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He has a face that you recognize. Where have I seen this man? you think, with head cocked to one side. Perhaps you've watched him on VH-1, screening videos with trademark dry delivery. Or maybe at the perfume counters of Saks Fifth Avenue, asking you to try Issey Miyake. Or possibly you spotted his headshot among the signed celebrity photos at your local dry cleaners, as he cheerfully pointed out to me through the window, "between two dancing canines." Must be an actor, you conclude to yourself before shrieking "oh my god—it's you!"

In actuality, Henry Alford bears the grand title of "investigative humorist," writing books about his gleeful one-man exploits in a number of arenas. His "antic minidramas" have taken him from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and VH-1's "Rock of Ages" to web sites devoted to glass-eaters and mullet lovers. Alford's first book, Muncipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City, documents his efforts to navigate Manhattan life. Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Middle hilariously charts the potholes, broken glass, and occasional open roads he encounters on his journey as a struggling performer. In his latest work, Out There: One Man's Search for the Funniest Person on the Internet, the intrepid humorist puts his "ear against the hot tar of the information superhighway" in a droll quest to identify the most entertaining person plying wares in the electronic marketplace.

In this issue of Bold Type, Henry Alford discusses his forays into acting and the internet and reads an excerpt from Big Kiss that details a failed audition for the role of Santa Claus. He also offers a behind-the-scenes peek at his extra work on Godzilla and a glimpse at the world of sneeze fetishists from his latest book, Out There.

--Kelley Kawano

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