As you may already know, our logo Pogo, The Most Interesting Monkey in the World, is on the hunt to find other Most Interesting Characters out there. April’s interview is with the world- renowned creative cool character Doug Stevenson, who also happens to live in Chicagoland. Give it a read and see what you think…Is Doug even more interesting than Pogo?
Pogo: What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Doug: I took photographs of the dinner I prepared last night — Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad with fresh-grated Parmesan.
Pogo: What is your favorite or least favorite word?
Doug: Favorite words — eleemosynary, perspicacious, kindness
Least Favorite words — conservative, autocratic
Pogo: When was the last time you were on roller skates, either figuratively or metaphorically?
Every day I glide on the Cosmic Möbius Strip.
Pogo: What musical instrument describes your best feature?
Pogo: If you woke up and had 300 unread emails and could only answer 30 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?
Doug: I’d scan first for missives from lost loves and God, then likely discard those and move to emails from homeless veterans and orphans.
Pogo: Describe the color orange to somebody who’s blind.
Doug: Warm and musty and pungent, like a dry sauna in which you take a spray bottle with a citrus/algae base note.
Pogo: What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?
Doug: I went to my first serious theatrical audition unprepared on impulse for the Second City Children’s Theater. Inspired by a surge of adrenaline, I won the lead role. You never know what’s through that door just a few steps away. It changed my life. The lesson: Take action. And trust your instincts. That is, unless your instincts tell you not to.
Pogo: If you could get rid of one state in the US which one would it be and why?
Doug: Florida. It’s hellishly hot and horribly humid. It’s infested with reptiles, insects, and catatonic, incontinent octogenarians. Add Rick Scott and dimpled-chad-election-recounts and it’s totally expendable. Climate change will likely take care of that for us. Or let’s get rid of Texas. In Illinois we jail our idiot governors. In Texas, they run them for president. But haven’t they seceded already?
Pogo: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Doug: He says, “What is the frequency Kenneth?!” He’s here because those ditsy old broad philosophers on Monty Python told him where I live.
Pogo: What songs best describe your work ethic?
It depends on the day … The Beatles’ “Revolution”, “I’m in the Mood for Love”, BTO’s “Taking Care of Business”, or Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”.
Pogo: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Doug: Probably a gatherer, because my mother raised me to be a housewife, because she trained me to relieve her of her chores. I’m not a typical guy — I have creative/feminine whole-brain, not testosterone-driven sensibilities. That said I do hunt selectively. I don’t stalk, but I have a hair-trigger. When I see what I want, I bag it immediately.
Pogo: Since we are interviewing the most interesting people we know, what can you tell us in summation that makes you more interesting than the rest?
Doug: I think everyone is fascinating in their own idiosyncratic way. We are all unique. Maybe what makes me different is that I REALLY recognize this and have an insatiable curiosity and an ability to make connections among ostensibly widely disparate things. I am a good synthesizer. Moment to moment often, I am not sure whether I am an indulgent dilettante with a bad case of ADD, or a Renaissance Man. But being in the moment very much counts for me … and it is where the best, purest life experiences happen.
Doug Stevenson, MM (Kellogg), MSc (Buff State), has over thirty years of brainstorming and ideation experience. Also a trained CPS facilitator (CPSI/SUNY) and improviser (Second City/iO), he has been doing new product, brand development and a myriad of creative concepting work since his early career days at the Leo Burnett Advertising Agency. A long-time Chicago resident, he presently resides in Mount Prospect and when not doing ideation, is involved in storytelling, comedy writing, and teaching improvisation to kids — and enjoying all the stage time he can.
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