TV Junkie Interview: Chris Hardwick's 'Web Soup' & The Improv
Comedian, writer, and musician Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" had its 2nd season premiere on G4 this week and the show is off to a great start with some adjustments that Hardwick elaborated on in a conversation we had at G4's offices on Wednesday. Hardwick will also be performing two sets tonight at The Improv in Hollywood. More info: Check out G4's website for more info on "Web Soup" (Wednesdays at 8pm), Hardwick's website The Nerdist, and The Improv's page for tonight's shows (7:30 & 9:30pm). Also look for Hardwick's Gadget Pr0n segments on G4's "Attack of the Show".LAist: In this second season of "Web Soup", are you making any adjustments or new segments?
Chris Hardwick: We're definitely shooting new segments and what we realized after the first season, that it's a little boring to just be doing web videos, so we decided to blow it out to include anything you can find on the web which gives us the opportunity to do more pop culture commentary. We did a thing on "24" in the first episode, we'll be doing a bunch of stuff on "Lost", and now on "Big Love" there's a character doing video blogs and now that's fair game. Just kind of blowing it out, and making it less about YouTube videos and more about pop culture is going to be more fun for us and everybody else.
LAist: Could you give us some insight on how the show gets put together?
Chris Hardwick: We have 300 chimps hooked up to machines and they are programmed to flinch whenever they see something worthy of the show and that gets picked up and processed and uploaded to our server for production. Beyond that we have a research team that is made of actual people, and we're at the point where that people are sending me and the team clips via Twitter and email to put on the show whereas before we had to hunt down content and ask permission for it. We now go through these submissions and create a master cloud of clips that we like and then we have two full-blown writing sessions before we shoot each episode where we pick the choicest videos and kick jokes around and make a show around them.
But now what's happening is that we're shooting the show the day before it airs so that we can have stuff as fresh and new as possible. So we will be able to refer to what happened on "Lost" that week or whatever is current, so we will be pulling stuff in that day of shooting if possible.