In The Know | Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner on Mixing Stop-Motion Animation with Real Interviews

Celebrity interviews are fascinating as we listen to their stories, reflections, and current projects. Conversely, the behind-the-scenes in the interviewer’s office can be off-beat, chaotic, and funny like many office environments. From the minds of Zach Woods, Mike Judge, and Brandon Gardner, the team created a stop-motion animated series that utilizes office humor with real-live interviews for In The Know.

The voiceover cast includes Zach Woods, Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-Head, Silicon Valley), Caitlin Reilly (Loot, Hacks), Charlie Bushnell (Diary of a Future President, Percy Jackson and The Olympians), J. Smith-Cameron (Succession, Rectify), and Carl Tart (Grand Crew).

Here is the official description of the series:

Lauren Caspian is NPR’s third most popular host. He’s a well-meaning, hypocritical nimrod, just like you and me. He’s also a stop-motion puppet. Each episode follows the making of an episode of Lauren’s show In the Know, in which Lauren conducts in-depth interviews with real-world human guests. Lauren collaborates with a diverse crew of NPR staff. They are also puppets and nimrods.

The live-action guest interviewees include Kaia Gerber, Jonathan Van Ness, Ken Burns, Finn Wolfhard, Norah Jones, Tegan and Sara, Nicole Byer, Roxane Gay, Mike Tyson, Jorge Masvidal, and Hugh Laurie.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with creator and showrunners Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner about the origin of the series, stop-motion animation, and the real behind-the-scenes with their interview subjects.

Zach Woods is best known for his role as Gabe Lewis in NBC’s The Office and as Jared Dunn on the HBO series Silicon Valley. Also, he appeared as Zach Harper on the USA Network sitcom Playing House and as Matt Spencer on the HBO comedy show Avenue 5. He started his career performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre at the age of 15 and joined an improvisational sketch troupe called “The Stepfathers.” His other appearances include In the Loop, The Other Guys, Apple TV+ series The Afterparty, Paul Feig’s Spy, and 2016’s Ghostbusters film.

Brandon Gardner has been a teacher and performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles since 2016. He wrote many short films that included Partners, David, and Bud.

In the Know is currently streaming on Peacock today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Zach Woods and Brandon Gardner below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Peacock

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