An Inteview with Actor/Director/Writer Shane Ryan

Shane Ryan is the director, writer and star of the video “Amateur Porn Star Killer 3D: Inside the Head and appears in the film “Darling Nikki”.

Here is a link to his IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1546474/

1. What made you want to become an actor?

Jean-Claude Van Damme. I was introduced to Bloodsport when I was about 8, and instantly wanted to be an action star, so I started making my own films and doing stunts (when parents weren’t looking – like jumping off buildings and stuff) in hopes to work side by side with him. Though I had already been in love with films since I was about 5 due to my Dad being an editor, and taking me to and teaching me about films. I started learning to edit when I was 5. All of that helped as acting in my own films has been some of my own real work.

2. What makes you so attracted to the horror genre?

Nothing, actually. I was making arthouse movies, drama, noir types (actually in black and white) when I realized, that if you have no money to make a film, or are an indie/underground filmmaker, the only real place for support is the horror community. You have about 100 times as many places willing to cover your film, it’s insane. Not that I don’t like a good horror film, I like good films regardless of what category they fall under, but most good films fall under drama, for me. So, I basically tried to disguise my arthouse films as horror and erotic, to gain attention and support, while trying to tell stories about characters and events I thought were interesting. I’m very much into true crime, but for the mystery, the psychology, etc., not the blood, at all.

3. What is ” Amateur Porn Star Killer”?

Amateur Porn Star Killer was sort of a fluke. A film I shot in one night, which actually jump-started my career. It’s a fake snuff film, about the last hour in a 13 year old girl’s life, before she is raped and murdered. I thought it was important to portray rape in a realistic fashion, to show how vile it really is, and how rape, many times, is about manipulation and power, not by using force. While I felt the idea was important, the only reason I shot it was because I had failed multiple times at making a feature due to people not showing up, technical problems, no budgets/money, learning experiences, etc., so finally I said “Fuck it, what can I shoot in one night with no money/crew?” Therefore there’s no way I won’t finish this film. And that was Amateur Porn Star Killer. An arthouse talky drama, disguised as a rape-murder-fantasy type flick to get its foot in the door. It received so much attention, I decided to turn it into a trilogy. Now I’m trying as hard as I can to get away from it and do films I really want to, lol.

4. What do you like about Hollywood?

I liked Tower Records, the Sunset 5 Laemmle, and Virgin Records, but they all shut down. That was my only reason for really going down there. I live a couple hours north of Hollywood, most of the time. Unless we’re shooting something in Hollywood. I guess I like the parts with character. There’s this really seedy area I’m hoping to shoot at in a couple of weeks. Always has runaways, prostitute, druggies, gang bangers, cops, and that’s it. So dirty, you don’t want to touch anything, but it’s sad, with character, and that makes it very interesting. I like some of the people down there I guess, the ones who don’t act like Hollywood. I like the diversity, that’s the big thing, I suppose.

5. What don’t you like about it?

It’s like high school, yet somehow way worse. “He said, that she said, that this star said, about this extra, from her momma’s bachelor,” holy shit, it just goes on and on. I think that’s why I don’t want to move there, I can’t stand that drama shit. I’ve seen enough real drama in my life, this petty shit that never ends is ridiculously annoying. I also don’t like men telling women to get fake boobs, it’s retarded. More men like real women than you would think. We want real boobs, I don’t care if they’re small, big, whatever, let yourself be real. Women, don’t waste your money and esteem on fake shit you don’t need and probably look way better without. And I hate the smog. It’s crystal clear where I live, you can breath, see the stars (the real stars, in the sky). Hell, some actors know what I mean, I see Clint Howard up here all of the time.

6. What separates a good horror movie from a bad one?

Well, as saying, not much for horror, but it’d be character. If you care about a character, or are at least interested in the character, you will be more involved with what’s happening, therefore it’s more suspenseful. I saw that piece of shit The Cabin in the Woods (which everyone played up for some reason) and couldn’t give one damn about any of those people, most just annoyed me, so I was totally bored. Then I watched Retreat with Thandie Newton (I really wish she would get a divorce so I could marry her, wow! anyway) and it was freakin’ awesome, I was so devastated at the end, but enjoyed and was thrilled and engaged every second. There were only 3 actors in a house for most of the film, but I cared about two characters, and was totally interested in the 3rd. I think suspense and horror is in looks, moments, emotion, feeling, not in blood and guts.

7. Who are some of your influences?

On my last film, My Name is A by anonymous, I kept telling everyone (when they needed security about where we were going) to think of a David Lynch film, though I definitely wouldn’t say I ever try to copy any of these people – Gus Van Sant, Harmony Korine, Terrence Malick, David Fincher, Jim Jarmusch, John Cassavetes, Lars von Trier, Alex Payne, Sofia Coppola, Edward Burns – I do love that they all have their own style, and do their own thing, and that’s what influences me. Sometimes I love their work, sometimes hate it, always admire it. Otherwise, as far as filmmaking, there’s plenty of things in life that gives me ideas and motivation.

As far as acting, I’ve been so sidetracked filmmaking, I’ve been trying to find myself, where and if I belong acting. Recently, since I found myself to be method, I’ve been going back and really studying Dustin Hoffman in the 70’s when he was closer to my age, especially since I’m also his height, similar look, it’s been helping mold ideas of how to do things. And looking at the recent work of older actors, like Michael Caine, who never turned down a role really (or took every job he could get) and just kept learning. So, I really studied him in Harry Browne a few times. Subtle genius.

8. What is your wildest Hollywood story?

Hmm, I’m actually not that wild in real life, though when I have been don’t believe it was in Hollywood. Only thing I can think of, can’t name names, I met up with some friends (well, people I didn’t really know at the time) and there was a famous former child star with us (whom I didn’t recognize since I never watched the insanely famous show she was on forever). She’d been drinking all day, and as it lead into the night, she started getting very feisty, and was not getting along at all with this guy who was there. They started fighting all night long, everywhere we went, cussing up a storm, really yelling bad causing a scene, thought it would get physical. Eventually he passed out at the Roosevelt, but then got kicked out by security. It got bad when he came back in, nearly fell in the pool, then we were told to leave (I was the only sober one, unlucky me). So, everybody who’s drinking (everyone else) starts throwing a fight with security, eventually after awhile the entire staff is down there forcing us out. The girl child star, being tiny and under 5 feet tall, nearly gets us arrested, starts trying to fight security, the manager (I didn’t realize how well known she was at the time, so I was surprised later when I realized paparazzi would have been on this if they were around). She’s literally going off on these people, I have to drag her out, and try and get every one else to shut the fuck up, don’t start a fight, let’s just leave. This could go on forever, this story, so, quickly, wrapping it up, we get to the parking lot, she psychically starts beating her boyfriend up (not the guy she was arguing with all night, that was a different guy), gashes him up, verbally and psychically, in front of all these rich guests waiting for their cars. Then he tries to drive her home, he’s plastered, I have to fight for the keys, then convince the valet I’m not stealing the car, drive them home in this expensive fancy ass car I can’t figure out, while they’re all screaming nearly making me crash. We get to their place, but it doesn’t end, they keep fighting, meanwhile, I can’t get back to my car now. Now the guy she was fighting with all day, he gets out of the car and just disappears, leaving his phone behind. We look for an hour, never see him again, hope he lived (find out next day he did). Then, the girl star, hears a party across the street, feels the need to go over and crash it, so me and her boyfriend go with (as she brings more booze to drink), it’s tons of old rich folks, they’re staring at us like, what the fuck, who are you, etc. After that, didn’t get too bad, same shit, but it was fun. That’s about the peak of my excitement.

9. What separates you from other aspiring actors?

I can’t stand actors, lol. Unless I’m directing them, then I love them. But as a co-star, as a producer or anything else, they seem to really annoy me, or not get along with me, or not like me, or something. Not all of them, but many. Hopefully it changes.
That and getting my first two big jumps between being on Disney’s That’s So Raven, and raping a girl in my own fake snuff movie. My SAG work and my first starring role, pretty diverse. I also rarely get a part through auditioning, and don’t audition much, because it usually never works out. I get everything through making my own films and starring in them, and then getting recommended off of those films. And I’ve never really even liked acting until recently, when I did this film American Girls. It was only one day, but I think I finally found myself as an actor, did the method thing, loved it. So, from now on, hopefully I’ll be an actor who likes or loves, to act.

10. What would you say to someone who says Hollywood is racist, sexist and looksist?

Shut up and do something about it if that’s how you feel. When I make my films I do them the way I think I should, against whatever problems I have with Hollywood. As an actor, if I don’t like a role I’m submitting for then I don’t submit to it, or don’t take the part, or if I do take it out of desperation, then I try to learn from it. If you don’t like how things work then do it yourself, and hope others follow.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With A Shot Above Owner Lea Hatch

Lea Hatch is the owner of the bartending service A Shot Above. Here is a link to her website:

www.weareashotabove.com

1. How did you get into bartending?

I began as a server at a fast paced restaurant and knew the basics about beer and wine. One day every bartender on staff either was off and couldn’t come in, or called in sick, and the bar was left unmanned on a busy night. I volunteered to take over, thinking it was easy and ended up panicking and downloading a mixology app onto my phone just to be able to keep up with the weird drink requests. I decided that night I would attend a bartending school to become certified. The rest is history.

2. Why should my readers hire A Shot Above?

Because we are the whole package. You not only get an extremely qualified bartender (or several), you get hand picked attractive people that are trained for your type of party. We have everything from elegant wedding bartenders to the sexy lingerie clad pole dancing bartender for your party. All of our bartenders are certified mixologists, ServSafe Alcohol Certified, and has a current Food Handlers card. They are also schooled in alcohol laws, so there won’t be any criminal liability if ABC shows up.

3. What are some of your signature drinks?

I’m a shooter specialist, and I make the BEST shooter combinations. My personal favorites are a Peanut Butter and Jelly shot and a Dirty Girl Scout.

4. What do you like about working in Los Angeles?

The night life! People are so amazing here, and the range of parties I have bartended is incredible. I really enjoy the celebrity parties, as those seem to get the craziest.

5. What don’t you like about it?

My only complaint is when I get a beach party gig it ALWAYS seems to be cloudy. I am a sun loving girl, and live inland for a reason. I don’t like the cold and fog next to the beach.

6. What is the strangest story a customer has ever told you?

Oh! I don’t know if I can put it here, but I’ll clean it up and try. I had a “gentlemen” tell me in graphic detail about his sex dungeon he had downstairs in his basement, and that he currently had a bunch of girls tied up in sexual positions. As a surprise for his guests, he was going to bring the party downstairs so his guests could admire his “furniture” for the night. I got a little freaked out, but he assured me they had all signed contracts to show they were there voluntarily and not against their will. It was very weird, but the guests didn’t seem to mind, and the girls seemed to enjoy the attention.

7. What is your wildest work story?

I did a super fun New Years Eve Mansion party 2 years ago. It was hosted in the Hollywood Hills. It was celebrity studded, had a red carpet, photographers, and was even sponsored by Rock Star energy drink. There were 3 bars placed through out the house, and we were slammed all night long. Every one loves an open bar!

8. How do you tell when someone has had too much to drink?

I am trained in ABC laws and ServSafe certified. I not only use common sense and visual clues to determine, but I also keep a mental count of how many drinks a person has had. Bigger parties make it harder to do that, but we haven’t had any issues.

9. Has anyone ever stumped you with a drink order?

Of course! There are so many new drinks being made up constantly. I make it a point to go to the Bar Convention in Las Vegas every year. Granted, it’s rare these days to stump me, but that is why I STILL keep a mixology app on my phone.

10. If you were a mixed drink, what would you be and why?

Probably a Voddy 28, because it’s tall, skinny, sexy, and goes down easy…here’s the recipe:

5 cts Vodka
5 cts Violet syrup
2 Lime wedges, 1 Orange wedge
1 can of 28 black

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Comedian Evan Wecksell

// Posted by eliza gale on May 30, 2012 – 10:22pm

Evan Wecksell is a comedian who has appeared on such shows as “I Love the 70s” and “I love the 80s”. Here is a link to his web-site:

www.evanwecksell.com

1. What made you interested in being a comedian?

It was never a lifelong dream. I always liked being funny, I liked funny people so I had an eye on it, but I was in the early stages of a non-profit and sports marketing career. Having just finished an internship at the National Hockey League, I took a Sports, Entertainment and Events Marketing seminar at NYU. During the final presentation I was really good at making the WNBA funny. The presentation was strong, but the humor was stronger. The professor wanted me on the stage so I looked up some comedy classes to take in NYC.

2. What kind of training have you had?

I took the Stand-Up Comedy class at The Comic Strip in NYC two times through. DF Sweedler was a good teacher who really gave you the theory behind stand-up. When I moved to Los Angeles, I studied musical theater with Gary Imhoff at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He let me bring my funny songs to class and then I followed him to his own school when he left BHP. Can’t endorse him enough as a teacher for all artists.

3. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in becoming a comic?

I regularly give a seminar at Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood called “How To Make a Living in Comedy.” (Next one is June 11.) The first thing I go over is the way to make it in comedy is quantity, quality and viability. In other words, write and perform a lot of material, let your best stuff shine and make sure you have enough of it so that you can go out and really market yourself and your show.

4. What do you like about working in Hollywood?

Hollywood is not for the conventional. There are so many ways one can work in Hollywood. One day it’s a commercial, the next day it’s a game show, another day you’re on a movie set. The list is endless.

5. What don’t you like about it?

It is a numbers game so if you’re in Los Angeles to be an actor/artist/comedian, you can’t half-ass it. You really need to take massive action. I also don’t like the traffic and I think the number of medical marijuana stores you see are tragically absurd.

6. What life experiences have influenced your comedy the most?

When I moved to Los Angeles with the preconceived notion of “making it,” the only thing I made it as was a temp. So while temping at a cruise line I thought, “how am I going to make this [comedy career] work?” I immediately thought of my college fraternity Theta Chi and began contacting every chapter in the country about performing for them. Sure enough, some of them said yes and I began touring the country playing mainly colleges. My schedule has been snowballing ever since.

7. Who are some of your influences?

Jon Bon Jovi – I started playing guitar to cover Bon Jovi songs. I kind of wanted to be a funny Bon Jovi. He also has an extremely charismatic stage presence and badass work ethic.
Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey – funniest people on the planet when I was growing up, their posters were all over my wall.
Dave Attell – great straightforward, uncensored sense of humor.
Lisa Lampanelli – brutally racist which would get her kicked out of every public place, but her confidence in herself and her material and her relationship with the audience is something special.
to seth mcfarlane
– already took over TV and is about to the same with movies. We grew up watching the same shows so I love those references and his creativity.

8. How did you get on “I love the 70s”?

I was working at this non-profit job back when I was just moonlighting as a comedian. One of the people that fund raised for the non-profit happened to work at VH1. Before I knew it, I was going in for “I Love the 70s,” “I Love the 80s” and “I Love the Holidays.”

9. What makes someone funny?

First, their own decision that they are funny. Then an ability to talk about topics that audiences can relate to. Technically, it is the audience makes the comedian funny, but the comedian has to be willing to put his communication, verbal or physical, out there.

10. What is your wildest work story?

More funny than wild, but I played a Theta Chi show at Ball State in 2007 where they put me on the front lawn and amplified me pretty well. During my Top Ten Things about Theta Chi list, I mentioned “You’re not BTB (name of their rival fraternity – not actual letters)!” Well, a BTB brother was across the street and started walking towards us. Then I told the crowd to applaud him and we did and half a few brothers did some damage control he headed back. A week later I was sent a newspaper story from Ball State about Theta Chi being broken into, composites being stolen, etc… Then a few days later, I received another story about how campus police searched BTB and found all the missing Theta Chi articles. The school then chose to deactivate that chapter. So in a way, my show helped Theta Chi get rid of its rival fraternity.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Comedian David Beach

David Beach is a comedian and actor who has performed at Disneyland and Universal Studios.  Here is a link to his website:
http://www.thedavidbeach.com

 

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1. What made you want to become a comedian?

I am not sure what actually made me want to become a comedian. It was sort of a natural progression. It seemed since I moved a lot as a kid and I was always the shortest kid in the class, that I learned to use comedy as a way to protect myself and introduce myself to new situations. I turned to comedy a lot. So, I kind of studied comedy. I would watch classic comedy and comedians and then before I knew it, I was doing it. I still remember my first house laugh as a Christmas elf when I improvised with the script and threw a bucket of water at my teacher while in elementary school. That house laugh inspired me.

2. What are the advantages to living in Los Angeles for a comedian?

Comedy clubs aren’t as popular as they once were. But, considering the size of LA, there are quite a few comedy stores still around just due to the fact the size of the city means there are enough comedians to support it.
We also have the benefit of the possibility of a casting director, or producer, or whomever, catching your act and deciding to take you to the next level.
That rarely happens in Cincinnati, or some city not so attached to show biz.

3. What are some of the disadvantages?

The disadvantages here are pretty much the same disadvantages as anywhere. One could say there is a lot of competition, but there is also a disadvantage to being in an area where there is no competition. Big fish small pond syndrome. There are a lot of people that take advantage of comedians, but that too can happen anywhere.

4. What makes someone funny?

Any number of things can make someone funny. I think a more important question is, what makes you laugh.
Personally, I will always laugh at a performer that is dying on stage. It’s real. And, it’s uncomfortable. Seeing that emotional state is real and real is usually a great deal more amusing than a scripted bit. Maybe I have seen too much comedy and am no longer surprised. I have had contests on stage to see if I could guess the punch line after being given the set-up and I guess I do pretty well. So, knowing a lot of jokes, or set ups doesn’t make someone funny. What I find amusing isn’t a universal. So, what I think makes someone funny is not likely what someone else finds funny in someone. There are hugely popular movies that I can’t stand due to the sophomoric humor. I don’t particularly find blue comedy funny. But, I cant deny the success of comedians that work that way. So, maybe that is what makes someone funny.

5. Who are some of your influences?

I go old school. I remember cracking up at Harpo Marx. Harold Lloyd. I would love seeing Victor Borge. Bob Newhart. Older Bill Cosby. George Carlin before he became so political. I find that people that show anger onstage in regards to politics, like my hero David Letterman, ruin it a bit. But, our job as a jester is to be the one to point out that the emperor is naked. So, once again it’s a matter of taste.
I could go on and on about my original influences. As a variety performer I loved Carl Ballantine, Jay Johnson, The Flying Bros Karamazovs and on and on.

6. Tell me a joke about bloggers.

So, out of curiosity, I googled ‘jokes about bloggers.’ Wow. There really are no funny jokes about bloggers.

I’ve got nothing either.

7. What is your weirdest Hollywood story?

One of the first auditions turned out to be for a pervert who is, to my knowledge, sitting in jail for taking inappropriate pictures of underage boys.
I went into the audition. He wanted me to juggle. He then asked if I knew a lot of tricks with balls. It started to get odd when he asked me to sit on the couch with him and he would get me a SAG card if he did. I walked out. Before I left, I walked up to the secretary and asked if she was aware of the kind of auditions he was putting on. She stared at me and said, you think that’s bad, you should audition for his partner.
I was too stunned to do or say anything else. I walked out. I was thrilled when I saw his name in the paper for illegal activities years later.

8. What stand up comedy trends annoy you?

It’s kind of pointless to get annoyed. It won’t stop them. They will stop if the audience doesn’t buy into them. But, it is interesting to see the trend of televised comedy. If you go back twenty years, you can watch Candid Camera and see Allen Funt having fun throwing people into odd situations than appearing and saying, smile. Nowadays, we have movies that make millions by hurting people and being disgusting. Like I said, it’s pointless to be disgusted or annoyed, but it doesn’t speak to highly as to where our comic sentiment and senses have turned as a society.

9. What makes you fame-worthy?

Determination. Longevity. A sense of what makes my audience laugh. And desire. Yes, I still desire fame, which is really a ridiculous goal. Can you pass my name along to the gatekeepers, please?

10. If you could ask Lenny Bruce one question, what would it be?

What’s a funny joke about bloggers ?

And, if I were allowed a second question.. I would ask if I could have dinner with him. He was cutting edge. And now, somewhat tame in comparison. But anyone that blazes a trail is to be respected. But, I would rather enjoy getting to know him than ask him questions about the career or choices. My guess is he wouldn’t really be the type to answer sincerely anyway.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Comedian Scott Backman

 

Scott Backman is a comedian who has appeared on “Tosh.0”, “The Doctors” and “Excused”. Here is a link to his website:

 

http://www.scottbackman.com/

1. What made you want to become a comedian?

 

I wanted to be a comedian ever since I was a child.  I remember watching people tell jokes on TV and I would think to myself, that is what I want to do.  I use to watch “You Can’t Do That On Television” on Nickelodeon, a kids version of Saturday Night Live and I knew I wanted to do something like that! I loved watching sketch comedy skits, stand up comedians and funny video shows.  I always said what was on my mind and I’ve never had much of a filter when it came to using my judgment of what was coming out of my mouth.

 

2. What sets you apart from the crowd?  –

 

My big mouth and borderline wrong humor.  I think it is the early stages of Tourette’s but others say it’s just my Jersey up bringing and my fighting for attention all the time.  It might be a little crass at times too.  I’m just a unique person.  I love people and I love seeing their reactions when something crazy comes out of my mouth.  I am full of knowledge that is only useful in very specific situations but I always seem to encounter them.  Or, it’s just plain useless.  I’m a total bull-shitter… and you can’t bullshit a bull-shitter!

 

I love being unpredictable.  The only thing you can predict is that I’ll probably say something outrageous and inappropriate. Just sayin’!

 

3. What do you like about Los Angeles?

 

What’s there not to like? “This is Hollywood? What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams.  Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreaming!”

 

Other than that, the weather! I have been living in Los Angeles for a year and I love it! I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in Boston for 10 years before moving to La La land! It was nice to not have to shovel show this winter!

 

4. What don’t you like about Los Angeles?

 

Beside the drivers and the traffic? The people with their entitlement attitudes?  However, I accept it for what it is.

 

5. Who are some of your influences?

 

The people that have influenced me are people who go after their dreams; no matter what your dream is. A few people who have inspired me are Robin Williams, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen and Don Rickles! They connect with their audiences and make them feel you are in a real conversation with them.

 

 

6. What trend in comedy bothers you the most and why?

 

Comedians that intentionally say mean things to just say them really piss me off.  Also, people who talk about gross things, explicit dirty sex stories I have never found really funny.  You might be surprised but I am kind of a prude.  When you say certain things that are going to get a reaction of disgust really doesn’t do much for me.  However, comedy changes with the times and opens people’s eyes and ears to current topics.  There is so much negative things going on in the world, comedy is a great way to acknowledge them and put a lighter spin on things while bringing awareness.

 

 

7. What kind of day jobs have you had and how have they influenced your work?

 

I have worked in the marketing research field for years.  Yes…. BORING!!! All I know is that I was getting paid shit for doing work that was making a lot of people more money.  I never really had the corporate America kind of work ethic.  I always thought I should be doing some sort of work that was making the world a better place.  To tell you the truth, I really don’t care about work unless I am doing something to help the elderly, handicapped, sick, children or animals.

 

8. What role did you play on “The Doctors” and how did you get the part?

 

I played the role of a Gynecologist and had to tell a woman that she had a severe yeast infection and we have to removed part of her vagina.  …. Just Kidding….

 

I appeared on “The Doctors” twice where I did reenactments of questions/issues that were written in by viewers.  The first one I did a comedic spin on this issues a viewer wrote in about. “Every time I go out to eat I can barely make the short drive home without feeling I’m going to have an accident in my pants.  Why does this happen?”

 

My second appearance we did a skit about people who eat fast.  I played the husband who scarfs down his lunch while my “wife” took little, polite bites of her food.

 

9. What is your craziest work story?

 

Well…, probably the think that landed me here in Los Angeles.  I started a blog about things that I really enjoyed to do.  Like watch YouTube videos, comment on other blogs and surf the internet for better jobs than the one that I was forced to go to every day.  I started this blog one day while at work using Microsoft Word.  I wasn’t too sure which direction I wanted this blog to go in so I figured I would just type out some rants and take it from there.  So, I typed away about how I go to a thankless job every day where I just watch videos and job hunt all day long.  I also added that I curl my toes in my shoes so hard every time my boss would come into my office to keep myself screaming and walking out.  I do have to say that my boss was a really nice guy… probably too nice.  After all, I also blogged that he was a pussy and his wife has him by the balls.   I accidentally saved this to a public computer server and not my own computer’s hard drive.  I was then fired.

 

10. Tell me a WEHO joke.

 

West Hollywood is a great city.  It is very liberal but they pick and choose what they are liberal about.  For instance, a middle-aged man with a full beard can walk down Santa Monica Blvd. in a wedding gown and no one will say a word to him.  However, if someone walks down the street wearing fur, people go berserk and will torture them until they take it off!

 

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An interview With Musical Comedy Duo Picard Maneuver

Adam Fanshier and Mike Hover are the members of Picard Maneuver a musical comedy duo. Here is a link to their website:

www.PicardManeuverComedy.com

1. How did you two meet?

We meet back in college. We were both in the film program at Cal State Long Beach studying under Brain Alan Lane (MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and disappointing our parents. Please don’t let them see this interview… Our parents think we’re in law school.

After graduating, and doing standup for a few years on our own, we decided to join forces to perform a duo act back in 2007 because we thought our comedic voices worked well together… But mostly because we wanted to use the carpool lane.

2. What made you two click?

Adam: I get lost in Mike’s eyes.

Mike: I hate you.

Adam: Fine. I think it’s really two things. Mike and I share a mutual love of all things geeky, especially Star Trek. Second, I think that comically, Mike and I see things similarly, but we process them very differentially. That combo makes for a funny outcome. And let’s face it, we’re just friends who have a good time goofing off at comedy clubs.

Mike: Adam has a writers’ background, and is very structured and formulaic. I have more of an improvisation background, spontaneous and in the moment. When combining these two styles, we create a nice balance of order and chaos that makes our shows, we hope, fun to watch.

3. What do you like about Hollywood?

Adam: People are always mistaking us for celebrities. Unfortunately, it’s usually “The Judd’s”.

Mike: Hollywood is the entertainment capital in the world. Here the stand up community is massive, talented folks from all over congregating in a 30-mile radius. Being able to meet and see them perform is pretty awesome. We’ve been fortunate to share the stage with a lot of nice comics here.

4. What don’t you like about?

Adam: Frankly, you have to be crazy to want to live in this town and try to make a career. It’s like running away to join the circus.

Mike: That’s not true. The circus would pay better.

Adam: True.

Mike: The flip side of the coin is that Hollywood is the entertainment capital. Comedy is over saturated here in Los Angeles, because it is everywhere. From coffee shops to gas stations and prison (yes, we‘ve played in prison), you can find a stage, and a mic, pretty much anywhere. Because of this, the demand for a live show is low. We find that when performing outside of the area, people are more excited about live comedy.

5. What sets you apart from other comedians?

Adam: We wear Starfleet uniforms and sing rap songs about educational software from the early 80s.

Mike: That will do it. Also, there are two of us. That doubles our chances of being entertaining.

Adam: … And cuts our pay in half.

Mike: But what really sets us apart from other live acts is our honesty. We’re nerdy guys. In our travels we’ve found there are more nerds out in the world than jocks. Even if you play fantasy football, face it: you’re a nerd. So, telling jokes and stories of how we grew up and what the world is like for an adult geek, the crowd seems to enjoy that aspect of what we do.

6.What is your craziest LA story?

One of the most unexpected was at a gig in Hollywood. We were performing at a variety night, so there were a bunch of acts. We didn’t know this, but the special guest that night was Rob Paulsen, voice actor who, with a long list of credits, voiced Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yakko from Animaniacs. He improvised with the host with a variety of voices and ended the night by performing “Countries Of The World” as Yakko Warner. It was, without a doubt, one of the most exciting nights of our lives.

We admit that story is a little geeky… But you could always tell people that we told you a story that started with, “Once the Olsen twins brought the cocaine, Halo Night got really crazy…”

7. Who are some of your comedic influences?

We always thought the Hamburglar was hilarious.

The old guys always meant a lot to us- Jack Benny, Red Skelton, Bob Hope and Dean Martin, Steve Martin, as well as the great duo’s like the Smother’s Brothers. We’ve also had a little known hero, Michael Rayner, who has been a true mentor to us. Michael has not only helped us comically, he also lets us eat the cheeseburgers from his act once he’s done spinning them on his umbrella (really… Goggle it).

8. Mike, what experiences in life influence your work the most?
Being a kid at heart, I would say my childhood. Be it writing lyrics to a rap song, like “Oregon Trail Rap” or a love song like “Phasers Set To Love”, I tend to reference what I enjoyed growing up (Star Trek, Star Wars, Cartoons, etc) and finding the humor in them from both a child’s perspective and as an adult twenty years later.

9. Adam, same question.

Growing up nerdy. It’s funny how much of your life (junior high, high school, college) you spend hiding who you are. The mentally of “God forbid that the big canned blonde in my community college Geology class knows that I secretly love Star Trek V: The Final Frontier!” takes over when you‘re 20. You have to get away from all of the immaturity of school and hormones before you can grow into yourself. Meeting my wife, finding someone so beautiful inside and out who accepted me for who I was, really changed me, and continues to influence me every day… Even when she tells me Star Trek V is stupid.

10. I work in the health food industry, tell me a health food joke.

185 Health inspectors walk into a bar. Bartender says, “I’m sorry we don’t serve Health Inspectors here.” Inspectors say, “Why?” Bartender responds “Last time you guys came in here you shut the place down.” The 185 Health Inspectors respond “Ah, rats!”.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Actress Kristine Caluya

Kristine Caluya is an actress who appears in the film “Dirty Movie”. Here is a link to her website:

www.kristinecaluya.com

1. What made you want to become an actor?

Growing up as a kid acting wasn’t even on mind. I was in various school plays, choir and even a special school television studio. I never knew it could be a career until I became a hairdresser/makeup artist and got banned on my first film job by being mistaken as a background player. From there, a series of coincidences came along which continued to lead me to pursue acting.

2. What makes you fame-worthy?

I have had success in New Zealand and Europe through the television show “Shortland Street”. Though I am relatively “new” to Hollywood, I have been in this business for a long time internationally. Here in America I getting there. I have great ambiguity in my looks and versatility in my performances. I am a quintuple talent – I act, sing, dance, do martial arts, model. I’m all about professionalism.

3. What do you like about Hollywood?

I love Hollywood! It has a great deal of legacy and interesting character, or should I say “characters” which makes for more interesting characters for me to portray and draw from when I’m acting. Hollywood definitely keeps me plenty busy.

4. What don’t you like about it?

The traffic is probably the only dislike.

5. What is your wildest LA Story?

I have so many its insane! But the most memorable crazy one so far was being at a prestigious party at a mansion in Beverly Hills. Things were going great, then next minute a huge fight broke out between two guys, I think over some girl, and there was blood everywhere on the dance floor. The party gets shut down and about seven or so cop cars came. It was pretty insane.

6. What is “Dirty Movie” about?

Dirty Movie is an homage to the new wave filmmakers. It is a fictional account of making films during the 60’s.

7. What role do you play in the film?

I play a Asian villager named Sunlyn who is brutalized by French troops in Vietnam during the 50’s. Sunlyn is a critical character and is a shocking pivotal point in the film.

8. How did you get the audition for the part?

The director Scott Dodgson gave me the role after sitting down with him for a coffee. He loved my picture and reel and that was it.

9. How long were you in LA before getting your first role?

My first day. I actually got a role in a short film while sitting at a bus stop on sunset blvd and chatting to someone. I have no clue with what happened to that short film as of this day, I didn’t really keep good track of things back then. But after that I got cast in another short film three weeks later that ended up doing the festival circuit.

10. What would you say to someone who says Hollywood is racist, sexist and looksist?

I would say, come live in LA first. So many people make so many assumptions about this town, only hearing what the media portrays without even actually living and really getting to know Hollywood and its people. As for racism, etc that exists no matter what state, city, country you live in.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)