Scott Aukerman's popular podcast, "Comedy Bang! Bang!," has turned the traditional celebrity interview on its head, with zany musical numbers and improv-style games. Aukerman, who also wrote for the cult comedy show "Mr. Show With Bob and David" and co-created the Web series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis," talks about the future of comedy and the TV version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!," premiering on IFC at 10 p.m. Friday.
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" is part of a new wave of podcasts-turned-TV shows, including Chris Hardwick's "Nerdist" on BBC America and Marc Maron's new show inspired by his "WTF" podcast, that's been green-lit by IFC. Is this the future of comedy development?
I do think that podcasts are a great training ground for people to kind of figure out their voice. There's no network or person saying, 'Don't say this, don't do that.' You can pretty much do them in your house ... so they're a really great place for comedians to figure out what they want to do.
How will the TV version of "Comedy Bang! Bang!" differ from the podcast?
The sensibility is exactly the same.... We had to take a look at every element of what I do on the podcast and figure out how to do it — or if I could even do it — in a short-form environment. Some of the games we play, like 'Would You Rather,' last 25 minutes, which is more time than we have on the actual show. So I had to sort of figure out, 'Can I play that in 21/2 minutes?' It's been an interesting process in figuring out how to simplify what we're doing, while still making it hilarious and special.