Things We Love: Dylan Shelton’s picks

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From the December 19, 2013 edition

Dylan Shelton spent a decent part of our interview concerned his picks for this Things We Love feature were too generic, but also convinced it was the only way forward for the New York-based comedian. It makes a certain amount of sense considering Shelton’s comedy often approaches the everyday and mundane from fresh perspectives. Shelton returns to Columbus on Dec. 26 for his fifth annual (and free!) showcase of comedians, “Comedy, Pizza and Booze: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.”

My Facebook newsfeed

I have, like, 1,500 Facebook friends. I don’t actually know these people. These aren’t people I’ve chosen to spend time with. I don’t comment on any of them, and I’m not someone who interjects and gets into Facebook fights. Some people complain about their Facebook feed and people posting stupid stuff. For me, it’s a reminder of, “Oh, these people are the people that could have been my friends, but somehow got weeded out.” To me, it’s like bathroom reading.

Netflix, my new savings account

I couldn’t be more infatuated with Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO. It’s depressing how much I watch it. I’ll spend a solid 12 hours straight if it’s a day off. I’m married, and if my wife has a day off too, it’s amazing how easy it is to order a pizza and not move. I don’t think I ever did that before when it was just TV. I pay $7.99 a month, and it’s by far the only reason I have any money because it’s the cheapest form of entertainment. I’m buying [Christmas] gifts for my family, which is something I actually love, but if it wasn’t for Netflix I wouldn’t be able to do it. [Netflix is] not generating income, but it feels like it is.

Columbus, “The Simpsons” of cities

I realize this is widely generic, but it’s in the forefront of my head. It’s so hard for me to not move back [to Columbus]. I have better crowds, better audiences [in Columbus]. I’m continuously impressed with and excited about [the city]. It’s very much like “The Simpsons.” “The Simpsons” took Springfield and made every group of person that exists in America and shrunk it down to a hundred people by percentages and made that into a TV show. It had everything in it, and I think Columbus is the same. You have staunch conservatives, super left, all different types of religion — there’s diversity. You have great food, great sports and we have the best concerts. You don’t miss anything by being in Columbus. The more I’m here, the more I have an appreciation for how well-rounded Columbus is.