Yamil Piedra on A Pair of Nuts' Breakup, Calvin Klein, and His Interactive New Show
It was one of the most memorable moments from the Super Bowl earlier this month. Calvin Klein's Concept black and white ad is centered around a dark male figure whose body is nothing less than perfect. Set to a mechanical electronic track, the commercial is like a scene out of Fritz Lang's Metropolis combined with a heavy dose of engine oil and H.R. Giger. It is reminiscent of things futuristic, old, dirty, and beautiful all at once. The figure moves his body with calculated and precise movements, showing muscles as if they were built from steel twine.
Best known as half of Miami comedic duo A Pair of Nuts, Piedra peeled himself away from the team to star in a one-man show called The Pretty Rock Project. It takes place this Saturday at the Just The Funny theater in Coral Gables.
The Emmy Award-winning comedian says the show is an evolution of his standup. Rather than standing on stage telling jokes, a centuries-old style of entertainment, Piedra is bringing himself into the modern world.
The show boasts a modern and interactive format by pulling together social media, multimedia, and fan interaction. He'll be using Twitter hashtags, pulling fans on stage, and doing everything possible to break the fourth wall. Imagine it as a magic show for adults, except there's no magic, only the giant Piedra bullying his audience members into laughing.
Before the show, Yamil answered questions via email about his moving from a duo into a one man show, the interactivity concept, and a deeply personal question about Cheetos.
Is this a full blown orchiectomy (removal of a testicle), or are you just taking some time off from A Pair of Nuts?
No, I didn't have a Lance-Armstrongotomy performed on me. I just suddenly became allergic to nuts. Unfortunately the rumors are true; A Pair of Nuts are no longer a pair. After nine years, we decided it was time to permanently bring down the curtain on the Nuts. We did some pretty amazing things in those nine years, but all good things come to an end. However, the Nuts will live on forever on this thing called the Internet. The Nuts might be done, but I'm still going full force, hence The Pretty Rock Project.
Your one man show promises lots of interaction. Should we take that in a Gallagher sort of way? Should the first two rows be wearing plastic ponchos?
There will be no smashing of watermelons or chili cans, so leave your plastic ponchos at home. Or bring them if you want, you'll just look like an asshole in the audience.
It's gonna be interactive in the sense that I'm selecting audience members to come up on stage with me to be part of the show. This is a concept I've been wanting to do for some time now, so I'm really looking forward to interacting with these humans.
What's the best perk of being 6'4"?
The only perk is that I have a better view during parades. For the most part it's a nuisance. I get hit with rain first, I'm constantly being asked to grab things in high places, and it makes my penis look small. Wait, did I type that last part out loud?
When you were filming the promo video that's a spoof of the recent CK machine-man underwear ads, do you ever stop to think, "There is a lot of jiggling going on and I'm starting to wonder if this was a good idea"?
What do you mean jiggling? The video was an accurate representation of that CK model. Our bodies are identical, it's uncanny.
Do you want to keep running this type of a show, or do you see yourself going back to traditional stand-up?
Well, this show has stand-up in it. It's a hybrid comedy show that combines stand up, sketch comedy, short videos, audience interaction, and social media. Actually, what inspired me to do this type of show is social media. People on social media like to interact with celebrities, TV shows, and even fast food chains. They want to be part of the action, they want their voice to be heard, so I thought, "How 'bout a show where the audience not only sits down and watches, but can also get up and be part of it?"
I'm actually also using social media during various segments of the show and asking the audience to tweet me @ypiedra when I give them specific hashtags. For me, this show is all about evolving and giving the audience something different. I'm very excited about this new concept!
When eating Cheetos, do you wait until you finish before you lick your fingers clean, or do you take periodic lick breaks?
Neither. My fingers are stain repellant.
The Pretty Rock Project. Saturday, February 23, 8 p.m. Just The Funny Theater, 3119 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Visit justthefunny.com or call 305-693-8669.
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