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Meet the Awkward Two Writers: Kyle Jarrow

August 09, 2010 By: Category: Meet the Writers

Awkward Two, a collection of 33 micro-short stories by 25 incredible writers, will be released to the public on September 27, 2010. (You can pre-order it right here.) Who are these incredible writers? Let’s meet ‘em! We sent the same 9 questions to all the writers. Here are their answers.

Kyle Jarrow

Next up–I’m posting these in the order I received them–we have the hardest working man in showbiz: Mr. Kyle Jarrow. I remember the precise moment I met Kyle. It was back in my old life in New York, when I used to perform experiments in laughter generation at comedy clubs. My shtick involved A) looking like a dork and B) singing songs with dirty words in them. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to get laughs with this combination of attributes.

I was playing a show in this weird room in the lobby of the Gershwin Hotel. My soon-to-be girlfriend (and later-to-be ex-girlfriend) Becky Yamamoto also played the same show. After the show, I connected with this soon-to-be girlfriend with that “hey, you’re funny, I’m funny, let’s hang out” thing that only works when you do not bomb. Kyle had also come to see Becky perform that night – they worked together at PS 122, an experimental theater in New York. The first thing Kyle said to me was, “I’m in a band … maybe you could open for us some time.”

As an intro, “maybe we could open for you some time” might have been a little stronger. But I often say things off the top of my head that are accidentally incredibly insulting, so I let it slide. The next night I went out with Becky, and as we moved into what Paul Reiser calls Couplehood, I got to know Kyle. And his band, the Fabulous Entourage. Which, I must admit after all these years he was right … I was way more of a supporting act to their full-stage explosion.

When I say Kyle is the hardest working man in showbiz, I really mean it. This guy does not stop. He’s written several plays that are in almost constant production around the U.S., he’s in two bands with gigantic followings, and he somehow manages to squeeze Awkward into his off-time. Before we ever started Awkward, I was a huge fan: if Kyle had a production, I would be first in line to see it. I’ve seen the Fabulous Entourage play several times, not out of obligation, but because they are kick-ass musicians who put on an amazing show. I haven’t been lucky enough to see Super Mirage perform yet, but when they do their West Coast tour, I’m there.

I’ve gotten to be closer friends with Kyle since we started Awkward, and he’s one of those guys who I just never, ever question. I have infinite amounts of respect for his work and for him as a person. He’s dependable, positive, crazy intelligent, and immensely talented. I’m proud to call him my business partner and friend, and I hope he won’t forget me when he achieves his lifelong goal of supplanting Joe Eszterhas as Hollywood’s go-to guy for screenplays that center around beaver shots.

Learn more about Kyle and his ever-growing list of projects at http://www.landoftrust.com. Learn more about his band Super Mirage — and buy their brand new record at http://www.supermirage.com.

The Interview Portion

1) Who are you and why are you here?
I’m one of the co-founders of Awkward Press, along with Clay McLeod Chapman and Jeffrey Dinsmore. Although the truth is, Jeff does the lion’s share of the work and Clay and I offer advice and help as we can. I usually end up feeling pretty guilty that I didn’t help out more, and tell myself I’ll help out more the next time around. But let’s face it, Jeffrey Dinsmore is the brains, heart and soul of this operation. I might be most accurately described as its right index finger. [Ed.'s note: Lies! Kyle is the true genius behind Awkward Press. Writers, if you ever need to sue anyone, SUE KYLE.]

2) Why do you write?
I write for two reasons:
-I enjoy it more than just about anything else.
-It’s the money-generating thing that I’m best at.
I feel very lucky that those two things coincide for me. That doesn’t always happen in life. For example, think about all those people whose best money-generating skill is, say, banking (though it’s a helluva lot more lucrative than writing), but the thing they enjoy most is, say, pinochle. That’s a tougher life.

3) What’s the best thing you’ve ever written?
There’s a play of mine called “The List” that I really love, and I think it might be the best thing I’ve written so far. Ironically, it’s also one of my only scripts that hasn’t yet seen a full production — I can’t figure out why and it kind of kills me that it hasn’t.

4) What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I play in a rock band called Super Mirage. I like to go jogging. Also, I’m getting married next year, so we’re planning the wedding, which is a beast of a job.

5) Name two books that have blown your mind.
CATCH-22 and Norwegian Wood. Both are awesome, and both totally changed the way I thought about writing.

6) What do you like to write about?
I like to write about things that bother me. In other words: questions in my life, or in the lives of people I know, that bug me. For example, my story in Awkward Two is about how strange it is that we live in a world where people are dying every day (in war, of starvation, of natural disasters, etc etc). In such a world, we should all be ecstatically happy for every moment that we’re NOT dead. And yet, I’m not ecstatically happy about that. And no one I know is. Anyway, that’s the kind of thing I like to write about. Those tricky problems and questions of living. Through writing about them, I try to find — or at least, reach toward finding — an answer.

7) Complete this sentence: If the world could know one thing about me, it’s that I …
…never feel like I have enough time.

8) Are we doomed?
Yes. (Thus the feeling of never having enough time.) But the upside is, we’re all doomed. So at least we get to go through it together.

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