Where does one begin trying to explain the experience of having a conversation with Mike Tyson? It's like trying to explain an alien abduction. You come out the other side a changed person. I recently called Tyson to talk about his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Spike Lee, which begins a 10-week, 31-city tour this Wednesday, February 13, in Indianapolis (the same city where he was convicted of rape in 1991) before moving on to Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Detroit, Atlanta, Miami, Washington, D.C., Boston, and dozens of cities in between. But we ended up talking about so much more than just his show. Like boxer mustaches, Japanese prostitutes, narcissistic agnostics, pet tigers, Brad Pitt's Matrix moves, Evander Holyfield's ear, and why you should always date somebody who doesn't want to throw boiling water and lye in your face.
If I didn't believe it already, I believe it now. Mike Tyson is an American treasure.