Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense gets parodied by Bill Hader and Fred Armisen
Spoof is for the comedians’ series Documentary Now
John Earls, 6th July 2016 Talking Heads’ classic concert movie Stop Making Sense is to be parodied by US comedians Bill Hader and Fred Armisen for their spoof documentary series Documentary Now.
The first series of Documentary Now parodied soft rock with spoof band Blue Jean Committee. The second series begins filming this week, with a live recording of the Talking Heads spoof in California tomorrow (Thursday). Tickets can be applied for here.
Stop Making Sense became famous for singer David Byrne’s outsize white suit, and was directed in 1984 by Jonathan Demme, who went on to win an Oscar for directing Silence Of The Lambs.
Hader and Armisen’s parody centres around fictional band Test Pattern, co-starring Bridesmaids actress Maya Rudolph in a character based on Talking Heads keyboardist Tina Weymouth.
Test Pattern’s songs will be written by Armisen, who has starred in Anchorman and Cop Out as well as Saturday Night Live for 11 years until 2013.
Hader is a writer on South Park and a regular voice actor in Pixar films including Inside Out and Finding Dory as well as starring in Trainwreck and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.
Talking Heads split in 1991. They reunited in 2002 for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, and recently strongly denied rumours they would be reforming in 2017.