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Wednesday, January 11th at 8:30pm- The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
Our weekly standup show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, has some of the best lineups in town. This week, they welcome Sean O’Connor, Tyler Greene, Streeter Seidell, The Sklar Brothers, and more!
Friday, January 13th at 8pm- Sex Nerd Sandra LIVE!
Sex Nerd Sandra is the awesomely frank podcast where the endlessly curious sex educator Sandra Daugherty and her comedian co-host Dave Ross explore the fascinating world of human sexuality. With tell-all interviews, juicy topics, tips and more, Sandra and Dave keep it fun, keep it sex-positive and keep it real.
This Friday the 13th (!), Sex Nerd Sandra will talk “damage control” during a special live recording of an episode entitled “Whiskey Dick: The Bedroom Blunder Show”. So, what do you do if your willie won’t work? What if your mind is wet but your panties are dry? Yikes, did the condom just fall off?
$8 in , $10 at the door
Saturday, January 14th at 8pm- The Indoor Kids Live!
You’ve heard them on the Nerdist Industries own The Indoor Kids, now see them in person for a live podcast recording! The Indoor Kids isn’t just about video games, but it isn’t not about video games. The Indoor Kids is all about the kind of lifestyle you have to lead in order to be a proper Gamer, capital G. Join hosts Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon as they take on a journey from childhood Shinobi obsessions, up through the best and worst video game adaptations of movies. Tear yourself away from Skyrim and join us! We’ll be joined by Blair Butler, Jordan Morris, and more!
$8 in , $10 at the door
Sunday, January 15th at 5pm is The Nerdist Writers Panel
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA.
Scheduled to appear:
Dana Gould (The Simpsons)
Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected; Revenge)
Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Alphas; developer, Dresden Files)
Sunday, January 15th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off
Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani are frequent drop ins), and the magic that is live comedy.
Monday, January 16th at 8pm- Harmontown
People always ask us “What is Harmontown?”, and that’s a tough question to answer, but here’s the closest thing we’ve got: we gave the creator of Community a night to do whatever he wanted, and what we got was Harmontown.
Attend a town meeting in a land free of brevity, where Mayor Dan Harmon and Comptroller Jeff B. Davis (Whose Line is it Anyway) take another small, vodka-soaked step toward colonizing the moon. Evening may include ineffectual rants, songs, shameful stories, special guests (Allison Brie, Donald Glover, and Gillian Jacobs have all stopped in), forehead sweat and repeated exposure to the phrases “like” , “uh”, “sort of” and “you know.”.
Tuesday, January 17th at 8pm- Justin Willman’s Magic Meltdown
Join us for our favorite variety show, hosted and curated by Magician (and Cupcake Wars host) Justin Willman, and featuring magicians, comedians, bizarre guests, and more fun than you ever had at a kid’s birthday party.
$8 in , $10 at the door
Sometimes we here at NiB get to be some of the first people to see something very awesome. Naturally, we like to take that something awesome and share it with the world. In this particular case, one of our friends over at Down in Front, Teague Chrystie, teamed up with Jim Frommeyer to create a fantastic homage to Calvin & Hobbes…. Christmas-style. They were also nice enough to sit down and tell us more about the project.
Video and interview:
Did you guys read Calvin and Hobbes growing up? Tell us about your relationship with the comic.
Jim: Yes, I was a regular reader. Waiting on my parents to sort the Sunday paper and hand me the comics page was a source of constant frustration. They took forever. I never identified with Calvin as a kid, but as I’ve grown older, I certainly see some similarities. Or maybe the comic just informed me. It’s so ingrained in me that it’s hard to separate.
Teague: I’m a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, are you nuts? I have the Essential book in my bathroom, it’s my go-to. I’ve been reading them childhood. I think everyone feels a little like Calvin at some point, but dude, I swear to god, I was Calvin. I even looked like him. My dad even looked like his dad. Total fan.
How did you do this? What were the challenges?
Jim: The biggest challenge was staying true to the source material. We had discussions early on as to whether we should sprinkle in our own snowman interpretations, but ruled it out. Speaking for myself, I couldn’t hold a candle to Watterson’s creativity anyway. So trying to both recreate the scenes while also justifying their existence in motion was the challenge.
So the trick was to find snowmen that had implied movement. Like the sharks. That was an easy visual punchline. And then the obvious task of physically creating them by hand. I haven’t played with clay in 15 years. So figuring out how to do that, while staying visually true… required patience.
Teague: There was a lot of wasted sugar. The work done in post was pretty straightforward, from a visual effects standpoint. There’s three layers of snow going off into the distance, the color correction brings in some contrast and chilly mid-level coldness. The color scheme of the sky was inspired by those polar bear Coke commercials from the ’90s. The tricky stuff was things like changing the colors of the snowmen’s arms, because if they were black against a black background, I wouldn’t be able to bring them back in over the newly blue background. Stuff like that. Jim worked with me throughout shooting to make sure I had what I needed, so there really wasn’t a struggle anywhere in the pipeline.
Where did the idea come from?
Jim: The idea is obviously Watterson’s. But I was listening to a Howard the Duck commentary Teague was hosting on DiF, and at some point those guys sidetracked to talk about C&H. That got me thinking. So when I suggested maybe trying something, Teague was all in. It was great, since he was on the same wavelength. I think the only real disagreement we had was over the music choice.
Teague: On the show, I had said “you know what would be a great way to piss off the internet? Make an extremely plausible trailer for a fake Calvin and Hobbes movie, but get Calvin and Hobbes totally wrong. Oooooooh, they’d be pissed.” And at some point later, after Jim had directed a really awesome video for the home page of downinfront.net, he said something about Calvin’s snowmen and I was like “I like those!” I was kidding about the troll-the-world idea, but a Calvin and Hobbes video ended up happening anyway. The secret, kids, is never show Calvin or Hobbes. That’s when you’ve officially gotten it wrong. You can’t do them right. Period.
What was the disagreement about music?
Teague: Oh man.
Jim: I wanted a really haunting version of Carol of the Bells. He wanted anything else. He was right. Even if he wasn’t, he was going to win. He wanted it more.
Teague: No, seriously, we went through like fifty songs. We were hoping to find some magical sweet spot between Christmassy, and sweet, and sentimental, and mischevious, and kind of goofy. A particularly Carol of the Bellsy Carol of the Bells was the one Jim liked, because he loves ostinatos in minor keys that make his black heart giggle with suffering. I said we could just as well use the Requiem for a Dream thing. What you need to know about Jim is he’s an awful person.
We seriously tried everything. Pat Boone was the thing we both liked the most equally, as opposed to one or the other of us loving a song while the other hated it. (For instance, my Carol of the Bells was a version of O Holy Night that was camptacular.) Compromise, kids!
What is your favorite Calvin & Hobbes moment? Have you have created any snowman deaths yourself?
Since Halloween is steadily approaching, I figured I would suggest a few films that are definitely not made for children but have taken both the horror and sci-fi genres to a different level within the last few years.
I had the absolute pleasure of going to see Attack the Block earlier this month in Plainville, CT. I follow Edgar Wright on twitter and when he announced that the release was widening into my area, I had to go. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World instilled a little faith in Mr. Wright.
Each movie was a genre movie. It wasn’t a comedy trying to itch that genre niche. They are genre movies that have incredibly funny moments in them. They show a great nod to comedy, but display an intense love for the genre in the storyline.
I’m sure some people are saying “he only produced Attack the Block”. You’re correct. I still have faith in something that Edgar Wright would put his name on.
Faith bolstered, Mr. Wright.
Attack the Block is a science fiction thriller written and directed by Joe Cornish. It is the tale of a teenage gang that takes it upon themselves to defend their council housing in Lambeth from alien invaders.
The first few minutes of the movie established how unsavory the youth had become when we witness them mugging a nurse as she is walking home. The mugging is interrupted by something crashing from the sky into a parked car. The gang leader Moses goes to check it out and is attacked by a creature that he kills with the help of his friends.
What proceeds is absolute chaos. Throughout the area, the sky is lit up with fireworks, masking the illuminated single creature transporters crashing against the Earth and everything built on it.
Joe Cornish’s directorial debut is not something to be missed. His vision is well executed with phenomenal performances by John Boyega (Moses), Jodie Whittaker (Sam), and Luke Treadaway (Brewis, who I had taken to calling “British Butters”). The cinematographer, Thomas Townend, kept the pace with dynamic shots and exceptional angles.
I am beyond pleased with this movie. The aliens were actually alien and something that I had never seen before. Initially, when I saw the second alien in the movie I threw my hands up in the air because I thought it was so cheesy. Then it opened its mouth and I screamed “AWESOME!” in the theater.
(Make note: I am a horrible person to go to a movie with.)
All of the special effects were marvelous as well. Some scenes were perfect homage to scenes from the past. There are moments where you know what’s happening to these characters off the screen is more terrifying than the blood spatter you see. My favorite weapon was only used briefly as a defensive maneuver (motorbike).
The ending was exactly what needed to happen and I was not disappointed at all. I absolutely loved Sam and how she spoke with the boys in the gang. Brewis was the character where you could see someone following him just to play a sad trombone “wah wah” whenever he opened his mouth. Nick Frost was hysterical as the skeezy drug dealer for the block. There is a moment between him and Brewis where the entire theater laughed.
I loathe spoiling any of the story for you, so I suggest you get your hands on it. Attack the Block is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Attack the Block will kick you in your face with awesome.
Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two best friends that take a weekend to fix up a dilapidated mountain house that Tucker pinched pennies to purchase. They are then mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, over-privileged college kids that chose an area nearby to pitch tents and camp.
During a skinny-dipping session one of the college kids, Alison (Katrina Bowden), is injured. Tucker and Dale attempt to lend a hand and notify her friends that they’ve saved her. Instead, the friends think that she has been abducted. With the cajoling of one in the group they decide that they have a time limit to saving their friend. They go to the house to rescue her.
Then someone dies. The misunderstanding between the two parties becomes seemingly unsurmountable.
As the body count increased, my laughter raised in decibels. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine have INSANE chemistry as redneck buddies. Their sometimes slow-witted thinking is equally balanced with a keen intellect and a genuine care for themselves and the things around them.
The gore and crazy ways people end up dying are amazing. I hope that some of them were pulled from the Darwin awards.
Have you ever laughed so hard at someone’s reaction to something that you thought you were going to pee your pants? No? … … … Me neither…
Tucker and Dale is definitely worth checking out. It is on limited release this month and I hope that it gets the viewers it needs to open nationwide.
If you just can’t wait to see Wash and Sock from two of the greatest TV shows cut from their prime dressed in flannel and wielding a chainsaw you need not fear. If you have digital cable, it is available On Demand. It’s a few dollars more than they normally are, but it is worth every cent.
Saturday at 8pm, we have Pop and Politics with KPFK’s Jimmy Dore!
Join KPFK’s Jimmy Dore and a celebrity panel as they make fun of other celebrities, today’s news makers, and our favorite cultural jackasses, with a raucous blend of stand-up, sketch, and video clips of people saying some of he dumbest shit you’ve ever heard. A hilarious night of laughs, blasphemy and general disrespect! This month’s guests include Frank Conniff, MST3K, and David Feldman, writer for Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show. Proceeds benefit 90.7 KPFK!
Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Then on Sunday at 5pm, we have the Nerdist Writers Panel!
Spend your Sunday afternoons learning from the best at the Nerdist Writers Panel! Join moderator Ben Blacker as he hosts esteemed panelists discussing topics like different types of writing, how they got started, what inspires them, the business side of writing, and more. Panelists will also answer your questions and give some helpful tips and tricks! This series is a must for any hopeful writer in LA, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit 826LA. Scheduled to appear: Alan Yang (Parks & Recreation), Genny Hutchison (Breaking Bad), and Ryan Farley (Cold Case)!
Tickets for Nerdist Writers Series
At 7pm on Sunday, stay for Matt Mira’s Day Off
Matt Mira of The Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
Monday at 8pm, we have Science Bear screening their movie Sketch!
Rag tag Canadian sketch comedy troop Science Bear pulls together a completely improvised feature length comedy with nothing but the change in their pockets. In this homage to the world of comedy, we follow Jeffrey Patrick’s struggle to tell jokes “the right way” in a world that laughs at the lowest common denominator. Join Science Bear for an evening filled with live comedy, award-winning shorts, and the Los Angeles Premiere of what some have called the funniest movie they have ever seen (i.e. their moms).
Tickets – $8 in advance, $10 day of show!
Then on Tuesday, we have one of our favorite shows, Two Thumbs Way Down!
When it comes to movies, there is bad-bad and good-fun-over-the-top bad. Join Eli Olsberg and guests Rory Scovel, Moshe Kasher, and Jonah Ray as they celebrate the latter. Each comic brings in a movie of their choice and after watching a clip/trailer from all three, the audience votes as to which one they watch and rip to shreds. Also, if you have a bad movie you want to show off, bring it in for a chance to have it be our movie of choice that night!
Tickets – $8 in advance, $10 day of show!
Los Angeles nerds and geeks, here is your weekly dose of Nerdist Theater at the Meltdown for the next few days, starting TONIGHT!
Thursday, July 7th at 8pm- Dork Forest with Jackie Kashian
The Dork Forest Podcast is dork on dork dialog. Jackie Kashian is interested in whatever you are really really into. Dana Gould and James Urbaniak will speak to their love of old Hollywood. They will also meander around a love of everything else. Please join us. As there is room for all in The Dork Forest.
Friday, July 8th at 8pm- Sex Nerd Sandra
“Sex Nerd” Sandra Daugherty is the lead sex educator at Pleasure Chest LA and has been teaching sex and intimacy skill workshops for over two years, helping thousands of people improve their sex lives. Now The Nerdist’s own sexpert brings those skills to the back of a comic book store! Come and see the woman who brought you “The Crab Hand of Doom” & “The Clittiest Part of the Man-Clit” live and in person as she geeks out on the finer points of orgasming your life and answers your most intimate questions.There will be guests! Prizes! Even sex toy reviews!
Sunday, July 10th at 7pm- Matt Mira’s Day Off
Matt Mira of the Nerdist Podcast needs a Day Off, so we decided to give him Sundays at Nerdist Theater. Come watch Mira and Paul Cibis host this comedy free-for-all. You’ll see brand new comics, comics you know and love trying out new material (Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani have both dropped in), and the magic that is live comedy.
Monday, July 11th at 8pm- The BEATdown
Eliza Skinner (Diamond Lion, Baby Wants Candy) and Joshua Silverstein (“The hardest working beatboxer in LA”) host some of Los Angeles’ finest comedians in an improvised rap battle decided by the audience. That’s right – comedians freestyle rapping. This show has been running to sold out audiences in NY and LA for 5 years – and now for the first time, the competition will be all 2-person tag teams! You’ve seen 8-mile, right? It’s like that but double, and way funnier.
If you could give anything to have your favorite sports team win their respective championship, what would you be willing to give up? Coffee? Smartphone? Laptop or tablet? What about your soul? Or perhaps the soul of your loved ones? There are people out there, people such as JR
JR is an
avid dedicated intense obsessed hockey fan and his beloved Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won the cup in 50 years. JR would do anything, and he means ANYTHING to have The Hawks win that cup, and as the series starts we see just how much is at stake.
The first episode opens up with JR in a dark room, the light of the TV flickering on is face. It’s game 6 of the Stanley Cup and his Blackhawks are down 2-1 against the Flyers. The Blackhawks are up by one game and everyone knows that you want to win it by six, that seventh game is a doozy. Perched on the edge of your seat, fists clenched waiting to see who takes it. It’s make or break time and JR has decided it’s time for him to seek help from a higher power. First stop is God, praying to the heavens for help. Asking the lord and savior if his divine intervention will bring success to his beloved team.
Some of you may already see where this is going…
There was no help from God so JR had to look for help in a different place. A place of fire and brimstone, of pain and terror… that’s right, he asked the devil. Clutching his hands before his face, praying that the Dark Lord will hear his pleas and grant him the one wish he’s had for the last 28 years of his life. And then… the buzzers sound – The Blackhawks HAVE WON THE CUP!
JR is ecstatic, every moment of his life was leading up to this moment. His beloved team has finally won. Life is complete.
Four months later and it’s life is normal. Noelle, JR’s girlfriend, still fights for his attention against the Hawks and still loses. There’s a moment where it seems like he’s ready to take their relationship to the next level, but he’s only getting excited over some blanket. And here’s where, as the title suggests, All Hell Breaks Loose.
With flashes of light and some gnarly wind Noelle vanishes. JR is at the mailbox outside, eagerly opening his prized blanket, noticing nothing else that is happening around him. Which is unfortunate as there are zombies, a mummy and a demon hanging around the neighborhood.
This demon is someone that JR will be relying on, but he doesn’t know that quite yet.
Which brings us to episode two. Instead of spoiling it for everyone, I’ll now share what I think of the series thus far.
I love it. I really do, and it’s not only because I watch hockey, enjoy supernatural themes or think that JR is adorable. There is some great writing and concepts, and hey these guys are looking to launch a whole new film genre! The lead character is completely believable as a hockey obsessed blogger who dedicates his life to his team. The fact that he has a loving girlfriend may seem surprising to some, which may mean you don’t know people like that in your own life. I do, and the girlfriends/wives are some of the most patient people I have ever met. Mind you I don’t think many of them have been damned to hell due to their boyfriend making a deal with Satan…
But seriously this series deserves a shot to be continued. I don’t know very many series that combine hockey, Satan, demons, witches – Roller Derby witches at that – skateboarding mummies, zombies, vampires and whatever else is to come with hilarious writing and great characters.
I was given the opportunity to talk to Jeff Hersh (JR) and Mark Kosin who created the series and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during an IM conversation.
*Please note that I am not an interviewer and I had a list of questions, plus the idea to try and let it flow like a conversation. That means I interjected with things that aren’t funny – basically let them run with it.
Jeff Hersh and Mark Kosin have joined the conversation:
Me: Bear with me, haven’t really done one of these before
JH: Neither have I but it’s the future and this is how things are done in the future
Me: This is true! OK – so I shall get on to some questions I guess. Aside from the hilarious bios where did Hockey + The Devil idea come from?
JH: It was a combination of ideas. I’m a huge hockey fan and Buffy The Vampire Slayer/horror fan, and it just seemed like there was not enough hockey meets horror stuff out there. Plus it took almost 50 years for the ‘Hawks to win the cup, so there had to be some black magic or devil work in there right?
MK: That was my summation
JH: So now you need to make a deal. But when making a deal with the devil to get your hockey team to win, you gotta wonder who the Devil roots for. It’s too obvious for him to be a New Jersey (Devils) fan… so clearly it’s the (Philadelphia) Flyers.
MK: Way too obvious. It makes a lot of sense when you put it all together. Especially if you’ve ever met a Flyers fan.
JH: Not that we want to alienate the good viewers from the city of brotherly love… much
Me: Did you two play hockey?
MK: I played street hockey when it got popular in the late ’90’s – the “we just saw Mighty Ducks 2 lets all get rollerblades” era.
JH: As did I! But I kept with it, roller hockey every day after school in the neighborhood and then I started playing some ice hockey.
MK: Yes, the Blackhawks did a really good job forcing kids on to other sports by never airing hockey games on TV.
MK: Sadly… don’t worry he’s dead now.
JH: I’m an Islanders fan, so it was always within the realm of possibility that I could play for them… they’ve been pretty terrible most of my life. Plus they make their backup goalie their GM… so anything can happen.
MK: I wouldn’t be surprised if you could win a spot on the roster by entering a fan contest with the Islanders.
JH: Because we have no fans? They are just laying dormant, they actually have the core of some great young players, they might just be like the ‘Hawks in a few years. And of course I’ll make a deal with the devil if I must.
Me: Ah yes thank you, back to this deal.
MK: Jeff’s Hockey tangents are the things of legend.
Me: Would you classify this as a black comedy?
MK: I‘d say its a “black arts” comedy, more than a comedy. We don’t kill anybody without a joke and always leave open the possibility that they can come back. In a funny way, not in a Jay Leno way… like a zombie.
JH: But JR is kind of a goof thrown into this where things have horror elements, and sillinesm but the characters are still pretty serious about what they want. Whether to eat brains, save his girlfriend or overthrow Stan.
MK: JR approaches every situation with a hint of absolute terror and child-like ADD.
JH: Well said.
MK: Its funny because when Jeff pitched the idea he immediately installed himself in the lead – which is a testament to his tremendous ego and that he was really the only guy to play JR. Your classic post-modern man child.
JH: I thought he was more of a beefy sexual dynamo leading man type.
MK: Right… we keep forgetting to shoot that “JR sweeps a bus of vampire cheerleaders off their feet” scene
Me: Maybe coming up?
MK: Hopefully – though I think it’d be funnier if they took advantage of him, making him even more of a hollow shell. It just fits the actor better that way… RIGHT JEFF?
JH: I’m sorry. I missed the last few IMs, I was doing push-ups.
Me: Or was the game on?
JH: It is, Bruins vs Rangers
Me: You have three episodes planned – will there be more?
JH: Well, the people will hopefully demand more. We made three as kind of a pilot for an ongoing series.
MK: We really want to see how these play – plus we have lots of fun “extra” footage of all our characters. I love episode 2
JH: It’s the “Empire Strikes Back” of the Sin Bin Saga.
MK: Yeah it’s much more emblematic of the tone we want to set for the show… it’s dark… and ridiculous.
JH: And there are Roller Derby Witches
Me: Anything you want to say for #3?
JH: It has it all… Epic chase, epic battles, epic love scenes…
MK: epic… epicness. Wait did someone use that tagline already? Episode 3 is when it all comes together in one big awesome episode.
JH: It’s the “Return of the King” of the Sin Bin Legend. JR is on skates during it, so it was dangerous to shoot!
ML: The night we shot the final scene everyone was on skates…
JH: Look ma! No helmet!
JH: No… sadly LA weather put the kaboosh on our ice.
MK: Plus it would have thrown the Roller Derby Witches for a loop, and those are girls you don’t want to get angry.
Me: So basically action packed
JH: With heart
MK: And a few scares
JH: And a laugh
MK: And a musical number
Me: All very good things… wait what?
JH: Umm… We didn’t shoot that Mark. Oh wait, THAT musical number.
MK: Well PART of a musical number.
Me: Well don’t want to give away too many spoilers. Is there anything else you would like to add?
MK: If anything we hope to be surprising… just like the Hawks! We just really want to make our mark on the “Hockey Horror Comedy” genre… by inventing it.
JH: We hope people enjoy the show. We’ve had a ton of fun making it and we want other people to have just as much with this new “Hockey Horror Comedy” genre.
MK: If people have half as much watching it as we had writing it, I’ll be happy.
Me: Well I definitely enjoyed what I have seen so far and this chat has been hilarious.
JH: Well thank you for chatting with us! We appreciate it and Go Canucks!
MK: Whoa whoa… Hawks may face them in the first round.
Thus ends an hilarious chat, and for the record at the time of writing this the quarter-finals are Canuck 2 vs Blackhawks 0 Big thanks to Jeff & Mark for their patience waiting for me to get the interview scheduled and for being so funny!
Watch JR battles the forces of hell: http://www.thefacepuck.com
Make sure you follow JR on Twitter to get the latest updates of his adventures (especially with The Hawks in the playoffs against my Canucks!) @JRTheFacePuck27. Also don’t forget to watch the video blogs the characters have posted. Even though I still haven’t figured out how Noelle is blogging from hell…
We’ve all been there. It’s zero dark thirty in the morning, the faint glow of the moon coming through the window is blurry and unusually bright. You can sit, you can crawl, but the ability to walk from one place to another has become too much to handle. Oh yes, you’re shit faced, and while you may feel like death in the morning or whatever time you finally wake up, right now the only pain you’re feeling is hunger pain. Being drunk is pretty much the only time that you are given carte blanche to eat whatever the hell strikes your inebriated fancy. But what to cook? Here to help us in our time of need is the Drunken Chef. Not only are his recipes easy to follow for those with diminished motor skills, but they are tasty as well.
I was introduced to il maestro through a friend and immediately recognized his genius. His name is Jose, pronounced Hose (get it right people!) and he is revolutionizing the drunken cookery industry through a series of webisodes. So far there are only nine episodes, but I have personally tested out 3 recipes while drunk as fuck, and let me tell you this man has mad skillz in the kitchen. That’s right, skillz with a “z”. Jose isn’t limited to one style of cooking. The man doesn’t box himself in like that. One week it’s Mexican, the next Indian, and I love variety particularly when I’m 2/3 of my way into a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with the legend himself. After the second bottle of tequila the interview was fairly unintelligible, but this is what I was able to make out.
F: How did the web series come about?
DC: I used to make frozen pizzas after bar time, then pass out while they were cooking. When I was able to stay awake, you know, if I didn’t have money, I’d have to make whatever was in the fridge. And I’m not into filling my stomach with any crap just to get full — I’m not Vegan, for Goddsakes — so had to experiment and make due. So, after I lost my job at the Sizzler and my girlfriend kicked me out of the house, I thought I’d make the show. It’s my passion, and it’s what I want to pass on to the common folk.
F: How much of the series is scripted and how much is improved? How much of your performance is acting and how much is actual drunkenness?
DC: That’s a secret. I’ll tell you this…there is alcohol on these shoots. There’s gotta be! We’re all about keeping it real. I eat what I make. Every recipe is tested and proven by myself.
F: What is your favorite episode and why?
DC: The Freedom Pizza episode, because that’s where it all started.
F: How many people are involved in the production and how much does it cost to produce each episode?
DC: I have a buddy who does camera, when I can get him away from his wife, which isn’t too hard because he’s bored in that relationship anyway, and a sound person, usually my “producer” who lives next to my old place (where my bitch ex-girlfriend lives with my cat — MY cat, Mr. Mistoffolees — and who I sleep with once in a while to piss off my ex). Either her or this burly African American friend when his car isn’t in the shop, which it always seems to be. And my 8 year old niece does the website.
F: Where did you receive your culinary training?
DC: Chuck’s in Fontana, Wisconsin, and L.A. Community College.
F: What is next for the drunken chef? Ultimately, what would you like to see happen with the series?
DC: I want to have it out with Anthony Bourdain and I want to make food for Rachel Ray.
F: Will there ever be an episode where the drunken chef goes to a sit down pizza hut?
DC: Why, you wanna go? Sounds like you’re asking me on a date. I’m down. I’ll scrounge up some quarters for the tabletop pac-man game.
F: What is the most difficult part of the entire production process and how long does it take to make one episode from coming up with a story to completion?
DC: The most difficult part? Dealing with all these normal-lites who are asleep at 3am when I come back and cook. We usually decide on what I’m gonna cook, then go from there. Or we visit fans or whatnot and see what they got in their kitchen. We shoot an episode in a few hours, then my “producer” cuts it in a couple of days.
F: What’s your favorite drink?
DC: Templeton Rye w/2 cubes of ice. And beer. And other whiskeys. Whatever’s free, basically.
F: You’ve already tackled Italian, Indian and Mexican food in the series? What genre of food do you want to try next?
DC: I want to serve up some of the fine cultural cuisine of Chicago.
Sunnseanicarts on Youtube combined Doctor Who and CSI: Miami to create this mashup – CSI: Gallifrey.
Enjoy. It’s kind of brilliant.