I never thought that there could be a book adaptation of Final Flesh, but then Vernon Chatman follows that film up with Mindsploitation, which… kinda is. With Final Flesh, he found a couple of porn studios that would let you write up your own 15-20 minute script and for a certain amount of money, they’d film it — so he wrote a few surrealist shorts to be shot, which he then edited into a film. In Mindsploitation, the porn studios have been replaced by the oldest Internet profession: Companies that will do your homework for you. Continue reading
Song-poems are super interesting. They might not always be good (though there are some definite diamonds in the rough there), but it’s such an interesting concept, even if it IS mostly just a way to separate suckers from their money. I’ve wondered about the song-poem model as applied to other media. Though you might not expect it,
Final Flesh by Vernon Chatman (a member of PFFR and co-creator of Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel) is such an experiment. As it turns out, there’s a company, Porn For The People (NSFW, if you couldn’t guess) that does the porn short equivalent of song poems. You write them a script, they shoot it and send a video back to you. The idea seems to be for folks with odd kinks to be able to have their kinks fulfilled. That said, I seriously doubt that Final Flesh is an exploration of Chatman’s sexual fantasies.
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When Wonder Showzen was cancelled, many people wondered what’d be PFFR’s follow-up to it — and they were probably expecting another sketch-comedy show, perhaps with a similar hook. Instead, they got the intentionally-poorly-CG’d Xavier: Renegade Angel, a 15 minute program on [adult swim]. The Cheap-Sims-knockoff-looking show at first didn’t really even feel much of anything like Wonder Showzen, and I don’t believe it ever found the same audience, but it might just be more rewarding.
This may come as a shock, but I’m a comedy geek. I think way too much about comedy, and I tend to get obsessive over comedians I like… much like the way I do about music… and just about everything else. John Wenzel is a comedy geek too and his new book profiles many of my favorite comedians, and a few that make me think I should check them out. (For example, I’ve never actually seen an episode of Human Giant; perhaps potentially of the anti-MTV backlash Wenzel mentions, but considering that never stopped me with Wonder Showzen or Andy Milonakis… so it’s more likely a function of just never knowing when it was on.)