The comedy team of Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani already have a bit of notoriety attached to them: Their Kickstarter campaign for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Robotic Edition) — which proposed to publish an edition of the Mark Twain classic with all occurrences of the N-word replaced with the word “robot” — attracted no little attention and enough supporters to not only push them to their goal, but well beyond. With that success under their belt, they’ve embarked on a less unorthodox, but hopefully just as entertaining, Kickstarter campaign for a new end-of-the-world comedy, DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE. With a solid technical crew and a cast that includes DEEP SPACE NINE’s Armin Shimerman, BUFFY’s Harry Groener, and LEGEND OF KORRA’s Janet Varney, the project is already well-positioned to bring some mirth to unrestrained devastation, disease, and despair.
So since my sponsors for this ep are presently running a Kickstarter for their cool, RFID-blocking jacket, the Shield, and since I, myself, am running my own Kickstarter, I thought it would be worthwhile to reach out to Etta and Gabe to talk about the film, its inspirations and challenges, and also to get their thoughts on crowdfunding a creative project. Click on the player to hear the discussion.