WHAT’S ALL THIS TALK ABOUT TALK TALK?

The first thing Matt Hoyt and Jason Sherry want you to know about the December 2nd performance of Talk Talk, is that it’s got nothing to do with the 80’s British rock band of the same name. Beyond that, what Talk Talk is or is not may be subject to interpretation.

The high concept satirical comedy show takes aim at the television talk show format. The audience will see a live taping of a talk show hosted by Tim Talkerson (Hoyt), who is joined by band leader Chet Giggery (Sherry) and a parade of guests, either scheduled or plucked at random from the audience.

The twist? Talkerson is entirely painted green, from hair to toe. So is Chet Giggery, and the entire talk show set. While the live audience watches, the show is simulcast to television on the side of the stage, using green screen technology to fundamentally alter the viewing experience. On screen, the hosts and set disappear, replaced by curated video content.

“You get a choice where you want to focus your attention,” says Hoyt, “You can enjoy the show happening in front of you, or look to the side to a representation of the show. Jason’s idea is for the audience member to experience two different versions of the same performance.”

He teases that part of the show will involved screening spec commercials made in the 1980s for products that never saw the light of day. There will also be actual paid sponsor content mixed in with the ironic and satirical ads, leaving it to the audience to determine which is entertainment and which is advertising.

“Talk shows fundamentally exists for people to hawk their own products to promote things, Hoyt explains, “You’re getting sold stuff in the commercial breaks, and sold stuff during the show.”

The talk show guests won’t know what their hawking until Talkerson introduces them on stage, engaging them in a wholly improvised dialog. Previous guests have promoted fictional book titles, including a self-help book called I Hate To Hate You, and a vampire cookbook entitled Bite Me.

Hoyt and Sherry have performed versions of Talk Talk twice before, including during Sherry’s artist residency at Bread & Salt. But the December 2nd performance is on a larger scale, taking place at the Ship in the Woods art space in Escondido, and commingling with a number or art installations, comedy sketches, a performance from internationally renowned “king of cult clowning” Dr. Brown, and solo sets from musicians Rob Crow and Shades McCool.

“This is the biggest version of the show we’ve done, and most ambitious,” says Hoyt, “We’re planning on doing a cooking segment, just ripping off all the major talk show tropes.” Doors open at 6pm for a show that runs til 10pm. Arrive early for limited seating. $15 suggested donation.