This week, actor/musician/painter/alien abductee David Liebe Hart, best known from Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!, will return to the Twin Cities for a night filled with songs, standup comedy, puppets, and god knows what else.
He’ll be joined by electronic musician Jonah “Th’ Mole” Mociun, and promises “a good, professional show.” Beyond all that, quite frankly we have no idea what you may or may not get when Liebe Hart takes the stage.
We got on the phone with the enigmatic performer this past week in an attempt to talk about his upcoming show. What we got instead was a 20-minute look inside the mind of one of the most… unique entertainers you’ll find anywhere.
(This Q&A is presented verbatim, because there’s no way we could attempt to make this seem like a cohesive interview.)
Thanks so much for taking some time for us.
I stayed in a very bad place last night and got no sleep. It wasn’t clean, there were springs coming out of the mattress, they gave me a stinky blanket. I didn’t sleep well at all.
That’s too bad. Aside from last night’s accommodations, how has the tour been going?
The people in Fort Wayne, Indiana, were very rude. They walked out of my show because they were interested in Pokemon more than me.
So I take it you aren’t a fan of the 'Pokemon Go' craze?
I love Pokemon. I love animation and comics. In the '50s, comics were bigger and thicker. They’d be 200 pages and only be 10 cents. Now they’re much smaller. On the last tour, Jonah bought me a Dark Shadows comic book since I’m a big fan of Dark Shadows. I enjoyed reading that very much. Growing up, my family had lots of antiques, just like they did in Dark Shadows. That was my white side of the family, who are related to President Grant. Then my sister got tied up with the wrong guy, and swindled her out of the mortgage money I sent so we lost those antiques.
Huh. Anyways, back to the tour, aside from the crowd in Fort Wayne how have you liked the crowds?
In Springfield, Missouri, I had a Hispanic woman tell me that she wanted to take me to her house and make me dinner. But then we got there, and she didn’t tell me that she was married to a 6' 12" white marine. He was very upset, and I was put on the spot. I apologized, and told him that I hadn’t intended to be disrespectful, and he ended up driving me to the church for the night.
That’s a pretty incredible story. But it sounds like you’re at least getting positive feedback about the show itself?
It’s lots of hard work, and I need to get good sleep. The place I slept last night, they had two boxers and two German shepherds, and the dogs were barking at me and I needed to get sleep. I told the people not to let the dogs into the basement, but they did, and then they were barking like they were going to bite me and I didn’t get any sleep. Plus the shower and sink didn’t work, so I haven’t been able to shower and look presentable.
Okay, but your fans at the shows -- do they seem to be enjoying what you do onstage?
Last night I was very respectful, and did all of the favorite songs, but then they were cold and rude. I would never walk out of a show. And Jonah spilled water on my puppets.
[Mumbling in the background]
I shouldn’t have said that. He didn’t actually spill it.
It sounds like you’ve put a lot of effort into this show.
I don’t want to give away everything, but there’s animation, a news report, and commercials in between. There’s a plot in the show, and we were able to get the cast of Tim & Eric to do some of the old bits. I also do standup comedy, acting, and a Q&A with the audience. I did a Jonathan Winters comedy class at the Comedy Store, and also studied public speaking at UCLA, so you know you’re going to get a good, professional show.
Hopefully the Minnesota crowd will appreciate everything you’re putting into your performance.
There has to be a chemistry between people or it doesn’t work. I really need to get some sleep and get washed up.
IF YOU GO:
David Liebe Hart
Tuesday, July 26
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