Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Interview with Pete Bune.

Full Name:
Pete Bune, Jr.

Do you have a nickname?
I've had a couple of monikers I've gone by in my day.  Sick Boy during my Slacker years, Wolfgang in my Monster years.
My Monster Years! Love it! That should be the name of a Ghouligans short! The Monster Years!
A Wonder Years spoof with Monsters would be kind of amazing.  I'm taking that.
You like it? Keep it. It’s yours.

Brooklyn, NY 1977

Current hometown:
Brooklyn, NY.  I returned after 25 years of being a Long Islander.
You do know that Brooklyn is still on Long Island, right?

Favorite city:
Oh man, that's tough.  I actually have a couple.
We've been on tour this whole year promoting our new Ghouligans mini-series.  I love Austin, TX. Toronto, San Diego, and Chicago are also some of my fayves.  I gotta say nothing beats NYC.
I love Austin and Toronto! I actually like Toronto better than NYC because it’s like a cleaner more polite version of NYC without as many pimps and whores and crack-heads and all of the stuff that Travis Bickle complained about in Taxi Driver.
NYC hasn't been Bickled in 20 years!  But yeah, I do make the same comparison when explaining Toronto to other people.  Especially if they don't ask.
Especially then. *tugs at collar*

May 27. 1977.  I'm 36.
I share a birthday with Vincent Price, Andre 3000, and Henry Kissenger.
I almost wrote “We’re the same age!” but then I remembered I’m 38. Getting old sucks.
Damn, you are old.  And you smell like it.
That’s not what your mom said. She said I smelled like old spice and leather. Probably because that’s all I was wearing.

How would you describe yourself physically?

How would someone else describe you physically?
Little and Brownish.

The first thing people notice about you is...
My gums.  In my mouth.  They're a nice shade of pink.
They are at that.
I take better care of my gums than my teeth.  That's a lie.

Hair Color/Eye Color/Race?
I shave my head, but it would be black.  I've got brown bunny brown eyes.  I am of Filipino decent.
Do you get a lot of people asking you “what you are”?
I mean, I know you’re Filipino but I bet it confuses some people.
Back in the 90s probably, but I think people have encountered their variety of Asians and now know what a Filipino person is.  Actually, now I get a lot of "Are you some kinda Latino mix with Asian?"  Then I just poke them in the eye and run away.

Sexual orientation?
I am a heterosexual male who likes gay things.
That’s probably the best answer yet. Take note future interviewees. The bar has been set.
Yeah. You’ve done a really good job at this. Some people just come at this like they’re filling out their income tax. If you give me nothing but flat answers there’s not a lot I can do with that in the back-and-forth. Don’t people know how to have fun anymore?

Religion, if any?
Raised Catholic, so pretty much I'm scared of everything and feel guilty about it.
I used to wonder why God would want to watch everyone everywhere all of the time. I mean, what is he? Some kind of voyeur? Does God really need to watch me while I poop? For a few years I could only jerk-off in the dark. I seriously think that’s part of why I’m an anti-theist now. Self-gratification is way too good to be wrong so if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!
"God magic is fueled by will power.  If you give in to masturbation, the weaker he gets." - Leviticus

Are you superstitious at all?
I am a little superstitious.  All my favorite sports teams suck, so I grew up with a sense of superstition i.e. I have to be at a certain place or wear a certain thing or eat a certain food or rub a certain totem in order for my team to win.  I also believe in Rabbit/Rabbit.
What are your favorite sports teams and why do they suck?
And what the hell is “Rabbit/Rabbit”?
When I tell you what my teams are, it will be explanatory of why they suck.  I'm a Mets, Jets, Knicks, Islander fan.  And now your readers are judging me.
Fuck ‘em if they are. You’re still okay in my books. Then again I don’t follow sports ball.
You've never heard of "Rabbit, Rabbit"??  It's a superstition where if you repeat "Rabbit Rabbit" out loud upon waking up on the first of every month, you'll have good luck for the whole month.  I think it's like a British thing or something.  I usually jump off my bed and yell it!
Since you have a rabbit as a pet I bet it hates that you do that. It must be all like, “What? What?” every morning.

Do you smoke/drink? If so, what?  Any bad habits?  
I don't smoke.  I think it smells.  It's possibly one of the worst smells anyone could possibly smell.  Although, my sense memory reminds me of good times back in the day of being in bars and shows whenever I smell cigarette smoke on my clothes.   Drinking might actually be one of my bad habits.  I shouldn't drink, like, at all.
Dude, if you think cigarettes stink you should smell my ashtray. I use, like, empty bottles with screw on caps and keep water in them so it extinguishes the butts. The screw on caps are so it doesn’t spill all over the place like bong water when you knock over a bong. Plus when I’m not using it I screw the cap on so it doesn’t work like cigarette butt scented potpourri. If I ever get a girlfriend again in this lifetime I’m going to have to cut that shit out because it’s fucking disgusting.
Thanks for the offer but I respectfully decline.

Current occupation/Dream job:
I currently work as an On-line Content Specialist for a non-profit organization.  I actually don't know what that means.  I've been doing it for 10 years now.
My dream job would be to be able to support myself and make a living doing Ghouligan and PB&J Comedy type things.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Sleep.  Netflix.  Comics.  Going to the movies.  Drawing dicks on strangers.
Do you at least wait until the strangers pass out drunk or do you just draw dicks on strangers?
It depends on how much cardio I need that day.

What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Find the biggest strongest survivor and be their quipping sidekick.
I could totally see you as a quipping sidekick. You’d be like Richard Pryor in prison. Making people laugh so they don’t rape you. “The little brown one is kind of funny. We’ll rape kill and eat him last.”
Only I can call myself "the little brown one".  You can't call me that...
I can respect that. Although I was talking as if I were the “biggest strongest survivor” and I think that they can pretty much call you whatever they want to unless you want to be raped, killed, and eaten sooner rather than later.

Weapon of choice:
Anti-zombie bite body shield....and magic.

Do you have any special skills?
I know the alphabet in French.  I'm pretty kick ass in the Entertainment category of Trivial Pursuit.  I can recognize most pop songs after only a few beats.  I have my own version of Spidey-sense.
Dude, the alphabet in French is just the alphabet, except you pronounce a few of the letters funny.
You're closed minded.
I'm French. What did you expect? It's tough being this awesome!

Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
I went to Community College for TV/Film/Radio.  My attendance was putrid.

Any pets?   If so, what are they and what are their names?
I have a little brown bunny named Ampersand - named after the monkey from "Y:The Last Man".

What is your favorite animal?
Otter (sorry, Amp!)
Why otters?
Cuz their cute and punk rock as shit!

Speaking of pets, any pet peeves?
People who text or check their phones in a dark movie theater.  People who can't stop looking at their phones while having dinner.  People who talk to me or ask questions while I'm watching a movie or TV show.  Wet socks.  People who over use the phrase " the end of the day."  I hate that saying!
Why “…at the end of the day.”? Why not “at any rate”? Or “you know”?
Because it's way overused and it doesn't mean anything.

Favorite/Least favorite Food:
Ice cream / Shrimp or any shell fish.

What is your favorite quotation/motto/saying?
"2 Legit 2 Quit."

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Oh man... hmmm... I had Thanksgiving dinner with Natalie Portman once, that was pretty awesome. I got a blowjob in a movie theater once, that was cool.  I stage dived with Andrew WK on my birthday, that was fun.  I dunno, it's hard to think of one thing.
What movie was playing?
The South Park movie.  Bigger Better Unplugged?

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
Heart surgery, definitely.  Or actually, having all the heart problems before the surgery was the worst.
Oh right! I forgot that your heart decided to try to kill you. How is the old ticker?
Meh.  It gets the job done.
Like Big Daddy Kane?

Ever had your heart broken?
Look at the previous question, but romance wise, hell yeah.  I think my record is 1 - 12 as far is my breaking up with someone to someone breaking up with me.  That's a shitty record.
I guess. But in this game I think you’re in the winning side. I hate breaking up with girls. Then again I hate getting broken up with too. So I guess it’s a lose/lose scenario. Unless she was a crazy bitch or she was cheating on you. Then it’s all win.
If I was a football team, I'd be the worst team in the league.  

Ever broken someone’s heart?
Yeah, once.  See previous question.

What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
Shit, these questions are hard.  Can you really answer a question like that?  I feel like other people have to answer that about you.  I mean, I could say I caught a barehanded fly ball playing Centerfield once.  Is that really the best thing I've ever done?  I wrote, directed, and completed a feature film.  Was it any good?  I don't know.  But I feel like me finishing it was the best thing I've ever done.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I was at a wedding once and this little kid, a complete stranger, wouldn't stop leaving me alone.  So I told him to go to the bathroom and rub his penis until stuff that's not pee comes out.  He never returned.

If you could kill one person, consequence free, who would it be?
The conductor of this interview.
*raises eyebrow*If you think you’ve got what it takes, you know where to find me, mate, I’m not in the habit of hiding from anyone, but you better bring it for real, because you get one chance and one chance only and if you can’t end me it’s only fair I try to return the favor.
Watch your back.  One word, "Ricin".
Someone’s been watching too much Breaking Bad.

How did you get started doing what you do?
Making films, I actually started in high school.  I had a group of friends and we had a public access show called Slacker TV, which eventually turned into The Slack Pack which became The Ghouligans.  On Slacker TV we would do movie and TV show spoofs and sketches.  It just evolved into other projects including short and feature length films.

What is your advice to other people that want to get started doing what you do?
Learn how to work with people.  People that are more talented than you.  That's how you get better.  Find a core group of collaborators with the same taste and interest and never let them go.  If you're lucky, you could be working with them for the rest of your life.

What projects are you working on?
After two years we just completed The Ghouligans! Mini-Series which is 6 thirty-minute episodes.  A Monster comedy, TV formatted show.  I also have a sketch comedy podcast with my collaborator Jaime Fernandez called The PB&J Comedy Podcast."
It’s cool that you’re making some progress with The Ghouligans! You guys have been trying to get that show picked up almost as long as I’ve been attending horror conventions which is a long time. Any news about the show getting picked up, either for broadcast or release by a DVD distributor? Shout Factory or SyFy should be all over that shit! Tell the people more about the premise because not everyone is going to know what the fuck The Ghouligans! is about.
The Ghouligans! is a monster horror comedy TV show.  Think The Monkees meets The Munsters finger banging Pee Wees Playhouse.  It's a bunch of slacker creatures based on the classic Universal Monsters living together and going on fun adventures.  I play a rockabilly werewolf named Wolfgang W. Wolfgang.  He's like a rock n' roll Bugs Bunny.  There has been some progress with distro and VOD availability here and abroad.  So if anything happens, I'll let you know!
Please do!
I watched a couple of episode of PB & J and I still remember the one where you were walking along and talking about which celebrities you thought were sexy. Although I don’t want to give it away, I died at the end when you did that bit with the baby. What’s the YouTube link for that episode? I want people to be able to watch it so they know what the fuck I’m talking about.
That's way old school.  I think that short sketch was the first thing we did together 5 years ago.  My comedy partner in crime Jaime Fernandez aka the J to my PB have been doing a sketch comedy podcast over the last 2 years.  All audio.  It's pretty much like a comedy radio show or a Cheech and Chong record from back in the day.  But we have over 60 sketches we've written and hoping to film some of them.  JFernz is our new vampire on The Ghouligans! now too, so my worlds are starting to collide.
Yeah, but what’s the YouTube link for that sketch? I want people to be able to check it out! You’re killing me here!

What are you watching?
Like so many people, I just finished watching the best show ever Breaking Bad.  I'm also a Doctor Who nerd.  I'm digging that new S.H.I.E.L.D. show and Sleepy Hallow.

What are you listening to?
A mix of a lot of old and new crap.  Just a lot of crap.  It's awful.

What are you reading?
Some Neil Gaiman.  Some Stephen King.

Favorite author/book?
Douglas Adams/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Favorite band/song?
Shimmy Shimmy Ya by Ol' Dirty Bastard

Least favorite band/song?
Anything by Savage Garden

Desert Island Music/Movies/Books: You know the deal. Five of each.  
Music:  The Clash, Wu-Tang, Grease Soundtrack, Wham!'s Greatest Hits, Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" cassingle
Movies:  Mean Girls, White Chicks, Scary Movie, Attack of the Clones, The Godfather Trilogy
Books:  Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, Game of Thrones, Paula Deen's Kitchen Wisdom and Recipe Journal
Dude! I just re-watched Mean Girls, like, two nights ago! Why is that movie so fucking good? Don’t get me wrong, I love it. But why do I love it?
By the way, you’re going to be on a desert island. Why the fuck would you want a cookbook? Unless she’s got a ton of recipes for coconut and pineapple and fish and seagull it would just be torturing yourself to be able to read about all of the food you can’t eat.
I hope you realize that all the Music/Movies/and Books I listed were pretty much all ironic.  Attack of the Clones???
That’s what you get for being ironic.

If you could do anything other than what you do now, what would you do?
I'd be a member of One Direction.

Who would you want to meet that you haven’t met?
You get three choices:
Alive - Shia Labeouf    
Dead - Bob Fossey
Fictional - Kermit the Frog
Why Shia Labeouf?
Because I wanna call him La Beef to his face.
Well played, sir.

What’s the best and worst job you’ve ever had?
Seriously though. You’re just making this harder on yourself.
That's what she said.
That’s what she ALWAYS says!

Are there any questions that I didn’t ask that you wished I had asked that you would like to answer now?
How do you like your pancakes?  My answer:  Anytime.

Anyone you recommend I interview that you can put me in touch with?
Actor, comedian, vampire: Jaime Fernandez
Hook it up, dude. Put us in touch and make the introductions. I’d love to interview the J of PB & J. You guys are like Key & Peele, except funny and not black.
I love that show.  That's what is inspiring me to get PB&J back in the video game!

Got any questions for me?
How do you sleep at night?
I don’t sleep often or much. Except when I do which is rare. I’m a lifelong insomniac which is why I have permanent “raccoon eyes”. But on the rare occasion I do sleep I usually sleep in the dark, listening to an audiobook while I sleep because I like it when people read me stories, curled up with a pillow pretending it’s a girl. The upside is that I’m adorable when I’m asleep. The downside is that I never sleep.
Glad you asked?
Am I glad?  No.  I wish I thought of a better question to ask you but I'm hungry and tired.

Pitch parade:
Give me all of your links for things you want to promote.   All of them. also available on iTunes

About the Interviewee:
Pete Bune is a screenwriter, a sketch comedy podcaster with PB&J, a werewolf with The Ghouligans!, a former Sick Boy with Slacker TV, and one hell of a model American.

About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre has probably read everything you've read and can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
He is the Assistant Program Director for The Arkham Film Society and produces Electronic Music under the names Master Control and LOVECRAFTWORK.
He is currently working on a novel-length expansion of a short-story titled, "The End Of The World Is Nigh", a crowd-funded, crowd-sourced, post-apocalyptic, zombie epidemic project.
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