5×5 With The Hook: Christopher De Voss

If you’re not familiar with my guest today then the question must be asked:  Where have you been? Chained to a radiator and forced to watch a loop of Rob Ford’s Jimmy Kimmel appearance? Chained to a radiator while Jen Lawrence walks past you – and trips – over and over and over? Chained to Scarlet Johansson?

(Actually, the latter would be an excuse I’d accept.)

But for those of you who haven’t been spending time shadowing the Black Widow, there is no reason you shouldn’t be well acquainted with Christopher De Voss. The man is everywhere: His work is featured on his own site, (it’s all about who you know, apparently), that kick-ass corner of the web known as Long Awkward Pause, and even my site! (Yes, I invited him. That’s not the point. Shut up.)

What was my point?

Oh yeah, Christopher rocks harder than The Thing at an AC/DC concert. Simply put, the man is not only damn funny, he’s so down-to-earth he’s practically subterranean.

But enough of this bromance crap! Christopher is ten times the writer I am so I’m going to let him take the wheel and we’ll see where we wind up. Buckle up, kids…

1)  If you could unleash a zombie horde upon any Hollywood awards show which would you choose?

This is a tough question because you never want to unleash a zombie horde on anything. They multiple like cockroaches. They are tough to control and they are always hungry, and the family-sized Skittles bag is not going to be enough nourishment for them…  Especially since every Zombie in the world will only eat the red ones. 

   But if I had to… First we need to analyze the awards shows:  The Oscars I find quite boring. It really is not a lot of entertainment going on there. You have your host, which opens the show with some jokes, or a song, or a joke song…and then a lot of people thanking a lot of other people, all whom you don’t know.  Presenter: The Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design and Nipple Tweaking goes to….Harry Pincher!  *Harry comes up on stage, kisses Presenter awkwardly, especially since they are both guys, and doubly especially since Harry is 8ft2, and the Presenter is 3ft8*  Harry:

“Wow! Thank you! *strokes Oscar statue inappropriately* I’ll keep this short. I would like to thank my Mom, my Dad, my next door neighbors Sam and Shelly Duvail. I would like to thank my team, Joe, John, Jacob, Jingleheimerschmidt, and Lucy…am I forgetting anyone? Oh yes! My blanket and my three other personalities, expect Damion…he’s the mean one. He only comes out of me if I drink too many chai lattes…” 

   If we unleash Zombies on the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards…well, that would just be plain wrong…and a mess. There would be kid’s body parts and green slime everywhere, but more importantly…green slimed kid’s body parts. 

   The Tony’s I don’t think get many watchers so that might be a waste of a Zombie Horde. I mean if you’re going to unleash one, at least get some good viewership and tweets out of the thing. 

   I like the Grammy’s. They are pretty entertaining, so they would be safe on the list…unless Daft Punk released an album every year, and won every single Grammy every year…and everyone was so thrilled that the robots won everything…except they are not really robots! They are just regular guys wearing fancy motorcycle helmets! You can get your own at Bob’s Motorcycle Helmet & Arby’s Hat Shop in Queens!  So what I’m ultimately thinking is that I would unleash a zombie horde on Daft Punk.

2)  Long Awkward Pause is growing by the second, gathering the web’s best and brightest under its banner.  Are there any writers, living or dead that you’d love to enlist?

   That’s a tough question as well because the talent on Long Awkward Pause is incredible already.  I’m just glad they took my bribe and let me join.  But if I could get anyone it would be Steve Martin, Dave Berry, Brian Regan, Alan Alda, and the guy who used to do The Far Side comics.

   Although… I don’t know if I would be able to talk to any of them, as they are all idols of mine.  Well, not the guy who drew The Far Side comics, he is not an idol of mine.  I can’t draw.  I can’t even Photoshop well.  Sometimes I even have trouble downloading drawings.  I can color though.  I’m a damn good color-er.

   And I think I could win an Oscar for Nipple Tweaking as well. (I know that kind of goes with the last question, but I was thinking about how cool a job that is, and to be an Oscar winner to boot.  That means you are the best damn Nipple Tweaker in the world!)

   Our current line-up of writers is amazing: Adam, Rants, Ned, Aussa, WrongHands, Singlegirlie, Katie, Monk, Oma, Jack, Mike and Joe. The really raise the bar for me when it comes to creativity.  I just wish they would stop going out to lunch together without me.  They are nice enough to bring back some peanut butter crackers… dry, very dry, peanut butter crackers… no drink.

(But I notice you still gave them a shout-out – a long one. I thought I was sitting through a rerun of The Mickey Mouse Club! I kid Christopher, of course, but that’s only because I’m a dick.)

3)  Rob Ford: Worthy of the spotlight or a disgrace to politics, drunks and mammals everywhere?

   He is making some changes. The guy likes to party, what can you say?  The real travesty here is that Chris Farley is dead, because I bet Chris Farley would have done a great Rob Ford impersonation.  Every Saturday, SNL is probably kicking themselves for not getting Farley some help sooner.

4)  Your favorite B-Grade actor is…

   I do love me a good bad movie.  I think no one really does a really well B movie better than Danny Trejo.  He has made some of the best worst movies of all time. Dusk Till Dawn, Machete, Sushi Girl, Zombie Hunter, Eyeborgs, and the list goes on.  I probably should said Jack Riley, who is best known for The Bob Newhart Show because he is related to my family somehow… on a side note I think my Mom used to babysit Tim Conway.

5)  Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

   What is the pale moonlight?  If you Google “pale moonlight” you get pictures of moonlight that look like regular old moonlight.

   The Joker actually said, “Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight? I ask that all of my prey. I just like the sound of it.” Which justifies this to mean nothing.

   So… no… no I have not. But I have  danced with Emma Matherson at the Third Grade Ball which lasted until 8:30 pm… a big deal at the time.  She broke my heart just two weeks later when she shared her Juicy Juice with Brad Harthorne.  Joke was on her though because Brad grew up and decided he liked boys, and then Emma came running back to me, wanting to split a Coke Zero years later… and guess what?  I told her I would, but instead I drank it all in front of her, and then burped the alphabet.  A couple years later she became my boss at the local Steak and Shake and fired me for  mixing up the pickles and the hot peppers. 

      So on second thought, maybe I have…


Well, I don’t know about you, but I have a newfound respect for Danny “Eyeborgs” Trejo now. I want to thank Christopher for slumming with us today and for making my corner of the web cooler than cool.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch a Machete/Sushi Girl/Zombie Hunter triple-bill.

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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74 Responses to 5×5 With The Hook: Christopher De Voss

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I want to see Danny Trejo and Bruce Campbell in a buddy-cop movie. Or a remake of 48 Hours with Bruce as the Eddie Murphy part.

    Sorry, distracted there. Great interview!

  2. I am so SICK n’ TIRED of Scarlet Johansson chasing me down, tackling and hog tying me. God! She’s so needy. Get a life Scarlet. I’m old enough to be your dad (almost).

    The people who watch the Tony’s are already zombies. It’d be like a zombie family reunion. Brrraaaaiinnnnss! Brrrooadddwwwaaayyyy!

    I think Larson is the guy who did The Far Side. No Bill Watterson for Calvin and Hobbs? Or you no likee?

  3. Thank you! I’m honored. And thank you for using the picture of me shaving with my phone! It’s an app I pretended to invent.

  4. Reblogged this on Christopher De Voss and commented:
    Come visit me at the Hook today as he makes the mistake of asking me questions on things…

  5. Danny Trejo’s greasy hair kicked De Niro’s and Pacino’s butt in Heat. The man cannot act in any way shape or form but he can get his hair to look real greasy and unwashed and that is alright in my book. Why he hasn’t been snapped up for anti-dandruff commercials is beyond me. If he was telling me that he wasn’t happy until he discovered Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 Shampoo I would be rushing out to buy it!

  6. This guy What His Name, I mean Chris, cracks me up. I’ve been a Long Awkward Pause (and Chris) fan for a while.

    It’s gonna be difficult to top this 5 x 5, Hook.

  7. Another dazzling interview.
    All I can say about the awards shows is I’m finally over them all. All that gushing and pretending…Is anyone sincere about anything anymore? 🙂

  8. Ned's Blog says:

    I’d like to concur about Chris’s coolness and his talent as a humorist. I’d also like to say that he is loved by all women, often has coffee with Stephen Hawking to discuss the expanding universe, is regularly sought out by religious leaders (Pope (XV?), Dhali Lama, Tom Cruz) for his spiritual guidance, and is a 300-series bowler. For obvious reasons, I pinch myself every day (but not on the nipples) for having the opportunity to work with him.

    (Was that everything Chris?)

  9. Nice score, Hook! Christopher De Voss is definitely on the A+ list of writers/bloggers for me.

  10. Katie says:

    Hook, Scarlett is pregnant with another man’s baby now. No word on how this will impact Black Widow.

    I’d have totally chosen to unleash the zombies at the Kid’s Choice Awards, though. Isn’t that where they have all the slime? Or is that Nickelodeon Awards? (Is that even a thing?) Anyway, they have a line of defense built right into the awards show. It only makes sense.

  11. Eva says:

    Chris is something awesome.

  12. Chhhhaaain. Chain of fools…thanks, now I can’t get rid of that tune.
    Anyone who likes Larson’s The Far Side has to be cool.
    Great interview, Hook!

  13. Trent Lewin says:

    Mr. DeVoss, well done… Machete! I love that b-movie version of a b-movie… can’t wait for the sequel, where Machete takes down not one but two helicopters with a chain. I gotta say, though, Chris Farley was a funny man… and too good to play Rob Ford. Only Rob Ford can play Rob Ford. Hail to the chief, baby.

  14. 1jaded1 says:

    Late late to the comments. My Saturday is incomplete until I read his 6x post! Awesome choice, Hook.

  15. Amy Reese says:

    Chris, I think your phone is going to attack you. Watch out! And how did I miss Sushi Girl? What about the Golden Globes? Did you consider this one? Then there would be no Oscars. That would the most efficient. Just a suggestion. Great interview, Hook! Chris is one of my favs!

  16. Chowderhead says:

    This guy’s lying about #5. Just a heads up…

  17. BroadBlogs says:

    I agree that the Oscars are boring. I watch the opening and then the first award which goes to supporting actor or actress. And then I sit in front of the TV just for the ritual act of doing so as I do something on my computer. Or turn off the TV and read student papers. Until roughly the last half-hour when they actually give awards I care about.

    I used to enjoy the Grammys but now I don’t like the artists that much.

    Don’t do much Broadway, so skip the Tony’s.

    Golden Globes are fairly interesting. As someone else said, what about them?

    Thanks for introducing those of us who aren’t in the know to Chris. Someone’s got to do something about Rob Ford so that the rest of the ladies can get to know Chris, too.

  18. Jana says:

    Send the zombies to the Teen Choice Awards — teens are awkward, annoying, and are so into vampire/werewolf/zombie movies & books that they would probably run TO the zombies instead of away from them — giving the rest of us precious time to save ourselves. I just recently found Long Awkward Pause and I’m loving it!

  19. REDdog says:

    Man, what a great line-up you’ve got there Chris! It’s like you an Hook know everyone worth knowing on WordPress, very cool guys…and great interview. Respect REDdog

  20. What an awesome way to start my morning! I’m definitely going to check out The Long Awkward Pause now. Great post all around!

  21. Aussa Lorens says:

    I’m so distracted by thinking about Chris Farley playing Rob Ford. That would be like the Sarah Palin/Tina Fey of 2014. Damn addictions.

  22. I’m so behind, Hook, but another great interview! And I love Steve Martin, Chris. Excellent choice and is Danny Trejo.

  23. stephrogers says:

    Oooooh a new blog to follow, huzzah!

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