By Ryan Meehan
A founding member and leader of the sketch comedy group “The Whitest Kids U’Know”, comedian Trevor Moore is currently on tour with the group throughout the US. Their self-titled comedy show ran for five seasons on the IFC Network and their videos have over 100 million views on YouTube. The group sold out a nationwide tour in 2012 and recently completed their first film, The Civil War on Drugs, which Trevor co-wrote and co-directed. Trevor is a regular correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He co-directed, co-wrote and starred in the Fox Searchlight film Miss March, was seen alongside Christian Slater in the Fox TV series, Breaking In, and recently shot a pilot for TruTV with Fax Bahr and Adam Small. His new album “Drunk Texts to Myself” is in stores everywhere, and we are delighted to have him as our guest today in 5 Questions.
FOH: You were Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels’ personal intern for a year…what was the most important thing that you learned from that whole experience? Do you think that you would have made a good SNL cast member?
TM: The greatest thing about that whole experience was that I could watch how a sketch would evolve throughout the week. I’d look at the different drafts that came out of the writers room and see how the pieces would change from Monday (when they were just basic ideas) to Saturday (when they’d go through constant rewrites right up until show time).
I think I’d have been good at writing the current events based sketches. I like writing bits that comment on social issues and political movements. I’d probably have been less interested in the character based stuff. We never had any reoccurring sketches in Whitest Kids because that sort of thing just didn’t appeal to us that much as situational based sketches.
FOH: Let’s talk about the record…Is “Tom Hanks is an Asshole” directed at him personally, or were you just looking for somebody in Hollywood who has a good reputation for being a nice guy? In other words, could that song just have easily been called “Tyler Perry is an Asshole”?
TM: Yeah. As far as I know, Tom Hanks is a super nice guy. I just thought it would be funny to make a song talking about this fake, horrific dark side to someone who is, basically, America’s sweetheart. It’s hard to think of someone else who else kind of holds that sort of pop-culture reverence. Maybe Betty White at the moment.
FOH: You got pretty lucky when it comes to timing with the new pope being chosen and having your single “The Pope Rap (Modern Day Profit)” come out right around the same time…What is it about the Catholic church that seems to make it a great target for comedic material?
TM: Well, they’re one of the ultimate symbols of authority and comedians tend to have a problem with authority. That and the obvious contradictions in their actions. The church preaches against worldliness and is surrounded by gold. The church professes some sort of higher morality and then covers up child molestation. It’s basically its own dark satire. I think that’s why it’s a target for a lot of comics.
FOH: What’s your favorite track off of “Drunk Texts to Myself” and why? Were there any cuts that didn’t make the record that just didn’t fit with the rest of the material or was it pretty much just those ten ideas?
TM: I really like “Drunk Texts to Myself” a lot. That’s a song I wrote because I have a habit of texting myself different ideas or reminders every time I get drunk. Kind of like a “TO DO” list that you would put on your refrigerator. But then, when I wake up the next morning, I usually have completely forgotten the context of why I was sending the texts in the first place, so it all ends up just reading like random gibberish. So, I decided to pick the weirdest ones I’d sent myself over the last 6 months and put them to music. I also really like that one because Reggie Watts came to the studio and laid down a beat-box loop for the track and also sang back up vocals. I think ‘Time for Guillotines’ is a favorite of mine too. It’s a nice ‘We Are the World’-type Pop anthem that turns very violent. I actually recorded 3 or 4 extra songs that never made it on the album. I really liked them but didn’t feel that they fit with the tone of the other songs, but maybe I’ll put them on the next one.
FOH: Will “The Whitest Kids U’ Know” ever see the light of cable television day again? How is the project to turn the show into a film coming along?
TM: Yeah, I think we’ll probably try to get the old shows replayed on other networks in the near future. They air all over the world right now which is pretty crazy. I think the show is big in Argentina right now, which is pretty cool. Someone sent me a video of the show airing in Russia – but they had renamed it “Urban Gorillas”.
The film is coming along. We’ve been writing the script for about a year. We’re almost done. Then we’ll take it out and hopefully get it in production within this next year.
FOH: What’s up next for Trevor Moore in the twelve months to come? Anything big in the works that we should know about?
TM: Well, I’m going to be touring with the album and I’m just wrapping up shooting a pilot for TruTV that I’ve been developing. So, I’ll be working on those and the WKUK film!
Don’t forget to check out Trevor as a panel guest on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Monday, April 22nd, or visit any of the links below for more info!
Trevor’s Official Website: http://trevormoore.org/
Video for “What About Mouthwash?”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOCdIY_HKM4
Trevor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/itrevormoore
Trevor on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/fartmonsters?fref=ts
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