Three Days!

We are three days away from the premiere of the first episode of Stubbs & Romero! Our first episode will air on Oct. 25th at 10:30 a.m. You will see it right here at our YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6QGHckGn3DhfLatK0Kl_6g?feature=guide.

We’ll remind you before we launch but you can go to the link above and subscribe now.

Until then, we’ll be sharing more Ask the Cast, some real zombie survival tips from the “people” who know best, zombies, and much more!

So stop by and visit us for all those goodies. Have an awesome week!

We ran into Det. Parker at the gun range. He’s trying out a new .45 that shoots silver bullets. “We just got a werewolf on the force and I’m not saying I have trust issues, I just want to be prepared in case he goes rogue on the full moon,” Det. Parker says as he slams the magazine into place.

We should note that Det. Parker is a very good shot. He likes to hum Stevie Wonder songs while he’s shooting.

It’s weird yet charming.

Questions for Det. Parker

Do you like to garden?

Do fish love to swim? Do bees love to buzz? Do crocodiles love to smile? Wait… what was the question?

How many people have you had to wing to slow them down?

I don’t run fast so I would say more than I haven’t.

What’s your favorite flower?

The one on my hat (he likes to target practice wearing his favorite panama). I don’t know what it is called, but I think it is a peonie.

What’s the best way to stop a vampire from biting you?

Invite them to a Christmas party.

Do you believe in aliens?

Yes. There is a pathway to citizenship in the this country and those that don’t take it, should try harder to follow the rules.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

A balanced breakfast of Reeses Puffs, buttered toast, black coffee and a pop tart. You should always start your day with a healthy balanced breakfast. Balance.

How high can you jump?

I have a vertical that tops 3 inches. I didn’t play basketball.

Do zombies make you sneeze?

No… is that a thing? Well now I’m worried.

Where’s a good place to buy socks in Los Angeles?

There’s this little place downtown in the jewelry district called “Arts Spatula and Sock Emporium.” They have the best socks at the best prices in a variety of colors. In between Vladovichs’ Jewelry Shack and Ahabs’ Whale of a Deal Jewelry, turn right down the alley and at the end, go in the 2nd door on the left… make SURE it’s the 2nd door.

“Arts: Where we’ve mastered the ART of socks and spatulas.”

 

And with that, Det. Parker nails the paper target of a rapid werewolf in the heart while softly humming Superstition.

Bring Out Your Dead

We sat down (well, actually leaned on a cold table) with Dr. Zelda Rubens and asked her some burning questions we thought up on the way there in the car. She was nice. She smelled like kittens, flowers and formaldehyde. She was eating a liverwurst sandwich and snacking on pub cheese.

Questions for Dr. Zelda Rubens

Do you ever get scared working in the morgue?

Zelda: The only time I get scared working in the morgue is when a Detective has forgotten to remove the bodies personal affects and their cell phone rings.

It’s unnerving to be removing a cadavers eyeball and hear Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies go off at top volume.

Has anyone ever come back to life?
Zelda: No one has ever come back to life. Once a cadaver was so bloated with gas it raised up off the table and smacked me in the neck. I took the rest of the day off!

Are you dating Det. Romero?

Zelda: Who?

What’s your dog’s name?

Zelda: Colin. Hes not actually still with us but I took a taxidermy course and now he sits by the door every time I come home. I didn’t actually pass the course so I’m not sure how long Colin will last.

What made you want to become a coroner?

Zelda: I love science and medicine but I don’t like people. I was told my bedside manner would offend even the dead so… there you have it.

If you could only have soup, what kind of soup what you have?

Zelda: Tom Kha Gai – delicious!

Describe your funniest walk.

Zelda:  It’s a long way to the Ladies room from the morgue. I was told by the Security officers that my bathroom breaks are the highlight of their day. People will watch anything if it’s on TV!

 

 

Long ago in Santa Monica…

Grant Baciocco, Chris Sheets and I were standing in my backyard a couple of years ago. We were shooting an entry for the GoDaddy commercial competition. I had won with my spot Go Momma in 2010 and thought I’d give it another shot. At the time, Grant and Chris,  (along with Jayne Entwistle – “Zelda”) were doing a run of Zombience with their troupe at the Improvatorium in Hollywood, an improvised comedy zombie musical. Yeah. It was as awesome as it sounds.

Note: This delightful group will be returning to the zombie theme this December so please check out their web site for show times.

A friend of mine had told me about this amazingly hilarious cast. She had me at zombie musical. So it was only natural that I would want to use this cast for the next spot.

As Grant and Chris stood there in their ripped up suits and zombie make-up during a lunch break, Grant motioned me over. He and Chris had this idea… “Zombie detectives?” Grant says. “Book ‘em, Dano!” Chris says in a zombie voice. It made perfect sense.

I should note that our GoDaddy spot, Opportunities, featured them as two clever zombie con artists trying to lure people to their lair with fake websites. We didn’t win the competition but we did end up with this awesome series. And I ended up with some pretty talented and delightful friends.

For Stubbs & Romero, we decided to forego the contact lenses because we didn’t want to blind Grant and Chris. We’re nice like that. After Grant and Chris sparked the idea, I jumped in with the idea of a Dexter kind of character (Adrian Flowers) who is the only guy on the force who thinks something’s not quite right with the new guy. Adrian, like the rest of this cast, is hilarious as Bankes.

Does the series make sense? Not really. Does that matter? Not at all. Our MacGuffin is completely random. Our sole purpose is to entertain you. Plus, we wanted to get some mileage out of those suits.

We hope you enjoy the web series. The first episode will premiere on Oct. 25th right here via our YouTube channel.

Thank you for loving zombies and we hope you like the series!

Lisa Waugh

 

Stubbs and Romero, a comedy web series, to premiere just in time for Halloween.

Coming soon to this site (besides the webisodes themselves) will be full cast and crew credits, behind the scenes photos and funky trivia.

Stubbs (Grant Baciocco) and Romero (Chris Sheets) are the deadliest and deadest detectives on the force in a town known for high body counts. In this first series, the undead sleuths try to figure out why thugs are roughing up the local bakers.

Stubbs, who doesn’t know he’s a zombie just quite yet, keeps having these flashbacks featuring a mysterious beautiful blonde lady. Is she a damsel in distress or spookier than the midnight special at the Yukon Mining Company downtown?

We hope you join us right here for the premiere Thursday, Oct. 25th

See our stellar cast, play our trivia game and delight at the tactics of our hero undead cops.

 

Via Huffington Post by John Hornor Jacobs

In many ways, vampires and zombies are two sides to the same coin. Both are undead. Both spread their condition through bites. Both have specific methods in which they can be killed. But vampires are the patricians of the undead with fussy European accents, bright sparkly skin, cheerleader girlfriends, tailored suits, and slinky party dresses. Zombies, on the other hand, are strictly blue-collar and, I daresay, typically American. They roam the streets, disheveled, dispossessed, homeless. They are the middle class, marginalized into oblivion.

Taken singly, zombies are slow, idiotic, and relatively easy to kill. Laughable, even, with their witless drive and ungainly movements. One zombie? Destroy the brain, drop the shambler. But collectively, zombies are an inexorable force, knocking down chain-link fences, busting through windows, treating your neighbors like bowls of spinach dip. They’re the ultimate union. And their collective bargaining powers can’t be legislated away.

To survive the zombie apocalypse, you’re going to need a plan. Survival means you’re going to have to accept the blue-collar ethos that the zombies embody. Time to roll up your sleeves, put on your best Mike Rowe face, and get ready to do some dirty work. In no particular order, here are 10 essential items for surviving the zombie apocalypse. For a more in depth exploration into zombie apocalypse survival techniques and items, feel free to check out This Dark Earth, my zombie survival treatise-cum-novel. Wait. Not a cum-novel. Strike that last bit. Sheesh, you people.

 

1. Running shoes

2. Granola bars

3. Baseball bat or headknocker

4. Wet wipes

5. Water

6. Bandana

7. Thick clothing

8. Defensible position

9. Pistol

10. An object of affection

See full story here.

The figure of the zombie has appeared several times in fantasy themed fiction and entertainment, as early as the 1929 novel The Magic Island by William Seabrook. Time claimed that the book “introduced ‘zombi’ into U.S. speech”.[12] In 1932, Victor Halperin directed White Zombie, a horror film starring Bela Lugosi. This film, capitalizing on the same voodoo zombie themes as Seabrook’s book of three years prior, is often regarded as the first legitimate zombie film, and introduced the word “zombie” to the wider world.[13] Other zombie-themed films include Val Lewton’s I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow, (1988) a heavily fictionalized account of Wade Davis’ book.

The zombie also appears as a metaphor in protest songs, symbolizing mindless adherence to authority, particularly in law enforcement and the armed forces. Well-known examples include Fela Kuti’s 1976 album Zombie, and The Cranberries’ 1994 single “Zombie.”

A new version of the zombie, distinct from that described in Haitian religion, has also emerged in popular culture in recent decades. This “zombie” is taken largely from George A. Romero’s seminal film The Night of the Living Dead,[14] which was in turn partly inspired by Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend.[15][16] The word zombie is not used in Night of the Living Dead, but was applied later by fans.[17] The monsters in the film and its sequels, such as Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, as well as its many inspired works, such as Return of the Living Dead and Zombi 2, are usually hungry for human flesh although Return of the Living Dead introduced the popular concept of zombies eating brains.

Sometimes they are victims of a fictional pandemic illness causing the dead to reanimate or the living to behave this way, but often no cause is given in the story. Although this modern monster bears some superficial resemblance to the Haitian zombie tradition, its links to such folklore are unclear,[16] and many consider George A. Romero to be the progenitor of this creature.[18] Zombie fiction is now a sizeable sub-genre of horror, usually describing a breakdown of civilization occurring when most of the population become flesh-eating zombies — a zombie apocalypse.

West

According to the tenets of Vodou, a dead person can be revived by a bokor, or sorcerer. Zombies remain under the control of the bokor since they have no will of their own. “Zombi” is also another name of the Vodou snake lwa Damballah Wedo, of Niger–Congo origin; it is akin to the Kikongo word nzambi, which means “god”. There also exists within the West African Vodun tradition the zombi astral, which is a part of the human soul that is captured by a bokor and used to enhance the bokor’s power. The zombi astral is typically kept inside a bottle which the bokor can sell to clients for luck, healing or business success. It is believed that after a time God will take the soul back and so the zombi is a temporary spiritual entity.[4] It is also said in vodou legend, that feeding a zombie salt will make it return to the grave.

South

The idea of zombies is present in some South African cultures. In some communities it is believed that a dead person can be turned into a zombie by a small child.[5] It is said that the spell can be broken by a powerful enough sangoma.[6]

It is also believed in some areas that witches can turn a person into a zombie by killing and possessing the victim’s body in order to force it into slave labor.[7] After rail lines were built to transport migrant workers, stories emerged about “witch trains”. These trains appeared ordinary, but were staffed by zombie workers controlled by a witch. The trains would abduct a person boarding at night, and the person would then either be turned into a zombie worker, or beaten and thrown from the train a distance away from the original location.[7]

A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an animated corpse resurrected back to life by mystical means, such as witchcraft.[1] The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, especially in North American and European folklore.

In modern times, the term “zombie” has been applied to an undead being in horror fiction, largely drawn from George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead.[2][3]They have appeared as plot devices in various books, films, video games and in television shows.