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.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.