The 404 Show Special Feature: Robert Ben Garant and Thomas LennonTwo of the stars of shows like The State and Reno 911! stop by The 404 Show to talk to Jeff Bakalar about their new movie, Hell Baby, available on-demand now and hitting theaters September 6.
-Now, you like that. You wanna hear the music. I appreciate that. What's going on everyone? Thanks for tuning into a very special edition of The 404 Show. Today, I'm very lucky I've got two fantastic comedians. Oh, maybe, tampered luckiness, quote and quote. I admire you gentlemen, a great deal. You may know them from their work on the infamous MTV's sketch show, The State, or Comedy Central's Reno 911-- -Uh-huh. -Uh-huh. -which had six seasons of glory-- -Uh-huh. -Oh, and as the-- -I would say five and then one that's like-- -and one that was-- -that the fans hated. -One that was a divider. -It was-- -Yeah. -Almost beyond that. -Yeah. -A line in the sand, if you will. -Yeah. -Yeah. -The writers of the Night at the Museum movie which-- -Yeah. -I tell people. --Uh-huh. -They're surprised by that. -Uh-huh. -They didn't know that. It's a fun fact. -You have a pretty schizophrenic career, I guess. -You could work with the crowd. -Yeah. -Eclectic? -[unk] you did. -Eclectic. -What do you call a crazy dude who's like wearing a tinfoil hat at a bus station. -Schizophrenic. -Schizophrenic. -Sure. -Yeah. -Schizophrenic. -Street dweller. -Not eclectic. -Street dweller who said, "I made you up." -Right. -Yeah. -Yeah. Institutionable. -Who's just speaking to the trash can. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah, yeah. -Oh, a little bit of what? -In that kind of career. -That's not eclectic. -That's schizophrenic. -Oh, yeah. -Yeah. -Well, there's nothing wrong with you guys. You seem like very well put together. -Hot dudes. -You're here because your latest collaboration is a film called Hell Baby-- -Uh-huh. -Yes. -which tells the ridiculous story of what happens to an expecting couple-- -Uh-huh. -who's expecting twins. -Uh-huh. -They moved into a-- -Spooky house. -a haunted house in New Orleans. -Uh-huh. -Yes. The movie was-- almost had a couple different titles. -Yes. -One of the titles is something that Keegan Michael Key plays for now in the film. -Yes. -At one point, he says, "[unk] spooky old house on that way." And we almost call the movie, The Spooky Old House on That Way. -The Spooky Old House on That Way. -Yeah, but it's been everything. -Yeah, with the whole thing. -Spooky. -But then, it seems like a little long. -[unk] -Yeah. -We almost called it-- -And then-- -Hell Baby 2, The Sequel. -Here's the thing-- -Yes. -I'm gonna go out on a limb. I actually like Hell Baby 2 better than Hell Baby. -Hell Baby 2 is pretty fine. -To me, it makes more sense for-- We've pitched it to folks and people were very-- -They didn't like it. -confused. -Really? -Yup. -They really didn't like it as much as we do. -But, in fairness, we didn't really like Hell Baby that much either. -No. -We're like, "Okay." -Hell Baby 2 is growing on me the more we talked about it. -Yeah. Hell Baby 2. -I mean, it's only a small sort of edit. I feel like-- -Yeah. -the SEO wouldn't really kill you. -Uh-huh. -Yeah. -Yeah. -[unk] -Well, we had figured out a whole back story that-- -Yeah. -Hell Baby 1 was unreleasable. -We could-- -But you made it. -We could [unk] and we'd say, "Oh, no, there was a Hell Baby 1." -Oh, yeah. -[unk] -[unk] legs are unwatchable. -Yeah. -Don't go see it. -Unwatchable. -Yeah. -Well, anyway, I'd like to introduce you fine gentlemen, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant. Thanks for being here. -Thank you for having us. -Thanks for having us. -This is a pleasure. -Thanks. -I love you guys and stuff. -Thank you very much. -I've been watching you since I'm a wee lad,-- -Thank you. -The State and all that. -Thank you. -Thank you. -This is special for me. So,-- -We'll make it special for you as well. -We're at that age that we meet a lot of people who were raised on The State,-- -Yes. -Yes. -you know,-- -Yeah. -whose parents had left them on a-- [unk] -For better or worse-- For better or for worse, but your parents kind of left you unattended-- -Yeah. -checking on you-- -There was a lot of that. -watching music video-- -Who's the 90s? [unk] 90s. -Yeah, it's the crazy 90s. -[unk] -It's a crazy time. -Yeah. You basically raised yourselves. -Yeah. -Right. -[unk] your cutters. -Yes. -I mean like cutters. -Yeah. -That's when the emo thing was first started. -Yeah. -Yeah, emos and cutters. -Uh-huh. -Emos and cutters. -Bottom dwellers. Yeah. -On the basements. -Yes. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -It was the basement. -We are the Basement Tapes. -Yes. -Yeah, I love it. -We were kids too. -We were only like-- -That's-- -We were 25 by the time it was done-- -Yeah. -over. -With the State. -Yeah. -The State was cancelled off CBS by the time we were 25. -Yeah. -The State is kind of amazing because it's a different-- it wasn't that long ago in the grand scheme of things. And yet-- -That's a very interesting buzz. -And yeah, it was. -Yeah. -And yet. -But in terms of like-- -Right. -the era of entertainment-- -Uh-huh. -and what we have now-- -Right. -think about when The State was on, there's no internet. -No. -The only-- -And cable was fairly new. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Twenty-four-hour cable too. -Yeah. -HBO used to go off the air which kids don't remember. -Oh, yeah, no one can remember it. -It's like the Native America had it. -Yes. Something like that. -But that's the thing. If The State were to exist now, I don't think-- Well, The Birthday Boys have a TV show. -Yeah. -They do. -Yeah. -[unk] -But I don't-- I don't know that we would have ever gotten into television subsequently everything that we do-- -Yeah. -if we hadn't been-- -We probably would have done like funny or die videos-- -Yeah. -and stuff. -That sort of seems like the path now. -Yeah. -And that's the equivalent. I mean, because nobody was [unk] -Funny or die videos and drugs. -And drugs. -Sure. -Yeah. -And just sat around. -And playing GoldenEye. -Oh, my God, [unk] -GoldenEye, [unk]. -So, I heard this while we're talking briefly before we went on-- -[unk] -that GoldenEye, 007, almost destroyed The State. -We lost Jann first-- -He disappeared. -and then I was next. -[unk] GoldenEye. -Todd went off too. -Joe Lo-- -Truglio. -People's-- -Joe Lo was just in love with the GoldenEye. -None of us had ever seen a video game like GoldenEye. -It was-- -People would just drop like flies. -Yeah. -He would spend all night flying it-- -Yeah. -and then the next day, flying it. Nobody went outside. -Yeah. -He wrote comedy jokes. -I lived with, like, a really attractive, like,-- -Yeah. -22-year-old actress. I didn't pay any attention to her. -Yeah. -No. Those were the days. I was crazy 'cause I was literally just sitting, puffing a [unk], playing GoldenEye. -Yeah. That's it. I mean, how do you kill a guy in the wall? Zoom in, zoom in, zoom in. -Right. -You like throw a hat every now and then. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Call each other on your landlines to ask how you kill people on the dam. -So-- -So excited to flip your hands. -So, it really like it just destroyed-- it's just-- -That distracted productivity. -GoldenEye and Myst. -Oh. -Myst. Yeah. -The year that Myst came out-- -It put the whole group on hiatus for about six months. -We didn't do anything. -Yeah. -So that-- -We're all playing-- We're all in separate dwellings playing Myst. So depressing. -And little did you know you're, like, you have this amazing opportunity. -You have youth. It's a beautiful sunny day outside New York City. -A beautiful New York -Yeah. -[unk] oyster. -You know what, I'm gonna tell them. -Girls in the Sheep Meadow. -Now, rolling. -Hey, man, when you light-- okay, when you light the burner and you turn the heat up and then you walk to the rocket ship, where does the rocket ship go? -Oh, yeah, because you gotta remember [unk] -Go play the piano first then light the burner. Meanwhile-- -This is amazing. -Meanwhile, there's actual orgies happening in New York City, like-- -And you're just-- -And this village is covered with orgies. -And we're trying to figure out Myst. -That-- -So sad. -Yeah. -That's the Myst. So, do you still play games? -No, no. -Are you guys still active gamers? -I-- -No. -From-- There's a telltale aspect of my life which is right around the time-- right after GoldenEye-- -Yeah. -I quit video games forever. -Really? -Yes. Forever-- -It's-- -and never look back. -like a drug. Subsequently, Ben and I have had 10 or 11 films that got made. -Yeah. -Yeah. -[unk] TV shows. -And I can't help but noticed that I feel like there's TV shows-- -There is a correlation maybe. -and four or five film pilots. -Yeah. -I feel like there's a correlation,-- -Yeah. -between me not spending like 14 hours or 16 hours a day,-- -Wondering how to kill the guy-- -wandering around, trying to kill the guy up on the dam. -You guys are really making me question-- -No, no, no, no, no, no. -No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. -[unk] I'm like-- -I'm super happy-- -No, you don't know-- -I'm so happy. -'Cause I kind of-- -Be happy. -I review video games too and-- -Be happy. -now, I'm like-- -Follow your bliss. -I wanna-- -Follow your bliss. -I wanna be funny,-- -Follow your bliss. -By the way,-- -entertaining, and now, it's just-- No, [unk] -There's plenty of people that say we're not even that entertaining, anyway. -That's true. -What do they know? -Oh, we have a lot of-- Yeah. -Yeah. -How's their show going? -Exactly. -Yeah. -Well, how about-- All right, well, let's talk about what you guys have been working on for a little while, Hell Baby. -Hell Baby. -This is a genre that I don't think I've seen from you guys yet, right? -Uh-huh. -You guys have flirted with horror before or-- -We watched-- -Really? -We watched it a lot. -We're watching movies and comedies probably. -Okay. -We talked about horror movies more, like, Mama-- -Like when the [unk] movie comes out-- -We get very excited-- -Sure. -We tell each other, "Oh, you gotta see the Orphanage. You gotta see Doppelganger." -more than we get excited about, like, when a comedy comes out. -When a comedy comes out, it's like, "Oh, yeah." -Yeah. -It's like work. -It's like, oh, yeah. -It's like work. -Yeah. That's right. Yeah. -[unk] Oh, that-- -I mean, if I really, you know, get excited about it, but horror movies-- -It feels like work. -Horror movies feel like a vacation. -Yeah. It's really. -Yeah. -We're going to see horror movies [unk] -So, what's your favorite horror movie of all time? -All time? Either The Changeling with George C. Scott-- -Say what you want. -The Exorcist is very hard to top. -Exorcist is great. -It's-- oh, first time too. -Yeah. -But even [unk] -It's not controversial. -It's-- Yeah, right, like, it-- and it's-- -It will still scare the balls off you. -It's also-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -An hour before anything happens,-- -It's real quiet. -it's real quiet. -I like the quiet ones. Orphanage is very quiet. -Orphanage. -I haven't seen it. Is that-- -Orphanage is great. -Is that Guillermo del Toro? -[unk] Orphanage right now. - Guillermo Del Toro produced it. -Yes. -Yeah. He produced it. I don't know if he directed it? -He didn't, but it's-- -It's beautiful. -It's great. -It's creepy, slow, fantastic. -I appreciate that. -There's two times in Orphanage that you'll get actually, like, the hair on your body will stand up. -Really? -Yup. -All right. -[unk] is good. -Yeah. -Which is very good. -[unk] ones are good one. -Have you ever seen The Exorcist III? -No. I was unaware of such a film until-- -The Exorcist III? It's also with George C. Scott and-- -Okay. -Brad Dourif. -George C. Scott. Brad Dourif plays the Scorpio Killer. It's great. -If-- I tell you right now. -Yeah. -If you don't gasp out loud and clench your butts superhard-- -Yeah. Well, twice. -it's got-- it's got-- -[unk] great scares. -Your money back. -The two of the best scares in movies are in that-- -Really? -[unk] -[unk] -And they make you wait for-- wait, you wait, wait,-- -I love that. -wait, wait, so long. -Is that-- -Maybe more than two, but two of them are bona fide. -Uh-huh. -You can see the movie 100 times and you're gonna still-- -Mama actually has a moment. Did you see Mama? -No. -It's good. -Mama is terrific. -Mama is terrific. -Mama has a moment that's sort of inspired by that long-- there's a long hallway scene-- -Right. Right. -of the Exorcist III. They just make you sit and wait and you keep thinking something scary is gonna happen, but you can't tell-- -[unk] evil. One of the best. -It's based on the book. It's based on Legion. -Legion. Yeah. -The William Blatty's book-- -Okay. -which is the scariest book. I read that book and I got it out of the house. I, like, took it to a book donation place and gave it away. -Because the demon is so scary. -'Cause it was so scary that I didn't want the paperback in my home. -Uh-huh. -Fair enough. -And the movie is good. -Our film, Hell Baby, is not even like that. -Not a scary as that. -Oh, well, it's good for it to be sometimes scary. -Sure. -Sometimes [unk] -Oh, there's a few screamers. -There's a couple of [unk] -There's like yelps. -A couple of yelps. -A couple of yelps. -At one point in there. -At one point, Rob Corddry yells out, "I am so sick of being startled." -Which is-- -Startling is exactly right. -the perfect word. -Yes. -'Cause it's not-- -I'm so startled. -Yeah. -scared. It's startled. -Yeah, mildly. -You know, when the casts came together-- Originally, we were gonna pepper it with some horror movie guys, like some serious actors-- -Okay. -like the head of the Vatican or the sciences. We were thinking it should not be like Ron Perlman or somebody from like a real horror movie. -Somebody serious guy. -But then, when we got, you know, like, he was the last [unk] -That's crazy. -maybe, a serious actor and the whole movie realized that this is just gonna be fine. -It's pretty silly movie. -This is just-- -Have you seen it? -I have seen it. -Very silly. -It's very-- It's very silly. -Yeah. -It's super weird. It's the way to say it. -It's very creepy. -So,-- -Super weird. -you're describing it as a combination between Exorcist III and The Cannonball Run II. -Uh-huh. -Okay. -Yes. -So-- Yes. If you like-- If you like those films and you're like, "Man, I wish somebody would mash up those two ideas." -Exorcist III and Cannonball Run II. -There's been a void, in fact. -Oh, yeah, yeah. -Severe lack-- -Yeah. -of such a mash-up. -[unk] some weirdo who is clamoring for that. -Yes. -Yeah. -Maybe. -And you've hopefully helped them to try that? -Yeah. -[unk] -If you remember that. So-- -[unk] -I watched the film a couple of days ago. If you like-- If you're a fan of ghost dogs,-- -Uh-huh. -if you're a fan of zombie blow jobs-- -Uh-huh. -Yes. -Oh, yeah. That's [unk] -Pregnant ladies-- -Why don't we call the movie that? -Zombie blow jobs. -The zombie blow jobs is so much better-- -What is that like? -or just ghost dogs and zombie blow jobs. In fact, in the time for, like, the release in Europe-- -Yeah. -let's call it that. -Yeah. -Ghost dogs and zombie blow jobs? -In Italian, that will be great. -That will be-- -[unk] -Somebody will finally make an-- -[unk] -Ghost dog and the zombie blow job. -We'll try that. -I was hoping they make one of those. -Yeah. That's great. -It's about time. -Uh-huh. -All right. Well-- -Ghost dogs, zombie blow jobs-- -Pregnant ladies, smoking and drinking-- -Yeah. -Leslie drinks a lot of paint thinner actually. -She does-- -Uh-huh. -vintage porn which is I have [unk]. -You know, it was a big long fight to get the rights to Wee Magazine. -I didn't even know that was-- -Oh, you are. Oh, it's a very classic. -It's a classic. -Classic pornography. -We're showing our [unk] about 70s. -Yeah. -When a young gentleman was interested in some pornography,-- -Sure. -that was also thought provoking. -Yeah. -Yeah. -And it was-- it was probably more-- -They'll make a perfect cocktail. -Yeah. -[unk] -It was probably more European sensibility. -Yeah. -It was like a dream bachelor pad. -It's a lifestyle, sort of-- -Lifestyle. -Are you using-- Are you using enough Kirschwasser in your fondue? -Sure. -Yeah. -Who's that? -Yeah. And then they keep pictures of 70s ladies-- -You might not be [unk] -with really, really hairy bush. -Yeah. -Yeah. -It's good. -It was just a better time. -It was a bush time. -We had to track down the guy who owned the rights to it and he was just some [unk] -Huh. -[unk] -We just got the rights. Let's do it right. -I didn't wanna pick up the phone. This was slippery all the time. -Yup. -[unk] hanging out. -It's busy. -[unk] -[unk] -Busy? -[unk] -Busy? -I drop the phone. I drop the phone. -Hang out. All right, drop the phone again. -And if you like all these things and my personal favorite making fun of Ashton Kutcher's specific. -We stopped for a while to do that in this movie which we-- -The movie takes on a long break-- -wanna give you a nice little-- -Yeah. -where we talked about Kutcher's choice of the kinds of cameras and printers that he endorses. -Sure. -Yes. -That improv actually went on for about 15 minutes-- -Quite a bit longer. -where the four of us sat around-- -Yeah. -and talked about what camera Ashton Kutcher uses and what printer, like,-- -[unk] Nikon Coolpix. -Yes. -Sure. I'd be-- -Matt, you know, he's probably made more money of Nikon. -Over that and up than we had in show business. -Yes. -Probably. -Easily. -Easily. -Easily. -Great. I mean, let's use the face. -[unk]. -I'm pretty sure I've seen pictures of his house on a magazine. Yeah, yeah. Oh, yeah. -It's working out. It's working out. -Oh, yeah. -It's working out great. -And we give him a huge help in this movie. -In fairness, yeah. -We say nothing negative. -[unk] negative. -No, no. Yeah. -Overwhelmingly positive. -All the problems we talked about in the film. We also talked for a long time about making something called pizza salad-- -Yes. -where you take a Domino's pizza, toss it in a bowl with the salad,-- -Right. -Also from Domino's. -also from Domino's Pizza. -Yeah. -And that's kind of-- not to spoil the movie, but it's kind of the climax of the film. -And that wasn't product placement. We had to go to Domino's and-- -Get permission. -make them-- Get permission-- -Is that word. -[unk] -We're like-- what are you saying about-- -We just thought that praising [unk] -It was so funny. -And we're like, "I don't want another content." -You say-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -And we're like, "Why are we making this kind of gross horror movie, you know." It's okay already. We're not excited. You know. And there's gonna be [unk]-- -And we're involved? and there's naked lady for a long time. Like, man-- -And we're very positive about pizza salad. -Yeah, totally positive. -So, they said yes. -They're changing their image. -Uh-huh. -If you notice. They're going digital with the whole, like,-- Have you seen what they do now? -Oh, yeah. Your weight, there's a little dye. -You could talk to the dude cooking your pizza. -Yeah. And he tells you-- cracks jokes and stuff. -Yeah. -And you could pick it. It could be like a minute to an hour of making pizza. -[unk] riders. -It was like yeah. -Yeah, strange. So strange. -Well, how much of Hell Baby were you sort of letting the actors, 'cause you guys produced this film, you wrote it, and you directed it as well, how-- -It's about 80-- Well, we did a lot of improv. The final cut is probably about 80% scripted. -Okay. A lot of-- So, the weird thing is some things that don't seem scripted are-- -Yeah. -Sure. -and then something, pizza salad-- -Big thing. -or strap. -Really? -Yeah, yeah. -Pizza salad [unk] -[unk] -There's also a long speech about how flat Dr. Pepper is still pretty good. -Okay. -They're good. -But the whole-- The ending-- the movie ends with this wonderful speech that [unk] help-- -Many of the characters are [unk] -a part dramatic, sort of talking about race relations. -Sure. -That was in prop. -That was totally out of nowhere. -Sometimes, you're walking down the street. You don't even get as much as a hello. -Right. -And Leslie looks at him in the most unbelievably-- -Right. -like self-satisfied way and says, "For now, hello." -Yeah. That's it. -And it's the stupidest-- -Right. It's out of nowhere. -I wonder what it's like from like a cheesy, like, Hallmark Hall of Fame,-- -Yeah. -but it is really the end of our movie. -Yeah, it is. -And that was in prop. That was not-- -Yeah. They just said that. -Yeah. [unk] why you put that in the script? -Yeah, it seemed a little-- -Yeah. -sort of-- it's like-- -Superfluous. -this very long criteria [unk]. -Yeah, yeah. -I would argue a lot of the movies, a lot of the movies-- -Really? -Yeah. -but you're gonna [unk] particularly Hell Baby. -Yeah, [unk]-- -And there was a critic today who's not like-- look yeah-- -he was like, Riki Lindhome has a 7-minute full frontal oiled up nude scene that is in no way intrinsic to the plot, like yeah-- -To which my response is a-- -Yes. -and we-- -I need to show you my notes. -and why are you so mad at me about this? -We know. -I need to show you the notes that I almost verbatim kind of like-- -Said that exact thing. -this chick's been naked for a-- -Yeah. -Yeah. -long time. -Yeah. -A long time. -It's a-- -Yeah. -It's-- -That was an interesting thing to pitch to her. -Yeah. -Yeah. -How did that work? -It went amazingly well. -Yeah. -Yeah, well, no convincing? Nothing like-- -Riki does a podcast called 'Making It'. -Okay. -Which is terrific podcast if you get a chance to listen to her-- -Yeah, sure. -and she asked people like how you get into the industry and such, and I realized that she has such a great-- she's like the sort of the live action Janice from the Electric Mayhem. -Yes. -You know that. -Forget it. I'm not familiar with that. -She's very [unk], yeah. -Janice from the Electric Mayhem, she's, you know, the kind of thing I would have been, man. -Hang out with the band and walk around naked. -Yeah, she's all right. -She's so groovy hippy Muppet. -Yeah. -Okay, so-- -Oh, of course. -Yeah. -Hey, guys. What's up? -I'm here with the band. -Yeah. -And see, when I was just talking to Riki for like-- I'm like, "Wow, you're like-- you're like the sexy-- this is gonna be weird-- -Sexy Muppet? No, how is that weird? -you're like the sexy, sexy Muppet. -How is that weird? -I don't think that's-- -No, that's weird. -that's not weird, that's-- -You're like a Muppet that I wanna take all her clothes off-- -Yeah. -cover in oil and make a film about. -How is that weird? How is that weird? -Isn't that weird to say out loud? -I don't know. I'm not saying that's weird. I just wanna say that's provocative. -Yeah. -I think I'm gonna go. I don't feel good about myself-- -[unk] say that it's weird. -Yeah. -I don't feel good about myself-- -Uh huh. -'cause I'm just picturing myself sort of in a scenario with Janice. -At least it didn't-- but it played out verbatim like that? -Uh huh. -So, I said to Riki, "Hey, there's a scene in the movie, a very funny character, but the introduction scene is kind of weird." She says, "Is it nudity?" And I said, "Yeah." She said, "Okay." -[unk]-- weird, she's like, "Oh, nudity." -Nudity, yeah, yeah, yeah. -Yeah, well, I think when you're Riki, people pitch for that a lot. -Creepy guys with mustache is frequently say, "Ooh." -Hey, I got an idea. -I don't know. -Hey, I got an idea. Give it a hunch. -I don't wanna be a [unk]-- -Excuse me, are you in show business? -Yeah. -I got an idea. -Unless, if you wanna be and if you have an opinion of that picture-- -And she done a good work. -'cause you certainly have a [unk] pic and I don't know why I'm making fun of that 'cause that's exactly what I just wanna be in the picture. -It's exactly [unk]-- that was the pitch. -Yeah. -Yeah. -All right. -Exactly. -That's how you produce. -Yeah. -Yeah. -All right. -Although, it's not a sexual scene it's just long-- -Very long. -it's long and naked. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Yeah. -And I really-- that scene's about one, it's about her being uninhibited. It's also just so that from now you can come in one more time and say, "I'm so sorry about Curly Bear." -I'm so sorry about Curly Bear. -I'm so sorry about Curly Bear. -That's the reason [unk]-- -That Curly Bear. -When he's leaving. -[unk] and yeah, that's great. -So that she can hug her and say, "I'm so sorry about Curly Bear." -And it's perfect 'cause it's right off camera-- -Yeah. -and it just, yeah, that works for me. -Uh huh. That's really a lot of that-- it's, you know, a lot of the movies-- -And in the sense like he had a lot of fun making. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Enjoy a really good time. -Yeah. -'Cause we weren't stressed about making it to make sense and -Right, all right. -following a bunch of like terrific structure that would make it really satisfying, [unk]-- -People just all get to be funny and normally-- -Yeah. -a couple of people in the movie have to sort of play-- -Yeah. -the straight man and we didn't bothered with that-- -Uh huh. -Fair enough. -and let people come down and just kinda have fun. -Well, you can check it out it's on demand right now-- -Uh huh. -and in theaters September 6th. -Yup. -Excellent. -Yes. -So, please do that. I wanna talk real quick about-- you guys recently did an AMA-- -Uh huh. -on Reddit which-- -Yeah. -It was a lot of fun. -I was one of those. -Yeah. -and you guys have never really dabbled in-- -No. -Reddit land? -No, it was exciting. -It's our first-- our first-- -So, that was pretty creative. -With Reddit, it's like-- -Freaked out. -it's everything, yeah. -Yeah. -It was pretty great, like people-- -Yeah. -get immediate interaction, like immediate feedback-- great questions from the people. -Oh yeah. -It was cool. -People has some truly genius questions on the Reddit. -A really funny, yeah. -Yeah. -It took the pressure off. -My favorite-- -The questions were funny. -question if you Google it, is someone sent in a question that was just day two? -Day two. -With a question mark. -Question mark. -And we answered it at length. -Yeah. -Oh really? -Yeah. -Day two? -We also answered at length-- did you see our piece about Gotham City Flippers? -No, I did not. -Very proud of that. -I heard there might be a new show that we do, someone asked why my character in Memento was also in the Dark Knight Rises. -That's right, you played doctor. -And I said it it's 'cause I'm also-- I've moved from California to Gotham to start flipping apartments and stop-- -Don't be so compensating [unk]-- -it was a very-- market's low-- -[unk]-- yeah. -Everytime there's a super villain attack-- -Right. -yeah, you know, you buy up the properties near the bridge Bane blew up-- -Uh huh. -for real cheap. -I mean, the market's-- -And putting a steam shower. -tanks after one of these scenes-- -Uh huh, yeah, of course. -and they seem to be happy. -And maybe one of them-- -Oh, fine. -[unk] having all the time. -A German blows up a ferry full of people. -It's, yeah. -Let's go to her property guys. -And your market just-- -Yeah. -tanks. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Suddenly, you can get some deal. -Right. -Yeah. -Right-- -An Arkham deals. -[unk]-- that goes up, they get out of Arkham-- -Yeah. -it goes back down. -Right. -[unk]-- -[unk]-- buying up places around Arkham. -Sure. -Yeah. -Oh don't, yeah. -I'd imagine that 10 block radio's around are-- -You gotta be-- -almost like it's been militarized-- -[unk]-- -They would almost give it on the way. -But then they have-- but then the vinyl record stores come in-- -Yeah. -the hipsters moving-- -All right. -Hipsters starting to [unk]-- -right at Arkham-- -And then the Renaissance begins. -And then Arkham, there's a break and all the hipsters were murdered -[unk] that's a bomber. -by the Riddler. -Yeah. -Yeah. -Oh, that's-- all right. So, look out for our-- -Look out for Gotham City Flippers-- -We didn't know about Reddit. -coming soon. -Yeah. -Did you know about Reddit? -I did. I freaked up on Reddit, yeah. -[unk]-- on Reddit, yeah. -I think Reddit's amazing specifically for the AMA's because-- -Right. -John Malkovich did one-- -Uh huh. -about a month back-- -Oh neat. -Wow. -It kinda changes your life a little bit. -That's pretty cool. -Uh huh. -'Cause you reading that and the, you know, you talk about going into depth-- -Oh yeah. -this dude, and ever and-- because you're-- because you're trained and you're conditioned to read all of his responses in his voice. -Yeah, totally, yeah. -And only your brain can use the perfect-- -I need this gun. I need this gun to kill the president. -Yeah. -Exactly. -That's so brave. -President [unk]-- -I know, yeah. -It's just like this never ending-- -Never think it already sounds like. -And what a thoughtful plan. -Yeah. -I know I need this gun to kill the president. -Yeah. -We gotta talk about Reno. We're almost out of time, but I have to talk about Reno 911-- -Uh huh. -'cause, you know, that was a fantastic show in Comedy Central. Tom, you played Lieutenant Dangle. -Uh-huh. -He was like a sexually, ambiguous-- -No, no, no. -No. -Leiutenant Dangle's out and gay. -It really sure [unk]-- -People always asked like what is-- when are we gonna find out about Lieutenant Dangle? -Yeah. -Leutenant Dangle makes out with a man-- -Sure? -in the pilot-- -In the pilot, yeah. -clip of Reno 911. -Certainly. -And people were always like, "Hey, this guy's maybe got so many closets we don't know about." I'm like-- -Yeah. -But there's no closet. -No, we know about it. -There's no closet. -We know about it. -[unk]-- -Nominated for GLAAD award, we didn't win it. But-- -Oh. -Yeah. -That make out is the thing that kept us off of Fox, pretty much. -Really? -'cause we originally did the pilot for Fox. -In the year of-- -And they wanted us to us to cut that. They-- -fall of 2000, or maybe it was even 1999. -No, 2000, that was a crazy time. -Yeah. -Crazy time. But we shot that show for Fox. -Yeah. -The idea is it would be a companion piece right after COPS. -No. -We thought-- -Yes. Really. -On Saturday nights. -Two polar-- -Yeah. -We had a sketch show that was canceled and we're like, well, what if the slot would have been the right after COPS. It was at 9:30 p.m. or something. -Yeah, on Saturday. -On Saturday nights. We're like, oh my god, what if we just do the show that was on right before us, but as a skit show. -Right. -Another weird thing about it is in the pilot of Reno, we played the COPS and all of the perps. -We play everybody. -Okay. -Yeah. -So, it's kinda like Little Britain. -Yeah. -It feels-- It really does feel like a sketch show. -Sure. -You pull up to a house and walk in and we're also the people in the house-- -Yeah. -that are doing the domestic dispute. -That's right 'cause-- -They phased that out. -Given like Carey played the crazy-- -Carey played the nickel-throwing hooker. -Yeah. -We ended up phasing it out for the most part. -Yeah. -It was a big Comedy Central note. They're like when they bought it 3-- It's not on the show for 3 years. -Right. -Really? -Bought it. -They thought it was sketchy and-- -They said like you change it. That's so stupid-- -Yeah. -'Cause it was. It was like a Muppet Show. -Yeah. -It was like what do we-- It's like The Mullets show 'cause-- -Yeah. -they'd always been putting on-- like they collect teeth and wigs and then we'd keep catching ourselves and it was-- The light and sounds were pretty dumb. -Yeah. -They had that powered up. We should put it on the internet 'cause-- -I think everyone would appreciate that. -Yeah. It's interesting. -It's weird. Parts of it are good. -Yeah. -But the one thing that stayed, TT is always-- -Sure. -The one who wore the big fluffy-- -And just dress-- She'd always drag like a boy around with her. -Yeah. Yeah. -All right. -Yell out your-- -Lisa says currently that's one of her aims. -Apparently it is. -Oh my god. -You're all on your break. -Right. -You've got good hair. -It's great-- -You got good hair. -I've got that-- You know, I've got Lisa's butt in my basement. -Yes. -Oh really? -Take that little butt in the movie. -I got a lot of Reno stuff in my house just because it had to be stored somewhere, so. One of the things is a huge prosthetic behind which-- -Oh. -Yeah. -And that's for cold lonely nights. I'm sure it could come in handy. -Snuggle up with that butt a little bit, right? -The Muppets. -And Ben, you play-- -Quietly masturbate. Oh Janice, you're the sexiest moppet. -Oh Janice. Oh Janice. -She did a spread in Wii. You guys didn't-- -Oh. -Yeah. -I know. -I wouldn't give-- -We're gonna get a call from the Jim Henson people and be like-- -Hey guys, that's really creepy. Don't sexualize Janice from the-- -That's really creepy. -elementary you may have. -Don't sexualize her. -We're just gonna have our hands up there behind us. You guys are creeps. -We're teaching kids to read with these muppets. Don't-- -Yeah. They're in. -Don't masturbate. -That's on us. That's our bad. -That's our bad. -You're right, Jim Henson. -That's our bad ways. -Okay. -I'm curious-- -Uh-huh. -how you guys feel about the characters on that show. We talked about Dangle for a bit. -Uh-huh. -You played Deputy Junior who is-- -Uh-huh. -a clearly visually impaired-- -Uh-huh. -sort of-- almost like Hillbilly maniac. -I'd-- -Simpleton. -Jim, I'm from Tennessee and all of my uncles think that's an impression of them. -Oh, do they really? -It's not. -That's not nice. -Yeah, but they think that I'm sort of trying to do-- -Oh. -Yeah, Randy. -You do have one-- You have one uncle who I can't quite understand. -Randall. Randall. -You're gonna have? -Yeah. -He talks like Boomhauer. -I was like-- -Right. -in Vegas with Ben and his uncle was coming around the corner. He said, everybody all around in there? -Yeah, like-- We don't know what that was. -Any subtitles? -This one's a-- -Yeah. -probably. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -What he said is everybody all around in there. -Right. Yeah, we're going in. Yeah. -Yeah. -I tend to-- -And even that doesn't make sense. -No. -I tend to disagree. -Yeah. You're going out. Yeah, I'm gonna do it. -Just stay put. -Don't-- -Don't disagree. -Yup. -Whose your guy's favorite character outside of the regular cast? I just wanna tell you mine real quick and-- -True. -Steve Little. -Oh. -The guy from the future. -Yeah. -Great. -Come on! -I thought he was-- -Yeah. -They would not explain to me. -They would not explain to me, judge. -They would not-- -Explain to me. -When he says like your mother didn't know-- -Your mother didn't know. -They would not explain to me. -The way that we do auditions-- -Yeah. -for Reno is people come in and we just ask you [unk] did you call us or were we called about you? -And they say, oh, somebody probably called you guys about me. You say, okay. And then you walk up and then Steve Little turns around and goes, they would not explain to me, judge. And you have no idea what you're gonna do like-- -All he said is what if I don't have any clothes on and I have cocaine smeared all over my face. -Sure. -And we said, great, great. -He would not explain to me. He would not explain to me. -They're gonna kick. -And so we met this-- -[unk]. -Yeah. -Came in and started trying to change her clothes. -Trying to change panties while we were like-- -Yeah. -like arresting her for being drunk? -Wait, this is like a-- -She's like, as you kept holding different things that you wanted. It was like she was really high and she couldn't decide what she wanted to be wearing and she wasn't-- -Right. -She didn't like anything she had on. But she also didn't like anything in the bag. -No. -We just-- -'cause she just-- -[unk] with her and we're like, "Oh, my God." -She just started and then we tried to pick her up and she wear like, she can kinda gotta limp in these [unk] 'cause she weighs 95 pounds. -Yes. So you can just pick her up with one hand and she-- -Great. So that was-- that was always very impressive. Keegan-Michael Key obviously is in the Hell Baby-- -Sure. Yes. -because of his amazing run on Reno. -He's a genius. He would always pretend to not know he sold things. -And what about-- -I'm not saying that I have a-- -But [unk], I have a gentlemen if I had a head in his trunk-- -I'm not saying I'm saying that. -about the thing I do. -How pathetically if I had head in, white male, 35 years old. -He does that solo. -How pathetically. -Yeah. That was a great character. -Yeah. -We did a ton of those-- -The most-- it's so funny. The most Toby had talked with-- -Toby has always. -yeah, Toby has just said, "What if I have like a do-rag-- -Yeah. -and a packet at [unk] on my shirt? -Yeah. -And we're like, "Okay." -And we're gonna be shooting 20 of those. -Yeah. He's really accurate to cops. -Yes. She's just-- -Jack screams like "Brenda, Brenda." -He's always just turning and screaming at somebody. -Great, here come the COPS harassing big Mac again. -Nick Swardson is also a lot of fun. -Nick's loving this portion. -And truth about Nick is no one cracks himself up more than Nick. -So he laughs at his own stuff. -The whole time. -You ate it around-- -Is that bad? Did you get frustrated with that? -No, it's fine. But Nick-- it is funny. -Starts talking. -And he's like, "What?" He's like, "What? I just put-- I just need to have-- it keeps our camera man go." -You can starts to kind of after Nick says something funny, go to us-- -Yeah. -in case Nick might laugh. -That's the good thing about the mustache if you go like this. You can laugh in the mustache and it covers you face. -Excellent. Nobody really knows what you're doing. -Right. -Yeah. -The iconic straight man right there. -Jim Rash always makes me laugh. -Always really. -Always funny. -Look, look, look. Jack Plotnick and Steve Marmella. -Yes. -This is the goof. I am doing this as a goof. -Like even like Patton Oswalt like he never got the opportunity. He'd always come in and be like-- -He's like the [unk] guy, right? -Yeah. He's the Dungeons and Dragons. -Sure. -His name is-- -Boots of escaping, boots of escaping. He's like-- -It was like the boots hammer of Galen. -That is Patton's character-- -And nobody ever got to like-- -What? -none of these guys got to just comment their craziest. You know, comment-- sure. -Say whatever came to their mind and have like a 10-minute long the insane scene. -Right. -My favorite one of Patton is the one we said, "Hey, Patton." And he's like, "Could we-- we'll walk up to you and let's see there was a DND game and somebody got actually shot with an arrow. -Right. -'Cause he got so heated. -Saw in the background as an-- -Yeah. And we will-- we'll just. We won't interrupt you too much. -Right. -So we ended up-- I think Patton told like a 20-minutes sort of-- -Yes. -And you could see-- -If it's so, what happened? -Right. -And then he talks for 20 minutes about like this DND adventure-- -Yeah. I smoke 2 Merit 100s. I remember I was just having a Merit 100s, which is the longer ones. -Super long cigarettes. -Super long, that long. -I smoke an entire one-- -Yeah. -in the shot then you see me, "Finish it, start another one." and then I finish that one-- -And talks. -and he just tells the story. -So gross. -And occasionally we ask him just to clarify something but that's about it. -Yeah. -That it was an actual bragging and it was just like a-- -And we had-- it was really fun 'cause sometimes we wouldn't even-- -Have a plan. -have a plan. -And we just-- -It seems like it was a lot of fun to do. -Yeah. -I hope it's-- is there any, you know, hopefully it could come back through like a thing like NetFlix. -They offered us. They have offered it. -Yeah? -And I don't know if that off or still on the table but at one point they offered it. I will say it was before everything on NetFlix exploded and-- -Right, right. -So we didn't really know what it-- that was. It was-- NetFlix was very early on it. -Sure. -And they're like, "What if you don't want for these?" -Yeah. -We talked about-- I don't know. -Being unlimited run of like a Twin Peaks. -You know dude, to do once sort of like mystery that this fire walk with me. -We did talk about doing-- -Yeah. -so many series sort of things-- -Six episodes by now. -The only thing we know about it is it starts with-- they find a body wrapped-up with-- they fine a body wrapped up in plastic. -Yeah. -Works for me. -And Dangle is on a discount cigarette so like a stop-smoking Chantix medicine. -Right. -It's like a knock-off in Canada. -Okay. -Yeah. -So Kyle Maclachlan may be-- -Yeah. -The hallucination, the whole time. -That was fantastic. -Yeah. We talked like a sort of a beautiful art film version. -Yeah. -We might-- is it a possibility? -Right. It sounds like you guys gotta get out of here. -We're okay for a second. -I just wanna thank you for being here. -Are you kidding? Our pleasure. Yeah. -Everyone check out Hell Baby that's out on-demand right now. It's in theater September 6. Follow Thomas on Twitter @ThomasLennon. I'd say the same for you Ben. What's-- -I'll write you a postcard. -What's the deal? -Give me a call. -Bitterly cut off from the digital world. -No. -Wouldn't that be everything [unk]. -I respect the hell out of that. -Yeah. I love it. Yeah. -My phone barely even works. -Hold out. Hold out-- -It's a great thing to be-- -'cause I know you're obviously-- -I'm gonna see if I got any comments about me on Twitter right now. -Fair enough. We gotta get outta here. Seriously, thank so much for being here. -It was great. -I really appreciate it. -Thank you, thank you. -It's been a blast. -Yeah. -Go check out the film. That's gonna do it for this very special edition of the 404 Show. 866-404-CNET is our number. You can e-mail us to email@example.com. Let me know what you think about these two fine gentlemen. That'll do it for us. Thanks for tuning in. See you soon.