UD: You're an actor, comedian, writer, musician, restaurateur, spirits distributor and now wine producer…why wine?
DA: I've turned the whole thing around—I don't buy wine to complement food. I walk into a steakhouse, I'll order the biggest boldest red, and then I'll look at the steaks.
UD: Red or white?
DA: Red. But give me an ice-chilled white and a couple of chicken wings. It's not that I don't drink white, but my last bottle—the death house bottle—it would be a red.
UD: Chicken wings, eh? Which wine goes with four whole fried chickens?
DA: Definitely Chardonnay.
UD: How about white bread toast, dry?
DA: Cabernet Franc Icewine from Niagara.
UD: What kind of wine would Jake drink?
DA: Jake would drink Stone's Green Ginger Wine...If you ran out of antifreeze, you could put this in and the car would run.
UD: How about Elwood?
DA: Elwood would be a Manischewitz guy. He had a lot of Jewish girlfriends.
UD: Would Joe Friday even drink wine at all?
DA: Joe Friday's a whiskey man. He's about good company, good clean streets.
UD: In your opinion, what are the five top wineries in California, after DeLoach of course?
DA: Coppola, Turley, Diamond Creek, Kendall Jackson.
UD: Would you rather make a movie with Francis Ford Coppola or a wine?
DA: That's a very good question. I'd love to maybe make both—a movie about wine with Coppola called Noble Rot. It was one of Jim Belushi's projects. Noble Rot is a story of the fungus that looks horrible and smells horrible, but it produces the best wine...
UD: Speaking of movies, which of your past movies would you like to see updated?
DA: Spies Like Us, no question about it. I would reprise my role, Chevy would reprise his, and we'd train a bunch of new pups—the best of the best.
UD: Any chance of a Ghostbusters sequel?
DA: A very good chance, in fact. Two years ago I couldn't have told you this. We have writers working on it right now. I hope to see a script at Christmas, and maybe shooting by the summer if you can believe that.
UD: Do you still watch SNL?
DA: Diligently. Every week. I think Kristin Wiig is a genius...an empire-builder, and Fred Armisen. I think we're seeing talent that's just as good right now. Today's cast is as good as we were.
UD: You've played everything from Jimmy Carter to a Wild and Crazy Guy on SNL. Any one favorite?
DA: Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute, absolutely...It's a fantasy I could never live. The fantasies that never come true are the best ones.
UD: After working together on three films, Jamie Lee Curtis called you the best onscreen kisser.
DA: On or off, you know.
UD: What's your secret?
DA: You'd have to ask the women. I don't know.
UD: When it comes to women, is it better to be a comedian or a musician?
DA: Comedian, no question about it. It's laughter first, then conversation, good food and wine, and then a hot tub...