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Q: I’ve read some of your early, college-era poems and the humor part is missing. How did your style develop?
AB: The humor part was missing because in college I was a tall drink of gaiety. I had a cute girlfriend, a dad who let me buy things but lived hundreds of miles away, good grades, a Walkman and a convertible 1963 Volkswagen. Nothing yet had gone wrong. I hadn’t been exposed to the deep well of horror that is human life, especially the horror that is myself.
But what would you say is a recurring hallmark of your films?
QT: One of the things is there is a sense of humour in all of my movies that I′m trying to bring out. One of the things that I am trying to do is I′m trying to get you to laugh at things that aren′t funny. When I write my movies I hear laughs. And I′m not saying that I write it as comedy, but there are laughs there. You know, when I′m making the movie I′m imagining laughs, when I′m editing it, I′m editing it knowing that there are going to be laughs there that are going to fill in things. So there is an aspect of when I see the movie with an audience for the first time that′s the completion of it. It′s like a recipe that needs the last ingredient to make the cake rise. And to me that doesn′t happen until I watch it with an audience, that′s the pay off, and to hear their laughs and know that I got that. And only then do I feel the movie is finished. But part of the method of that madness is the idea of getting you to laugh at things that you wouldn′t normally laugh at. You might even be asking the question ‘why am I laughing?’ But you are laughing anyway, so too bad! (laughs).
Then was our mouth filled with laughter.
In the world of commercials few beat the consistency of the Sonic Guys. On Saturdays wading through the tedium of the local car lot commercials and the Wackovia financial commercials, it is nice to have respite in the oddball humor of this duo. Here is my current fav (up there with the Weak Tot Action).