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If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably wondered what celebrities add to their shopping carts. Not the JAR brooch and the Louis XV chair but the hair spray and the electric toothbrush. For this episode, we spoke with Josh Peck, actor and author of Happy people are boring, out today, March 15. Below, he shares his favorite designer sunglasses, the perfect Yankees high top hat and the antacid he swears by.
I started using it probably three years ago. I’m sure I just saw fancy people I follow on Instagram using it. I’m Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, and she was a huge fan. Even though marijuana itself is mostly legal in America and CBD is 100% legal, it still feels a bit like the Wild West. Like, what’s the quality control on this? But there are a few brands like Lord Jones that are synonymous with quality and I always feel totally comfortable taking it and know that I’m not accidentally dosing myself with a psychoactive thing that’s going to put me in a wormhole . I’m a sober guy, so the few nights a month I have trouble sleeping, or just need something to cool off, my options are very limited. Melatonin is fine, but I find it can turn you on. You’ll fall asleep pretty quickly, but 45 minutes later you woke up and had a weird night terror and you want to sleep eat. With Lord Jones it helps me fall asleep and what’s great is I’ve never had a hangover the next morning, and I feel like it’s like the antithesis of NyQuil, because NyQuil works great, but the next morning you’re like, Am I safe to drive?
With some energy drinks, you’ll feel like you’re in a club bathroom without the euphoria required. I love that Celsius does exactly what it says and nothing more. It’s sweet and doesn’t taste like gasoline. You definitely get that energy boost you’re looking for, but it kind of comes on sweet and lightly leaves and tastes really good. I mainly drink it for a pre-workout, but some days if my son is up early and I don’t plan on working out, I’ll open one anyway.
I am really opposed to fancy sunglasses. I literally think I’ve lost enough sunglasses in my lifetime to pay for six months of college. I made a choice, probably when I became a father and became more money conscious, where I said I would never spend more than $50 on glasses again. But my wife said to me, “Listen, you’ve grown a bit, you seem to be able to handle it, a nice pair of glasses is worth the investment”, so she bought me these for my birthday and I’m obsessed. This is a slightly wider classic frame. They are polarized. It’s Tom Ford. You can not be wrong.
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I’m big on year-end sales. I’ll go to a fancy place like Nordstrom or even Barney’s, but I only go there when everything’s 50 or 70 percent because they’re gutting it for next season. My wife gave me a $300 gift card to Nordstrom and the note said, “Try to buy something not on sale.” That’s how I got this great piece. Just like the glasses, it looks pretty classic. I’ve had it for almost ten years and two years ago I was in my homie’s car, and we were shooting something and I was getting hot, so I took it off and left it. It was one of those things where enough time had passed that I assumed he had to be gone, but like, it could only have been in his car. I told him about it when I was at his house the other day and he just said, “Fuck it,” and proceeded to go to his closet to pull it out. He had worn it.
When I was a kid, I played this character named Luke Shapiro in madness, set in 1994 New York City and about the great hip-hop renaissance, from Biggie with “Ready to Die” to Tupac and NAS. He was like the standard New York kid walking around with the yellow wired headphones that come with a Walkman, and I was that kid in real life. Then it became the absurdly gigantic headphones that were wired. Then slowly but surely we’ve now kind of moved on to headphones, and I mean, unless Elon Musk finds a way to implant them in our brains, I don’t know if it’s any better than the AirPods Pros, but if anyone can outdo themselves, it’s Apple. The original AirPods, without a shadow, were too small for my ear holes, so they would fall out. The pros are the ideal solution.
I slept randomly with Kid Cudi. He was awesome, and a great Drake and Josh fan, so much respect. But the one thing he said in particular was don’t make music for musicians in the sense that if you’re a creative person it’s easy to be ultra-creative and do something as off the beaten track, but the real genius thing is being able to slightly elevate something that people love and really put your own spin on it, but it’s still consumable by the masses, and that’s how I feel about of this hat. There were so many adjustments where I was like, Oh, that’s just some wild shit. There’s too much going on. But this one is slightly different and just subtle enough where I am, Oh, this looks like a brand new approach. I’m a New York fan, period, and I feel like the Yankee cap is synonymous with New York culture. It became bigger than the team. And, you know, Denzel wears a Yankee cap, Spike Lee, Mike Rapaport — all those infamous New Yorkers — that I feel like I’m joining in a little, extremely less famous way, I’m joining their ranks.
[Editor’s Note: Peck’s fitted is only available on resale sites now, but Aime Leon Dore’s current collection of Yankee baseball hats is in stock.]
I’m a big guy from Tums. I’ve tested all the high end proton pump inhibitors – Prilosec, Nexium – and nothing beats a $3 bottle of Tums. You know, it’s gonna be chalky, and you’re probably gonna feel like you’re 70, but when that heartburn or fidgety starts to go down, you’re gonna kiss the bottle.
I’m a daily coffee drinker, which in some ways probably correlates to my craving for Tums. If I’m drinking coffee, that means I’m looking for energy, and stuff like Lion’s Mane can really help. It’s a bit of a nootropic; it makes you feel like you can think a little faster and your head is slightly clearer. I do these half-comedy, half-speaking concerts in colleges. Often I recover from a day of travel and run and check into what I’m sure is a lovely Courtyard Marriott. I come in the morning after a red eye and try to crash for an hour or two then get up, exercise, shower and if I can take a very good dose of caffeine with some Lion’s Mane or something. I just feel ready to hopefully inspire the promising young minds of tomorrow.
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My new book is called happy people are boring, and it’s kind of a reluctant memoir given by someone who’s halfway through their life. I love memoirs, I love self-help books, but sometimes I feel like the person talking to me, they’re so enlightened. I find the best advice comes from people who are a few steps ahead, but can really understand where you went because they were right there, as opposed to someone who has completed the journey. Many people who will read this book have looked at me since I was a child, and they have seen my struggles with weight, identity, drugs and alcohol, then the ups and downs of my career and pivot to starting that successful social media, speaking, writing side of my career that was unexpected, but turned out to be exactly what I always needed. So in a weird way, I feel like because people have seen me through those times and know that I’ve really been through it, that they might feel like it was from a friend instead of a teacher who is less connected to where they are at.
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