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CBR TV @ SDCC | Mike Tyson Solves Animated ‘Mysteries’


Boxer, actor and entertainer Mike Tyson visited Comic-Con International in San Diego to promote his new Adult Swim animated series, Mike Tyson Mysteries. While there, he joined CBR TV’s Jonah Weiland aboard the world-famous CBR Yacht to discuss his journey from heavyweight boxing glory to animated immortality.

Tyson talks about his “second act” following his boxing career and numerous personal troubles, whether he enjoys the attention from Comic-Con attendees and his mission as an entertainer. The renaissance man then discusses how his new cartoon came together, whether all the absurdity is scripted or improvised while recording and how embarrassment is no longer an issue for him. He wraps up by talking about his noted love of pigeons, how he grew up around pigeon culture, and the great joy he gets from raising them and being part of a larger global community.

On being in a better place at this point in his life and being one of the most popular figures at Comic-Con: I’m just very happy to be working, you know, be able to entertain people. Because I think that’s really what I live for even more than just money — I enjoy money ’cause I have to pay bills. Everybody could always use a buck or two but I just really just enjoy entertaining people.

I’m just very grateful, and that’s what I’m trying to express is gratitude. Sometimes I get too much love and I can’t handle that stuff. I don’t know, I just don’t understand — I’m a recovering addict and in our world the lack of the love and too much love is sometimes detrimental. I have to always put everything in perspective and always have gratitude.

On not considering himself to be funny: No, I don’t at all. But people do, you know? People think I’m funny and stuff. That’s my thing, I just want to entertain the people. It’s what I live for. You know I bet you some time or another, 500, 600 years ago, I was on a plantation with a banjo dancing and singing ’cause that shit’s in my blood. I don’t feel ashamed, I don’t feel — I laugh at myself, and that’s just what I want to do. I want to make somebody feel good. I want to make them feel the way they make me feel by enjoying my entertainment.

On the cartoons he watched growing up and his inner geek: [I watched] Challenge of the Super Friends and all that stuff. I’m a big super hero guy, Green Lantern, all that stuff. I guess deep down in my mind I always wanted to be a super hero, you know? They had the wrestling, they had the super hero that were wrestling — Hulk Hogan, all those guys, Andre the Giant. I think that’s everybody’s inner geek where we could escape, be something that we are but we’re not, so to speak.

We’re in a geek-oriented world right now. Everybody has an inner geek in them. You know when you meet people in life, me and you, no one is who they truly appear to be. We have our insecurities, sometimes we don’t wanna act silly. When I was young I took myself too serious, I wanted people to think I was a tough guy, so I wouldn’t fart around anybody or anything. [Laughs] If I’m around my wife I’m farting all the time. She’s like she’s dying, man. Her eyes are burning man. But it’s just life, when life turns, and we’re not here long so we have to be happy while we’re here to the best of our ability. Really, who knows what that is, happiness, because it’s not a perpetual thing. It’s just we get it when we can.

On the cast of characters in Mike Tyson Mysteries: I have my adopted Korean stepdaughter, [Yung Hee] — I thought she was Chinese, I found out she was Korean last night. I got the Marquess of Queensberry, the guy that pretty much invented the one-minute rest, three-minute boxing situation. Then again, we got the pigeon as well. The funny thing about, the Marquess of Queensberry, his son was [Oscar] Wilde’s lover. He was the cause of [Oscar] Wilde going to prison. That’s crazy when you think of that. The guy who discovered fighting, discovered the manly way of boxing, so to speak, and they lived that life. You know what I mean? Right now I want them to do a skit where we gotta make him go back and, “Hey, we gotta check your demons, make some amends to [Oscar] Wilde.” One of the scenes — not now, but the next scene, we’re gonna have to check him about that. Because times are different now. I’m gonna have to explain times are different now [to him]. It’s a different world and this is cool, you know. People have to live their lives.

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On his 2,500 pigeons and growing up around pigeon culture: I have around 2,500 pigeons in real life. That’s my passion. I have them everywhere. I have them in New York, I have them in Las Vegas, I have them in New Jersey — everywhere that I hang out. Los Angeles. I have birds, it’s just a culture more so than a pet thing. This is just what we do. In our neighborhood we fly pigeons. Some people raise horses, some people raise dogs, we have pigeons, and that’s just what we do. We don’t know. We start as a young kid and then finish when we die, that’s just what it is. I don’t understand but it’s just a culture from where we’re from.

Everybody had them where we’re from. It’s a culture, New York City, all over the world, there’s clubs all over the world. So you could be a member of a club all over the world. A guy in China could have a pigeon and you could contact him, you guys could talk about pigeons. I also talk about trading eggs. Some people are experts in color so you could say, “What would I breed to get this color?” It’s a big amalgamation of pigeon lovers that have a chance to interact with each other, guys that don’t even speak English but we can interact on the Internet.


  • Arch Stanton

    Anybody else feel kind’ve queasy at the prospect of a convicted rapist getting a wacky Adult Swim show?

  • the_Hold_Steady

    I was thinking the exact same thing. We hear a lot of about misogyny in the sci-fi/fantasy/comics genres and here’s a geek-friendly block of programming transforming a rapist into a “hero.” What’s next? “Around the world with Roman Polanski?”

  • bmales01

    he did his time. Its Adult Swim, not the Disney Channel.

    Matthew Broderick is a murderer and no one bats an eye-lash at ole Ferris Bueller.

    I think this could be funny and perhaps a bit more coherent than some other shows on [AS].

  • WMF

    I really, truly don’t think he really did it. That jury was tainted against him from the beginning, and his behavior and demeanor during the trial did him no favors. Think critically: why would any highly paid athlete, let alone the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, need to rape some lower class woman when he could have any chick he wanted? Her story did not stack up whatsoever

  • jmdeleon

    Not really. His conviction was 20 years ago. He served his time and pretty much stayed out of that kind of trouble since.

    Why do you show such little faith in the justice system, and the capacity of human beings to move on, grow and forgive? I thought you read comics.

  • the_Hold_Steady

    Broderick was convicted of murder in a court of law? When? What court? What was his sentence?

    As for “It’s adult swim, not the Disney channel,” you kind of made my point about the hints of fanboy misogyny right there. The idea that giving a rapist a TV show is okay if the channel caters to fanboys is precisely the issue was raising.

  • bmales01

    first off, I respect your opinion.

    you are correct that it shouldnt matter what channel it is aired on.

    my point was that Mike Tyson was convicted of a crime and served his time. He is entitled to lead his life afterwards.

    Using Broderick was just one of many examples where a famous person has been involved in a heinous act but still gone on to lead a successful entertainment career while the public is largely unaware of their past indiscretions.

    no he was not convicted or charged in the accident overseas, but neither are many well-known, largely Caucasian celebrities.

    conviction (or being charged) is not the sole indicator of a committing a crime (eg, OJ Simpson).

    I believe in being reformed and giving a person a second chance. many others have been given that opportunity.

  • 7Thunders

    Mike Tyson is a convicted RAPIST. He also is a terrible sportsman. HE BIT a guys ear off. This celebration of Tyson needs to stop.

  • 7Thunders

    He’s allowed to live a life, but people need to stop celebrating that life. He even goes on the View …THE VIEW and they don’t say blink. He has demonstrated that he is a violent man…not an honorable man ( he bit a guys ear off in boxing…BOXING where there should be no mouth on ear contact.

  • bmales01

    again, why single out Mike Tyson? we celebrate many other lives of those who did far worse and and/or have far more hatred.

  • Thee Lion

    That Jonah! He destroyed 20 years of message board history over someone apparently threatening to rape a woman, on the internet, anonymously, without the cops even needing to get involved. Then again, if he’s getting Adult Swim promo money to interview an ACTUAL convicted rapist–you know, like someone who ACTUALLY raped someone, in the REAL WORLD–Jonah’s down, no problems!