For the better part of the summer, I've spent my days in the company of the insanely talented, insanely funny, but mostly just plain insane writer/actors/pop culture junkies Cole Escola and Jeffery Self. I've spent so much time with these two nut jobs because I'm producing their TV series Jeffery and Cole Casserole (Fridays at Midnight on LOGO.)
Over the years I've worked on big shows, I've worked on small shows, and now I'm working on this! There's no budget, there's no crew, sometimes there’s no script, and on the surface there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the lunacy these two cook up. But at the end of the day it has been the most fun, most fulfilling, and the one show that I am probably the most proud of.
Jeffery and Cole Casserole began as a series of youtube videos written, directed, shot, performed, and edited by Self and Escola. After grabbing those videos from the net, and running them on air last year, LOGO decided to throw a handful of cash (literally!) at the project, and brought in a big time production company (Michele Armour’s Marobru Productions, the kind folks behind Chappelle’s Show, Strangers With Candy, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade) to help take the show to the next level. And even though there’s now money to buy props, rent locations, pay the actors, and buy the occasional banana costume – not much has changed. Jeffery and Cole are still the driving creative force behind this hodge podge of sketch, sitcom, and pop culture deconstruction, and they’re still two of nicest, most humble, and brilliantly creative guys I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.
In addition to being a showcase for the talents of Jeffery and Cole, the show has also been a playground for some of the coolest names (and coolest people) in New York, theatre, music and cabaret including Erin Markey, Justin Bond, Pandora Boxx, Bridget Everett, Max Steele, Geo Wyeth, Max Vernon, Lisa Lambert, David Alex Andrejko, Christian Coulson, and Rachel Shukert.
Below are some of the photos I’ve snapped of the guys on set (also know as Jeffery’s bedroom) throughout the season. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the new episode tonight at midnight on LOGO and be sure to catch the rest of season 2 throughout the summer.