Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stefon, Illustrated

(Kinda kills me how often he breaks in this.  So fun to watch.)

One of the notes we’re often given in Improv is to incorporate specifics into our scene-work.  Don't just mention you have a dog - mention you have a Doberman.  Or better yet - an asthmatic Doberman.  The devil's in the details, and the details - they are funny.

It's one of the reasons I love Bill Heder's SNL character, Stefon.  His entire schtick is details: weird, weird, hilarious, weird details. Expired Lunchables, Alf in a trench coat, Asian Balki’s, German Smurfs, human bathmats, Spud Webb, A Fish Called Kwanza.  Love it.

(I also love how the character of Stefon came to be (watch here).  He's mash-up of real-life people. Truth in comedy, comedy in truth.)

Have you ever wondered what the NYC night clubs that Stefon so lovingly describes actually look like? Neither have I. But then I saw on the Hairpin last week that several artists had made Stefon-inspired sketches, and I got curious.  Check them out here.

Oh, to live in Stefon's world for a New York minute...

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