Joe Lhota, the ex-head of the MTA, is currently running for mayor of New York City as a Republican. Now, normally – outside of the more cartoonish, scandal-ridden candidates – I wouldn’t know much about New York City politics; however, I know of Lhota because he’s a huge fan of Drunk Hulk. I know this because very few reporters seem to write about Lhota without mentioning that fact.
I listened to an NPR story yesterday because I was interested in hearing what Lhota sounded like and what his ideas were after reading about him for so long. And I shouldn’t have been surprised when – at the 5:45 mark – the reporter asked him about Drunk Hulk. Lhota, without hesitation, said, “I love Drunk Hulk. Drunk Hulk is the best. I gotta meet this guy!”
I’m really fascinated by how Drunk Hulk seemingly pops up in the strangest places, whether it’s Anthony Bourdain namedropping him in Rolling Stone or a NYC mayoral candidate mentioning how he wants to meet him. It’s personally gratifying, but more importantly, it’s fun to watch DH take on a life of his own.
– Picture credit: Jim O’Grady/WNYC
And then there’s this back and forth between WNYC’s Kate Hinds, Drunk Hulk and eventually the aforementioned story’s writer, Jim O’ Grady, which made me happy.