A decade ago, MTV created the “Jackass” nation, years before YouTube made stupid pranks and stunts available to all any time anywhere.
Atlanta-based Adult Swim, which doesn’t mind delving into things juvenile and idiotic for the young male mind, has a new show coming Sunday, March 25, at 11:30 p.m. called “Loiter Squad.”
I have only seen the trailer. Based on that, this show looks a bit like “Jackass,” with a bit of “Chappelle” thrown in.
“It’s very loose,” said Jeff Tremaine, of Dickhouse, the production company that put together “Loiter Squad” and also does MTV’s “Fantasy Factory” and “Ridiculousness.” “They are not actors. They’re a bunch of wild friends. They’re very funny.” He said he didn’t have a clear idea how it would come together but “the chaos that ensued is what you see on screen. They’re very good at going out on the streets, just sort of f**** around with people.”
“They’re fun,” Tremaine added, “if you put them in any costume. We put Tyler in an old golfer’s outfit and have him hang out in a golf shop.”
Tremaine prides himself on his relative immaturity for a 45 year old. The “Loiter Squad” range in age from 17 to 22, all from Los Angeles. Some are from the skater subculture. “They call me an old man,” he said. “They’re masters of the YouTube environment and social media. They’re very savvy in that world.”
I asked him if he thought Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud of the four lead guys, who are black. “Martin Luther King wouldn’t necessarily be a fan of all their language and behavior. But they are self made,” Tremaine said. “They’re very smart about the business they do and their music. They won’t sign with major labels. They market themselves. They create pop-up stores and people line around the block.”
The lead guy, 22-year-old Tyler the Creator became a YouTube sensation (yes, that phrase has become quite the cliche!) with his “Yonkers” video, which has received an astonishing 40 million views. See for yourself, if you haven’t already:
I tried to interview Tyler Okonma but he didn’t exactly embrace the exercise. He gave me a false name (Jay Von) and a false age (25). He gave me plenty of terse answers. When I asked him the point of what they are doing, he said, “make s*** up that was funny.” He doesn’t consider himself a comic or musician. “I’m a regular person,” he said. “I’m pretty good at Microsoft Paint.”
Here’s a trailer to the show.
“Loiter Squad,” 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Adult Swim.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk