Flula Borg, known mononymously as Flula, is a German comedian, DJ, and actor. He is known for his performance in Pitch Perfect 2 and as a regular collaborator with Conan O’Brien. He came to Mammoth last weekend to work with the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.
Flula was sitting in Black Velvet Coffee not bothering anyone when The Sheet’s Tim Gorman found him and convinced him to do this interview.
TG: Is this your first time coming to the film festival?
Flula: No, I’ve been here a few times. I had a film called Buddymoon that was here two years ago, and so since then I have discovered Mammoth Lakes. It is a very sassy town. So I like to come up here. It reminds me of home, which is why I like it.
TG: Where is home?
Flula: Erlangen. So, close to Nuremberg. Which is southern Germany and maybe 90 minutes away from mountains. I live in Los Angeles where there are fake mountains, deserty mountains, which are not real.
TG: So how many times have you come?
Flula: This is number three, three times.
TG: What do you like about the festival?
Flula: Oh it feels not trying to be cool, like not trying hard. It feels authentic. We won one of the awards when we were here and it was a wooden grizzly bear. That just felt very cool, like it’s not just some stupid trophy. But the whole feeling, like there’s a screening at like a lodge, like a camping lodge, do you know this?
TG: Yes, well there’s the Forest Service building.
Flula: Yes! So we have screenings there, and this year, like last year, I’m hosting a Saturday morning German cartoons. So anyway it reminds me of nature and outside.
TG: So how does it remind you of home?
Flula: Well the trees. The trees and the mountains, which, in L.A. it is just deserty dryness and dusty sadness, but here it’s like I can go skiing if I would like. And we had snow today.
TG: How do you feel about that?
Flula: Love it. Yeah yeah yeah. It’s a little sad, which is perfect for me.
TG: You like sad weather?
Flula: Oh I love it.
TG: So do you have anything in the festival this year?
Flula: No, I’m just narrating these cartoons and using this as an excuse to hang out in your tasty town. You’re from here?
TG: I live here, yeah. I’m a fan of yours because used to do improv, and I love improv.
Flula: Oh, do you still do it?
TG: No, but I have done theatre here. So I know Shira. You know Shira?
Flula: Dubrovner, ya ya ya. We’re homies. She’s great. So, I know her. We stay in touch. She invited me to come up this time. She directed a play in L.A. last year, Romeo and Juliet, so I went to go see that.
TG: Do you ever come up here other than for the film festival?
Flula: Yeah. I was up here in November or December just to get some cold weather because it was like, you know, 80 Fahrenheit in L.A. which is terrible to me. That’s a nightmare. Do you like this weather?
TG: Sort of. It’s tough to run in.
Flula: I was going to go on a hike, but this is not … no, bad idea.
TG: I think the hot springs would be better.
TG: I know, they’re a little gross.
Flula: Yeah. That’s gross to me. So it’s gonna be slushy.
TG: Maybe, Bishop. It could be 30 degrees warmer in Bishop.
Flula: I have seen this on the temperature in my automobile as I am driving up.
TG: Are you a skier?
Flula: It’s my favorite sport. Maybe tomorrow I will go skiing.