Louise Robey, Actress, Joe Bob Briggs, Drive-Thru Master, Lloyd Kaufman, Film Legend, and the Gay Boy of Tromaville
Y Spy: Who are you and why are you here?
Louise Robey: I’m the Countess of Burford, and I’m here because I exist. [From here, Robey and Kaufman launch into an extended conversation in French. The only thing I can make out is when Kaufman mentions a Chevrolet Coupe Deville and Charles de Gaulle. I suspect that Kaufman might be bullshitting his French, but if he is he does so convincingly.]
Lloyd Kaufman: Next question!
Y Spy: So I write a review column called “Bizarro Masterpiece Theatre.” You can pretty much assume what it’s about. Turn me onto some movies.
Robey: I know Hugh Hefner, and I go to his Sunday night things all the time.
Kaufman: [Growing progressively more French] Hugh Hefner is a fucking dick! I hate Hugh Hefner! So fuck him!
Robey: Well, Dino de Laurentiis…
Kaufman: Oh, he’s cool…
Robey: He wanted me to be in a movie, and I turned him down. I was very young. I said: “It’s a bit naughty, this movie!”
Kaufman: Well, you had been in the Roman Polanski Quaalude movie, so I don’t blame you for turning him down.
Robey: How do you know Roman?
Kaufman: How do I know him? He tried to give me Quaaludes! I refused! I wouldn’t do it. I was 13 at the time.
Y Spy: You were just an innocent young lady.
Kaufman: I was an innocent young woman at the time. Gyno. We say gyno-american. Louise! What else have you been working on, besides your chateau? Chateau in French means cake, by the way.
Robey: It means very old house. I write songs, and I produce songs…
Kaufman: Wow! Here’s the young Gay Boy from Tromaville!
Gay Boy of Tromaville: I am the Gay Boy from Tromaville.
Kaufman: Tell us what’s new in the gay world of Tromaville.
Gay Boy: “The Killer Condom” is an inspirational movie, not only a philosophy but a state of life.
Kaufman: And who made the special effects? H.R. Giger, who made the special effects for “Alien!”
Y Spy: How does the Roman Catholic Church feel about killer condoms?
Gay Boy: Actually, I am Catholic. We feel extremely great about it! Couldn’t be better.
Kaufman: And thank you to the Pope, who has done so much to protect the children from the Catholic priests. He’s a real brave Pope. He and Hugh Hefner are the same hypocritical, well, anyway…
Robey: You want to be Hugh! You want to be him!
Kaufman: I wouldn’t shit on Hugh Hefner! The only reason I bought Playboy stock was because I was hoping he’d die and the stock would go up.
Robey: You bought Playboy stock?
Kaufman: Stupidly. And he won’t die! I lost a huge amount of money.
Robey: It’s bankrupt! You know that?
Kaufman: When I bought it, it wasn’t. And stupid me, because he’ll never die! God dammit!
Y Spy: What’s new in the Troma world?
Kaufman: We have a very good blu-ray we’ve just put out. Actually it’s a brown-ray called “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.” I’m working on my seventh book “Sell Your Own Damn Movie.”
[Suddenly, a round of applause bursts out behind us, and Joe Bob Briggs arrives on the scene.]
Kaufman: Hey! You should interview this guy! Bobby!
Robey: [To Briggs, taking note of his cowboy shirt] Do you ride horses?
Kaufman: He rides pen and pencil and paper! He rides words!
Robey: So do I! I’m a writer and producer.
Y Spy: Mr. Briggs, what does Troma mean to you?
Joe Bob Briggs: Troma is the essence of the three Bs: blood, breasts, and beasts. They have all of those three, in enormous quantities, in every film they’ve ever made. I can’t say that about any other company.
Y Spy: Were there breasts in “Cannibal: The Musical?”
Kaufman: Yes, but they were eaten! So you didn’t see them. But Joe Bob Briggs was very responsible for discovering Troma, many years ago, when we were shunned. We’re still shunned, but at least Joe Bob Briggs appreciated us.
Y Spy: [To Briggs] So what have you been up to lately?
Briggs: I’m here, doing the convention.
Y Spy: Any writings or film commentaries coming out?
Briggs: I’ve got 12 commentaries that I’ve done, and lots of books, and lots of other projects.
Y Spy: So what scares each of you?
Kaufman: Hilary Clinton scares me! I’m Lloyd Kaufman, failed filmmaker for 35 years!
Briggs: Lloyd scares me. [Lloyd screams.]
Robey: I don’t know any of these people. What scares me is my ex-husband, who wrote Shakespeare!