Alia Shawkat, George Wendt Appear in Bleachers’ Bizarro Telethon
Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff covers Yaz, interviews Steve Little and Mark Borchardt
Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff released his debut collection of ’80s-indebted solo jams this week under the name Bleachers. Though he’s teased Strange Desire with a Craigslist ad and a Grimes collaboration, his most inspired bit of promotion came last night in the form of a strange telethon that aired on 20 cable access channels across the country. Now the rest of us can see the very odd, Adult Swim-ish 30-minute video above.
Antonoff of course plays few tracks from his new record, but things are a whole lot weirder than that. There’s stilted dialogue, Alia Shawkat as a ventriliquist, and a cover of Yaz’s “Only You.” Not to mention guest spots from Cheers’ George Wendt, American Movie star Mark Borchardt, and a guitar-toting Steve Little (Eastbound & Down). Also, nobody seems to know just what the show is raising money for. Nevertheless: Thank You Very Much!