2006_01_bobbrianlg.jpgWhat’s so funny about rape fantasies, pedophilia, facials, hipsters, online dating, and Nick and Jessica’s breakup? Watch The Post Show, the biweekly internet-based online sketch comedy show produced by college pals Bob Castrone and Brian Levin and find out. In the 20-episode first season, they skewer fraternities, homosexuality, porn, and pop culture. As they celebrate the recent release of their DVD The Post Show Season 1: Life's a Beach! and gear up for Season 2, which debuts on Monday, Bob, who also blogs at My Blog Is Poop and VH1's Best Week Ever blog, and Brian riff on hot girls, goofing off, ghost sex, “Lazy Sunday” and what year Gothamist peaked.

You produced a comedy show together in college called "Pregame." What was that like, and is the Post Show a natural extension of that or something totally new that you came up with?

Bob: I had an idea for the campus tv station to produce the first ever interactive drinking game show—which is where the name "Pregame" came from. We lasted one episode before they begged us to turn it into a comedy show to make sure we didn't kill anyone. The Post Show is the logical next step. It's pregame with scripts.

Brian: And effort.

Bob: Yes, and effort. We care now.

How did the Post Show get started? How has it evolved from your original idea?

Brian: Bob and I had always talked about collaborating on something after I finished graduate school. We decided to do an online sketch comedy show because we loved the idea of doing something for an audience.

Bob: The idea hasn't really evolved—we knew from the start that we wanted to put out two new videos a week, and that's exactly what we've done. However, the process of making the videos is constantly evolving in terms of writing, directing and editing. We're learning on the job.

How much planning goes into each episode? How much of the dialogue is scripted vs. improvised? Do you do a lot of takes or just go with the first one?

Bob: How much planning goes into each episode? More than you think but not nearly enough. Putting out two videos a week means every day is crunch time. As far as script vs. improv . . . we do improvise during the shoot but every episode has a script and we're not hesitant to do something over and over and over again until we're happy with it.

Brian: In our first episode I delivered the line "I have 2 and a half minutes left to live" 37 times. We counted the takes during editing. It was really sad.

How do you divvy up your Post Show duties? Does one of you write or conceive of the episodes, or do you collaborate? Are the story lines (such as some of the breakup ones) drawn from real life?

Brian: We usually come up with the ideas together and then I'll go to the Loside Diner and write a draft with Jason Zumwalt (a friend and familiar face on The Post Show.) Then I take it to Bob for the castration process and he makes it look pretty.

Bob: As far as story lines being drawn from real life . . . yes . . . Brian really was that broken up over the Nick and Jessica split.

Brian: Next question please.

Hipsters come in for especially harsh (but funny) treatment in The Post Show, especially the H.I.P. episode. What's your biggest hipster pet peeve? If you could send a message to all New York City hipsters, what would it be?

Brian: I don't see the point of this question. Hipsters don’t read Gothamist anymore.

Bob: Gothamist is so 2004.

Brian: Totally.

Bob: Totally.

What are each of your favorite episodes and why?

Brian: I think our best episode is "Sing Along" where I play a pedophilic folk singer know as "The Dylan of pedophiles.”

Bob: I've never actually seen an episode. I heard it sucks.

You just released a DVD of the 20 Post Shows you've done for Season 1. I'm curious why you'd put out a DVD when people can watch them for free on their computers? What else is on the DVD?

Bob: At some point we're probably going to take the old videos off the site, so this is a good way to get a hold of them.

Brian: Plus it’s nice to watch it on a real screen instead of a pixilated one the size of your fist.

Bob: We're actually both really good looking. But only on tv.

Brian: Yeah, plus it's fun buying DVDs and this one is only $12. The extras include outtakes, clips from Pregame, and a musical montage of the pedophile folk songs.

What can we expect from the new season of the Post Show?

Bob: In all likelihood we're going to jump the shark.

Brian: No, literally . . . we've been taking water skiing lessons all winter.

Bob: It'll be bitchin.

How come "Barry Ribs-Original Hipster" and "TerrorPitch" never saw the light of day?

Bob: They were the first things we shot. We were still trying to figure out what worked and . . . we weren't funny yet.

Brian: Exactly. At the current rate we will be funny by Season 6.

What's your favorite part of doing The Post Show?

Bob: I like writing and editing. Can't stand shooting.

Brian: I like the writing process. Editing kills me.

What was the most embarrassing skit (if any) for you?

Brian: I'd probably have to go with the one where I tag teamed a ghost along side a guy with a goatee. That's the only one my parents can't watch.

Bob: For some reason my mom doesn't like the one where I fantasy rape a girl.

With The Post Show, you play around with the idea that people think you guys are gay in "In Too Deep," in which you both wake up and realize you've gotten married to each other the night before and several other episodes. Do you think the best response to those claims is humor?

Bob: So what if we live together? So what if we have skits where naked guys have sex with ghosts and skits where we get married to each other, and skits that feature a shirtless male model? So what if we acknowledge that we're meant to be with one another and so what . . . I'm sorry, I forgot the question.

Brian: I love dudes.

A lot of the actors you've used are local bloggers. What's working with them been like? Have there been any particularly funny bloopers or mishaps?

Bob: Alex Blagg was supposed to be in one of our skits but we swapped him out for a shirtless Ford model. And during "Fantasy Rape" AlexisT punched me in the head . . . hard. We were rehearsing. The camera wasn’t even rolling. That’s why we don’t use bloggers anymore.

Brian: We do have a blog skit coming up where you will be able to see all your favorite bloggeberties in action, so I'm sure there will be more bloopers and mishaps. And head shots.

If someone were interested in acting in one of your sketches, are you looking for new actors?

Brian: We're always looking for females.

Bob: Actresses.

Brian: Yeah, that’s cool if they act too.

What are you thoughts on the SNL "Lazy Sunday" phenomenon? Do you think it's ushered in new interest in watching video clips online and will its success have an impact on the way comedy videos, especially shorts, are made and distributed?

Bob: The interest to watch online video has been around—anyone who's seen a girl blow a horse knows that. Lazy Sunday got people talking because it was a funny, well-produced comedy short that just so happened to air on Saturday Night Live.

Brian: I think that short comedic videos will continue to be made in a similar way as they have been. As far as distribution, it will be interesting to see if the iPod video will be a profitable avenue of exhibition.

Bob, you write the blog My Blog Is Poop and contribute to VH1's Best Week Ever blog. How'd you get started as a blogger and at VH1, and who's your favorite celebrity to skewer?

Bob: My favorite celebrity to skewer is definitely Rob Thomas, because so far he's been the only one to complain to VH1 about something I wrote.

I started blogging because I was doing a lot of standup and I was looking for something to make me write everyday. So I set up Poop for the jokes or ideas that I knew wouldn't make it to the stage. I lucked out because, for most people, when your boss finds out about your blog you get fired. My boss promoted me. And not to get all plug-gy, but big things are going to be happening to the Best Week Ever site soon, so stay tuned.

You recently expounded on the power of having or not having the onus. Can you summarize your philosophy as to the onus?

Bob: Ah, the onus. Before I start I should warn the grammar nerds out there that I'm totally going to misuse the word here, so I apologize. I believe that there's an onus in every relationship—the proverbial “ball in one's court.” In new relationships, and in dysfunctional ones, there's a constant battle to hold on to the onus. When you have the onus you're in control. I love having the onus, but I always seem to lose it when I'm drunk and scrolling through my cell phone.

You're also somewhat of a ladies' man amongst the blogosphere, and in that story you also detailed how things went awry when you called a woman one too many times. What's your rule on number of acceptable phone calls?

Bob: I can't think of a better time to go on record and ask that the phrase "ladies' man amongst the blogosphere" be included in my obituary someday. That's hilarious.

I don't think there's a definite number for acceptable phone calls—it varies. But you always know when you've made one too many.

How much of your "My Blog Is Poop" persona is a persona and how much is really you?

Bob: I'm not going to act like a reality TV star and say that I'm "playing a character," but I have fun with My Blog Is Poop just like I had fun answering these questions. I guess I say things sometimes just to get a reaction. Like, I don't really think Gothamist is "so 2004." Everybody knows it peaked in '03.


Watch the first season of The Post Show at www.thepostshow.com. Season 2 debuts Monday, January 23rd. The Post Show Season 1: Life’s a Beach! DVD is for sale on their site for $12. Bob and Brian will be showing samples of The Post Show at the WYSIWYG Film Festival on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 pm at PS 122, 150 1st Avenue at 9th Street. Bob blogs at http://myblogispoop.blogspot.com and VH1's Best Week Ever blog.