If you want a little more insight into the workings of my brain, here is a fun interview I did with Ryan Meehan of FirstOrderHistorians.com. Below is an excerpt:
RM: What’s the most crucial aspect of nailing down a great impression? Does it depend on the figure that you are trying to impersonate?
PK: Yeah, it does depend, but I usually start with how they hold their face. If there’s something strange they do with their lips or jaw, doing that will get you a long way towards having the impression. Also, not to get too technical, people from different cultures speak from different parts of their mouths. French people speak from the front, Scottish from the back, American and German from the middle. Getting that helps a lot too.
Thanks, Ryan! It was fun!
Back row: Michael McDonald, Pat Kilbane, Greg O’Connor (Mad TV composer) and Will Sasso Middle Row: Mo Collins, Nicole Sullivan, Alex Borstein, Srephanie Weir and Andrew Bowen Front Row: Debra Wilson and Phil Lamarr
Some fellow Mad TV alums and I gathered on November 1st to do a reunion panel at the Comikaze Expo in downtown Los Angeles. It was an amazing feeling to be around all of those funny people again, and I’m grateful to organizer Holly Payne for making it happen. Not pictured is castmate Craig Anton who was also there – he moderated the panel.
If you look at the *ahem* vintage cast photo below, you’ll see that we had almost the entire Season 4 cast present at the Expo.
One of my reps asked me to put together a reel of film and television work I did after my Mad TV years, so here it is – a couple of minutes of highlights. You’ll notice the recurring mustache on all of these characters… I don’t know why mustache work dominated my resumé for that period of time. When combined with my height, I guess a mustache makes me a good comedic nemesis or authority figure. Enjoy!
My wife Melissa McQueen and I created a new series for our YouTube channel “Dorks of Yore” that comes from our love of conspiracy theories. What would happen if Tim Gunn, Gary Busey, Howard Stern and Sarah Silverman went out in the woods looking for Bigfoot? It’ll only take you eighty seconds to find out…
7/1/14 ***Please note that this video was created and posted before Maya Angelou’s passing.
Hosts is a parody of the Alien franchise and a satire of showbusiness in general. We originally did it as part of a pilot for EscapistMagazine.com, but they allowed us to air it on our YouTube channel Dorks of Yore. It was a long, tough day of shooting, with us four actors contorted behind the walls with our heads sticking out above false bodies. I’m putting together a behind-the-scenes video of it now.
We had a mini-viral event with its release in October, and got coverage from Huffington Post and The Hollywood Reporter, along with a number of respected science-fiction sites. Here’s my favorite review.
This was one of my favorite sketches from 2003’s The Pat Kilbane Show. It’s a dry, English style of comedy in the form of faux documentary – silly, but in some ways believable. I shot the dancing sequences in my living room while my house was being torn up for remodel. In retrospect, I can see how this wasn’t right for the Comedy Central audience; it’s just too subtle. I love it, though.
As a boy I was amazed by the work of Robert Shields. I remember his short-lived television series and think of him as a small, but important, influence on me as a physical comedian. The man’s body control is incredible, and his movement when playing a robot is as preternatural as I have ever seen.
Mimes take quite a beating in the comedy community, but as Shields says in his video, not all mimes suck. Take a look at this limber, athletic comedy genius at work in his physical prime (FF to 1:06 for the strongest stuff).
As a comedian, I had to appreciate seeing this image of Deadpool in May’s Marvel Previews. Comic Leo Gallagher was widely known for his watermelon-smashing stage show back when I was climbing the stand-up ranks in the ’90s, but he was also something of a whipping boy. Though he was selling out huge theaters at the time, comedy purists rolled their eyes at his corny jokes and prop-heavy repertoire. Many snide remarks were made at his expense, but Gallagher achieved something that few entertainers ever have: the status of an icon. He made himself so familiar that his image is a shorthand cultural reference, and this Deadpool comic is proof of that a full twenty years after Gallagher’s rising star peaked. Is there a cooler way to be honored than to have your schtick memorialized in a Marvel comic book?