McCanners of New York | 98th Edition

McCanners of New York | 98th Edition


How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here?

I started in February ’18 as a Business Manager for Craft NY. 

What do you do when you’re not working?

I draw a lot. I have a daily diary comic and a running non-narrative zine called “Hey Normie”. 

What would your DJ name be?

Big Jack Mack 

Have you ever cut your own hair?

In middle school I used to buzz my own head. 

Favorite go-to drink?

Becherovka and Tonic. 

If you were to open a bar, what would you call it?


What was your favorite birthday?

When I turned 21, it was during our fall mini-break at college, so we had 4 days off and threw parties every night for the full long weekend. 

Last thing you Googled

The cast & crew of Zodiac 

What's your favorite scary movie?

It Follows

First ever job?

Outside of dog walking and babysitting, my first proper job was a door-to-door salesman for a house painting company. I was a terrible salesman, and to be honest, they were terrible painters. 

What was your favorite Halloween costume?

Luke from Gilmore Girls. 

Best Date spot in NYC?

I’ve had a lot of great afternoons wandering around the Met with my fiancé, so I guess the Met. 

What was your first ever concert?

B.B. King 

What movie makes you cry?

The Iron Giant 

Describe yourself in 3 emoji’s

Curling Stone, Easter Island Head, Poop 

Favorite curse word

I’ve been saying “Cripes” a lot recently, which isn’t really a curse word but certainly is fun to say 

Who are your creative heroes?

Steve Ditko, John Swartzwelder, Andre 3000 & Big Boi 

Favorite quote?

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.” – Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can 

What do you enjoy most when you’re not working?

Watching movies. 

Go to Karaoke song?

Baby Got Back 

What was the last picture you took on your phone?

A picture of my cat, Alistair. 

What was the weirdest prank call that you have made?

In high school I was doing a research project on the effectiveness of Biodiesel and had gotten bored of cold-calls, so I decided to prank call a biodiesel research center and ask “if their biodiesel ran on farts.” I didn’t tell anyone that story for 10 years, which either makes it sadder or more endearing, depending on your point of view. 

What advice would you tell your high school self?

Relax a bit – it’s not worth all the worry 

Name a character trait you’ve inherited from your parents.

Intellectual, curiosity and stubbornness 

What would be your last meal?

Steak & pesto pasta.

What is your greatest fear?

Those scarab beetles that crawl under your skin in The Mummy 

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be really, really good at pool. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I met Liam Neeson once and was taller than him. 

Where are you most likely to splurge?

At a record store. Now that Rebel Rebel and Bleeker Bob are out of business, I guess that would be Generation Records. 

Your worst habit?

I over-use q-tips 

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

John C. Reilly and Holly Hunter 

Favorite Instagram account you think everyone should follow.

Well my fiancé is an artist, so I’m gonna go ahead and plug her account: hanna.washburn 

If you could have drinks with 3 people dead or alive, who would it be?

Jackie Robinson, Simone de Beauvoir, Howard Hawks 

Name one song that would be on the soundtrack to your life?

“Ride Wit Me” - Nelly 

First celebrity crush?

I was 8 when The Parent Trap came out and I had a huge crush on one of the Lindsey Lohans, but not the other. Also, Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Mask of Zorro. 1998 was a big year for me. 

Celebrity doppelgänger?

John C. Reilly 

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Tom Murphy on the “Creative Carousel” at Advertising Week

Tom Murphy on the “Creative Carousel” at Advertising Week