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California Questionnaire: Craig Kilborn

California Questionnaire: Craig Kilborn

The former “Daily Show” and “The Late Late Show” host shares his greatest California love and more

Craig Kilborn wears a lot of hats­: comedian, late-night host, ESPN commentator, and social media sensation. Now, he’s added podcaster to that list. After the success of his witty Instagram account, Kilborn was inspired to start a podcast where he and celebrity friends discuss everything from ascots and pies to martinis and travel. Quintessentially Kilborn­­­, or “Lord Kilby” as he’s known to fans, The Life Gorgeous explores how he’s enjoying his cool California lifestyle these days.

When he’s not working on the podcast, Kilborn likes to hit the road. Whether he’s driving to California’s Central Coast, his vacation home in Palm Springs, or relaxing in Los Angeles, this TV personality is a traveler at heart. We interviewed Kilborn on the California Now Podcast and asked him for his favorite spots to dine, shop, and road trip in the Golden State—and here’s what he had to say.

Where do you live?
I live in a beautiful historic area called Hancock Park.

Why there? 
I live here because I like homes built in the 1920s, more character.

Who or what is your greatest California love?
The weather.

What is the biggest misperception about Californians? 
That they're space cadets is what we used to hear growing up in the Midwest. There are a lot of brilliant people out here, brilliant engineers like my brother. That's the misperception, that they're just space cadets, and they're not.

What is the stereotype that most holds true? 
They're gorgeous.

What is your favorite Golden State splurge? 
Chili dog at Pink’s on La Brea.

Time for a road trip—where are you going?

If you could decree an official state culinary experience, what would it be?
I like L'Escargot in Carmel, but I also like Bouchon up in Yountville, those two. It's a tie.

What does sustainability mean to you?
The ability to have two martinis without falling asleep.

Where would you go for the ultimate shopping spree in California?
I am going to go to Union Square in San Francisco.

Best California song?
Mamas and the Papas, “California Dreamin’,” because when I was on the East Coast working at ESPN and Comedy Central, I would listen to it. The lyrics were, "I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.," and I missed L.A., so the song meant a lot to me.

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