We got interviewed on Saturday by a NY Times writer about our experiences as 102 creators. He came over and talked to Bill, Kirk and me for like an hour… we cleaned for like 5 hours beforehand, in case they wanted to take a picture as he mentioned on the phone. He asked questions that were kind of confusing (“What about shows that always have changing casts?” I assume a reference to 101’s “The ‘Bu” since I can’t think of any shows here that replaced their cast members).
Afterwards Kirk said I came across as negative in the interview, which bothered me for the rest of the weekend. I didn’t think I was, but since the huge uproar here in the comedy community over a NY Post article in which mostly anonymous comedy writers bashed SNL I guess I should have been more guarded in my comments about anything. From my previous experiences with press I can’t imagine we’ll have more quoted from our interview than “’We made My Wife the Ghost,’ commented Dyna Moe, 27; Kirk Damato, 26; and Bill Buckendorf, 35; from their East Village railroad apartment that doubles as their production studio.” Only one of our names will be spelled wrong. (The reporter seemed most adamant about clearly determining whether we lived in the Lower East Side or the East Village. )
It’s still exciting to be interviewed about anything. I got interviewed along with a group of other cast members from Matt Walsh’s “WallyVision” back in 1999 for the Times. And did a phone interview for Backstage (along with a gabillion other comedy people) for some feature on improv in like 2000-ish… I never even saw that one in print. Feature Feature got interviewed twice by school papers and both times the interviewer decided to only talk to part of the cast since 9 of us was too many at once.
We’re wrapping up editing on our new pilot, ‘The First Steps,’ tonight, hopefully. It’s our first pilot with “extras,” which I borrowed from Harold Night and we shot in the UCB office. I felt like a pied piper of Extras… everyone merrily following me from the theatre with absolutely no idea what we were filming. Dave Thunder even came and didn’t know where we were going or what we were doing; he just followed. We don’t really know if this one will be screened, much less voted for, since a lot of new people seem to be submitting this month.
I appeared as an extra in Will Hines’ last minute submission “The Block,” which he and DeCoster decided to make in one day. I dug out my Girl Crush sais and pink hair dye for it; Kirk wore my Riff Randal baseball jacket and aviator helmet. We both probably looked like complete douches, but it was close enough to Halloween that no one gave us shit on the street.
As of this morning, Kirk is very excited about filming a parody of “Pet Keeping with Marc Marrone,” and I contend that show is already beyond all parody. We have “Cakey” still on deck, pending a location. I want to also get Instant Cinema together to make a pilot as a group but that may be logistical nightmare. Kirk’s next big one might be a D&D-themed pilot (largely inspired by the photos in Museum Replicas Limited... which amazingly does NOT have a web catalog) ; I still plan on doing “NTGC2040 the TV.”
Lots of TV stuff in the future… enough so that I will make a “102” tab for my blog. How about that!