Wednesday, July 28, 2010
"Karl and Bernie" Podcast Recording, Day Three
Posted at karlandbernie.com, 7/13/10
Took me a while to get around to writing it up, but we had our third full day of podcast recording last week and it went really, really well. There were six scripts floating around throughout the day; we were doing pick-ups from episodes 4, 5, and 6 that we had to push off during June's recording day because of unexpected absences and illnesses, and then we picked up a good chunk of the final three episodes (7, 8, and 9), though there's still about a half-day of work to pick up on those in August.
First up, my lovely wife Rebekah recorded her scenes for all six of these episodes; she was in Louisiana being a real journalist back in June, so we did a good long stretch of scenes with her, Mac, and Mike. We also had a special guest for the entire day--Mac's son Liam, who is all of 14 years old now (much to the shock of those of us who remember his baby days). Mac knew he'd be making his summer visit during this recording day, so he came up with a really funny idea for an episode that we worked him in to. The kid got some of his dad's acting chops--he's great in the episode.
Once Rebekah knocked her scenes out (perfectly, as always), she hustled off to work and our friends Derek Beres and Dave Monhagen joined to play a couple of roles each. Neither are actors by trade, but both brought their own wonderful qualities to the show--Derek a sense of likable calm, Dave a terrific, jovial versatility. One of the fun things about doing the podcast, with no line memorization and less pressure on the performance, is that we're occasionally able to bring in people who aren't actors per se, but have a specific quality that is a nice fit for a particular character. Jessie and Tom did that for us last time; Derek and Dave, along with our work buddies Elke Marks and John Mahoney, provided that extra spice for us this time around.
A couple of our MVPs were back this time too--Meridith Jones and Amy Hughey stopped in late in the day to give an extra kick to some of the supporting roles in these later episodes. We also wrapped up Liam's scenes (seriously, this kid is gonna crack your shit up) and most of the Karl-Bernie two-scenes for the last cycle of episodes. At our next session in August we'll finish up that stuff, and also welcome back a couple of our old favorites: Meghan Lennox from the "Karl and Bernie and the Third Wheel" episode is slated to return for an episode, and our California MVP R. Ernie Silva will be popping in to play three more roles, including-- wait for it-- Bernie's dad.