My Awkward e-Interview with Mike Bender About Awkward Family Photos: The ShowJoslyn Gray
The show debuted on Friday, and the premiere episode featured not only Mike and Doug’s hilarious take on family portraits, but an epic i-chat with Mike’s grandparents, who turn out to be slightly more awkward than even the Top 10 Most Awkward Grandparent Photos of all Time.
Below is my awkward e-interview with Mike, and the premiere episode of The Awkward Family Photos Show!
Me: So, what’s the deal with the new show?
Mike: Well, let me start off by saying we never thought we’d have a show or intended to have a show (because as you’ll see, we’re awkward on camera), but our friends at Nerdist threw out the idea and Doug and I thought it would be a lot of fun. We love riffing on the photos in a mystery science theater kind of way, but most all, we’re excited because every week we do an ichat with a special guest, some of which are our own family members and others are real people from our most awkward pics.
Me: On a scale of Donald Trump’s hair to Ryan Seacrest’s yearbook photo, how awkward is your own family?
Mike: Well, isn’t everyone’s family “Ryan Seacrest’s yearbook photo” to them? My personal belief is that every family is awkward in its own unique and beautiful way.
Me: Do you have kids?
Mike: Yes, my son is just 13 weeks old and I’ve already begun to find myself taking awkward family photos. It just happens.
Me: I’d like to have some blackmail on hand for my children’s teenage years. Do you have any tips for parents who are trying to take the most awkward photos possible?
Mike: Poses, matching oufits, and oversized props. You cannot go wrong with that winning formula.
Me: Of all the awkward photos on your site, do you have a personal favorite?
Mike: I have so many, but I have a special fondness for a photo that came to us all the way from Latvia. It’s a family on their farm and there’s a bearded man on top of a haystack that has an axe-tan on his stomach. How it got there I’ll never know, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Me: Do you and Doug ever argue about which of you is more awkward? I’m picturing a fight that ends with one of you doing “The Crane” move from The Karate Kid. (The original one, obvs.)
Mike: No, Doug and I have known each other for a long time, since high school. We’re both from New Jersey. We both have curly hair. And we’re both Jewish. So, we usually see eye-to-eye on awkwardness.
Check out the premiere episode, below, and be sure to enter their caption contest to win two free, signed Awkward Family Photos books!
(Photo Credits: Awkward Family Photos)
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