Pendulum likes to do weird shit and is full of heavy hitters. Members Kyle Romero and Yola Lu each took questions from our Hot Seat interview and gave it their best swing (Pendulums swing, get it).
We're excited to have you come to town! When did you first start working together?
We’re a local act! Pendulum was started in 2015, but this current cast started working together in November of 2016. - Yola
How did you come up with your team name / show title?
We inherited the name - but we love it. We’d like to think it’s because we DON'T STOP (lol). - Yola
The show we're doing is called Pendulum Presents: It's All Coming Together, and we spent a lot of time and resources on the title: focus grouping it, testing it, honing it into perfection. Analytics. - Kyle
What was the first sketch idea you can remember having as a group or an individual?
I feel like the first time we really wrote something as a group was when we put up a show called Pendulum Presents: Nora Ephron Presents: Rooby Goobiani. Someone in a writer’s meeting goofed up the name Rudy Guiliani and said Rooby Goobiani instead, and we lost our minds and built this elaborate mythology around the character, then wrote a show about it. It was the most “for us” a show might have ever been, but we were super proud of it and the audience seemed into it. - Kyle
What's your creative process like? How do you generate ideas and keep it fresh?
Lately we’ve been doing monthly themes - sometimes we start pitching sketch ideas that we have, and if there seems to be some sort of pattern, we’ll focus that show on that topic/theme and write around that. We also try not to stifle anyone’s ideas - whether it’s too weird, dark or any extreme - anything goes which helps the cast members not feel restricted in writing. - Yola
Who are your influences? Who are some of your favorite sketch comedy acts performing today? Who has blown your mind?
We talk a lot about Stella. Their shorts can be so broad, but it’s all really smart and really dark, without like, making a big deal about how dark it is. Stella is the best. We use way fewer dildos than those guys though. Also since this is a comedy interview, I am legally obligated to mention Mr. Show. One of our favorite groups doing it right now is Latchkey. They’re a fairly new sketch troupe based out of ColdTowne, but their first show was killer. Very excited to see what they put out in the future. - Kyle
Do you have any fun "worst show" or "worst audience member" stories?
We’ve actually had pretty great audiences so far - but there was recently a show where the audience ended up getting a ton of keyboard cleaner sprayed in their mouth accidentally (sorry y'all). The bit was so funny and no one seemed mad, but it might have been dangerous? - Yola
Do you have any fun "best show" stories?
I really loved our Halloween show, which we did this past March. We were pitching ideas for SXSW parodies and we could just all tell that we were forcing it and what we really wanted to do was write a bunch of sketches about witches. So we did a March Halloween show and decorated the theater with cobwebs and fake spiders and candy and the whole thing. It was a sold out crowd and they were VERY spooked. - Kyle
Are there any ideas that you've had that you can't seem to make work or convince the rest of the team / troupe is actually funny?
There’s a dumb sketch called Pocket Mouse that I’ve been trying to get into the show for about a year now. It’s about how this girl tries to go to a college party where she has to bring a mouse with her, and she finds out the reason she has to bring a live mouse is because they're playing mouse trap but with real mice. Writing it out now, I am seeing why no one was on board with this. - Yola
What should people interested in comedy know about performing sketch that you didn't know when you started?
That there’s so much more that goes into sketch than people realize - every time you’re performing a new show, it’s like doing a super long open mic the first time and you never know how it works until you really try it. Also, good acting can make or break a sketch show. - Yola
What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year? What do you have cooking?
We’d like to submit to some out of town festivals, and we definitely want to start filming sketches. We also talked about writing and producing a full length feature film to use as Sketchfest promo, but the clock is running out on that one. - Yola