Although we here at Lemonade consider ourselves an entertainment publication, the majority of our interviews and reviews are based in the world of music. So it is certainly a treat when I get the chance to interview a director, writer or in this case, an actor.
People of Earth is one of my personal favorite shows on television right now. I was already a fan of TBS’s Angie Tribecca and Wrecked before People of Earth debuted and watching the pilot only further solidified my opinion that TBS is absolutely killing it with comedies right now. The show follows the story of a group of people (“experiencers”) who have all had run-ins with extraterrestrial beings, as well as the aliens themselves. Some of which find it easier to coexist with humans without being noticed, while some – like Ken Hall‘s character – “Jeff The Grey” – stay back and hold down the fort…or spaceship I should say.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to Toronto, Ontario native, Ken Hall recently about his character “Jeff The Grey” and more.
Brandon: Hey Ken! Thank you so much for chatting with me today. How’s life treating you?
Ken: Life is going good! We just wrapped filming a month ago for People Of Earth and I was at ComicCon. It’s been a busy summer, but really good.
B: I am a huge fan of People Of Earth, your character “Jeff The Grey” looks to have a ton of prosthetics on, what is that like show to show?
K: I am used to having makeup and prosthetics on since I have played several different creatures for Freak Encounters and Scare Tactics, which are shows where people can prank their friends with scary situations. I have played a giant rat, a Jersey Devil which is kind of like a horse/dog hybrid. Some of those took four or five hours to get done, where is with Jeff, it’s only about two hours, which is nice. There are a few things that I’ve had to get used to, like for instance, Jeff’s nostrils are higher than mine and the eyes get fogged up often, but we’ve found ways to work with it.
B: TBS’s comedies are fantastic right now (Angie Tribecca, Wrecked, People of Earth). How did you end up stumbling upon People Of Earth?
K: It ended up working out great, because for the first time in my career I had just hired an acting coach. I live up here in Toronto, Canada and that’s where the show is filmed, so I initially auditioned for the pilot – which was called “The Group” at that time – and being that my background is improv, it was new to have the script written out for me. As we’ve continued with the show I have had some chances to improvise and I am actually more comfortable with that than I am having a script amazingly. *laughs*
B: There are so many great actors on the show, H. Jon Benjamin (Officer Lance Glimmer), Bjorn Gustafsson (Don The White), Ana Gasteyer (Gina Morrison) , but although you’re not the only alien, you’re the only one who doesn’t really resemble a human. What is lunch break like for you around the set? *laughs*
K: *laughs* Oh wow! It’s really funny because we will all be sitting down and although Jeff looks the most different, you are still looking around at all these aliens just casually eating lunch and it’s hilarious. With all the makeup we have on and prosthetics, we have to be careful about what we eat. We can’t have anything greasy and stuff like that. But yeah, it’s really funny.
B: Finally when shooting is over, it’s time for the pizza, right?
K: *laughs* Yeah, exactly.
B: I know you can’t tell me much, but there are so many things happening on the show right now. The floating cube seems to have control of Gerry, Father Doug and Chelsea are having an affair or…trying to at least. Do you know where this is all going?
K: Well yes, I do…
B: Oh duh, of course you do, it wrapped last month. *laughs*
K:*laughs* Exactly! You have to stay tuned and watch though.
B: Don and Kelly even had their shot at romance, anything for Jeff?
K: *laughs again* I don’t know, we’ll see. You’ll have to keep watching.
B: Nothing from you? *both laugh* So shifting gears a bit, you also have a comedy act called the 2 MAN NO SHOW. Tell us a bit about that.
K: Yeah! So me and my close friend Isaac Kessler have this two-man improv show. We’re only able to do it when he comes back to visit Toronto, since he lives in Los Angeles now, but it’s a very physical show that involves a lot of “Clown” and I mean, he’s just a hilarious guy. I am really fortunate to get to work with him when we can.
B: I was going to say, I have seen some clips and it is very physical. Have you ever had any injuries doing it?
K: *laughs* I know, he’s like this big teddy bear guy and I am…well….a little guy and so he picks me up and I ride on his back, there are a lot of things happening. There was this one time where we were doing this bit where we were both blindfolded and there were mousetraps set out on the stage…
K: *laughs* Yeah and so we had people ready to catch us if we fell off, since I was riding on his back. He did fall off, but instead of like falling off, he just kind of tripped off, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We are really lucky all things considered that neither of us has been injured badly doing it. *laughs* I trust him a lot, so that’s great and very important.
B: That is great that you guys have that sort of trust with each other. Well, I want to thank you so much for chatting with me, Ken. I can’t wait to watch the rest of season 2 of People of Earth!
K: Yes! Enjoy it and thank you so much as well!
Check out the trailer for People of Earth below and check out the current season on TBS on Mondays at 10:30PM.
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