I started transcibing my Stella interview from Sunday, but transcribing is hell so I stopped. And also it's better to hear them say it because the tones of their voices is about 50% of the humor. ("That was the tone of his voice." - Wesley Willis '95) And there was even one part where Showalter said something with a completely unstraight face, but the sound of his voice implies that he's being serious. So, mp3.. coming soon..
Okay, here's one part that sort of works with just reading, but it really is better hearing it.
Q: Think back to your mindset in 1992. How would those gentlemen feel watching Stella?
MIB: Well, we were basically...
MS: Wait, what was the question?
MIB: He's basically say how would you feel...
DW: Us at age 22 watching Stella.
MIB: We'd basically been doing- I think we'd be very pleased with it, because The State was sort of moving in this direction.
MS: You mean, what would The State have thought of Stella?
DW: Pre-The State, even before You Wrote It You Watch It.
MS: Would we have been fans of Stella?
MS: As kids, you mean? [I was referring to during college and before MTV.]
DW: Maybe. It's hard to say. Stella is so completely unique and in its own brilliant [unintelligible].
MS: [quiet laugh]
Q: Well you're obviously different people than you were fifteen years ago.
MS: We're also not huge comedy fans, ironically. I mean we are interested in it, but it's not like, and I think I'm speaking for all three of us, we're not like die hard comedy fans.
MIB: And never were. David more than the rest of us.
MS: David a little more than Mike and I.
DW: Although I had never seen Python until during The State.
MS: But none of us are encyclopedias of comedic knowledge. I think it's possible that none of us would have really watched it.
MIB: Well Stella's a little hipper, so we wouldn't have known about it.
MS: I liked Kids In The Hall.
MIB: I never liked Kids In The Hall that much.
MS: I liked it, but I didn't tune in.
DW: The only thing I really watched was SC-TV and SNL. And I loved Woody Allen movies.
MS: I was into sitcoms. I really loved television sitcoms, like Happy Days, Mork And Mindy, Three's Company. We were all TV kids.
Q: You played Mork in that one sketch.
MS: I did indeed.
Q: That was a good one.
MS: Thank you.
MIB: I watched a lot of Brit-coms growing up.
MIB: Yeah, I was very-
MS: The Lyverbirds?
MIB: The Lyverbirds, Upstairs Downstairs, 24 Penny Laine, The Nonsense Boys, Oil-Can Harry And His Mistress, What's In Your Parrot..
DW: Richard Racetrack.
MIB: All the great British sitcoms.
MS: Yeah, Upstairs Downstairs, I dont know if I'd call that a sitcom.
DW: I call it every night with my wife. That's what I'd call it.
MIB: I've never seen it so.. It's a soap opera, right?
MS: Yeah, I don't know.
MIB: But What's In Your Parrot was like, hugely important to me.
MS: What's In Your Parrot was very funny. Not British.
MIB: No, not British at all. Pakistani.
MS: But big in Britain.
MIB: Huge in Britain, and ironically, not that big in Pakistan.
DW: You know they say those shows during the daytime were "So pop era." Soap opera.