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He’ll wear any hat, but he devotes most of his time to podcasting; meet Patrick Hatten, our Lead Comedian.

Patrick is going to be producing a new show called Mixed Nuts, in addition to his personal podcast In The Garage. Having previously helped the social media arm of the team, he’ll also be moderating the occasional class for Liberty.me LIVE.

This jester also happens to be a part of some “top secret” idea groups, which he has declined to talk about today. When pressed on the matter, his only response was, “I’m going to have to refrain from telling you any details, lest I have to kill you (which would be very un-libertarian).” Fortunately for us, we had plenty of other questions for Patrick to consider. Let’s get to them now!

 

Tell us about yourself, Patrick!

I was born and raised in the statist hotbed of Jacksonville, FL, home of two active (and one closed) military bases. My family wasn’t very political growing up, but they did lean more (neo)conservative. Most people would say that Ron Paul helped me discover liberty, but I was already on the path after being introduced to punk and alternative music by my younger brother. It’s very anti-war and anti-conservative. Now I’m anti-all-of-the-above. I want everything, including myself and my family, to be left alone.

 

How did you get involved in the liberty movement? And what inspired you to join the Liberty.me team?

Well, I was introduced to the Mises Institute via Ron Paul around ’07. That led me to read and listen to everything on the Mises.org site. As a Catholic, I related with Tom Woods and Jeffrey Tucker a lot; and one day, as I was listening to a Tom Woods lecture while lifting heavy box paper into a machine (which would become actual boxes), I knew that I wanted to be an economist.

So I quit and went back to school. While attending community college, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Mises U 2012. That’s when I realized that I didn’t want to be an economist, and I wasn’t sure what I did want to do exactly.

So, I emailed Jeffrey one day to make a suggestion about his social media usage, and ended up helping him out (I’m definitely no David Veksler). I did some social media stuff and basic audio/video editing. Unfortunately, I have a full time job that I work because my children insist on eating, so my time is limited (especially during tax season or the slow time of year when we fire people). When Jeffrey first mentioned Liberty.me, I was super excited to help in any way that I could. I don’t have a lot of time to spare, but I help out when I can.

 

What top three influential thinkers, writers, inventors, producers, or creators have influenced you most and why?

This is pretty difficult. The writer that most influenced me is Jeffrey Tucker. While we probably agree on 99% of everything (I’m just not that into gin), I still learn something new, or see a different way to think about things when I have the chance to read one of his articles. I don’t use shaving cream anymore, and I started drinking before noon — all because of him.

Another influential person is “Fat Mike” Burkett, the lead singer and bass player of NOFX. It was mostly his band’s music that led me to question my old beliefs. They were a lot more libertarian in the first 10 to 15 years of their existence (I still get goosebumps when they play “Perfect Government”). He also owns a record label. While he is a hypocrite at times economically, he’s still a great businessman.

Lastly, my greatest current influence is Adam Carolla. Most of you only know him from his guest segment on O’Reilly or maybe The Man Show, but the man is a comedic genius. While we have the occasional political disagreement, there is no one with a quicker mind that I know of. He can rant and rave and entertain at a moment’s notice (everyone wants him as a guest). And that’s not mentioning the amazing empire that he has set up around his world — record holding podcast, books, live standup shows, alcohol, movies, and so on. I hope that I can be half the comedian he is.

 

How’d you get into podcasting, and what’s your favorite part about it?

Well, I really wanted to produce radio and/or podcasts, but no one hires a producer who has never produced. So I decided to start my own podcast, In The Garage. The initial concept for the show was to have guests (creators of all kinds; no government moochers) come on the show and answer people’s questions (similarly to one of my favorite shows, Classic Loveline).

When I mentioned that I was starting a podcast, the Liberty.me people that I had been working with were interested in publishing it. We’re currently on a hiatus while I finish up a couple of projects, but it’ll be a completely different show when it comes back than what’s in the archives.

 

Can you give us any spoilers for Mixed Nuts?

Sure. Each show is going to be under 15 minutes and may feature any of the Liberty.me podcasters. They can talk about any topic they would like, but only one topic per show. Typically, a show will have a guest. We’ll have at least one show per week, and I will host if we don’t have a show for a given week.

It seems pretty generic, but no show will be the same. I want to get all kinds of different opinions on there, and hopefully integrate some of our members into the show at times.


Hatten

“I’m just not that into gin.”

If you had your own garage band, what would you name your first album?

I have had multiple garage bands of my own in the past, so I have this well thought out. I had a band called Armchair Patriots (bad punk/ska). Our first album would have been called These Colors Don’t Run, and the cover would have been a picture of an American flag drawn on a wall with chalk. As you get towards the bottom of the image, the colors start to bleed together and form a purplish puddle on the ground.

 

You mentioned Adam Carolla – do you have any other comedic favorites or influences?

This is a difficult question because I’m very picky about, well, everything. Garry Shandling is amazing. His stand up was okay, but It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show are terrific. He was ahead of his time.

Also, Larry David is very funny. Curb Your Enthusiasm was one of the funniest shows on television. I think it was better than Seinfeld because it felt a bit more honest (which you can be without network censors). Sheesh, HBO had a pretty good run of shows there.

 

Tell us a joke.

The other day, I was looking at Urban Dictionary’s definition for “The Dane Cook of…” (thanks to Archer). And what was the example? “Paul Krugman is the Dane Cook of economics.”

 

Thanks, Patrick for all you do for the liberty world and Liberty.me!

To follow Patrick’s work, you can reach him via Facebook, or his Liberty.me publishing site.