In real life, Gwarsenio Hall and Two Minutes supporting character Kevin The Sound Guy are actually comedians Jordan Olds and Drew Kaufman, the show's creators. In a rare corpsepaint-less moment, the guys met up with us in Brooklyn to talk about the show's history, the craziest shit they've seen, and the season's impending end.
What are both of your roles at Two Minutes To Late Night?
Jordan: We both produce, write, and trade off editing the episodes based on which one of us has a day job. I also workshop and compose most of the cover songs that we perform on the show and Drew makes the crazy motion graphics. Honestly, we’re both wearing too many hats. However, if we’re in Saint Vitus, all my focus goes towards hosting as Gwarsenio Hall. I leave everything technical in the hands of Drew and the crew and then it’s my job to guide a stage full of 35-year-olds with ADHD from one joke to the next and pray to the dark lord that it ends up being funny.
Drew: I direct, which kind of happened by accident. If you don’t know what a director actually does besides wear beret hats and tell actors what their “motivation” is, it mostly means people run up to me and ask me questions about cameras and shit. We can’t just stop the show to get Gwarsenio’s opinion on lighting, so I become the adult of the set. I’m usually the first to arrive, the last to leave, and most often the person carrying a heavy-ass camera around the beautiful death trap that is Saint Vitus. Oh, and I’m Kevin the Sound Guy.
How did the whole thing start?
J: I originally came up with an idea for a “Satanic Talk Show” as a music video. I love watching old VHS uploads of bands performing on Conan or Letterman, and so I thought it would be fun to make a music video that was just a crazy talk show performance. Then once I started seeing a corpse painted host with a crazy metal house band, I realized that I just wanted to make the actual show. I got Drew to help with it since he’s the funniest person I knew and we were lucky enough to have Mutoid Man involved since Steve Brodsky was my guitar teacher at the time.
D: We made a pilot for fun, tried to shop it around, realized we didn’t know how to shop anything around, and then we just threw it up on the internet. We got a lot of very welcoming organic publicity, and the rest is history.