Taking 150mg of authorized edibles earlier than stepping on a stage in all probability isn’t perfect for many, however Mike Cannon took it as a chance to tape his third independently produced comedy particular. “Mike Cannon’s Big Mistake” was launched on YouTube August 17th with no actual plan aside from to have a good time. And based on what we noticed, he made no errors. Marijuana in all kinds has been a staple in Cannon’s life since giving it a (second) go in school. He says he makes use of it to quell his rage, however we predict there’s many a hilarious motive comedy and hashish go hand-in-hand. And comic Mike Cannon, “rage” and all, is a major instance of why.
Excessive Instances: When did you begin doing comedy and do you bear in mind how a lot your first paying gig was?
Mike Cannon: I began doing comedy in 2008 in New York, which I wouldn’t suggest. I bought paid means an excessive amount of for my first paying gig too, which by no means occurs. I bought $300 for doing an hour of comedy for LIM School in Manhattan once I was a month and half into stand-up.
$300? Some individuals get a drink ticket! It’s essential to’ve thought you had been sizzling shit.
Sure! I believed I used to be going to be Katt Williams! I believed, that is the start of turning into a millionaire quickly sufficient!
What’s your historical past with weed? First time?
The primary time I smoked weed, I feel I used to be 15 as a result of it was at a soccer celebration once I was a sophomore. There was a protracted custom the place the seniors compelled everybody to smoke weed at this “pasta celebration.” The pasta celebration was the place everybody loaded up on carbs and smoked weed the night time earlier than the sport. Everybody was loading up on carbs, in the meantime, everybody was shitting out alfredo sauce the following day as a substitute of enjoying nicely. I ended up smoking weed in my pal’s room with him for my first expertise. I didn’t get excessive, however I did eat lots.
It looks as if lots of people suppose they weren’t excessive the primary time, perhaps as a result of they’d expectations, however you then throw within the “I ate lots…”
I all the time eat lots! In my coronary heart of hearts, I really feel like I didn’t get excessive as a result of there was nothing taking place. I do know that my eyes felt extra closed, however I feel I used to be doing that myself.
OK so when did you truly get excessive for the primary time?
I by no means smoked once more after that first time till I went away to school, and it was my junior 12 months. I performed basketball and I used to be going to be knowledgeable athlete. In the meantime, I used to be not even shut. I ended smoking fairly commonly in school at Geneseo, the place I frolicked with a bunch of “jam band” guys. Every time they’d inform me about Phish or Grateful Useless, I’d instantly stroll out of the room and never take part in any respect. I’m extra of a film man than a music man.
What’s your go-to film that all the time hits?
Ace Ventura 2. Not the primary one, it must be the second. It’s one of many craziest comedies ever as a result of it’s like, give the ball to the star and let him fucking go. I bear in mind being completely in awe that they simply saved the cameras rolling and principally made Jim Carrey write the film on the spot. It’s my favourite comedy sequel of all-time. I like one thing that routinely delivers. It’s like safety, like laying down and having your dad and mom let you know a narrative earlier than mattress.
Properly that’s lovely. Let’s make your dad and mom proud, sativa or indica?
I lean indica as a result of I’ve quite a lot of rage points. I must be barely tranquilized all through my day to even be barely above regular rage. I smoke blunts continually. That’s how all of us began, with Dutch Masters placing 5 on it. My complete expertise with weed has been a psychological “get previous the hurdle” factor. I used to be actually affected by being excessive initially. A lot so, that the individuals who had been smoking commonly had been aggravated to be round me. So, I needed to study to be chill and principally stifle my pleasure. It’s the identical with edibles the place I felt like I wanted to be glued to the sofa, or that was my compulsion. As quickly as I began forcing myself to maneuver round and get issues performed, it was virtually like beating sleep on Ambien. It makes it that a lot better. You are feeling euphoric, you need to have intercourse—it’s an superior feeling.
Beginning with blunts goes exhausting. Who or what influenced that?
Oh yeah. Within the film Children, which is a remarkably fucked up film, the blunt rolling scene in Washington Sq. Park type of served as a tutorial for my use. We took that scene very significantly and perfected methods to roll them up.
Was taking 150mg of edibles earlier than your new particular the plan or did you simply begin consuming them and had been like, wow these are pleasant and I can’t cease consuming them?
It was the plan actually. The very best dose I’ve ever taken was within the 400-500 vary. I bear in mind the best way I felt and there was no means I might’ve presumably carried out like that. The concept got here from the stress of placing collectively my hour of fabric. I put quite a lot of effort, time, manufacturing, and cash into my different two specials and felt good about doing all of that, however I knew subsequent time I just about wished to do the precise reverse. I wished an “I don’t care what that is, let’s have enjoyable” type of factor and that’s what got here out of it. Nicole Lyons directed it, and she or he’s unbelievable. So, I knew 100mg will get me very excessive and I figured that 150 was above my common dosage, however nonetheless beneath what would in all probability put me right into a psychological establishment. I wished to be tremendous excessive, but additionally have the flexibility to verbalize what I used to be experiencing. I didn’t need to be utterly comatose as a result of I figured that wouldn’t be entertaining, so 150mg appeared like an ideal center floor the place it was lots, however nonetheless manageable. The mission was to have a very good time and it was a extremely a very good night time. After all, there’ll be individuals like, “150mg? What an absolute pussy! I do this earlier than I choose up my daughter from college!”
Did you’ve a plan for if you happen to handed out on stage?
No! I went into it considering it is perhaps a 10-minute “fail video” although. Like, Mike Cannon tries acting on edibles and fails miserably! It turned out that everybody was there for the suitable motive. It was on 4/20, individuals had been the correct quantity of stoned, and it was only a good time.
If you happen to might choose a comic book to eat 150mg and remake your particular, who’re you going with?
Joey Diaz. I’ve such reverence for him. He in all probability ought to’ve been the star of it within the first place, however hey, generally the supply doesn’t work out! I’d like to see him, with no matter milligram he takes, simply rip for a full hour with no plan. He’s among the finest doing it regardless, and you then add in all these edibles that he routinely takes? That will be insane.