It was inevitable: a reality style comedy about zombie, vampires, werewolves, and the regular joe cops who have to keep them in line.
Besides the documentary style, its made all the more real by setting it in a setting where the undead could conceivibly exist: the San Fernando Valley. It’s called “Death Valley” and premieres on MTV on Monday, August 29th.
The show’s star, Charlie Sanders, is also a familiar face at the Upright Citizens Brigade, performing with his improv group “Shitty Jobs” every Sunday night alongside Donald Glover (NBC’s “Community”) and DC Pierson (“Mystery Team”). Because he’s the next big name in horror-comedy, we were able to nab this exclusive email interview with him.
Tell me about your part on Death Valley.
I play Officer Joe Stubeck, a member of the Undead Task Force (UTF) – LA’s force in charge of policing the monsters in the San Fernando valley.
What is your earliest memory of horror, monsters, or the supernatural?
As a young kid my brother and I loved the old black and white Universal horror movies – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. We watched them over and over again. One of our favorites was Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein – so it’s really cool that all these years later I get to act in a horror comedy.
What is the best Halloween costume you remember from your childhood? Best as an adult?
My best childhood Halloween costume was Dr. Who. I loved Dr. Who so I found a long scarf and an overcoat in a closet and went as Tom Baker’s incarnation of the Doctor.
I am a 32 year old man… so still Dr. Who.
Favorite candy to ever appear in your trick-r-treat sack?
I loved the mini-chocolate bars – Snickers, Milkyway, Etc. I always thought it was kind of a cheat when people threw a single Jolly Rancher in your bag.
Most theatres claim a ghost story or two – does the UCB have one?
I haven’t heard of any personally, but I’m sure if one were to stand in the theater late at night, the eerie moans of shows gone bad still echo from the rafters.
See Charlie in action in the trailer for “Death Valley” here: