In the grand tradition of rock star progragamming like Let’s Big Happy (not merely a shiny shill for Taco Bell) and General Hospital (with Rick Springfield as the dreamy Dr. Noah Drake), YACHT and Seth Bogart (aka Hunx) are each in various stages of development for their own web shows. Now someone just follow Kanye West around with a camera and our TV viewing schedule will be complete.
YACHT’s four main members (Jona Bechtolt, Jeffrey Brodsky, Claire Evans, and Rob Kieswetter) are at-work on an ensemble comedy for Amazon Studios entitled Support, about “life on the rock n’ roll road, as seen through the eyes of its least glamorous participants: the opening band.” According to Amazon, they optioned the project because of the funny, authentic script, adding “These are characters we care about and root for and want to see succeed.” The pilot episode’s script is available for download here.
As for their involvement, the band said the project was something they’d had their eyes on for some time.
“There are just too many stranger-than-fiction moments that we’ve wanted to share, but haven’t had the time or outlet to do so. We’ve been keeping notes of every ridiculous interaction and story in a shared document and we can’t wait to unearth them all through the show.”
A little further along the development process, Bogart has released the trailer to Hollywood Nailz. Announced this past January (with a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $3,000), the project’s been described as a “variety show about gossip, BBW, control top panty hose, good hair, JUSTICE, and gay pets.” Keeping with Bogart’s career of kitschy, LGBT-slanted humor, the show will feature clips and segments of “pansexual hijinks,” including a gay bartender judging disputes between patrons and fictional ads for car-friendly fast-food dipping-sauce holders. Bogart has enlisted cameos from friends/rockers Grass Widow, King Tuff, King Khan, Nobunny, and Shannon and the Clams.
The show has opened casting to the entire Web (great choice), calling for “the horny and/or [those who’d] like to showcase your talents or be photographed for the GAY PETZ segment” to apply here.
In other news, Hunx recently started his own label, Wacky Wacko Records, where he’ll release “novelty records, children’s music, holiday themed hits, songs from… Hollywood Nailz and other bizarre things that most labels wouldn’t bother with.” Meanwhile, YACHT are on tour now (schedule at bottom of page) and will close out the year with a 10th anniversary celebration at LA’s Echoplex (more info here).
YACHT 2012 Tour Dates:
10/18 – Durham, NH @ Univ. of New Hampshire
10/19 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 #
10/20 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues #
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theater #
10/23 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall #
10/24 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
10/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
10/28 – Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater #
12/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (10th Anniversary Show)
# = with The Presets