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This issue features our introspective In/Out list for 2015, and you wouldn’t want to start the year without knowing what’s hot and what’s not. You’ll also find junk mail dug up after the holidays, theatre reviews and the five commandments for attending comedy shows. This issue features an incredible interview with Alex Koll (stand up comic and a founding member of The Business) and so much more. Give it a download, tell your friends, download it on your friend’s computers without telling them and then pick up a subscription. The next issue hits the printers in March, but we’ll have plenty more content right here on the web until then.
It’s very possible that many of you have begun speculating whether or not The Annual would go on, it had been a while since issue 10. It even seemed as though the month of September had been skipped in it’s entirety. However, The Annual is back baby!
Coming October 21st, our Oct/Nov spectacular hits virtual store shelves and will then be mailed straight to your physical door! This issue features fall fashion tips, halloween costume ideas, an interview with Emily Heller, tributes to Joan Rivers and Robin Williams and so much more. It’s a bimonthly comedic extravaganza that you won’t want to miss! Click here to preorder your copy!
This issue features material from:Parker Benbow, Isabel Duarte, Amber George, Hannah Gutman, Briana Haynie, David Luna, Andrew Michaels, Buddy Purucker, and Steve Younkins!
On July 31st The Annual #10 will (finally) arrive, just in time for it to still be considered a July/August issue. This issue is jam packed with material from your favorite Annual writers and a new interview with Sara Benincasa. This issue contains (but is not limited to) up to the minute Bill Murray tracking, a glimpse at an upcoming Pixar movie*, a look into Craigslist, an in-depth breakdown of mystery Doritos flavors, illustrated Campfire stories and so much more! Side effects may include stubbed toes, broken hearts and a realization of one’s own mortality, so preorder The Annual #10 today!
*Upcomins pixar movie in the satirical sense. Pixar movie detailed is in no way being produced by Pixar. We mention this, because Disney is known to be sticklers for their copyrights.
What I’ve come to learn more and more is that comedians aren’t just “funny guys”. Those who excel in any art are not limited to one skill. In fact, their genius reflects upon every other aspect of their lives, making these individuals brilliant in more ways than we can immediately perceive. We can all learn from those with real passion.
I spoke with someone who has been an outstanding improvisational comedian for over two decades. He is wise, he loves dogs, and he is not lacking in passion. His name is…
David Luna: Tell me your earliest memory.
Brad Sherwood: My earliest memory in performing: I was in preschool and I did You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and I was Snoopy, and I was just laying on the doghouse, dancing the whole time. That was my first memory of being in front of an audience.
DL: Can you remember how you felt when you worked your first acting job?
BS: I liked it. I liked being in front of people. I was an only child, so I think I was a little starved for attention. Being around people was such a rarity for me. I felt like I lived a lot of time in solitary with my own thoughts, so any time I got a chance to be with other people was really exciting.
DL: Do you feel the same way today about acting? Do you feel like you always want to be in front of people, or do you also reserve a good chunk of time for solemn introspection or just solitude?
BS: Now the only time I like to be around people is when I’m performing. Now I’m back to being a completely solitary, hermit-like person, except for when I’m performing.
DL: What do you do with the time you have to yourself? Any creative things?
BS: Yeah, I have a lot of different creative outlets. Sometimes I play guitar and write sort of folky, introspective-y kind of songs. Sort of James Taylor, Cat Stevens-like stuff. And I paint, but I haven’t painted in a long time. Mostly abstract, weird stuff, like Peter Max.
DL: Of the music you’ve written, is any of it available for people to listen to online, or is it stuff you do privately?
BS: It’s mostly stuff I do privately. I should actually be a little more organized. Most of it’s in a fairly listenable state that I can actually probably put it on iTunes. I would never be looking for it to be a real source of income, but for people interested in hearing “oh, what kind of songs does Brad write,” I should get more organized and throw it on to iTunes.
DL: Out of the projects that you’ve been involved with, which ones have been the most rewarding?
BS: Really, my favorite is what Colin and I are doing now, which is our live tour. It’s so much fun. We both like being in front of a live audience, we both like making people laugh and we have complete creative control over the show, so we’re the ones calling the shots. We go out 40 to 50 times a year, and it pays our bills and keeps us busy and we still have lots of free time to do other things, including taping Whose Line and other projects. So, it’s really the best of both worlds.
On the first evening our conversation was scheduled for, I was scrambling to get organized. Let’s not make this a pattern, David. This man has created one of the most outstanding and exceptional animated series of the year, so let’s show some respect.
To my luck and disappointment, I discovered I was not alone in my lack of preparedness. The gentleman I was set to speak with needed to reschedule.
A week passed. I was greeted by a familiar voice. Perhaps I had heard it before on Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, or most recently on Rick and Morty, or perhaps it was familiar because he and I are merely aspects of a single, timeless organism made up of all the motion and energy in the multiverse. No matter. The host of this temporary flesh vessel was none other than the great…
David Luna: How often do you draw?
Justin Roiland: Not as much as I used to. I always say I need to be drawing more than I do. I go through periods where I’ll spend full days drawing for weeks at a time, and then I just won’t draw for months and months and months. When I’m working on Rick and Morty, the drawing is mainly characters or scenarios that I’m drawing on the dry erase board to illustrate or reinforce a pitch or an idea or a character or whatever. The thing I don’t do often enough is comics—just freestyle, freeform, even if they’re bad. I used to keep idea/sketchbooks constantly. It’s kind of sad because the digital world has sort of completely taken over that. Like now I have Evernote on my phone, and then I’ve got my Cintique, and I’ve been just drawing stuff on the dry erase board and then taking pictures of it on my phone.
DL: A lot of people involved with Farscape have had guest appearances on Rick and Morty. Are there people you’ve tried to get on the show but couldn’t? And if you could have absolutely anybody’s voice to your disposal, who would you want on your show?
JR: Season 1, we tried to get David Bowie. It was a very pie in the sky, very unlikely thing, but we were like, “You can never be told no if you don’t ask.” And that didn’t happen, obviously. We got very lucky with Season 1. For the most part, everybody we really wanted ended up coming through and happening. Going into Season 2, again David Bowie; we’re going to try again. I would love to have him do a voice.
Now that we’ve aired and people are familiar with the show, it’s going to be really interesting to see what kind of leverage that gives us when it comes to casting guest voices in Season 2. The thing that’s always cool to think about is what people am I a fan of that I could get to meet as a result of casting. There’s a lot of musicians that I would love to meet. That world has always been the most distant to me. I don’t go to concerts a lot, so I have all these bands I love, but that musicians’ world just seems so foreign and far away. I’m probably going cast some people from Battlestar; I love the idea of casting people from like awesome sci-fi shows, or just TV shows in general that I love, and, if possible, doing them in pairs. We have an episode coming up with Virginia Hey and Claudia Black, and they literally talk to each other and they’re together as characters in this episode, and it’s just so cool because I’m the biggest Farscape fan.
And in regard to the high school kids, I love casting Degrassi kids. As we continue to expand and develop other high school-centric characters, I’m going to keep going back to Degrassi because I love that show so much. Like, I love it ironically. It’s so bad, but I just love how bad it is. And it’s like one of my favorite things ever. It’s just appalling how one-dimensional some of the shit is on that show. I love that no one is calling them out or giving them notes. They just fucking write their scripts and shoot it—who gives a shit—and it does well, thank God. I want to be 70 years old and still see that show going. If they cancel that show I’m going to be so heartbroken. There’s such a sea of talent that has come out of that—good, bad and otherwise.
Last month, David Luna had the pleasure of speaking to Justin Roiland (co-creator of Rick and Morty), the interview lasted for almost an hour and is featured in The Annual #8. Below is a brief excerpt from that conversation, but to read the entire piece be sure to purchase the latest issue of The Annual!
Interview Conducted by David Luna, Puppet & Video by Kevin Cole
Interview Artwork by Buddy Purucker, Parker Benbow, David Luna, and Kevin Cole