Mike Farah

    Mike Farah, President of Production at Funny or Die

the 10

13

things that are a necessity in life


MIKE FARAH has a pretty sweet job. As the president of production for the hilarious comedy video website, Funny or Die, he gets to make people laugh for a living. An average day often includes shooting one of their instantly-viral videos starring the celebrity du jour, or meeting with top Hollywood executives. Funny business aside, we asked him for his list of his must-have basics (and he threw in some not-so-basics, as luck would have it).

Herewith, the 13 things that Mike Farah things are a necessity in life.

  • 1

    Funny or Die's Billy on the Street

    Billy Eichner is the funniest man in comedy now. His show is going to blow up this year and it couldn't happen to a better and harder working guy. If you're in NY getting yelled at by Billy Eichner, all is right in the world.

  • 2

    Superman Ice Cream

    I'm not sure if they have this outside of Michigan but if you ever come across it, order it and celebrate the least organic food ever created.

  • 3

    The Chevy Volt

    Drive a Volt once and you'll never settle for a Silver Prius again. Best American car ever made. GM needs to stop talking about the gas savings and play up what a badass car this is. It's fast as shit.

  • 4

    J Brand Jeans

    These jeans gave me the appearance of an ass for the first time in my life. If you're tall and skinny you'll never buy a different band.

  • 5

    American Apparel White V-necks

    I simply wouldn't know what to do without American Apparel white v-neck t-shirts. Worn alone, under shirts...I wear them until they practically compost into my skin, and then I keep them around another year just to thank them for their service. Perhaps we're in the midst of a v-neck backlash and you're already judging me but I don't mind.

  • 6

    Anything by Ron Chernow

    The greatest biographer of our time. I cried when Alexander Hamilton died in his biography. All of his books are amazing but if you want a more obscure title check out The Warburgs. It's like the Jewish Thorn Birds (full disclosure: I've never read The Thorn Birds but I think this is a fair comparison).

  • 7

    Original Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes

    I remember my dad wearing these sailing as a kid and I've had the same pair for over 10 years, well before they got trendy oversaturated these past few years. Every time I put them on I tell myself I'll learn how to sail one day but that probably won't happen. It's fun to daydream about though.

  • 8

    Rag & Bone Khakis

    I had just about given up on khakis until I got this pair. Light and airy they work well with almost any shoe and are best when I'm barefoot in my office. Expensive isn't always better but in this case these were worth the money.

  • 9

    Original ChapStick

    I like the smell and it works.

  • 10

    Kiehl's Facial Fuel for Men

    Face lotion is one of those things I don't think you ever really need until you use it and then you're stuck using it the rest of your life. Not a bad business model. Kiehl's face lotion for men hooked me in.

  • 11

    Hawaiian Tropic Dark Tanning Oil

    It smells even better than chapstick. My dad used to baste in this growing up and I'm keeping up the tradition. It has something called the "Oils of Plumeria" in it and that's an ingredient I can get behind.

  • 12

    Cadillac Margarita at El Compadre

    Cadillac Margarita at El Compadre, Los AngelesTwo well-crafted "margs" is always the happiest and fastest way to get drunk with friends. Just don't speed home in your new Volt.

  • 13

    Barwis Sleep Recovery

    Mike Barwis is the best trainer in the country and one day soon he'll be a household name. Buy his special sleep recovery powder and you'll never sleep better. You'll have the craziest dreams of your life, but it's worth it and not addictive at all. This is one of those things you just have to trust me on, reliable stranger I am, but make sure you read up on it first so it's a fit for you. Okay, that's enough of sounding like a weirdo.

Funny or Die's Billy on the Street
Superman Ice Cream
The Chevy Volt
J Brand Jeans
American Apparel White V-necks
Anything by Ron Chernow
Original Sperry Top-Sider Brown Boat Shoes
Rag & Bone Khakis
Original ChapStick
Kiehl's Facial Fuel for Men
Hawaiian Tropic Suntan Oil
Cadillac Margarita at El Compadre, Los Angeles
Barwis Sleep Recovery
 
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