On first glance, it's easy to dismiss a podcast that makes extended ejaculation jokes and has segments like "How Big is Liam Neeson's Cock?" But take into account that the podcast is one-half hosted by film director Kevin Smith, and take into account that the podcast features insider news on the wheelings and dealings of the Hollywood machine, and you've got one of the most infotaining pieces of audio on the Internet.
"If people are laughing, that's all I care about," Ralph Garman, Smith's co-host on the Hollywood Babble-On podcast, tells Art Attack. Hollywood Babble-On is slated to be recorded live at Alamo Drafthouse on Saturday, August 27. Garman, a veteran radio deejay, says the podcasting medium is much more liberating than that of commercial television. "If you're dependent on corporate sponsors, you can't really say what you want to say all the time," he says.
This is the first time the duo has taken their show on the road, but the pair has another reason to build its audience base: Smith's latest film, Red State, which will be released on Video On Demand on September 1. The film, a horror feature about an über- über-Evangelical family who take it upon themselves to rid the world of sinners in a murderous way, is a bit of a departure for Smith, who's noted for his oddball comedies like Clerks and Mallrats.
Judging from the trailer, the film looks like a liberal answer to The Life Zone, the pro-life horror film that caused waves a few months ago. But Garman insists that Red State is not a political film. "Kevin never developed the film with a political view," he says. "First and foremost, it's a horror film."
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Garman plays Caleb, a silent "hammer of God" killer. Abin originally had lines, but Garman felt they were redundant in terms of the other characters' point of view and asked Smith if he could, instead, be a silent killer. "Like a blunt instrument," Garman says. Smith loved it.
"He's a character that's all action-based," Garman says. "He's almost like an attack dog."
It's an interesting twist for a guy who cracks wise about Hollywood (not to mention does voice-overs for Family Guy), but Garman's background includes dramatic acting. "It was probably more of a departure for Smith than it was for me," he says.
Hollywood Babble-On records at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 27. West Oaks Mall #429. For information, call 281-920-9268 or visit www.drafthouse.com. $45.