Your song “I Can’t Stop Thinking ’Bout Having Sex With You Girl,” which sends up country music, is hilarious. What’s the story behind it? Is it a one-off, or part of an album?
That song has a story behind it, which is strange because it’s so dumb. My current sweetheart and I bonded early on about loving “Nashville,” and having this sort of crush on New Country and on Connie Britton, of course. The first song on one of the obligatory mixes we made for each other was called “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line, and it was a total curveball.
I thought it would be a romantic, ’70s Irish folk song. But it was this totally hardcore New Country song, like “Yeah, when I first saw that bikini top on her / She’s poppin’ right out of the South Georgia water,” but it was so sweet and cute. It was sincere. Then I got really into it. I got a karaoke version of that song, and then made “I Can’t Stop Thinking ’Bout Having Sex With You Girl.” I was falling in love. You know, it was that sweet pain of being in fear but being really excited, too.
How’s it going remounting Soggy Glasses, A Homo’s Odyssey at REDCAT, in L.A., as part of The Broad’s public programming? I know it made its worldwide premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last year.
I’m really excited about it. I have never done a really involved evening of performance in L.A. before, in a proper theater. The show is largely a film that plays behind me as I act along with it. It’s me and a cartoon, and it’s very silly. I take this journey through my body, with all these weird animals that live in there and guide me. I go to an artist colony in my intestines. My co-director/dramaturg Sacha Yanow is flying out from New York, and so is my technical director Serena Wong.
Do you have any future projects in the works?
Hopefully I’ll sell my TV show and make a bazillion dollars. Amanda Verwey is my writing partner for a TV series that I am trying to sell; Jack Black is my producer and Hollywood shepherd. I’ll continue to write live stuff, and perform live, because that’s the real gold, but doing TV is something I think would be really interesting and fun, and probably horrible, too.