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Request[AMA Request] The "Real people, Not actors" from the Chevy commercials

Aug 30th 2017 by hookahman • 29 Questions • 629 Points

Hi guys, I’m Brendon Small (you may know me from Home Movies, Dethklok, etc.) and I’m back for another AMA! I’ll be talking about my brand new album, Galaktikon II: Become The Storm, my new comic GALAKITKON (aka the Galakticomic w Eric Powell and Steve Mannion), and whatever else! Galaktikon II: Become The Storm is out as of yesterday, so check it out at the links below, and AMA!

Proof:

https://twitter.com/_Brendonsmall/status/900399621779869696

https://twitter.com/bsGALAKTIKON/status/900783809271963648

Our Socials are

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Q:

Will the printer be on sale after the indiegogo date? or is it exclusive to crowd funding ( I see the 37% discount!).

A:

In Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates . . .was that really your booty or was CGI involved?


Q:

Brendon I was a huge fan of Home Movies.

How much if any was based on your own experiences growing up? I felt like Coach McGuirk was too real for just being a cartoon lol.

A:

Yes, the printer will be on sale after the Indiegogo date, but it will ship after the Indiegogo batch and without the steep discount.


Q:

I FRIGGING LOVE THIS QUESTION! NO CGI, BABY!!! THAT BOOTY IS ALL PURE PRIME GRADE NANJIANI!

A:

a lot of home movies was "wishing" instead of reality. I wish that kids had that jokey relationships with adults. They don't actually. But it was all how I'd like to see things. McGuirk is ALL Jon Benjamin- he's a master.


Q:

What if my kids want to play with tv and video game character toys?

A:

Really loved the movie. There's a point where Bo Burnham talks ironically about how it's hard for him because he hasn't struggled at all. This is something the real Bo has talked about publicly (he felt guilty that he didn't pay his dues in clubs as a struggling comedian).

How did this make it into the movie? Was it written in or did Bo bring it up himself?


Q:

First off: I love you. I made these & sent em. Are those really your signatures or did I get played? https://imgur.com/gallery/VMJQi

Second: Who's the biggest dildo ever?

A:

Good question. We currently don't offer copyrighted content in our own catalog. However, as we grow we plan on offering negotiating deals with companies like Disney to get those wonderful characters in our platform.

For now, to print copyrighted content, you would need to download the toys from a 3rd party and then load it on to the printer.


Q:

That was improvised by Bo! a lot of the stuff with my comedian friends was improvised.

A:

thank you

and yup that's legit- I signed it


Q:

What's the biggest difference from a normal 3D printer? Why would I buy this one instead of the M3D?

A:

Hey Kumail!

You seem like a nice guy, hope you're having a good day. If you could get paid handsomely to do anything (other than your current job), what would it be?


Q:

Brendon,

1.) Is there anything you can hint at regarding Galaktikon performing live and/or going on tour? I really enjoyed both albums and would love to see them performed.

2.) When Dethklok played the Marquee in Tempe, Arizona a few years ago, you guys blew out the power. Did you see it as one of the best rock n roll moments like I did, or was this more of a huge pain in the ass because you were trying to play a show?

A:

I think the biggest thing we offer is simplicity and fun. We built Toybox it so that kids can start using Toybox without any training. It works from a simple phone app. It's super intuitive!

I think the biggest problem with M3D was that their printers weren't reliable. I had one at it shipped with a broken nozzle and they didn't have any safeguards on their printer so it's very easy for a novice user to spend 5 hours printing something only to find out that the prints won't work on their printer.


Q:

I can't choose a better job than this. I get to live my dreams, meet my heroes, and make stuff I can be proud of with people I love? Doesn't get any better. I feel very grateful and privileged.

That said, I'd love to be a chef. I think that would be fun and creative. And giving someone something that literally becomes a part of them? Very exciting and intimate. Also, now that I'm rereading it, sounds very creepy. But I'm not gonna delete it. This is reddit. I'm far from the creepiest thing on here. ;)

A:
  1. All I can say right now is that we're working on it.

look live Dethklok shows we're super entertaining but expensive to produce. I'd like to top that- s that means raising money. Totally possible but takes time!

  1. I remember and loved that night. SO much fun to have a room clapping along in unison in the dark. Gene Hoglan is such a smart live performer that the second the power went out he just kept playing. I think crazy weird stuff like that unties a room and makes for a memorable experience!

Q:

what do you know now that had you known before, would have saved you the most headache and unnecessary trouble? which services exist now that didn't before that would have also been helpful?

A:

I don't know if I'm supposed to be asking about the big sick (which I loved and made me cry multiple times) but I have a Silicon Valley question: Are there any backstories you have in mind for dinesh that influence the way you portray his character? Or generally anything you have used outside of the script to flesh out Dinesh?


Q:

Hello!! Thank you for doing this AMA!!

First question: I know you said that you won't be releasing lyrics, but is there any chance of a tab book for the new album? Or even like a DVD or video series?

Second, if you do tour, please hit Dallas, Texas!! That's not a question. Oops...

As an aside, I just wanted to say thank you for your music and for Metalocalypse. You are literally the reason I picked my guitar back up after ten years of not playing. I rewatched Metalocalypse last year and it inspired me, and working my way through the Dethklok tab books has made me a better player. It's made me excited about guitar, and I didn't think I'd ever feel that way again. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything you do.

A:

Probably how complicated manufacturing is and distribution is! I think we've spent a good part of the last year figuring that out.


Q:

Yes. I have a complete backstory for him. Where he's from, what his family is like etc. Hopefully we get to explore it sometime. I've told the creators the entire backstory, and sometimes they'll pull from it. Like, the storyline with my cousin.

A:

Two of my favorite compliments regarding metalocalypse are these: 1. you got me into metal 2. You got me excited about guitar.

I can't think of hearing anything better than that. I love guitar and Metal and love that it reached you.

lyrics will be released at some point I just wanna draw everybody in first!


Q:

are there companies out there who specialize in shepherding people through the process that would have helped, or do you think this is something everyone has to figure out on their own?

A:

What's your most embarrassing high school story?


Q:

First of all, let me say that your appearance on Comedy Bang Bang as Victor Diamond is one of the funniest things I have ever seen, and I have had that episode (and ONLY that episode) saved on my DVR for.... a year, maybe two? I keep it cued to Victor's entrance because that's why I kept it. "Adult freckle". I show it to everyone who comes over to my house and it has never failed to make people laugh. He's such a great character.

Anyway, how much of a typical episode of Home Movies was scripted and how much was ad-libbed?

A:

ple through the process that would have helped, or do you think this is something everyone has to figure out on their own

There absolutely are! But like everything in business they cost money. So it's all about how you allocate your cash. We wanted to keep our prices low so we formed a strategic partnership with an existing manufacturer and did a lot of the grunt work ourselves :).


Q:

Well, in Silicon Valley, there's an episode where I get a gold chain and everyone mocks me mercilessly. That's based on a true story. I got a silver chain and it was a BAD move.

A:

Thanks for digging Victor's CBB TV appearance. He was a character I had before home Movies. I love doing anything with Scott Aukerman & CBB podcast- so much great creativity and fast brains in the same room. So much damn fun.

Home Movies 1st five episodes were improvised off of outlines and we got into trouble w story telling but the characters and tone were totally there- so when we came back on the air Bill Braudis (amazing writer for Dr Katz) and myself wrote all the scripts. And we's read through each scene and try to do it from memory and allow for tons of improv. so it'd be a combo of both but the improvised performance were always better and more human


Q:

It does produce fumes, and inhaling particulates isn't the same as having it in contact with your skin.

A:

Hey Kumail!

Saw your stand up a couple years backs and at the time you had a string of jokes that still make me laugh. It centered around replacing TV show names with the word horse. Just wondering what the best one you came up with was? My favorite was Desperate Horsewives.

Btw any chance we get anymore of The Indoor Kids?!


Q:

Hey Brendon! Long time fan, absolutely loving the new Galaktikon album! Have you thought about doing any music videos for it?

A:

Yes, all the tools the come with Toybox come with the guarantee that everything you design on the tool will be able to print. However, if you're more advanced, you can design your own as well.

I'd recommend Sketchup or Tinkercad for beginners.


Q:

I like: Who Wants To Be a Horse.

You know, I hope we get to do more The Indoor Kids. I keep thinking we'll have time, but it keeps not happening. Emily and I have been so profoundly busy. This movie , The Big Sick, has been our lives for the last two years. It's winding down now. But we are enjoying playing video games for extended periods of time, and not having to play every new thing. Playing a bunch of good ones right now that we are getting some time again!

A:

Yes. We have some really cool stuff that will roll out this fall- stay tuned!


Q:

what were some other names you considered?

A:

Hi Kumali! Did you guys from Silicon Valley get any programming lessons for the show? Do they usually tell you what all the tech terms mean?


Q:

I remember you teased a project called "M 3" on instagram a while ago. Did that song make it onto Galaktikon II? The Ocean Galaktik perhaps? When I first listened to the album, I prayed for a third Murmaider and couldn't help but grin like a dumb idiot when i heard the whale noises. The album is fucking amazing by the way.

A:

Because it's a bottomless Toybox that keeps producing toys :)


Q:

Yes. They tell us. There is a tech consultant on set every day, whose job is to tell us exactly what everything means.

A:

Thanks for digging the record. I remember teasing that. I had lots of crazy code names for these songs. And a lot of people are comparing the Ocean Galactic to the M series. maybe because of the guitar whale sounds right?


Q:

Are the designs of the toys in your catalogue designed by your company or can random people upload designs? Also, is it possible to make something compatible with lego?

A:

Your movie is fantastic. Dinesh is fantastic. Your Harmontown presence is fantastic. You’re adorable on talkshows. Do you have any pets?


Q:

Hi Brendon! Toki Wartooth is undoubtedly my favorite member of Dethklok. Which of them is your favorite, and why is it Toki?

A:

Our catalog leverages the best of open sourced designs and peoples submissions. We only put things on the catalog that print very reliably on Toybox. So that way you are guaranteed everything you see will print.

Absolutely. We spent a ton of time designing these Lego Compatible Bricks that print extremely well on Toybox printers.


Q:

Thank you!

I have a cat named Bagel!

A:

Ha ha you may not know this but you picked the darkest most violent character on the show!

I dont know favorites but I identified with Charles the most- trying to manage these characters in my head!


Q:

Can kids make their own toy designs? And how much is additional printer food?

A:

How similar was the heckler scene to what happened in real life?!


Q:

How was it getting high on camera on Getting Doug with High? Were you comfortable? Self-conscious?

A:

We do make it so kids can make their own designs. We're the only printer to offer such tools and we make it super easy.

Printerfood is cheap. It's $9 a roll and that can print hundreds of small trinkets.


Q:

I have been heckled like that plenty of times, especially during the beginning of my career. They'd reference Taliban instead of ISIS, but we updated the references. Hasn't happened in the last few years. But nobody has ever been there to help me. We crafted that scene, out of my experiences and an experience Holly had.

A:

Loved it and even more- Pot cured me of migraines- so now it's part of my life. Actual MEDICAL Marijuana- who wouldve thought??


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA! I am a huge fan, I especially love you on Portlandia. Any funny/fond memories from the show you can tell us about?

A:

Brendon, do you have any plans for a sequel to home movies?


Q:

I mean, that show changed my life. It really did. I started getting jobs after I played the cellphone salesman. I was completely new in the industry at that point, and they really took a chance on me. I've been on every season. It's one of the things I'm most proud of in my life. About to fly to Portland to shoot my last scene ever, and I truly don't know how I'm going to keep from sobbing the entire time. In previous scenes, people always catch me almost laughing. This one, you'lll see the opposite.

Fred & Carrie are two of the funniest and kindest human beings I know, and I hope we continue to be friends post-Portlandia. Postlandia. I should be a comedian.

A:

I always thought it would be fun to see how not necessarily THOSE characters- but characters like that would survive in HIGH SCHOOL. probably be like my days in high school learning guitar and negotiating teen years. . .


Q:

What else is left on your bucket list now that you checked off "Be in an X-files episode"?

A:

can we get a home movies reboot?!


Q:

Oh man! I don't know truly. I mean, I met Hugh Grant, I did X-Files, I was in Mass Effect. I'll have no dreams left soon.

A:

Loren and I get approached to do a reboot occasionally- we both feel like we like where the show ended- and coming back to it wouldn't be the same. We'd like to honor the show by leaving it where we left it- it ended exactly the way we wished to end it!


Q:

I'd like to hear the joke about bananas and corn?

A:

Will we ever see a fully functional Galaktibong helmet? That'd be pretty cool...

Also whatever happened to that guy Rikki Kixx choked to death? Like did he just leave his body there or


Q:

Oh man. I will never escape this joke. Here is the entire saga: Couple of years ago, I did a really dumb tweet. The joke was that it wasn't funny. The joke was "Corn is just a banana that takes itself too seriously." It makes no sense. I tweeted it. Here it is:

https://twitter.com/kumailn/status/601939028858970112?lang=en

You can see JOnah Ray, my co-host at the time on Meltdown, hating it. Then, whenever I missed Meltdown, he'd make everyone in the audience retweet the joke. So I'd be in some other part of the country,a nd see my twitter blowing up. And I knew what it was. And then he did this:

https://twitter.com/jonahray/status/866675959583326208

And then there were spinoff jokes. "Corn bread is just banana break that takes itself way too seriously." Etc.

A:

My brother made that TRITON helmet and I really wanted it to be part of this whole album- I'm finding that when you can make something that was 2D into 3D something knocks in the imagination. Stay tuned because that Helmet (and much more) will be showing up


Q:

Hi Kumail! I adored the movie. But doesn't it feel like a huge missed opportunity not to have incorporated The Smiths' classic "Girlfriend in a Coma" into the soundtrack? I mean, that just seems like a gimme.

A:

First, I just wanna say that I love the new album! I've already listened to it three times. OK. I know you said previously that "Dethklok is dead", but are we ever gonna get to hear (or see) how their story was supposed to end?


Q:

We talked about it! We even talked about naming the movie that! But we felt like it might be too jokey to do that. The biggest challenge with this movie was: how do you write a comedy with a woman who is in a coma? How can you keep that reality level, while still keeping it funny? And we felt that song might be tricky.

A:

Maybe you'll hear it. . .


Q:

I found the movie very entertaining. Congratulations. Was there something in the movie that got cut for artistic reasons that you otherwise wish had made the movie?

A:

Was there ever anything in either Home Movies or Metalocalypse (scene or dialogue) that you wanted in that cartoon network just totally shut down? What an example of something that didnt make it into either show?


Q:

Yes! Plenty of stuff. But there was one scene between me and Ray where we talk in the bathroom. It's actually the first conversation we have. I'm in the stall, he's at the urinal. And he's pee shy so he's having trouble. He's just standing there. And we start talking for the first time. Super funny scene. But we had to cut it cuz the movie worked better without it. It's a deleted scene on the BLu Ray.

A:

Not really- the great part about working with them was lack of notes- we got more notes about home movies but thats because Khaki Jones who was our liaison back in the day loved and cared about the show so much


Q:

Hi Kumail!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! I absolutely love you on Silicon Valley, and I’ve been dying to see The Big Sick, but I’ve been putting it off, because it’s a situation that hits very close to home for me.

I’m a white female, currently dating a Pakistani-American man. I love him very much, and he loves me, but currently, the outlook for the future from my perspective seems bleak. Our relationship is a secret from his family and Pakistani/Muslim friends, and he’s expressed to me that he will never be able to tell them about us (and does not want to), because he’d be disowned by his family (immediate and extended). Essentially, from the start of our relationship, it’s been painted that we will inevitably have to break up, but we cared too much about each other not to be together for whatever amount of time we have.

I was hoping you’d be able to share some advice from your and Emily’s experiences. He’s someone I could picture building a future with, but I feel completely powerless, because ultimately, he gets to dictate what happens to our relationship. Sorry for the long explanation! I was wondering:

What advice would you have for women who’re in a situation where they’re seriously dating/are in love with Pakistani-American men?

What advice would you have for these men dealing with being torn between family/culture and personal relationships?

Knowing you and Emily got your happy ending has been what’s deterring me from seeing the movie, because I’m not confident I’ll get a happy ending myself. All the same, I know when I do watch it, I’ll laugh, cry and hopefully find some sort of resolution. Thank you for everything you do, Kumail!!

A:

Home movies?


Q:

Obviously, it's your decision, but I think the movie might give you confidence. These things are very complicated, and I can't speak to the specifics of your situation. But I will say this; I didn't give my parents enough credit. I thought they were rigid and the people they were always going to be. I hadn't considered that my parents, like everyone, are growing and evolving and changing. They're not "cooked" yet. Nobody is. So I'll say: I was terrified of what would happen. And it was very scary. But, ultimately, love won out. Love between me and Emily, love between me and my parents and, ultimately, love between Emily and my parents. I kind of have to hope that love wins out. I don't know how else to live.

All that said, you both should listen to each other and talk about this stuff. It ca n very easy to just not discuss it. I'm sure he's scared. But the more you talk, the more you'll understand each other's situation. It can be very hard for an outsider to truly understand the cultural context a person is from. So... talk!

And good luck. Rooting for you two.

A:

Good question.


Q:

Big fan. Is there a recorded version of the Happy Birthday Thank You Very Much song that you know of?

A:

Would you ever consider making another show similar to Home Movies or Metalocalypse with another network or streaming service? I love both of those shows, thank you for making them a reality!


Q:

No! I've tried to find it, but it's VERY tough to google. It's burned into my brain tho. And now, if I google it, the only thing that comes up is my story! So, I've kinda boned myself on that one.

A:

yupareeno


Q:

I think you're absolutely hilarious and when I saw you were doing an AMA I actually made a note of it on my calendar (which I don't even use when I'm supposed to for work). I guess I should probably ask a question so:

What was your favorite scene to film in Silicon Valley and why was it the middle out dick algorithm scene?

A:

Hi Brendon! Thank you for doing the amazing music you do - you got me to better explore metal and find such an immense appreciation for it.

My question is if you got another chance to work on/finish Metalocalypse, would you? Even if it wasn't with Adult Swim and was with another network (assuming you got full rights over it and whatnot) would you want to finish up the storyline or just leave it where it is for posterity's sake?


Q:

Ha! The middle out dick algorithm was actually pretty difficult to film. Took us 14 years in tiny hotel rooms.

I like any scene where we are all in the room together. It's fun to shoot with everybody. I really loved doing the RIGBY scene with Martin Starr too.

A:

All of that stuff is out of mine and the fans control- they have the rights. As we all know we tried to make it work and they said no and wouldn't even discuss- we know it'll go down as an injustice- the fans got screwed and I don't like that. I think we all know it was a bad move. I believe that the show is in its coffin forever. part of the reason I decided to make GII.


Q:

Hi Kumail, I loved the movie, I saw it twice with different people. How is your relationship with your family now?

A:

Hi Brendon, will there be any chance that the upcoming issues of the Galaktikon comics will also go through the story of Galaktikon II?


Q:

Very good! It's been ten years. We're all very cool now.

A:

We're gonna see how the first one does and then figure out how to proceed!


Q:

Have you ever heard Snoop Dogg say your name? Many times when i say it, I do so in a Snoop voice. It lends itself well to his particular dialect. If you aren't already, you should be friends with him.

A:

Hi Brendon,

  1. What is your favorite Metalocalypse episode and why?

  2. What was it like having so many famous musicians guest star on your show?

  3. Out of all of the characters that you voice, which voice is the hardest/most straining to do?


Q:

I met him once because I did an Old Navy commercial with him and Julia Louis Dreyfuss. It's funny, in case you haven't seen it. I met him and introduced myself, but I don't remember if he ever said my name. Super nice guy. And shockingly funny.

A:

I loved the DOOMSTAR the most. It had everything I love- characters going through change, music, the best animation we've produced, a 50 piece orchestra. . .

  1. It was amazing- i found a way to pay my heroes to hang out with me.

  2. easy- FACEBONES. my voice would just quit at some point honking out that garbage


Q:

Hey Kumail,

I'm the guy from the Rotterdam Q&A that asked the first question, a brief update, The Big Sick is my favorite film of the year including porn.

So, question time: how has your personal circle reacted to the movie? Have both if your parents seen it by now? How about your friends? Have you gotten a lot of "oh wow, I never knew that"?

A:

Hey Brendon, knockout job on the album. It's seriously awesome and I've had it on pretty much constantly since I got it. I have a few questions:

How did you flesh out the Galaktikon story for the comics? Was it something that was always there that you wanted to get out, or did that come after the album was released?

How do you decide what voice to use on what song? Is it driven by story and/or lyrics, by music, or something else?

Any chance we can get Doomstar back in print on vinyl, even unautographed? I missed out on that amazing album art and would love to have a copy.

Thanks! Looking forward to the rest of the Galaktikon issues and crossing my fingers for a tour!


Q:

Ha! Hi! I remember you!

My friends and family are all thrilled with the film. A lot of them didn't know the events of the movie, yeah. We moved away from Chicago right after all this happened, so a lot of our LA/NY friends don't know it. It doesn't come up. "I'm sorry you have a cold. That must suck. Emily was in a coma for 8 days."

A:

thanks for digging GII!

For the Galaktikon Comic I took the first Galaktikon record and divided up the 9 tracks into 6 issues to tell a bigger 3 act story. So as you read remember you're just reading a part of one of the acts and the story is moving fwd. and it was great to have Eric Powell from the Goon reach out and make the comic a reality. He's such a creative guy and we work well together- i love the team he put together for the comic. And Steve Mannion is so damn good! I think this makes sense as a comic book because I used to describe G I as an "audio comic book album"

and regarding voices on GII I experimented with BRUTAL and CLEAN vocals on every song until I felt like it was all lining up musically in my head- so there were vocal experiments for both on every song- I went with which voice fits the right mood/story/ sounded the coolest!

I'll work on Doomstar Vinyl!


Q:

How did you like being on Broad City?

A:

I've always wanted to hear an extended version of Dwayne's solo from Guitarmageddon. Any chance you have one of those lying around?


Q:

LOVED it. Those two are great. The directors are great. Everyone is great. That was a really fun shoot. It's a very low budget show, so we had to move quickly. And improvise and all that. It's very run and gun. Portlandia is similar. And, on the day I shot, Amy Poehler was on set! So I got to just go up to her and be like "Do you have any funny ideas for stuff I could do?" Just... the best.

A:

I think it's all in the episode! my guitar playing has changed a lot since then!


Q:

Hi Kumail! Love you on Silicon Valley and Harmontown. I was planning on watching Big Sick anyway but when my mom called me about "the best movie ever" I got tickets right away (and it's truly fantastic).

My question: how was it working with Bo Burnham? It was interesting to see him in a relatively relaxed supporting role -- a real contrast to the persona in his shows. Any interesting stories there from behind the scenes?

A:

Hi Brendon! First of all, THANK YOU! The Galaktikon II is better than I've ever imagined. Totally out of this world. So hats off to all of you! Secondly, to those nasty questions: What is this obsession with the ocean and/or water? I mean, Go into the Water, Blood Ocean, the Murmaider songs, Ocean Galaktik... How are you always so energetic? Coffee I guess... Have you ever been to Hungary? Do you play video games? If not you should try some, for example DOOM. Thank you for your answers! \m/ Oh, and Where is the full Triton armor you've teased several times?!


Q:

Bo and I have been friends for a long time. He was the first person cast in the friends group. It was great having him there, because the shoot had the potential to be very stressful for me. I'd never been the lead of a movie. I'd never written a movie. We were telling the story of our lives. So it was good to have someone there who I could just go to and say "Hey I'm getting intimidated. Let's go for a walk." And we'd just talk about random bs and I'd feel better. He's one of the smartest people I know. And he's directing his own movie right now!

A:

I think the OCEAN is something that I keep coming back to because it's a metaphor for the subconscious. It's that simple. I see that David Lynch uses waterfalls and water imagery to the same effect- not to mention his amazing sound design. I'm always looking for the 'mind hook' something that reaches into your brain and pulls you forward.

I've never been to Hungary but I'd love to go- so musically rich, such a landscape for fantastic composers.

and I have played DOOM. I suck at vidoegames but my brother and I sometimes drink beer and play together. That game has so much cool fucked up imagery and ideas


Q:

What's your favourite superhero and why?

A:

What is your favorite dinosaur?


Q:

You know, I loved Doctor Fate. He was my favorite when I was a kid. Loved the costume and that he was a goddamned sorcerer! That kicks the shit out of being able to climb walls or whatever horseshit these other so-called "superheroes" are up to.

A:

If you asked me when I was 11 I'd have said stegosaurs


Q:

Love the movie, seen it a few times already. Any plans on writing a horror film?

A:

Hey Brendon,

Just wanted to say GII is a sick record and I've been jamming it nonstop all weekend. I love that you've blended the Dethklok and Galaktikon sounds so perfectly.

Since I can't think of anything that hasn't already been asked, what's your favorite song on the record? Or what was your favorite to record? I honestly can't pick any favorites yet, every track is really solid.


Q:

I'd love to! Have a couple of ideas. The issue is, so much of the industry doesn't take horror seriously. I hope GET OUT has changed that some.

A:

Thanks for digging!

I really like Ocean Galactic, Could this Be the End, To Kill A GOD. but I like them all- just really like the way those turned out- but it changes every day!


Q:

What was it like to work with comedy legend Ray Romano?

A:

Hi Brendon,

I really enjoy the work you do in music and musical parody, and as a fellow guitarist, think your skills are absolutely phenomenal. Thunderhorse was my white whale in guitar hero and on the real guitar I still can't quite get all of it.

Along with your music, I really follow your comedy career and I think Victor and Tiny, and - I guess Willy Mapleton - are my favorite comedy characters out there. Could you talk about their origin at all? And also can I write a spec script for their pilot? I'm not sure how you could play both roles though but I can't think of something with more potential.

Thanks for all the jams and laughs! Ian


Q:

He's the best. Super funny in person too. And very nice and grounded. I know his whole family. And I text with him all the time. He's super great.

A:

thank you

and I love doing victor and Tiny and have thought about making a TV show with them. They really are sweet guys who have each others backs and I love that about them. And I can pay both parts easy!


Q:

Hey my name is Rafi, and my family is Muslim. Could you give me advice with compromising with my parents?

A:

what are you listening to right now? fav new album?


Q:

I think you ultimately have to decide how you want to live your life. I think talk with them about it. It's difficult. One of the toughest challenges that almost everyone faces is expectations of parents vs expectations of self. You have to find the balance and know, ultimately, you're the only person in the world who is living your life.

A:

I am going through a Phil Collins Genesis phase. He (&Genesis) are under appreciated masters of song writing. I love their chords and pedal tones

love new masto and Gojira


Q:

Hey Kumail, I'm a big fan of yours since I saw your Beta Male standup. Have yet to see Big sick, but my parents loved it.

Anyway, A few months ago I played Titanfall 2 with you and Thomas Middleditch for a promotion of sorts and thought it was a really cool experience. Do you have any plans on doing something like that again, with a different game perhaps? Also, I cant wait for some new Indoor Kids episodes if you and Emily every get the time to record some more!

A:

Lyrics for become the storm? Did you take longer to make this second album because you had to incorporate a somewhat ending to dethklok as well as continue the story of the first album? I see there are some songs that tie into both story lines as well as some familiar riffs such as in murmai- I mean the ocean galaktik


Q:

Actually, I'd love to do something like that again. I hope we get to. I think we might.

And The Indoor Kids... yes... I keep thinking we'll do it and then we lose time.

A:

intersting interpretation. . .


Q:

Will the X-Files Files restart at some point?

A:

You gonna make any more shows?


Q:

I think so! I just need to find time again.

On a different note, I just texted with David Duchovny and he said shooting is going GREAT.

And, yes, that was mostly just a way for me to brag that I text with David Duchovny!

A:

maybe I will


Q:

Do you keep up with what's going on back in Pakistan? The PM just resigned, it was all over the news.

A:

Brendon, after the 6 issue comic of Galaktikon, do you have any plans of writing a different comic, or possibly more stories within the galaktikon universe?


Q:

Yes. I do. But the instability of Pakistan's government has been a reality my entire life. I mean, we had a dictator for the first few years of my life. I remember exactly where I was when his plane crashed under completely non-suspicious circumstances.

Tho the font stuff is crazy. Google it.

A:

I love the comic book medium so I think I might just stick around a while. . .


Q:

What food could you eat everyday for the rest of your life?

A:

Biryani with extra potatoes.


Q:

Who was your celebrity crush in high school??!

A:

Oh man. Cindy Crawford was tough to escape. Aishwarya Ray. Madhuri Dixit. The latter two are two huge Bollywood stars. Madhuri, especially, loomed large in my mind...


Q:

Did you ever write a line of code?

A:

Yes! I studied Computer Science in college. But I was very bad! That's where the stereotype breaks down.


Q:

What video games you playin' these days, Kumail? Any mobile ones you find particularly addictive? (Loved you in TWD S2)

A:

Hellblade is AWESOME. Observer is AWESOME.


Q:

How did you keep yourself from getting intimidated when you were starting out in comedy?

A:

There's no way to not be intimidated. You just have to do it. There's no shortcut. I remember I'd go to open mics in Chicago, sign up, and then, right before I went up, I'd almost walk out. I was so nervous i could puke. But then, I'd stay and do it. And it slightly easier each time. But, ever so slightly. You'll barely notice it getting easier. But, for me, I felt like I had to do stand-up. I had no choice. Like, I just needed to do it. So, the super scary part was scary, but not as scary as not doing it. You just have to deal with it.


Q:

Hey Kumail!

I'm a big fan of Silicon Valley! Dinesh is one of my favorite characters on TV right now:)

I saw The Big Sick recently and really enjoyed it, it was incredibly funny and an amazing story. How were you guys able to create such a great balance between comedy and seriousness (is that a word?) in this film? Was it difficult to hit that balance?

-Briana

A:

Hi Briana. The balance was very experimental. I was actually surprised at how many more jokes we were able to put in. I thought, leave comedy out of serious scenes. But I was wrong. I was listening to the commentary for Tootsie and Sydney Pollack would be like "We just had a serious moment, so now we need a joke." So that's how we decided to structure it. Never keep a joke too far from a serious scene. And comedy and drama enhance each other. Laughing opens people up, and you can blindside them with an emotion. And jokes can really release the tension of emotional scenes. It's great and I'd love to work in this tone again.


Q:

What's your fav rom com of all time??????

A:

Four Weddings and a Funeral.


Q:

What's your favorite Genesis game?

A:

AAAAGH SUCH A TOUGH QUESTION. So I'll list a bunch: Golden Axe, Revenge of Shinobi, Comix Zone, Streets of Rage, Sonic 2, Strider, Quackshot, Moonwalker, Gunstar Heroes AAAAAGH I'M OVERWHELMED


Q:

Was it difficult to act in a movie based on something that happened to you and Emily, but with someone other than Emily? Was some/alot of it awkward?

A:

It was actually less awkward than I would have anticipated. Zoe and Emily and I became super good friends, so that helped. I wasn't trying to recreate the relationship I have with my wife; I was trying to portray a separate one on screen with a different person. i think that helped.


Q:

Who would win in a fight. One Dinesh size duck or 20 duck size Dineshes?

A:

20 duck sized Dineshes. They're crafty, man.