Wet Hot American Blogger Part 2 (Feat. Craig Wedren)

Shudder to think it, but Michael Showalter, novice blogger, made it through an entire blog-day without collapsing. We’re both proud and chastened. He started strong. Now, going out in style, our favorite doodler this side of David Shrigley circled back to Stereogum with some hard-earned words about what he learned behind the laptop. Because he somehow sensed we appreciated the work of Craig Wedren, he did a quick interview with the man who once sang “Red House,” a true American classic.


By Michael Showalter
Well, I’m wrapping my day of blogging. It’s been quite a strange odyssey through the blogosphere. I have a new found respect for bloggers: the blood, the sweat, the lapses in memory. I learned a lot about how email works and I also learned a lot about how fidgety I can get sometimes. More than anything though I learned that there’s some girl in India with eight limbs which is frankly kind of terrifying. Hopefully, everyone will check out Sandwiches & Cats and all the places I happened upon:

…and oh yeah, Huffington Post is coming tomorrow, and College Humor posted this video. Lastly, it seems like the ‘Gum likes my good friend and frequent collaborator Craig Wedren who helped produce the record. He’s also a very talented musician so I thought I’d ask him a few questions before ending my journey on this world blog tour…

Michael Showalter: How did you like working on my record?

Craig Wedren: I loved it, for a whole bunch of reasons. For instance:
(a) I got to spend some time with my friend Michael Showalter making a hilarious, kickass, and highly unique album.
(b) I got to ride the waves of your brain-life dramedy and help spin it into comedy gold, all in the comfort of my own home.
(c) Got to make comedy-rock which I would want to listen to, that doesn’t suck.
(d) Got to hear, first-hand, Janeane’s line-item rundown of each member of The State and extended family (i.e. me) and why we’re all gay.
(e) All of the above

MS: What’s the difference between working with comedians and working with other people?

CW: Comedians are both funnier and more tragic. With musicians, or, say, bankers, they can be funny or not, and the stakes are relatively low either way. Comedians don’t have that luxury; with them it’s laugh or die. That makes it exciting and weird all of the time. And exhausting sometimes.

MS: Why are you so awesome?

CW: Cause that’s the way she raised me.