Rob Riggle’s Rules of the Road
*My Q&A with Rob Riggle originally appeared in Men’s Journal
Rob Riggle gets around. You may remember him as the strong-arming breaking news correspondent on The Daily Show. Maybe you’ve seen him as Phil Dunphy’s affable real estate rival on Modern Family. NFL fans will surly recognize Riggle from FOX Sport’s parody videos, most notably impersonating Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo in Hamilton last year.
Riggle isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With five new films slated to release next year, Riggle is a man on the move. “I’m on the road a ton for work,” he told us recently. “I would say it’s a 90 percent work travel and 10 percent pleasure travel.” Like many actor-comedians in his line of work, travel is part of the gig. And he travels a lot (enough, perhaps, to earn his title as brand ambassador for Holiday Inn Express). We caught up with the wayfaring actor to tap him for some rules of the road.
1. Fun Trumps Sweat
I’m a get out and do. If possible, sometimes I work myself until I’m just paper thin, and then I need to sit by the pool but I can only do that for a day or two, tops and then I’m like I gotta go. If I can sweat during the day, I try and then if I can have fun, fun trumps sweat. So if you said ‘you can go for a trail run or you can play golf,’ I’d play golf, but if I can do both, I’ll do both.
2. Land, then Run
Running is a great way to get to know the city/neighborhood as well as get your exercise in. I’m getting ready to do the Malibu Triathlon for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and I’m not ready. And it’s in September so actually while I’m here I’m going to do some swimming and then I’m going for a run tomorrow morning and then I’m going to feel like I didn’t waste time.
3. Eat Meat
Riggle’s go-tos on the road: Hardee’s soups and chili, and any variety of steak house.MORE: How Anthony Bourdain Dives into a City
4. Find Your Happy Place
Mine is a lake in the Ozarks in Missouri. I love it, I’ve been going there since I was five. It’s beautiful. But I have an affinity because I grew up there, and every summer of my life I’ve gone there. So I have a connection with the lake in the Ozarks.
5. Drive When You Can
I prefer road trips. Great bonding time. My tip would be don’t over-plan a trip. Allow time for an easy, relax pace. It’s better for everyone.
6. Get Weird With It
Playing games! Road games, “What if?” scenarios, also, random stops at funky, weird places usually creates a good story or two.
7. Don’t Skip the Essentials
Always pack toiletries, an iPad, iPhone, a good book, and some workout clothes that may or may not get used.
8. Don’t Give in to Jet Lag
I just stay up and try to get on the local clock. No naps!