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Friday
Dec042009

More "Mystery Team Week"

 

Dominic Dierkes and Dan Eckman of Mystery Team | Photo: Keith Huang

At Wednesday's MYSTERY TEAM LIVE! show, two members of Derrick came to the UCBT-NY bearing gifts. Dominic Dierkes and Dan Eckman toted a K-mart bag filled with Tub Time Toys, a Swing Vote DVD and some random paperback books, cheerily handing out items to anyone who had seen Mystery Team at previous screenings.

Kevin Brown plays "Dotcom" on 30 RockSome of the biggest laughs came from Dierkes's reading of the synopsis to "Playing With Fire," by Gena Showalter: The substance snuck into the protagonist's grand mocha latte "changes her life forever: the new Super Belle can control the four elements -- earth, wind, fire and water." Eckman quickly said he wanted to adapt a screenplay.

Ahead of today's first, official New York Mystery Team screenings, the Derrick gang (sans DC and Donald) asked all their friends whom they had asked to be in the movie to come out for an improv jam.

The special guest monologist was Kevin "Dotcom" Brown from 30 Rock, who told a story about buying a gold suit in Detroit and an incredibly funny story about a famous Brown-family gem about how "when I was born, they thought I was dead."

Although tonight's Mystery Team screenings are sold out, the fellas will be on hand at evening screenings this weekend and all next week to meet-and-greet and field some Q&A with the audience.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows are still available, as are tickets for next week's shows (Tickets).

--Keith Huang

RELATED: Donald Glover leaks "I'm So Official" by Childish Gambino

^ Bobby Moynihan and Will Hines

^ Kay Cannon wrote last night's 30 Rock episode "Dealbreakers Talk Show"^ Neil Casey and Dominic Dierkes^ Anthony King^ Will Hines

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Wednesday
Dec022009

More "Mystery Team Week"

Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover and DC Pierson are Mystery Team | Photo courtesy of Derrick

By: Keith Huang

No surprises here: The first two screenings of Mystery Team for Dec. 4 have sold out, but midnight seats are still available (Tickets). Rest assured, the movie will be playing continuously next week, as well. For today, we rounded up a few of the stellar Mystery Team cast members to discuss their experiences on set and why they thought they were picked to join the cast. Here's what they said:

Will Hines (Mr. Stevens): The night before my shoot the cast and crew got wicked drunk and watched The Omen. Yes, I typed "wicked." I remember Ben Rodgers imitating Gregory Peck saying "I was attacked by hell hounds" for most of the evening. I think I got asked to be in the movie because they needed a straight man to play off of Donald's characters amazingly ineffective disguises. And I am the greatest most reasonable straight man in the history of American comedy.

Ben Schwartz (Dougie's Buddy): My scene was in a strip club in New Hampshire so all I remember is seeing flashes of New Hampshire style strippers and hilarious actors running around.

Anthony King (Office Worker): I only worked on the movie for one day. Though that meant taking a scenic bus ride to New Hampshire and eating dirty pancakes with Jon Daly in a diner attached to a mall. So...all in all, a perfect experience.

"Here I am on set of, script in hand" --Tom Shillue | Photo courtesy of Tom ShillueTom Shillue (Alan McGinty): I auditioned for the film thru Jodi Collins Casting. I had not met the guys and Meggie before. I went in the day before and read the script -- it was hilarious. How fun to read a feature film script that makes you laugh out loud as you read it! Jodi put me on tape and I think they cast me right from the first read if I remember correctly.

Then they had me come in and do literally a 10-minute rehearsal. Everyone seemed funny, and I thought to myself: "Who are these guys?!" so I went home and watched a bunch of Derrick videos on youtube. "OH-I get it. I know these guys. I remembered a few of the old videos and was also maybe aware of a few of the early Hammerkatz videos I had seen before. I had seen them on humor sites, or had been forwarded links by friends.

I was ready for a down and dirty shoot, but the whole thing was as professional as anything I've worked on. I was there early in the shoot, and they were just getting used to working in an under the gun, anything can go wrong, feature film environment, but everyone was super nice and appreciative of the whole cast and crew.

I knew I was working on a cool project, but of course you never expect that these independent projects are going to go so far, never mind get a big theatrical release. Very exciting.

Ben Rodgers (Caleb): I think I'm only in the movie for about a second, I just shot one quick scene and I still haven't seen it, so I'm not sure how much made it in. They had a very small part for a young looking angry guy and they frequently bring out that side of me, so they asked me to read for the part.

Neil Casey | Photo courtesy of Neil CaseyNeil Casey (Broken Man): On the night before my shoot, the guys and I went out to a church basement so they could take pictures of me fucking air. In the film, my character reveals a photograph of himself having sex with something. Since the actual receptive object (I won't spoil it) was unavailable, the photo itself had to be constructed using Movie Magic.

We assembled in the church basement, set up some lights and positioned me in my underpants so I could spend about 10 minutes thrusting my hips into nothing while cycling through a shockingly comprehensive repertoire of fuck faces. My giant beard, grown exclusively to play the part, contributed to the result -- the most troublingly erotic photo set that any of us had ever seen. Upset and aroused, the guys and I went back to the hostel and kissed on a couch but have never talked about it. The photo set remains unavailable.

Bobby Moynihan (Jordy): My most vivid memory of working on Mystery Team was driving two hours to New Hampshire to shoot and my car broke down. I was stranded in Connecticut and (director) Dan Eckman's mom, a champion of a woman, had to come pick me up. We then drove the rest of the two hours and started shooting at midnight. At around 5 in the morning I had a lit firecracker in my mouth. By 9 in the morning I was on my way back to Connecticut to figure out how to get my car back to NYC. I paid $3,000 in transmission repair to be in that movie and it was worth every penny. I think this movie is amazing and that people will get to see just how talented the Derrick guys are. I owe a lot to these guys and no matter what amount of success I have in this business I will always be the guy from "Bro Rape."

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Monday
Nov302009

The Apiary Presents "Mystery Team Week"

DC Pierson, Donald Glover & Dominic Dierkes are Mystery Team | Photo courtesy of Derrick

Welcome to "Mystery Team Week," a celebration of the new movie by comedy team Derrick. The sketch- and improv-massive attackers, best known for their multiple millions of YouTube hits, will host the New York premiere of "Mystery Team" this Friday, Dec. 4, at Quad Cinemas (Tickets). The primary cast and crew will attend evening screenings to meet fans, host some Q&A and to show their hometown some long-awaited love. Derrick spent last summer on a promotional blitz, drumming up distributorship interest and meeting fans face-to-face.

In advance of Premiere Night, The Apiary touched base with Dominic Dierkes, one-third of the Mystery Team, who plays "Charlie (The Strongest Kid in Town)." Dierkes is en route to New York, while DC Pierson and Donald Glover are in Los Angeles, shooting NBC's "Community." However, the trio will make their Homecoming Trek by the weekend, Dierkes said.

For today, we asked Dominic to take a look at some recent photo mementos and comment on them. Here's what he said:

Photo courtesy Jennifer Morrison^ The Austin premiere at the Drafthouse was thrilling and surreal at the same time. This screening was a huge transition for the movie and marked the beginning of the still ongoing theatrical release. Most of the time I was thinking, "I can't believe there's a place where you can order a beer while you're watching a movie. Why do people leave here?"

Photo courtesy of Katrina Davis^ The wrap party was the same day as the last shot of the movie. Production was such an arduous process with so many major roadblocks that just to be at the end of it, knowing that we had the movie in the can was extremely satisfying even though we knew there was still tons more work to be done. Also, everyone got really drunk.

Photo courtesy of Derrick Comedy^ Gainesville and Tallahassee were the first cities Mystery Team opened in after Austin. Here we are in Gainesville advertising ourselves on a wall in spray paint. That's a legal way to advertise your movie, right?

Photo: Conor Mangan^ Our panel at Comic Con came at the tail end of an AMAZING weekend in San Diego. We distributed trading cards, manned a Mystery Team booth, held a screening, and did a panel -- all of which were met with an overwhelming amount of enthusiasm and excitement that we found permeates Comic Con as a whole. That convention is pure, unironic fun and is a must-attend for anyone who enjoys being a fan of stuff.

Photo courtesy of Derrick Comedy^ We've been doing a thing called "Sword Club" where if you see the movie twice in its run in any given city, we present you with an individually numbered foam sword with a handwritten inspirational quote on it. If you see the movie three times, we give you a dinosaur. And if someone sees the movie a yet to be determined number of times (it was 10 times in Phoenix), then DC will get your name tattooed somewhere on his body. Members of the Sword Club will all have their names featured on the DVD.

Photo: Dan Eckman^ Some folks from Pixar saw Mystery Team in Sundance and offered to set up an employee screening at their facilities as part of a program called Pixar University. They also offered us an extensive tour of their facilities. Being huge Pixar fans, we said, "Fuck yes." The screening went great and the tour was an incredible experience. We got to see UP concept art, explore an actual secret passageway, and embarass ourselves in the gift store. That Pixar trip did nothing but reinforce our perception of that studio as an insanely creative, driven, and talented group of people who give a huge shit about every detail of their work. And it shows. It was a true pleasure to be there.

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