Given that Al Madrigal endured an insultingly stale bagel from my backpack, I bought some fresh Montreal bagels, excited that I’d finally have something good to offer. Then I ran into Bill Burr.
Thrillist: "Have you tried a Montreal bagel?"
Bill Burr: "I’m not a bagel person."
T: "I have some Montreal bagels with me. Want to try one?"
BB: "I don’t know shit about bagels. I’d try something else though."
I decide not to offer him the open bag of Combos I had in my possession.
T: "Are there other foods in Canada that you like?"
BB: "A lot of people from the States make it seem like it’s all maple syrup and hockey up here. But the cuisine here is incredible. Some of the best seafood I’ve ever had was out in the Maritime. Can’t remember the name of the restaurant, but I keep a list of places to eat and places to go from all the places I tour."
(pulls out his phone)
BB: "Denmark, France, Rome, London, Oslo..."
T: "Wow, this is an impressive list."
BB: "Yeah because I’m not gonna remember some of the names of these places so I write 'em down. Food is obviously a very comforting thing. There’s more here on the list... Primanti’s in Pittsburgh is famous, it’s awesome. For Dallas I’ve got a list of where to get vegan food and a place to shoot machine guns (laughs)."