A Brief Interview With The Whitest Kids U’Know’s Darren Trumeter

A Brief Interview With The Whitest Kids U’Know’s Darren Trumeter (photo)

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The fifth and final season of everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show The Whitest Kids U’Know is underway at IFC. We are showing new episodes of one of the wackiest, crassest, and funniest show around every Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET. As an added bonus each episode has another chapter of The Civil War on Drugs, the historical drama that the Kids made to document the journey to legalize marijuana during the war between the states.

As we bid farewell to the Whitest Kids, we are taking some time to chat with each member of the troupe and to get their thoughts on comedy, their favorite moments from the five seasons the series ran on IFC, and the Civil War on Drugs. Today, we talk to Darren Trumeter.

What was the very first bit or act you ever did on the air, do you remember?

It might have been the Lincoln sketch. It was my first woman!

Why do you always get cast as the woman?

I have sort of an effeminate nature, so it sort of works. Everyone thinks I play girls well. I’m not the funniest girl, though, Sam is.

Were you prepared for that when you joined? Did you know you were going to be wearing a lot of women’s clothing?

When we did the live shows I played a girl a lot, but when we did the live shows we didn’t’ really dress up. Instead we would just yell at the audience, “I’m a girl!” and then I would be a girl.

If you had to live the rest of your life as one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Definitely Weiner the Stripper. She is fascinating. She is extremely weird and I would love to be her day in and day out.

What’s your writing process like?

The writing process has been the same for ten years. We sit in a room and take ten minutes to ourselves and then pitch ideas or premises to each other and if it starts snowballing into a sketch we’ll write it and then if it’s good, we’ll shoot it, and then put it on air.

How long does it take to write an entire show?

About two months. The scripts are usually short and we have to start writing a lot more. In season two, we were way short, but we weren’t allowed to write any more because of the writers’ strike. We have tons of old scripts, but they all have audience participation and we are not that great at improving.

Do you know the game F/M/K?

Yes, but can we call it fuck, rape, or kill?

No. So of your troupe mates, who would you F, M, and K?

I would marry Sam, I would kill Timmy, and I guess I would fuck Zack. But you’re starting a war.

Why does everyone want to kill Timmy?
I don’t know. Doesn’t everyone want to kill Timmy?

What are some of the sketches you’re most proud of?

Really proud of water balloons in the third season. It just builds up. Also really proud of sex robot. I think it turned out really well. Really proud of the season one hits Lincoln and sex robot.

Who is your favorite character in the WKUK pantheon?

Weiner the Stripper. I’m just going to come back to her. I have these breasts that they give to women who have breast cancer and I just had these weird breasts and was singing a song.

Do your parents ever watch the show?

Yes. My dad gets it and really likes it. He has a great sense of humor and I feel like I get a lot of my humor from him. He is a fan of sketch comedy. He tells us what works
My parents are really young. So they are pretty much in my same age range.

What are the best and worst reactions you’ve ever gotten from a sketch?

There was this one woman who we really offended at a show and she followed us around from show to show harassing us. I don’t know. There are some sketches we do that I can’t watch. There is this one where aliens are meeting earthlings and the aliens poop out of their chests and it is so gross.

So you gross yourselves out?

In season five there are like three or four sketches with cum in them and it’s so gross and you’re dealing with it and it’s so so gross.

You’ve sold a lot of products over the years, which one would you want to own?
Nerf nuke. It’s pretty awesome. Maybe pizza bagel?

What is your favorite sketch moment for season five of WKUK?
Seeing video of Timmy getting nailed with baked beans. The video doesn’t really do it justice. If you see the actual videos of a t-shirt gun shooting baked beans at him, it’s amazing. We saw his stomach the next day and he had welts on him. I mean, how did that even happen? Aren’t baked beans soft? But he was covered in welts. I almost felt bad for him.

What was your experience making the Civil War on Drugs?
It was really hard, because it was the middle of summer and it was really hot. And you had to wear wool that scraped your skin. It was awful. But we were really happy with it and really proud. Just did a screening in New York and it we had a great reaction to it. We are really proud.

What’s next for you?

Trevor and I are working on something that we might take around and pitch. I’m auditioning, but this is my first summer. It’s my first summer that I have off in a long time.

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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