ROBOT CHICKEN's Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV & Eric Towner: The CFQ Interview

The Stoopid Buddy Studios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.
The Stoopid Buddy Studios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks the genial relationships between such BFFs as John Lasseter and Luis Guzmán, and Batmen Michael Keaton and George Clooney.
The most high-profile face behind Stoopid Buddy is Seth Green, but joining him in piloting the company are Matthew Senreich, Eric Towner, and John Harvatine IV. I got to speak with Matt, Eric and Harv (as his friends call him) to discuss FRIENDSHIP’s sunny worldview, the pressures of Emmy season, and the Freudian implications of show titles.

ROBOT CHICKEN's Kevin Shinick: The CFQ Interview

The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL
The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL

It’s an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we’re talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of ROBOT CHICKEN, even when we’re talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network’s MAD. Kevin Shinick knows about that — he’s copped an Emmy writing for CHICKEN and not only writes but produces and a heavy contributor to the voice population of MAD. I got to sit down with him to discuss how these shows come together, explore mutual geekly passions, and discuss the aborted STAR WARS comedy show.