almost every story on the show was based on a real story from my life. A few we manufactured and those have a ring of fake. I prefer Titus and will respond faster. Also Numbnuts...I miss my dad


Q:

What other names were you considering before MegaBots?

A:

hey man love your work bro what would you say the possibility is of you getting a spin off?


Q:

Hey Titus, I've been a huge fan of yours for years. I love your stand-up shows, love the podcast (shoutout to Fetus). I'm 21 years old and when I was 18 I went through pretty heavy depression that lasted until I was 20. And days when I was at my worst I would watch your stand-up on YouTube and listen to your podcast and hearing you talk about your family and your own mental issues, it gave me comfort and made me laugh when nothing else could. So I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You are the best. As for my question, what's the best advice you could give a young guy like me?

A:

Did the mouse ever touch you?


Q:

I have interviewed many North Koreans now settled in the UK. Many of them told me they had been caught by the Chinese police and repatriated to the north a number of times, but managed to escape again and again.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-refugees-china-women-prostitution-sold-a7982356.html

Can you explain why they didn't face harsh consequences for escaping in North Korea?

A:

you mentioned several times pre-release how nervous you were about all of us reading Turtles. How are you feeling now?


Q:

Did you feel “smarter” once you got back on earth? The same way pilots say flying opens their mind a bit.

A:

We see on camera that yourself, Kari, and Grant have a great rapport. Do you continue to see them outside of the office?


Q:

How often are you recognized in your everyday life? Do people yell Leon quotes at you?

A:

Missed your show in Syracuse, NY at the Funny Bone! :(

Will you be coming back to the Central/Upstate New York area anytime soon? PLEASE COME BACK!


Q:

BigBots. I kid you not.

A:

How amazing would that be... only thing is there is a certain energy and chemistry that Larry and I have on set that cant be matched. Maybe it is what it is. Still would be fun to cross that bridge.


Q:

Know that it's all made up. What happened, happened. How you see it will transform your life. My Dad was an abusive alcoholic, OR he was single father who did his best in an impossible circumstance. Up to you to decide how you see it. Even if it's not true shitty things can give you power if you choose to see them like that. You can also ride the vengeance and that is fuel too. I took the Landmark Forum, changed the way I saw everything. I know I've talked about it a lot but it really made a difference in my life. Best Advice: TAKE THE FORUM


Q:

Ian here: It all depends on where they were caught and the circumstances around their arrest in China. If they are caught close to the border with China, it is easier to convince the North Korean authorities that they were in China for economic reasons and intended to come back. If they are caught closer to the border with Southeast Asia it is obvious they were trying to defect and that can carry much harsher consequences. If it is discovered that a North Korean had contact with a South Korean or Christians anywhere in China, that can also increase the chances of facing much harsher punishments. The North Korean government is also incredibly corrupt and bribes from family members to local officials can have an impact on one's sentencing.

A:

Mostly just very relieved, to be honest.

Publishing this book was very different from any of my previous experiences. There were almost no reviews until the day of publication, and the publisher was (understandably) very worried about leaks, so only a few people had even read it before maybe a week ago.

So I just didn't know what people would think of it. I don't think I realized how worried I was until Tuesday morning when I read the New York Times review and just started sobbing.

Of course, I understand that not everyone will like the book, and also that's okay! But it was a huge relief to know that early reviewers did.


Q:

You definitely have a different perspective when you've spent time in space, and some people refer to this as the orbital perspective: a sense of being more empathetic to the environment and the human condition.

A:

I see Kari all the time and now that our White Rabbit Project Live tour is starting I'll be seeing both of them more.


Q:

All the time!! Happy people dig the character!!! Just hate when Im on a long flight to NY and some dude next to me in first is referring to me as Leon the whole damn flight.

A:

Going back in December unless the movie makes billions then I'm buying a plane and hiding out until Trump blows this bitch up. Then I will BE Mad Max


Q:

Are the robots insured?

A:

Hey JB, thanks for doing this. What's the most common quote people like to yell at you when you get recognized? How often do you do stand up sets? Can you come to Tampa Improv soon?


Q:

First off I wanted to say thank you for all of your standup specials. I travel a ton and they have brought me many hours of enjoyment as I drive through some of the less desirable portions of the country.

My question for you is this. Have you had any potential material for a show that has been vetoed by your wife or family/friends? You share a tremendous amount from your life, good and bad, but was just curious if you came up with something that your wife went "nope, you aren't telling that one".

A:

So typically how many ppl will be playing a character on one day?


Q:

If you get your daughter back from china and the Chinese authorities catch you, isn't there a chance that they WILL hand you over back to North Korea?

A:

What opinion of yours has changed the most for the past 10 years?


Q:

What is your favorite space themed movie and/or tv series?

A:

Ariana's buttock on the stool : myth confirmed or busted ? your opinion ?


Q:

We've all seen LD on screen but what's real life Larry like? He always seems to be playing a character in his shows and movies but what's he actually like - in the most raw, personal way?

A:

Who is your favorite stand up comedian?


Q:

The robots are not, but the company is. We get insurance similar to most high-risk shows like Mythbusters, and sports like NASCAR.

EDIT: The robots are insured while they're being shipped, etc. They're not insured against damage when they're going into a fight, obviously.

A:

Most common is Thats how I Doozit, Get in that Ass and Bring the Ruckus!!

Always on the road. Tampa soon.


Q:

I think the next one is called " Stories, I shouldn't tell" It should really isolate me. But I'll get all my holidays free.

A:

It varies.


Q:

I am now a South Korean citizen! That means that when I go to China I am there on a visa and they have no reason to arrest me. It will be hard to get my daughter back without the permission of the family who bought me. If I just try to take her back it would be considered kidnapping by the Chinese government.

A:

I used to think the Internet was an unambiguous force for good.


Q:

Apollo 13 and The Martian. I used to watch the old school Star Trek.

A:

Photoshop: Busted


Q:

Very nice guy... although I wouldn't recommend rolling up on him for a hug!!

A:

Carlin and Williams, also Pre-Serial rapist Cosby. I guess there is no Pre-serial rapist Cosby. Lets just say "before we knew."


Q:

Favorite feature of Autodesk Fusion 360?

A:

What has been the most challenging scene in curb for you to film? And by challenging it can be whatever be it struggling not to laugh or struggling for the right jokes in the moment


Q:

The only question I have is, how's Foxy doing?

A:

Do you miss working there? What’s one of your more memorable moments (good or bad)?


Q:

Is North Korea really as bad as the media portrays it? Is it better? Is it worse?

A:

What's your stance on Chewbacca's personhood?


Q:

Based on your time in space, what do you see as being the primary challenge of extended human spaceflight missions outside of Earth's orbit?

A:

How did MB change your life the most? Did you begin to be recognised on the street, and did you expect that when you started? Oddest/best fan interaction?


Q:

hey man love your work bro what would you say the possibility is of you getting a spin off?

A:

Is he the one who tormented the waitress? That is still one of my favorite stories.

She DID deserve it.


Q:

The fact that we can show complicated CAD assemblies to people using the app on our PHONES. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS.

A:

Oh Snap!! Sometimes I go too hard. Leon is a outspoken character. I don't ever want him to come off the wrong way and I always want his views to differ for Larry's but still be funny! So I guess its always a challenge.


Q:

If you are talking about Bombshell her chick pimp name is "Bootsy Badde."

A:

I miss it very much. I had a lot of memorable moments, but if I could pick a favorite, it would be a few nights before I left. I went to see Illuminations with all of my (attractions) coworkers from EPCOT. Our leader let us up onto one of the balconies in Italy to watch, which is a spot that not even guests get to go. I had become really close friends with these people, and a lot of them cried that. I totally didn’t, because I’m just that manly...haha


Q:

It is much worse than the way media portrays it. They are so focused on the military and showing scenes of Pyongyang when average North Koreans are really struggling to survive. I wish they would show how normal North Koreans who are trying to live normal lives despite the cruelness of the regime.

A:

Chewbacca is a person.


Q:

Funding.

A:

Being recognized definitely took time to get used to. The best interactions are when fans recognize me, but can't place where they know me from. Did we go to school together? Do you work at my dry cleaners? So funny.


Q:

How amazing would that be... only thing is there is a certain energy and chemistry that Larry and I have on set that cant be matched. Maybe it is what it is. Still would be fun to cross that bridge.

A:

Agreed.


Q:

What powers these robots, and could they be hazardous if damaged? How long can they go for without needing refueling/recharging/sacrificing a new goat?

A:

JB! As someone who discovered you on Curb but just found out you were on Def Comedy Jam. Do you have any real x rated stories form back in those days?


Q:

You've had a show, comedy specials, you're own company, a podcast and a movie. What's next for you? What's left on your list of things to do?

A:

Have you ever seen/interacted with someone famous or prestigious at the park?


Q:

How's your diet compare to what you ate in North Korea? and do you plan to stay in South Korea or do you plan to go somewhere else? I hear Canada is nice.

A:

What's your stance on the personhood of C3P0! (or is it C3PO?)


Q:

How are you liking retirement?

A:

What's the most scared you've been on the job?


Q:

Hey JB, thanks for doing this. What's the most common quote people like to yell at you when you get recognized? How often do you do stand up sets? Can you come to Tampa Improv soon?

A:

If you were to make your TV show now, would you do it the same way, with the look of a traditional sitcom, or would you go for something more modern and/or experimental?


Q:

We run on a 430 horsepower gas engine. Gasoline leaks, oil leaks, air pressure discharges, and electrical shorts are just some of the ways this could be hazardous. We burn about 2.5 gallons per mile, and have about an hour's run time on a full tank of premium.

A:

None that i can tell you online... those guys are still friends.


Q:

MAKE ENOUGH ON THIS MOVIE TO MAKE MORE! Making this film was the most fun I've had outside of standup. It was making funny on a much bigger scale. Many more pieces, like going from making lego rockets to building real rockets. Not trying to piss off the lego people.

A:

Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Evans. I found out that I’m a few inches taller than Chris, which made me feel really good. Like, I can tell people I’m taller than Captain America.


Q:

The food in North Korea is similar to South Korean food. The food is spicier and saltier in the North.

Unless there is a reason for me to stay in South Korea, I am open to living anywhere after I finish university. I like South Korea but don't feel the need to stay.

A:

I do not think droids are people. Not even BB8.


Q:

My retirement does not consist of golf, unfortunately. I'm busier now than I've ever been.

A:

On White Rabbit Project I built a 1902 replica race car, the Baker Torpedo. I got it up to 80mph and when I applied the brakes the bolts sheered and I was heading for a cliff at the end of the runway with no brakes. At the last minute I cranked the wheel left and the car came to a stop.


Q:

Most common is Thats how I Doozit, Get in that Ass and Bring the Ruckus!!

Always on the road. Tampa soon.

A:

I'd really always like to try to just be laugh out loud funny. If something crazy adds to that then hell yeaH. If it detracts, nope.


Q:

How important was Def Comedy Jam to you and your contemporaries?

A:

Is the reason you and RaeRae are not doing stand up in Canada is because you are worried that if you leave the US, Trump won't allow you back in?


Q:

Do those who are in the Mickey Mouse costumes and etc learn how to write their autographs as identical as possible?

A:

Come to Canada!!!! We will accept you with open arms :)


Q:

How would you describe your relationship between your OCD/mental illness and your writing?

A:

What are your thoughts on private corporations like SpaceX and BlueOrigin? Also what are your thoughts on rocket reusability and why NASA aren't focused on it. Thanks :)


Q:

Plan to do anymore racing soon? How did you enjoy Lemons?

A:

What has been the most challenging scene in curb for you to film? And by challenging it can be whatever be it struggling not to laugh or struggling for the right jokes in the moment


Q:

Very important. It was a amazing time for comedy as well as the edgy raw comedy and no one was excluded. Funny is funny!!

A:

Or he might bomb Canada because your President is so much cooler.


Q:

Yes, that’s a requirement.

A:

Canadians always seem to be so nice!


Q:

I wanted to write this story in part because I have not found that OCD brings me, like, secret super powers. Obsessiveness has not increased my powers of deduction, like you see in Sherlock Holmes or the TV show Monk.

I wanted to write about a detective whose mental illness is, like, massively unhelpful to the investigation. And although I know people often associate mental illness and creative writing, I have found my mental illness to be massively unhelpful to my writing. When I am really sick, I can't write anything. At times, I can't even read a menu.

I write best when I'm well, and while this book is about the experience of losing control over one's thoughts, almost all of it was written while I was in a period of good health.

A:

I think SpaceX and BlueOrigin and other private companies are doing great work.

I don't know why NASA doesn't focus on reusability. It seems SpaceX has proven it's possible.


Q:

24hrs of Lemons was awesome! I want to do it again. I approached them about doing a tv show.

A:

Oh Snap!! Sometimes I go too hard. Leon is a outspoken character. I don't ever want him to come off the wrong way and I always want his views to differ for Larry's but still be funny! So I guess its always a challenge.


Q:

What is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area to eat with Larry David?

A:

We don't hav- Okay, funny!!! LOL


Q:

Do they really have underground tunnels for employees?

A:

I just want to say how amazing it is you have been able to overcome such obstacles! Please continue to strive and move forward! I am sorry for what has happened to you, and the obstacles you have had to face. I hope you have a content and hopeful future! Also, my question is. How old are you?


Q:

What's Pizza John's favorite pizza topping?

A:

Have you seen SpaceX's recent Mars architecture update? Any thoughts or opinions? Would you go to Mars in BFR if given chance? (not permanently)


Q:

Dunno if you have answer this, but after "Hot Chile Cures" ep, did it made you love or hate spicy food more or less?

A:

JB! As someone who discovered you on Curb but just found out you were on Def Comedy Jam. Do you have any real x rated stories form back in those days?


Q:

I Love Craig's on Melrose ave.

A:

Prime Minister, which is a great wrestler name.


Q:

Yes, but only at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. They’re called the “Utilidor”, because Disney loves making new words for things.

A:

Thank you so much for those kind words. I am now 25! My birthday is soon :)


Q:

I'm not picky when it comes to toppings. I just want to eat pizza.

Just, like, don't do anything weird with it, okay? Don't try to tell me that this unrolled burrito is a pizza, or that this turkey sandwich on pizza dough is a pizza. I just want to eat pizza. Regular pizza and lots of it.

A:

I have not, but I will take a look soon.

Yes, I would go to Mars on the BFR, assuming it works.


Q:

I still enjoy spicy foods, but I cringe when I smell habanero peppers.

A:

None that i can tell you online... those guys are still friends.


Q:

Huge Curb fan! JB what is your favorite episode that you wish you could have made an appearance in?

A:

Huge fan. Any idea if and when you may be coming back to Des Moines? Also, will there be a hard copy release of Special Unit?


Q:

What was your favourite food there?also can we have more proof?

A:

Did you live in Pyongyang or elsewhere? Did anyone that you know get sent to one of the gulags/prison camps? If so, what for? What was your day-to-day routine like in North Korea? How hard was it to cross the border?


Q:

What's your stance on pineapple?

A:

What is the scariest experience that you had in space or in the atmosphere?


Q:

Well you apparently worked on a ton of stuff that defined my childhood. Any memorable moments from your movie work?

A:

How important was Def Comedy Jam to you and your contemporaries?


Q:

Wish I was around with Crazy Eye. Amazing season!!

A:

No and Yes


Q:

I'm not really sure what else I could submit, would some pictures of me in costume work? (At Disney we call them costumes, not uniforms). As far as food is concerned, definitely the pizza in the Italy pavillion.

A:

Only people that are deemed loyal by the regime are allowed to live in Pyongyang. I live in the northern part of the country which made it easier to cross into China. I knew many people that disappeared and it was rumored they were taken to prison camps. There was never a way to confirm it, they just vanished one day.


Q:

Look, I just published a book two days ago. I'm not looking to be super-divisive right now. The last thing I need is pro-pineapple or anti-pineapple people boycotting my book. So I'm just going to say that how you eat your pizza is your business, and how I eat my pizza is with no goddamned pineapple.

A:

That's a tough question. The worst time was when my sister-in-law was shot, and I was halfway through a six month flight.


Q:

Starship Trooper was the first movie I worked on at Industrial Light and Magic and it is the one movie I'm most proud of.

A:

Very important. It was a amazing time for comedy as well as the edgy raw comedy and no one was excluded. Funny is funny!!


Q:

How was working with Tom Holland in that Audi commercial?

A:

Hi Titus,

I am excited to watch Special Unit! Thank you for using actors with diabilites! (I have mild CP) What was the spark that lead to you writing your unsual but greatly needed script?


Q:

Can you PM me some proof of the pizza?

A:

How many people would you say actually believe all the propaganda by the government, how many think Kim Il Sung is a God?


Q:

Hi John,

Often in your vlogbrothers videos you express opinions and ideas to your audience. As a young teenager I found these videos to be instrumental to my growth as a human being.

Have you ever found your opinions or viewpoints on a subject change after making the video? Are there any old vlogbrothers videos you wish you could go back and remake with a more mature opinion?

Thank you and dftba!

A:

Did you socialize much with the Russians on the station? Does it feel like one team or more like 2 separate teams in different parts of the ISS?


Q:

I just want you to know that is my favorite movie to watch drunk.

A:

What is your favorite restaurant in the Los Angeles area to eat with Larry David?


Q:

That kid was amazing. Who wouldn't want to be a Marvel hero? I get along with British peeps.

A:

My buddy Mike Aronin. I saw how people treated him all the time. Either they treat him like a toddler or ignored him. I wanted it to be balls out funny and show people that the disability is the last thing Mike was. It was just something he lives with like my oddly shaped left testicle. There you go reddit.


Q:

Done.

A:

Most people that live by the Chinese border know that the propaganda is fake. They have a lot of exposure to foreign media that is smuggled in through China. The people that believe the propaganda usually live in secluded areas with little access to outside media.


Q:

When I was younger, I really liked being outraged. I liked being outraged about the minting of pennies, about the popularity of certain books or songs, about the obvious stupidity of those who disagree with me, etc.

I now find outrage to be somewhat overrated. Anger can lead to real action that creates change or moves the needle of public opinion on an issue, and that sort of activism is so important. But I'm not as interested in outrage for its own sake as I used to be.

A:

Yes, all the time. They are great friends. But sometimes it seems like we're working on two different space stations, because there are two halves.


Q:

Yes!

A:

I Love Craig's on Melrose ave.


Q:

JB! How's it going? My question for you is this: What is the biggest thing that you and "Leon" have in common?

A:

In lite of the new Hollywood scandals, did anyone try to get you on the casting couch?


Q:

When did you do the college program?

A:

Firstly I want to say that your story really touched my heart! You are an amazing and strong woman, and I wish you the best for the future! My questions are: What culture shocks did you face when you came to South Korea? And how different are the North and South Korean cultures? I'm thinking differences in body language, language, food, customs, values, beliefs, etc... How difficult/easy is it for a North Korean to adapt to Korean society? Is there a lot of discrimination towards North Koreas living in South Korea? (I'm a university student at a university in Sweden and for my final assignment my thesis is how the 65+ years divided have changed the Korean culture, your answers will be of great help, thank you!)


Q:

Just so we're clear here, you do still hate pennies, right?

A:

Can you describe what it was like to go on your first space walk?


Q:

Was it you or Adam who got on Jaime Hyneman's nerves more? haha

A:

Huge Curb fan! JB what is your favorite episode that you wish you could have made an appearance in?


Q:

Going great!! The biggest thing... We are both chocolate. Honestly we are both outspoken we our own way. He's a bit more extreme. Im just aggressive in my business matters.

A:

Harvey never touched me and I auditioned in crotchless chaps. Still heartbroken.


Q:

Last year. I was Spring Advantage 2016 (February 5 - August 4), then I extended my program through January 5 of this year.

A:

The first big cultural shock was when I saw South Korean women is very short skirts! North Korean culture is more socially conservative so I was very surprised to see couples in the South holding hands and kissing in public.

Korean society is very family oriented. It was very hard at first to adapt in the South when I didn't have a family to see or talk to anymore. On holidays I didn't know what to do because I had no family.

The South Korean language has so many strange words that are borrowed from English. That took some time to get used to!

It was also difficult to decide on what to study and what career to pursue. In North Korea, I didn't get to choose what my future would look like. It was kind of overwhelming to choose a path to take when there were so many choices.


Q:

I still think the continued existence of the penny is a great example of what's wrong with contemporary U.S. politics.

A:

Surreal. Crazy. Type two kind of fun. Fun when it's done.


Q:

I think you already have the answer to that one. ha!

A:

Wish I was around with Crazy Eye. Amazing season!!


Q:

If you decide not to do a sequel to Special Unit, what Genre 'Musical, Film Noir...' would you think of for your next movie?

A:

What college?


Q:

1- What do you think about tourism companies offering trips to North Korea and the people that go on those trips? Do you think that it's just money that goes to the regime or that it helps in some way the locals?

2- Do you still have family in NK? If so, are you considering getting them out?

3- Have you met Yeonmi Park and Hyeonseo Lee? Do you relate to their stories?

4- Are you considering writing a memoir?

5- What city did you live in in NK? Did you ever have some kind of romantic relationship or held hands with someone?

A:

In your time living in Indianapolis, it's gone through some major changes, as have you. As a resident of Indy, what are some good changes you've seen? What are some negative changes to the city? And how has Indianapolis influenced you as a person?

Also have you ever eaten at Love Handle at 10th and Rural? That's currently my favorite place in the city and I hope it continues to do well when it moves to the Mass Ave neighborhood this November-ish.

See you next week! 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢

Kiwi and Kiwi,

Chris


Q:

What was your first meal upon returning back to earth?

A:

What's your favorite album?


Q:

How was working with Tom Holland in that Audi commercial?

A:

I wrote a script called Curly and Mo' that will stop racism. So yeah. I have a buddy action suicide comedy called FUN that is my dream. I'm a huge Mel Brooks fan and if you are gonna pick a genre you have to do it better than Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie or High Anxiety. Special Unit is a cop genre buddy film. I kinda used 48 hours as the template. The premise is so weird in this movie that I wanted to ground it in something people were comfortable with, the cop genre, so the disabled angle didn't rattle.


Q:

I go to a community college.

A:

I have kept a diary that I hope to one day turn into a book!

I do have family in North Korea and I get to talk to them often through special brokers that sneak Chinese phones into North Korea. If they wanted to come out I would help them but my grandmother is very old and my father is very sick and too weak to make the dangerous journey.

I do not want to disclose the city I lived in to protect my family but it was in the Northern part of the country.


Q:

Love Handle is great. My favorite restaurant in the city right now is probably Milktooth.

Indianapolis has changed a lot in the past decade, and mostly for the better I think. It's a very average midsized American city, which is one of the things I love about it, but I think investments in and around downtown have really paid off.

I wish we had better public transportation and more investment in arts and public spaces, because I think that helps attract young people to a city. (I do find it difficult to recruit to Indianapolis, a concern that is shared with many much larger employers.)

And selfishly, I wish we'd do more to clean up the White River. We have an amazing nature reserve that stretches through the entire city in the form of the White River, and we need to stop dumping raw sewage into it.

A:

A salad.


Q:

Nevermind by Nirvana

A:

That kid was amazing. Who wouldn't want to be a Marvel hero? I get along with British peeps.


Q:

Holy shit man that's amazing.

I was a big fan of your show when I was a kid and I love your stand up.. And I've got a little brother with severe special needs who loves actions movies..

Am i the exact audience you're targeting?

Seems like it..

A:

I did the international college program earlier this year (from December to February). Were you in Chatham? Did you by chance meet the people currently occupying apartment 2013?

I just really wanna know if anyone found the onion we forgot in the cabinet.


Q:

How do people in North Korea perceive Dennis Rodman as a person?

A:

Has your opinion on Batman changed over the years? And what about Iron Man?


Q:

How does one clean the ISS?

A:

What are your thoughts on the Mythbusters reboot? Do you think the show should have ended when Jamie and Adam left, or are you happy to see the legacy continue?


Q:

JB! How's it going? My question for you is this: What is the biggest thing that you and "Leon" have in common?

A:

Holy shit you just describe my target audience. "Disabled people tired of being treated like shit by the world who love action movies" There's just no category for that in the MPAA ratings.


Q:

I was in apartment 8107. That sounds hilarious though.

A:

I don't even know who that is! Ian and Sarah just had to tell me about his relationship with Kim Jung Un.


Q:

I like Iron Man all right these days. (Iron Man is an important-ish character in TATWD.) I still think Batman could use his resources a lot more effectively if his goal is to minimize crime in Gotham.

A:

We have a vacuum we use to clean the filters, and then we have something similar to a wet wipe that we use to clean everything else.


Q:

I haven't really checked it out, but good luck to them.

A:

Going great!! The biggest thing... We are both chocolate. Honestly we are both outspoken we our own way. He's a bit more extreme. Im just aggressive in my business matters.


Q:

Hi Chris. I used to watch Titus religiously. My emotionally disturbed mother left when I was four. My dad was a physically and psychologically abusive alcoholic sociopath. I watched your show because I could relate and I hoped I'd be able to cope the way you did. Unfortunately it didn't work out so well for me, but I just wanted to thank you for having the courage to talk about stuff from your childhood. Your courage made me feel more comfortable about talking about my own upbringing.

Hey, you know how when you see a dude in a wheelchair you pretty much know his legs are fucked? Can we get wheelchairs to put on our heads?

Edit: Oh yeah by the way, if you really want to get yourself back out there do Hot Ones with Sean Evans. Tell your agent if you don't know. If he doesn't know then get a better agent.

A:

Did you ever see any Spiderman x Elsa type stuff?


Q:

Hi Joy, I actually have two questions:

  1. What is the most outrageous piece of propaganda that you heard regarding the Kim family in North Korea?

  2. Was your relationship with the Chinese man abusive in any way?

A:

If you could give your 12yo self any one of your books to read, what one book would you choose?


Q:

How far away are we from artificial gravity?

A:

Can you make a machine that will pay off my student loans?


Q:

I was totally jacked, depressed and suicidal, upset about life and the way I was raised then I took the Landmark Forum and transformed my life. Now I'm a movie director. Love the "wheelchair for your head" thing

A:

No, can’t say that I did.


Q:
  1. I remember that a textbook once said that Kim Il-song turned a pinecone in a bomb during the Korean War and killed many Americans with it. As a child I thought it was totally true. Now I laugh at how impossible that is!

  2. The man was not abusive to me. I was lucky in that sense. But it was still so hard to be forced to be with someone that bought me.

A:

I would not want my 12-year-old self to read any of my books, I don't think. Maybe my 14-year-old self. I would give him Turtles All the Way Down first, because I pretty much wrote it for him.


Q:

It's all about money. Money can solve a lot of problems, including this one.

A:

It already exists. It's called a phone. Call your family.


Q:

Hi Mr. Titus, I loved your show for the brief time it was on.

Your comedy always seems to be distinctly American and masculine to me (not in a bad way). Have you found that you get crickets from audiences in other countries, since they might lack some of the context for your jokes and stories?

A:

What is Quick Service Food & Beverage?


Q:

Have you ever considered writing one of the fictional books that you mention in your novels, perhaps as a short story published online under a pseudonym?

E.g. The Price of Dawn from TFioS: you could release it on April Fool's Day as a tongue-in-cheek over-the-top gory action thriller.

A:

Maybe this is a ELI5 but, does gravity affect your digestion up there? I imagine there's a lot of reflux going on.

Thanks for doing this! I love following the ISS feed.


Q:

Has there ever been a project you took on, regretted half-way through, and had it end up being one of your favorites when done? Or have you pretty much always ended feeling the same way you started?

A:

I've only performed in South Africa and they were so receptive and dare I say smarter about America than we are. I want to do a world tour. Just gotta find the way.


Q:

It’s basically the Disney World version of fast food. So any restaurant that doesn’t have waitstaff, or any of the food carts outside.

A:

I actually wrote a little section of The Price of Dawn for a fundraiser for the Harry Potter Alliance! (And I wrote a few pages of An Imperial Affliction for the copy that Hazel reads in the movie.) But I don't think I could ever sustain either narrative voice for an entire novel. It would feel like an impersonation, if that makes any sense.


Q:

Gravity is critical to our digestive system. Eventually, you sort of get used to it.

A:

My first week on Mythbusters. I left ILM where I was working on big special effects movies, next thing I knew I was scraping chicken guts off the walls of Jamie's shop. I almost quit, but I'm very glad I stuck it out.


Q:

Mr. Titus, Sir.. i just wanted to thank you for doing what you do. you're not only funny, you're thought-provoking. my whole family watches everything you do, faithfully, and we love every minute of it. we love you, and we hope you continue doing comedy for a long long time.

my question is, do you have any plans to do a show in alabama?

A:

Would you recommend working there?


Q:

What are you happiest about right now?

A:

I was a child when man took its first step on the moon. It was such a huge event! At that time, it was life-changing. I’d love to see NASA’s funding upped. So many innovations and milestones came from our space program. Thinking about it is immensely huge. You’ve spent a record time in space, another huge event. What kept you going?


Q:

Hi Tory!
 
Two quick questions: What was your favorite Myth to bust? And what was the most surprising result or conclusion you and the crew ever came to?
 
Thanks for doing this!

A:

Just did an Alabama tour five months ago. I tell a story about it in the new show. Yeah I took a political show about this Rodeo clown to Alabama. Never said i was smart.


Q:

Hey everyone! I will not be answering anymore questions until later this afternoon (EST). I’m going to get official verification from the mods by then as well.

A:

I'm in a bus with my brother, my wife, and my two kids. There is plenty of Diet Dr. Pepper in this bus, excellent snacks, and passable wifi. It's hard to imagine how I could be happier, to be honest.


Q:

My belief in our mission. And the fact that I couldn't come home, so I had no choice.

A:

Dynamite Cement Truck.


Q:

Hey Chris, big fan here. Have loved your stuff since I started watching. My question is this: What keeps you going? I've always found solace in dark humor and helping others, so I've always loved your material. You've had a lot of rough times in your life, and not many people could have made it through all you did. As someone who has had his fair share of shitstorms and epic failures, I wanted to ask what keeps you going?

Thanks, Kris

A:

Paid internship? Isn't that actually illegal? If so, surprised a corporation as large as Disney is practicing this.

Edit: added a word


Q:

Hey John, I've been a long time fan, I started watching Vlogbrothers in 2008 and still pop in from time to time to see what's new. Is it ever strange to you that the people who started watching you in the beginning are grown ups now with their own lives? Do you think your audience changes every few years? And how long do you think the blog brothers will go on?

DFTBA

A:

Was there any „boring“ time?


Q:

When I was young watching mythbusters I always thought you and Kari Byron were a thing, were you guys together at some point?

A:

I said it before, I took the Landmark forum.


Q:

I’m not sure about this, but if you’d like to know more, you can look up “Disney College Program” and do your own research. Disney has been running the College Program since the 80’s and they haven’t gotten in any kind of legal trouble for it yet (as far as I know).

A:

Thanks for the question. There are some people who've watched consistently for six or eight or ten years and still watch every video, and that's wonderful.

But the vast majority of people who watch regularly now weren't doing so eight years ago, and the vast majority of people who were watching regularly eight years ago aren't now. And that is also wonderful.

Like, I am overjoyed when people find something in our work that makes them want to stick with us over many years.

But it's also awesome to me if you really loved our work at some point and then went on to love a bunch of other things but still think back on your time with us fondly. I have those bands/projects/people in my own life, and I'm grateful for the role they played in my development as a person and a writer and so on.

As for how long vlogbrothers will go on: I don't know. I love the rhythm of a Tuesday. It gives order and structure to my life, and also requires me to make at least SOMETHING every single week no matter what. And I love the relationship we have with our viewers. If any of that goes away someday, we'll probably wrap it up. But for now, I can't imagine my life without the consistency of vlogbrothers.


Q:

Never bored. too much to do.

A:

No, just good friends. She's like my lil sister.


Q:

Due to the fairness in disabilities act the Van Nuys PD is forced to hire four handicapped undercover detectives and their training officer happens to be the worst cop in L.A.

If I knew nothing about you and read the abstract, there is no reason to watch the movie. What reason can you give me to watch?

A:

Was it the happiest place on earth?


Q:

how much star wars fanfiction did you read as research for tatwd?

A:

There's been more talk recently about the US returning to the Moon. What are your thoughts on this? Should we be keeping our sights on Mars? Or do you think the Moon would be a useful stepping stone?


Q:

How did it feel to work on Star Wars? Were you a fan when you saw it as a kid?

A:

You have never seen a movie like it and you will laugh out loud. No bullshit.


Q:

Yes.

A:

Quite a bit! I'm most familiar with Harry Potter fanfiction, but I also read a lot of One Direction fic, because in an earlier draft, Daisy and Aza were into 1D. (I kept some 1D easter eggs in the book for fellow fans.) But once I moved it to Star Wars*, I did read quite a bit.

I really love fanfiction. A lot of it is excellent.

  • There were a bunch of reasons I did this, but mostly because the first line of every single movie in this futuristic space opera series is "a long time ago," and the book is very concerned with whether the past is, in fact, in the past. But also, I think Star Wars is this wonderful shared mythology for contemporary humans through which we can look at questions of self and personhood and community and etc.

Q:

In a perfect world, the Moon is a great place to learn and practice for going to Mars. But with limited funding, maybe directly to Mars is a better choice.

A:

Star Wars changed my life as a kid. It was a dream come true to get to work on the Star Wars movies.


Q:

what will the world become when AI takes over the comedy circuit? Will the sensitive snowflakes finally start to melt??

A:

What comes first when you have a new idea for a book: the themes, the intention/obstacles/conflict, the characters, or something else entirely?

Follow up: at what point during writing the book does the title become apparent?


Q:

What should I do to become an astronaut?

A:

Will there be more of the White Rabbit Project?


Q:

I believe Skynet will open a bunch of clubs the C1000's (comedian1000's) will steal Carlos Mencia's material which was already stolen creating a hilarity worm hole in time and George carlin will be sent back in time to kill Carlos. I can dream.

A:

On titles: For me, the title often becomes apparent when my publisher is like, "We are going to announce this book next week, and we cannot announce it without a title." Like, I think the title to The Fault in Our Stars was not fully decided until the day before the book became available for preorder. In general, I'm pretty crap at titles.

As for how books begin: For me, they usually begin with characters and a question. With Turtles All the Way Down, the character was Aza and the question was, How do you find a sense of self when you feel like your self isn't really yours?


Q:

NASA has minimum qualifications you can find on a website. So, being in one of those fields would be necessary to be a NASA astronaut. And then doing well in that field.

A:

Ask Netflix. It's a bummer, because we were so happy with the way the show turned out, but a lot of people didn't even know we had a new show.


Q:

As a comedian, when are you planning to finally start being funny?

A:

Will there ever be a film for Looking for Alaska?


Q:

Hello Scott, what were you most looking forward to the very FIRST time you were going to space?

A:

Do you have any favorite YouTube channels to recommend?


Q:

Tomorrow. Pray for me.

A:

I don't know. The movie rights to LFA were purchased 12 years ago by a studio. They own those rights, and I can't get them back, and so it's not my decision. At the time, the sale of the movie rights was incredibly important to us--it allowed Sarah and I to move to New York so that she could attend graduate school--and so I don't regret selling them, but it has certainly been a long and often painful process over the last 12 years.

That said, there are many new people working at the movie studio in question, so things may be changing. One never knows!

Two other things on this front: First, I think there is something magical about a book that only lives as a book. Harry Potter will forever to me be Daniel Radcliffe, but Holden Caulfield isn't anybody to me except for my Holden Caulfield. Books I love that live only as text feel mine in a way that movies just can't.

Secondly: I got incredibly, lottery-winningly lucky twice in Hollywood. With both The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, I felt respected throughout the process of making and promoting the film. I felt like my work was treated carefully and seriously, and I was lucky to work with genuinely wonderful people. That is rare for authors in Hollywood, and I am very grateful for those experiences.


Q:

The first two minutes and ten seconds, riding on the solid rocket motors.

A:

Corridor Digital


Q:

Do those rights extend to a play or other live action experience off screen? Is there any sunset on those rights at which point you could push the issue? (Yes I know IP laws in this country are a pita, but here's hoping)

A:

What are your dreams for the space program in general?

How about one for the near future and one for a couple hundred years down the line?


Q:

You're friends with joel zimmerman. Whats your favorite car of his that he either previously or currently owns?

A:

There is a sunset on the ownership of their rights: It is the heat death of the universe. :)

We've had lots of lawyers look at it. They own the rights, and will forever. (So it goes!)


Q:

My dream would be for the government to allow NASA to continue on a single course and not change plans every 4-8 years. Long term, I think we should have an outpost on Mars and other places in the solar system.

A:

The Nyanborgini


Q:

Are you going to be doing anything more with 100 days? I really enjoyed that series.

A:

NASA astronauts have been using the Soyuz to travel to the ISS and hopefully will be able to transition to the SpaceX Dragon in coming years. Do you foresee NASA's SLS program coming to fruition or is cooperation with the private sector the new future of space travel?

Tracking for my of signed copy of your book says it's out for delivery! I look forward to that when I get home today. Saw you speak in Gainesville, FL last year and greatly enjoyed it.


Q:

How many other guys have you met that also have the name Tory?

A:

Thanks. My best friend Chris and I went on a 100-day health and fitness journey, and filmed the whole thing.

I don't know if we'll do another season of the show. It was somewhat expensive to make, and it's hard to pay for a show with high production values without some kind of corporate sponsorship (which we didn't really want).

That said, I've kept going with exercise in a big way. (In fact, I'm probably in better shape now than I was at the end of the show.) I still work out with Laura, our trainer on the show, twice a week, and I still run a few times a week.

I really enjoy running, and the mental health benefits to exercise have been genuinely life changing for me. One of the challenges of spending the next month on the road is that our schedules are somewhat busy, making exercise difficult--but I'm trying to eat well and get in quick, intense workouts when I can.


Q:

To the low earth orbit, it will be private companies—non-government companies. I hope the SLS program continues. NASA's often challenged when we change administrations, they sometimes change our plans.

Enjoy the book!

A:

Weirdly enough on the set of MB and WRP we had a builder named Tory.


Q:

Played much Nintendo with Hank yet? Who's winning?

A:

What are the biggest general misconceptions surrounding space travel and/or living in space?


Q:

If you had a time machine where would you visit?

A:

Hank is working on HIS book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, and so does not have as much time for Super Nintendo as I would like.

I am, however, mopping the floor with my seven-year-old at Super Mario Kart.


Q:

That you get to space by launching straight up. You get to space by going really fast and getting out of the atmosphere, which causes us to fly a much lower trajectory than you might think.

A:

The Jurassic Period.


Q:

What's Bill Gates like in person?

A:

Assuming being in space for a year was similar to a military deployment, upon coming home, did you ever miss the rhythm of being in space? Were there any mental challenges to being fully independent again? Thanks for bringing science down to our level both during, and after your NASA career.


Q:

Aside from basic needs, what is the best thing you have ever bought?

A:

Very nice, and extraordinarily knowledgeable. I think the Gates Foundation's motto is something like, "Dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy and productive life." And during the time I spent with Bill, I felt that he was truly, truly dedicated to that idea.


Q:

Yes, and yes. Very good questions. A lot of similarities to military deployment.

A:

I just bought an iPad pro with Procreate sketch. I can't put it down.


Q:

Would you comment on David Foster Wallace as an influence for you and this book?

A:

Hello! Thanks for doing this AMA! As a person who is terrified of catching every airborne illness on a plain old domestic flight, I'm curious as to whether there is some sort of long-term quarantine process before heading off to the ISS for virus incubation periods to expire? If not, how do you guys avoid getting sick? Or is it just a matter of accepting you're all in this together, cooties and all?


Q:

Are you still building/making stuff? I see mentions on your Twitter of a comic, anything else? If you aren't, anything you would like to be doing?

A:

When you have experiences that are abstract and internal, it's very difficult to find language for them. Language struggles in the face of pain (especially chronic physical pain); Elaine Scarry in her brilliant book The Body in Pain wrote that pain destroys language. Think of the way you moan or groan when you're in terrible pain rather than being able to find words to express it directly and clearly. When reading Infinite Jest and parts of The Pale King, I felt like Wallace had found some form for my pain, a way of holding it and looking at it, and I will always be grateful for that. Whether and how it affected my writing is harder to say, but as a reader and person, is was a tremendous gift to me.


Q:

Yes, generally a week to ten days. Works most of the time. There have been cases of people, though, carrying the cold virus to space.

A:

I have a horror movie I'm writing now so I'm stoked on that at them moment.


Q:

Big fan here John. I have 2 questions here:

  1. As a person who found you while at the age of 14, and one who has now become an 'adult' at the age of 20, I am still struck by how your are able to get into the heads of teenagers so much better that pretty much everyone else. Your books have been helpful to not just me, but my friends, and even my parents, who said later on that they got a greater understanding on my actions as a teenager. One thing I loved the most about your work, both as an author and a content creator is how you talked TO the teenagers, not AT them. Treating them as fellow friends rather than talking down. I guess in essence, my question is this: How do you have such an amazing understanding of the minds of people that are over half your age?

  2. Do you have any plans of visiting India? It really is quite an interesting country, and there are many fans here who would love to meet you.

Take Care

Love from India,

-Yash

A:

I saw the picture and thought, “What’s Phil Collins got going on?”


Q:

I love everyone from Mythbusters, but you, Kari, and Grant seem like great friends in real life. You are a joy to watch together! Thanks for the good times!

How many times a day at the shop did you think to yourself, "I have the best job on Earth and I'm one of the five luckiest mofos alive!"?

A:

Thank you for the kind words.

  1. I didn't have any understanding of teenage culture or slang or whatever when I was a teenager, and I don't have any understanding of it now. But I think the emotional experiences of adolescent are at least to some extent universal--there's a reason bildingsromans have been around for a long time, asking basically the same questions across the centuries. I think teens are interesting because they're asking those big questions and making big decisions independently for the first time, and there's an intensity and anguish and thrill in doing anything for the first time.

  2. I would love to visit India! I almost went last year, but family obligations ended up keeping me here. I travel a lot less than I did before we had kids, and I want to limit my travel until they're old enough to join us, but that shouldn't be too much longer.


Q:

Sussudio

A:

I would think that to myself several times a day.


Q:

Do you think it'll be weird when your children are old enough to read your books? Is there a certain age at which you'd allow them to read them?

A:

How bad is the satellite pollution around the earth from up there? Do you see any projects or initiatives to clear it out?


Q:

When you signed up for MythBusters did you know it would be so painful or hazardous?

A:

Part of me thinks they just don't find my job interesting enough to read them. (Like, I don't think our kids often pause to consider what their parents do for work, because they're busy thinking about pokemon.) But of course if they want to read them, I'll be happy to share them. As for an age: I don't know. Maybe 14? It's hard to guess, because I have no idea what it's like to have a child over the age of seven.


Q:

There's a lot of space junk up there, but you don't see it. There are initiatives to clean it, but that will be a challenge.

A:

I blame myself for that. I really need to learn how to say no.


Q:

What Mountain Goats songs resonated with you while writing the new book?

A:

How many hours did you spend working on average?

Greetings from Germany!


Q:

Did you ever get back at Scottie for the wagon bike jump?

A:

I can't pick just one! I listened to early stuff a lot while writing this book. Songs that were on frequent rotation included "Source Decay," "Going to Maine," and "Going to Marrakesh."


Q:

I would say 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

A:

No, but I do get to torture Kari from time to time.


Q:

what is your favourite literary quote?

A:

I’ve often wondered if astronauts get nervous spending so much time living in the ISS? I mean you’re there for extended periods of time in this amazing structure with so many moving parts and to me it seems like there is so much that could go wrong at any given time, all while looking down on earth.

Thanks for doing good this, I can’t wait to read your book. People have been living up there for a long time now and that’s amazing and I don’t think it gets talked about enough.


Q:

What did it feel like when Kari was 'mind controlling' you? Did it hurt?

A:

"O Jamesy let me up out of this." from the last chapter of Ulysses.


Q:

Any nervousness, if you want to call it that, for me, was always associated with the bad stuff that can happen to the people you care about on Earth.

A:

It hurt like hell! Funny, but painful.


Q:

what is your favourite piece of feedback that you have ever recieved about your work?

A:

Scott, were you able to share recovery stories with Misha Kornienko? Was your recovery similar to his?


Q:

Were there ever any myths you wanted to test but never got around to it?

A:

One time someone wrote me and said--I'm quoting directly here--"Your book made me feel something I hadn't felt before. Not like I needed to poop or was about to throw up, but something else."

I've always thought that was quite a compliment.


Q:

Not much. I think his reaction to gravity on return was similar to what I experienced.

A:

Going over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. Obviously I would get to build a super barrel out of space age materials.


Q:

A number of years ago, a scandal familiar to our current pop culture climate broke out in the YouTube community. A number of men affiliated with DFTBA were revealed to have behaved severely inappropriately with younger Nerdfighters. As far as I know, the men's career's (rightfully) never recovered.

I still struggle with the impact of this event even though I was in my late teens when it happened. I went to events hosted by these people, bought all of their music. I no longer consume any of that media that had meant so much to me. I had a treasured photo with friends where one of the men gave me a hug that now repulses me when I think of what that person did with fans my age. Being a Nerdfighter was a huge part of my adolescence, and a chunk of that experience will now always be tainted because of what happened with those men and how the community reacted.

Do you have any thoughts on how fans of media can cope when it is revealed that people they admired engaged in this type of horrible behavior? With more women being brave enough to come forward into an increasingly more accepting climate, how can we as consumers support these women while dealing with the fact that media once associated with beloved memories is now no innocently consumed?

A:

Hi Scott, I wondered what happens when/after you have to sneeze inside the space station? Also, thanks for your great contribution to mankind!


Q:

Where can we check out some of your sculptures/paintings?

A:

Thanks for this question, which I think is a really important one. I'm sorry that these once-happy memories have become painful ones.

(For those unaware, several male YouTubers abused and/or assaulted young female fans. Some of them released music through our merch distribution company, although we obviously parted ways with them when we became aware of what had happened.)

As to your question: I think it's really difficult when someone you admire and trust violates that trust by abusing the platform they've been given. It's a real betrayal, and as you describe very beautifully, it's awful to have treasured pictures become repulsive and scary. But your friendships--the help you gave other people, the help they gave you, the love you shared together--were still real and important, and I hope you're able to feel that. I suppose that's not really advice so much as commiseration, but again, I'm sorry, and I appreciate you sharing this, because so many people are going through similar experiences now amid other news of people using their power to abuse.


Q:

Well if you don't cover your sneeze-hole, something's going to travel for miles and miles and miles.

A:

torybelleci.com


Q:

What percentage of Turtles All the Way Down did you sign in each colour of Sharpie? Kudos on getting all 200,000 of the books signed!

A:

How has your space experience changed your outlook/beliefs in life?


Q:

Do you have a desire to go back into making special effects for movies or non-educational TV shows (such as The Expanse, or the new Star Wars/Star Trek films)?

A:

I think the most was green, which was around 30%. Red and blue were next, probably around 20% each. I got really fond of the reddish purple color--Sharpie calls it berry--so that might've gotten another 15%. The rarest color was silver; I only signed about 300 in silver, because I don't like the way silver sharpies glide across paper.

(I spent a lot of time thinking about this stuff.)


Q:

Having a good understanding of the size of the universe, I find it hard to believe there's not life out there. Having said that, I don't think the aliens stopped visiting Earth once everyone got a camera in their pocket.

A:

I do miss model making. I was hoping that the old model shop was going to get some work in for The Force Awakens, but it never happened.


Q:

Hi John, who do you currently look up to the most and why? Have you told them that you look up to them?

Good luck on the tour and congrats on the early success of your new book!

A:

Okay first, have you ever been completely alone up in space or is someone always up there with you?

If you have been completely alone, for how long and how did it feel?

And if you haven't, are the few people that are up there with you enough to not make you feel lonely?


Q:

Man Mythbusters steered me towards engineering, whats the most difficult thing you've had to build in your career??? Thanks!

A:

I really admire my brother. Don't tell him though.


Q:

Never alone. Correct, I've never been lonely. I was up there, at one point, for six weeks with two cosmonauts, and it was absolutely fine.

A:

Stoked you were influenced by the show. Hardest thing ever to build was probably the earthquake shake table. That thing was a beast.


Q:

Hi John! My question is: How much writing have you done in the real physical location Cheyenne, Wyoming?

A:

Hi Scott! You're awesome. I was wondering, did you have any free time while on a mission in space? Did you get days off? What did you do with them? What was your favorite activity while in space?


Q:

Will you please adopt me as your son and take me out to ice cream?

But seriously big fan I've been watching all your shows ever since I was a kid!

A:

Literally none! [context]


Q:

A couple hours every evening, and one day on the weekend. I liked taking pictures of the Earth. It's very beautiful.

A:

LOL!


Q:

Hey John! I'm a huge fan and just finished Turtles All the Way Down. The book really moved me and I identified with Aza on so many levels. I too also struggle with OCD; mainly obsessive/intrusive thoughts and contamination fears. You wrote about these issues so accurately. You made me feel like I'm not alone in my thoughts and behaviours so thank you.

How did your experience with mental illness shape Turtles All the Way Down?

A:

Hi Scott, thank you for your dedication to world-changing research. We need more people like you.

What are the top physiological and psychological issues you foresee space travellers facing as we take longer and more extended trips into space and to Mars?


Q:

Who inspired you to get to where you are now?

A:

Thanks for reading the book and for your kind words about it. You aren't alone, and I'm glad the book helped you feel it.

I couldn't have written the book if I hadn't lived with OCD for most of my life. But I also couldn't write the book while my OCD was poorly managed, because when I'm sick I can't write (and sometimes can't even read).

I don't want to further the dangerous romantic lie that artists need to be close to madness or whatever to do their work. It's true that people working in creative fields have higher than average rates of mental illness, but so do lawyers. So do teachers. I don't write best when I'm putting myself in danger; I write best when I'm treating my chronic health problem with care and consistency.

So my experience with OCD shaped the book profoundly, because when writing about Aza's experiences I was leaning a lot upon my own. And it was definitely the first time I was writing about something that was in my past but also still in my present, because I still have this and expect to live with it the rest of my life. But I could only write the book because I had a longish period of wellness (thanks to a combination of stability/medication/exercise/therapy).


Q:

Physiological—radiation damage. Psychological—prolonged confinement.

A:

My dad. He was very creative and loved helping me with what ever crazy ideas I had. He still does.


Q:

Do you think you will write some dystopia into your novels in the future?

(I asked this during the book tour in NYC, my answer didn't get picked. :( )

A:

Being in Micro Gravity ... Wearing a Full Fledged Space Suit, How much weight can you actually notice/feel of the suit?


Q:

What's your favourite fruit and why?

A:

I'm no good at predicting the future. But I love reading dystopian novels! In fact, the new series of Crash Course literature will be focusing on dystopias.


Q:

You can notice the mass when you try to move or stop.

A:

Mango. It just is.


Q:

What's your favorite Wine?

A:

I've spoken to him about this as well, but how did you pull off getting a phone call/song from John McDermott? Did you have many other famous callers?


Q:

Hi Tory!!!! Im a huge, huge, HUGE fan! You're one of my all time favorite tv heros, I would really like to know when you Kari and Grant will be returning to television- if you are! I miss you guys so much and I was so sad to hear that there wont be a season 2 of White Rabbit Project (I loved the show!) Will you ever be doing a show like that again?

A:

bourbon.


Q:

He's a friend of a friend, and it was great having him sing for us in space.

I didn't have many other famous callers. Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan were two folks I talked to on this mission.

A:

Thanks! Yeah it's a bummer about WRP. We have some shows in development so hopefully we'll be back soon. We miss you guys!


Q:

Having recently started reading Turtles all the Way Down, I've come across a lot of themes and specific anecdotes also present in your podcast Dear Hank and John. Do you actively try to incorporate these elements into your story or is it more coincidental. Or something else entirely?

A:

How often would you do space walks? Was there always something to fix up there while you did them? Thanks!


Q:

It's more coincidental. The podcast reflects what I'm thinking each week, and when I was in the thick of writing this book, I was mostly thinking about the book and its concerns. In a few cases, I talked about something in the pod and then later thought, oh that would be good for the book.

More than anything else we make, the podcast reflects how Hank and I really are with each other and what we're personally passionate about.

A:

The frequency of space walks vary. I did three in the span of a couple of months. My previous flight, I was there for six months and didn't do any. And yeah, there's almost always something to fix.


Q:

Hi, John,

To what extent do you think Aza is an unreliable narrator? I adored the characters in TatwD but found them occasionally flat. Was this intentional - to show us how consumed in her own thoughts Aza can be that the other characters occasionally seem to be dichotomous in falling in and out of favour with her (especially Daisy, to a lesser extent Davis)?

A:

Hello!

Are you aware of the new supercomputer installed on the ISS? Do you have any opinion on this upgrade/experiment and how would better computing have helped you during your time on the ISS?


Q:

She's certainly a poor observer of the world outside of herself, both when it comes to character and when it comes to everything else. That was intentional, and it was important to me, because to me one of the horrors of obsessive thought spirals is that they're intensely isolating. They make it so that Aza can't connect to the people around her in the way she wants, and also the people who love her can't connect with her as deeply as they want to.

My hope was that the reader would be able to see more of Daisy and Davis than Aza could, but it's no coincidence that Daisy and Davis's names are so similar. Aza struggles to see other people, even vastly different people, as anything other than not-Aza.

A:

I am not familiar with that, but I will look into it.


Q:

Would you ever stop doing vlogbrothers? I've been watching since middle school and it's been a big part of my YouTube regimen. I appreciate all that you and Hank do!

A:

What are your interests now? Would you ever consider working for an organization like The Planetary Society? Or work for a private company like SpaceX?


Q:

I'm sure will stop someday, because, you know, everything ends--but I don't foresee that day now. I love the structure that vlogbrothers brings to my life, and I love the connection Hank and I have to each other and to the community of viewers. It's still so fun.

A:

I spend a lot of time doing public speaking, and I just wrote a book which was a lot of work. I hope, when it comes out tomorrow, people will like it. yes, I would consider all of those things.


Q:

Given that you have previously identified as a staunchly anti-unicorn individual, how do you feel about "Unicorn Tolerance" on the new tMG album?

A:

I'm an engineer at SpaceX. Would you ever consider making the one way trip to Mars?


Q:

I loved that song, actually. That whole album meant so much to me, because I was a goth kid in the early 1990s. (My first concert was The Cure!) And so it took me back to a part of my past I hadn't been able to visit in a long time. Really great album.

A:

Absolutely not. I would need the return ticket. Would you?


Q:

Is there a difference between the book you originally wrote, and the one that is now being published?

A:

What would you say is the best food you had during all your time on the ISS?


Q:

I probably deleted 80% of the first draft over the course of revisions, which is pretty standard for me. The first draft of Turtles All the Way Down was completely bonkers. (I mean, the finished novel is still quite fantastical in plot, but it's a pale shadow of its former self in terms of bonkersness.)

A:

The granola with milk was my favorite.


Q:

Anything in particular you could share that was bonkers and was then cut, the way that you told us that a cut ending for TFIOS involved Hazel and Van Houten getting gunned down by a drug cartel?

A:

Hi Scott,

Thanks for doing this AMA. How was it emotionally and mentally to be away from earth for that length of time? Was it considerably different than your previous experiences in space?


Q:

There was a shootout in a Chuck E. Cheese that lasted through, like, the first THREE drafts before I finally abandoned it.

A:

It was different, because it was over twice as long. But I think I was well prepared for it. But it was still a challenge.


Q:

How many Pokemon are in your Pokedex so far?

A:

Hey Scott! I read a few days ago that your body is having a readjustment period after coming home. I thought it'd be terrifying to know something is going on with your body and no doctor on earth could really help. What's the worst part of the readjustment and are you feeling better?


Q:

Just tried to check, but it said, "Update to Continue."

A:

I'm feeling much better, and we have great medical care. Our doctors were right there along with me, if I needed them. The worst part was the swelling in my legs. That was the most disturbing.


Q:

What's your favourite sandwich to make?

A:

I don't make sandwiches, I only eat them. Anything from a New York deli.


Q:

Are you a fan of GOT and if so were you able to keep up while in space?

A:

I wasn't until I got to space and binge watched the whole series twice.


Q:

What star constellation is now your favorite to look at after being in space for so long?

A:

It's a toss up between Orion the Hunter and the Big Dipper, because those are the only two I know.


Q:

Hello Scott, thanks for doing this.

I am curious: What does a weightless exercise regime look like?

A:

We have a resistive exercise machine that mimics weight very well. We have a treadmill and a stationary bicycle. And we exercise every day...well, I exercised six days a week.


Q:

Did u really grow 2 inches? Can u come again to DC after Nov? I will be in military training and I will miss you!

A:

I stretched an inch and a half. And upon returning to Earth, I instantly scrunched back down to my normal height of 6 foot 7.


Q:

What were your responsibilities during take-off and landing?

A:

On the space shuttle, I was the pilot and then the commander. So a lot of responsibilities for operating the vehicle. On the Soyuz, I was more like the copilot to the copilot—a glorified passenger.


Q:

Does being up there give you any kind of emotion that most of us will never understand? Like a euphoria sort of feeling? Anything simply unexplainable?

A:

I would say that orbital perspective I talked about in one of the previous questions is what most astronauts experience.


Q:

Hi scott, thanks for doing this.

My question was originally in Interstellar, but do you ever think about how you are a few feet away from nothing? Do you ever feel trapped?

A:

No, I never felt claustrophobic or anything. But you do feel detached from Earth and realize you're not coming back any time soon.


Q:

Did you see anything strange up there? Like UFOs.

A:

No. However, sometimes stars or even space junk as it passes through the horizon, the atmosphere can make it look suspicious.


Q:

Hello Mr. Kelly, You're an inspiration for me and my science career!

What would be the one thing during your year in space that Gave you An "Aw" moment, anything which you never imagined to see or happen?

Thanks!

A:

The whole thing is a big "aw" moment. Just absolutely incredible.


Q:

Hi Scott! So from everything I've read astronauts go through extensive training for years, were there any times when you found yourself without any training on how to handle something or unprepared for what was going on?

A:

No. Most cases, I felt over-prepared.


Q:

Any chance for someone living in a country with no plans for space exploration be in the space industry?

A:

Absolutely. There's a lot of opportunity out there, even if your country does not currently have a space program.


Q:

You've mentioned space has a smell, does it have a sound?

A:

No. In space, no one can hear you scream.


Q:

Oh, I just thought there might be solar winds or debris or something.

A:

A lot of debris out there, but in space there's no medium for sound waves to travel.


Q:

What planet is most interesting to you? And how hard is it to be an astronaut or a person who gets to go to space?

A:

Earth.


Q:

Sir, thank you so much for being such a great role model for children and representative for America on an international scale.

Where is the best place in the world to view space, in the way that space is viewed while in it? How much do you believe space travel will increase in the decades to come? Finally, what’s the most unexpected thing on Earth that brought you joy upon your return?

A:

A really dark place with no pollution. I think we are on the cusp of some pretty exciting advances in space travel. The first dog I saw was the most unexpected thing.


Q:

What did you miss the most about gravity while in orbit?

A:

The fact that it holds everything down.


Q:

How truly, utterly, indescribably awesome is space? Like on a scale from one to ten.

A:

It's an eleven!


Q:

Are dreams any different in space?

A:

I wrote down a lot of my dreams, and I have them in my book, which comes out tomorrow! Definitely vivid space dreams that I don't really have on Earth.


Q:

When someone says they would "have sex with an alien", aren't they just saying they would "have sex with an animal from a different planet"?

A:

Seems logical, I guess.


Q:

Awesome video about what happen when u cry in space, did u got scare up there?

A:

No. Nor did I cry.