Friday, December 3, 2010

Chris Crofton Talks Harmony Korine, Nashville & More With Bark, Bugs, Leaves & Lizards

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM

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In lieu of a Chris Crofton Show this week, how's about an interview in which Music City's beloved (and occasionally loathed) funnyman takes off the clown makeup to talk real about stuff? As we've mentioned, Crofton has been on the road a lot in recent weeks, hosting screenings of Trash Humpers, which he presents along with a stand-up set. On Nov. 30, Crofton appeared at the Zodiac Theatre in Florence, Ala., where he was interviewed by John Hicks of Bark, Bugs, Leaves & Lizards. In the full interview, Crofton expounds on working with Harmony Korine, playing music in Nashville, doing comedy in Nashville, hosting the podcast and more. It's a good piece. A choice excerpt:

JH: What’s it like being known as a musician and a comedian?

CC: It’s funny. In Nashville, our band got really popular and then nothing happened. We became a fixture. That’s what happens to bands in Nashville. If you don’t get out of Nashville with your band after a certain amount of time, there’s no promotion. I started doing stand-up because some guy in Nashville found out I used to do it. Before I had a band, I did it for a year in New York. I really wanted to be a musician. But before I could play guitar, I was like, “I guess I’ll be a stand-up.” My friends had always told me I should be a stand-up. So I started writing down everything I said on napkins. Comedy comes from the same place song lyrics come from. It took me about six years to come up with decent song lyrics, and probably the same amount of time to come up with decent jokes. At the time, my whole worldview was just about girls. That was it. There’s still a lot of that in my stand-up.

More The Chris Crofton Show soon.

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