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.
Dr. Larry Lewis, our good friend and colleague, passed away at the end of January this year. I first knew Dr. Lewis as my therapist as he helped me navigate the turmoil of television and film work in the early 2000s. More recently, Melissa McQueen (my wife) and I shot the web series Hero Therapy with him. Dr. Lewis had such a presence of humor, wisdom and understanding. He’ll be sorely missed.
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.
A Pre-Fabricated Fallout Shelter by Radius Engineering
If you’re thinking about zombie survival this Halloween season, check out this post I did for the Kit Up! blog on Military.com last year:
Most discussions about surviving a zombie apocalypse center around gearing up wisely and staying on the move. But what about the idea of buttoning up and hiding? For those with the resources and foresight to have a well-stocked underground shelter, staying put for a while may be the most sensible thing to do. Here are three reasons why… Read More
You know that shooting an unsuppressed firearm is going to attract zombies to your location… but how many? I tackled this issue in this post I did for Military.com.
In “The Walking Dead” and other zombie fiction, survivors often stress the importance of weapons that kill quietly. After all, when facing so many challenges in a broken civilization, why make your life tougher by firing a gun and announcing yourself to a mob of undead cannibals? For me, this begs a more probing question: just how many zombies would your gunfire attract? For your post-apocalyptic convenience, I have created a table that gives you a rough idea. Read More