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Celebrity Travel Spotlight: SPEED host/comic Greg Fitzsimmons

Stand up comic, author and Emmy-winning writer Greg Fitzsimmons is a frequent guest on the Howard Stern show and hosts his own show on SiriusXM’s Howard 101 channel, as well as his popular “FitzDog Radio” podcast. He won a Cable Ace award for an MTV game show he hosted and he’s returning to that genre as the host of a new game show on SPEED Channel called Pumped! which premieres tomorrow Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. It’s been described as “Cash Cab” at gas stations. Having traveled the U.S. many times over as a comic, here are Greg’s favorite places in the country…

My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…Austin, TX. There’s a great comedy Club called Cap City and crowds are rowdy and funny. After the shows I love going out to 6th street and shooting pool or hearing good live music. BBQ is amazing and everyone treats you like a friend.

The first thing I do when I go to Austin is…I go to Jackalope. It’s on a crowded spot but feels like you are in a roadhouse outside of town. I go with the staff from the comedy club.

Everyone should visit…Venice Beach, CA…at least once. I live here because it is filled with freaks and feels like New York, where I am from. Everyone knows their neighbors and there are things happening everywhere all the time. The beach itself has “Muscle Beach” surfing, street ball (like in “White Men Can’t Jump”) Tattoo parlors, marijuana shops and women in bikinis. You can’t lose.

Driving up the coast of California is probably the most beautiful drive you can take in the U.S. There are great places to stop along the way but it still feels very deserted.

My favorite restaurant to eat at in the U.S. is…I love The Outback Steakhouse when I am on the road because the meat is always great and they have awesome coconut shrimp. If I had to pick one for my last meal it would be Rao’s Italian restaurant in NYC. It is an authentic New York place with real goomba Italians eating what tastes like homemade pasta. Very hard to get a table there.

The best Chinese dumplings are in San Francisco at a place called “Good Mong Kok” (I know- it sounds like a dirty phrase). The shell is fresh and sweet and the shrimp is huge.

Lincoln, NE…is a great town. It feels like what America was in it’s prime. Family owned stores, good farms and big old houses. Because it is a university town though, there are all kinds of restaurants and they get big name concerts coming through.

Love’s Truckstop in Barstow CA…is a great truck stop.The only reason I remember the name is because it was the last overnight stop before L.A. when my wife and I moved across the country. We bought a bunch of stuff from the gift shop (I still have the coffee mug). Otherwise, get the hell out of Barstow fast.

My favorite…public restroom in the country is the hotel at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Even if you don’t have to go; treat yourself!

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