Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire
We are in production this week for the first show of the new season. The writers have been working on commercial parodies, some of which will be shot this week. It's great seeing everyone. The summer went by so quickly! I found a blog of one of the reruns that was on this summer. I am looking forward to doing the newer live shows. Okay, about the Rainn Wilson episode:
This is one of my favorite episodes ever. Just for me personally. It could have just been my mood or the time of year or something, but I had such a fun time that week. Rainn was great and I loved Arcade Fire so much. Right after we finished the show, the band ran back over to the music stage and performed a bunch of songs for the studio audience. They kind of turned the studio into a little club (the studio is actually pretty small). The audience was blown away and when I looked back everyone was getting into it. The producers of the show, Lorne, the whole cast, Rainn, and everyone in the crew. For their last song the band paraded through the audience with hand held instruments. Incredible! I wish you were all there but I swear you wouldn't fit. Next time, I promise.
I loved the "Danny's Song" sketch where the guys were drinking beer and reminiscing about their lives. I can't get get enough of that one. Every line was funnier than the last. It's one of those sketches I was wishing I was in, but not in a negative way. More like " oh man! I want to be in that party!" They looked like they were having such a good time.
The digital short, the one in the boardroom was a little complicated to shoot. They couldn't shoot everyone at once so they had to configure people from memory. I think they didn't write it down or something, so there was a lot of "no no, the pajama shark guy is on the right". I had no idea what the piece was going to be so that's how I was finding out the names of the characters. "Wait, what?
Who's Mountain Joe?"
The Judge Seidlin thing was a matter of luck. The footage of him crying on the bench came out right as we were writing so we had plenty to work with. Plenty of long pauses. It takes a really long time to get that bald cap put on by the makeup people. Because of that I have to wear it all night and have all my wigs put on over it (nice job Louis!). As far as doing the judge, I'd like to say that I came up with the idea but it wasn't that way. I just had lots of friends calling me telling me "Have you seen this guy? You have to do him!" So I did. Thank you friends.