The NO PART OF IT Interview series was a strain of questions sent to a number of different people between February and March 2019. Each entry was scheduled chronologically to be thrust upon the world on a monthly basis since then. Each individual is introduced informally as if they were being discussed at a bar.
Scheduled March 2019Wow man, so I've known Trenton for almost 10 years now. And he has not "grown out of it". I have never met another person like him, and I know I never will. I spent three days with him while on tour, in Austin TX, and it was some of the funnest times I've had. I think he wore the same ceremonial robe and rambled ecstatic nonsense most of the time, and on one occasion re-enacted his imaginary appearance on the Jerry Springer show, doing obscene things with a pencil eraser. Trenton seemed to casually look over and observe your responses to his ad-lib obscenities, and slowly turn it up a notch so that it either tested your sensibilities, or made you uncomfortable about something that is only slightly different than what you did laugh about before. In application it is not only a very clever and witty form of comedy, but also the only presentation I've ever known that actually played on the context of expectation in anticipating the crowd's laughter, almost forcing it out of them due to the fact that they know they are supposed to laugh at this juncture. I just don't know what to say about how his work takes shape, where it begins and ends, or how it has "evolved". I will just say that I let him do stand up comedy on the phone for 6 hours straight (or at least tried to) during my radio show, and it is documented in an article I did for WFMU's blog. A lot has changed since then, culture wise, but my intro there is still about the best I can do here:
...While it may seem buffoonish at first, Willey's surrealistic stream of brutish puns and psychedelic one liners eventually seem like they are transcendent; Some kind of ultra reality where humor is only the pretext for the sort of nonsense that finds us leaving theaters feeling drug-addled after a particularly mind bending movie, or just guiltily laughing our asses off. He appears as someone who happened to take mental imagery of dinosaurs, care bears, made for TV movies, and soap operas, along with mass murder, racism, sexual abuse, daily news, political correctness, and various media histrionics all into the blender of his mind, set on liquefy. But rather than presenting these sometimes turbulent concepts as a means to shock people with the severity of them, he presents them with the sort of aplomb that one might expect from Mister Rogers and in the context of total madness. When I heard that Trenton was talking about going for the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest stand up comedy set (40 hours), I invited him to do stand up on the phone for 6 hours with no audience, to be aired on my radio show.
I'm fascinated by the concept and the purported benefits of image streaming, and I'd be happy to uphold someone who would be able to go through with it, especially if he is keeping with this style of slinging ludicrous word diarrhea throughout. It would certainly add to his body of work; endeavors such as interviewing his father about gay animal marriage, making a play with a dead cat, the animated film "Hair Camp" (featuring Venus, a vegan cannibal Venus flytrap with a British accent), teaching invisible children about death (WARNING: this one is particularly viscous), a group protest where every person protests something different, stabbing himself during a knife dance, and getting chased by hecklers....
1. What kinds of things have you been getting into lately?
6. Do you believe in psychics, magic, ghosts, or gods? If no, then maybe you'll share your favorite conspiracy theory (whether you believe it or not).
11. Are you able to appreciate other peoples' creative work regardless of their personal shortcomings or inherent flaws? To what extent?