For all you fans of The Sark, he was on BBC Radio 5 Live this afternoon, talking to Simon Mayo about his new novel, Two Little Boys
, as well as his work writing for the Conchords. It was great! For those of you who need a little mental prod, he's the friend of Bret and Jemaine's who wrote two of my very favourite episodes, New Fans
and New Cup
. Sarkies is a very relaxed, dryly funny guy, and I loved hearing his laid-back vowels hanging out with Mayo's very English staccato voice.
He talked about knowing the guys since their university days at Vic, and how they met while performing one of his plays. There was some interesting discussion about Kiwi humour, and Sarkies had some fairly scathing things to say about how hard it was to get original creative work like the Conchords commissioned back in New Zealand. What else? He didn't get to choose which of the episodes he wrote, but cheerfully pointed out that storylines involving male prostitution and threesomes obviously struck Bret and Jemaine as being Sarkies Territory.
Apparently one of the reasons HBO decided to go ahead with the series was the fact that it was ridiculously
cheap for them to make. They pinched pennies everywhere - even to the extent of making the guys to pay for their own accommodation in New York. The skinflints!
His novel sounds like a wonderful read, and it's obvious that the reviewers on the show were all sincerely delighted by it. Also, Two Little Boys
comes recommended by none other than Mr. Jemaine Clement
, who says of it: "Twisted, surprising and very very very funny. Did I put too many verys? I don't think so."
I managed to snag tickets to go see him read stories from it this Sunday evening (the 8th of March) at the Barbican here in London. If anyone else in the area is interested, you can book here
for either Saturday or Sunday night.
If you'd like to hear his BBC interview for yourself, you can find it here
. Simon Mayo's show is three hours long, so if you scoot the slider along to the 2:18 point, that should be when Sarkies joins in the fun.
Anyway, hope this was interesting to anyone! I've been curious about him for a while now, so I'm really pleased to get the chance to meet him! Yaaaaaaaay! Shall I use a few more exclamation points? Why not!!!!!!