Fierth i-ON Interview with ROYAL SABOTAGE
Fierth sits down with the wickedly funny Kinglsey Bensley and J.J. Wienkers, who collectively make up the comedy team behind Royal Sabotage – ( think “Entourage (on a Budget)” meets “It’s Always Sunny… (in WeHo). Featuring more episodes than we can count and a new season on its way this fall , these guys will keep you bent over in laughter. Get to know ROYAL SABOTAGE
Fierth: What are your names?
Fierth: Do you have nick-names?
King: I prefer being called by my full name. First and last. ALWAYS.
JJ:“Hey, Kingsley Benham, will you please pass the ketchup?” It gets annoying. JJ is short for Justin Joseph. Baby Vegaz is another one.
Fierth: What is your motto?
King: “I don’t care what you say about me, just spell my name right” — P.T. Barnum
JJ: Better to ask for forgiveness than permission. <puts foot in mouth – OFTEN>
Fierth: How do you describe your work?
King: Hilarious and…
JJ: disturbingly charming.
Fierth: What about your process frustrates you?
JJ: Actors. Ugh. Kidding! Kind of.
King: That there is only 24 hours in a day. I would love to dedicate more time to creating our show. Whether it be writing, acting or producing. And fundraising… I find that to be one of the hardest aspects.
Fierth: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
JJ: Producing this show. And my abs.
King: Unearthing Royal Sabotage’s loyal, amazing, and generous fanbase. And JJ’s abs.
Fierth: What is the secret to success?
King: Creating your own opportunities.
Fierth: What do you like most about what you do?
King: Making people laugh. I live for it.
JJ: Ditto. And working together to tell stories.
Fierth: Where are you based; where do you call home?
Royal Sabotage: Los Angeles.
Fierth: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
JJ: Gay hippie Melrose Place. Bungalow.
King: Family, friends, love and whiskey.
Fierth: How do you keep it real?
Fierth: Where did you grow up?
JJ: A quaint, conservative town in WI.
King: San Diego and Temecula.
Fierth: Which place have you traveled to that you feel has changed your perspective of the world?
JJ: The Midwest, actually. Once I felt secure in my home, here in LA, and realized no one in WI wanted to drag me back and change me; I could see that there are interesting, amazing, talented people everywhere. On the coasts and in between. Even outside of America! Maybe…
King: Home is where the M&Ms are.
Fierth: What were you like as a child?
JJ: “Talks too much in class.”
Fierth: Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.
JJ: When I first moved to LA four years ago this August 28th. It was the genesis of my new life, the real me. My re-birthday!
King: My first serious relationship. It was awesome and horrible. Beautiful and upsetting… though the sex was always good (…sometimes).
Fierth: As a teenager where did you think you would be now?
King: Married with kids. I was a fatty dreamer.
JJ: HERE! Although I had no idea what it would look like.
Fierth: How would your best friend describe you?
JJ: <avoids gaze and question> Kidding! Loyal. Honest. Emotive. Brave. Sharp. And hilarious.
King: JJ is kind, forward, smart, witty and naked.
Fierth: What are some qualities you value in your friends?
King: Good listeners. Good Talkers. Loves life and can handle their booze.
JJ: Check, check, check, and CHECK.
Fierth: List 5 quirky things about yourself.
JJ: Serious road rage. Stretches everywhere, always. Saves partially used napkins for reuse. Constantly checks teeth to make sure they’re still not loose. Talks and laughs at and with self in public.
King: Believes in Astrology but hates to admit it. Loathes driving but loves the freeway. Doesn’t mix starches and
proteins. LOVES sad music. Hates sad people.
Fierth: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?
King: Pride and Prejudice.
JJ: Hi! I’m JJ! What’s your name?: GLITTER!
Fierth: What would be the introduction song to a movie based on your life?
King: If it was just about the last three years, Midnight City by M83.
King: JJ’s is It’s Raining Men.
Fierth: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
JJ: Multi-lingual translator for the CIA.
King: Read, write and play musical instruments. All of them. Perfectly.
Fierth: What motivates you in life?
King: Collaboration and music.
JJ: Ditto. And further understanding the intricacies of human relationships.
Fierth: What brings you the most joy?
King: Laughter from friends and family and Royal Sabotage!
JJ: Seeing people in love. And laughter. And watching our series grow stronger and better with each new talent we bring into the family.
Fierth: What makes you angry?
JJ: Social Conservatism and people who refuse to never admit they’re wrong.
King: People that don’t care or say they are bored.
Fierth: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
King: For about 5 seconds every day. And then I get-the-fuck-over-it.
Fierth: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now , what do you think you would be doing instead?
King: Secretarial work and crying.
JJ: Sex Therapy.
Fierth: Tell Me about an actual ‘accidental adventure’ you’ve had.
JJ: I feel like I see everything as an adventure, whether I think of it that way at the start or not.
King: Sex Therapy.
Fierth: What were you doing right before this interview?
King: Talking shit about our beloved friends.
JJ: <looks away guiltily>
Fierth: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
King: Parking tickets.
JJ: Partially used napkins.
King: AND he ISN’T joking.
Fierth: What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?
JJ: A half-eaten Think Thin bar at Coachella. It was all I could think about the day after. I was hungry and those are expensive.
King: My Father.
Fierth: Do you have any obsessions right now?
JJ: Glitter. But that’s forever.
King: Peanut M&Ms.
Fierth: What is your greatest extravagance?
JJ: My Breville Compact Juicer.
King: My costume box?
Fierth: What is your guilty pleasure?
Fierth: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
JJ: Sunglasses not from the $0.99 Store.
Fierth: What do you think is the meaning of life?
King: To have fun but not at the expense of others.
JJ: Love. Fo’ real, yo’z.
Fierth: My generation was …
King: …more informed, more connected and for some reason has the SAME problems. But we’re going to look AMAZING at 80!
JJ: Dial up.
Fierth: The kids today …
King: …are beautiful, smart, sarcastic little monsters!
Fierth: What is your beauty secret?
King: Fetal Unicorn Blood. Or moisturizer with SPF.
Fierth: Where is your favorite place to lunch?
King: On the beach, under an umbrella with a cocktail. BAM!
JJ: Ooo! That’s better than mine. I was just going to say, “Who can afford to go out for lunch?”
Fierth: Do you know how to cook? What do you most like to make?
King: Yes. Asian.
JJ: I’m learning! For a while it was cakes and homemade frosting. Now I’m…open to suggestions!
Fierth: What is your favorite dessert?
King: Chocolate something.
Fierth: What is your “Safety Word”?
JJ: STOP! …I’m working on a new one.
Fierth: Who are your main inspirations?
JJ: Sloane Crosley, Chuck Klosterman, Jonathan Franzen, Truman Capote, and now Jeffrey Eugenides all remind me how much I love to write and tell stories. When I read them I can’t wait to get back to my own computer and write myself.
King: Female comedians of every generation. Musicians inspire me. I love Improv artists too!
Fierth: Which stars, if any leave you star struck?
King: I don’t really get star struck… maybe Tom Hanks? Or Obama?
JJ: Me either, really. But Obama for sure and maybe Tina Fey.
King: Ooo TINA FEY!
Fierth: Whom do you despise?
King: Victoria Jackson.
JJ: Infighters. People who cause dissent amongst their own marginalized ranks. I.e. gays, women, other minorities.
Fierth: Who do you have your eye on right now?
King: The girls of Broad City. They are brilliant.
JJ: YES! Watch them. Also, Lena Dunham.
Fierth: What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?
Fierth: You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?
King: If you choose dead… wouldn’t that be boring and a TOTAL waste?
JJ: Well, I think they mean you’d exist as them when they were alive… I think I’d be someone prominent and political in Caesar’s Rome. Who had a gay lover, of course. MMM. Or Charlize Theron. Pre-parental responsibilities.
King: My sister. I think that would be really cool! Or Obama when he WON the SECOND time!
Fierth: Do you believe in reincarnation?
JJ: Absolutely. I’m not sure what, exactly, I’ve been or will come back as, but I like to believe I’m reasonably far along on my journey of evolution. Kindness and love is what it’s all about. I believe that I’ve known a lot of the loving people I know now for millions of years.
King: I was a John Lennon.
Fierth: Which celebrity do you suspect is actually a hologram?
JJ: Ryan Seacrest. How can he really be all those places at once?
Fierth: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
JJ: Made me a cake made of donuts for my birthday. (They’re a problem for me.)
King: My parents had sex and had me. Win, win.
Fierth: Have you ever had a rumor spread about you?
JJ: When you’re often next to naked in public, like to drink and douse yourself in glitter…
Fierth: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?
King: I write a lot of dark and sad essays and poems.
JJ: I save partially used napkins for reuse. Oh wait…
Fierth: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?
JJ: Stop making me talk about my partially used napkins.
King: I was recognized at LA Pride by a fan of our webseries… it was strange and fun and horrifying and… a great compliment!
Fierth: Which causes do you believe in the most, and why?
JJ: The environment, women’s rights, EQUAL RIGHTS for gays and everyone… I sign a lot of online petitions. At least three to five a day…
King: Equal rights are HUGE! Safe sex, clean oceans, green energy… more grants for comedic web series…
Fierth: What is the worst advice you have ever received?
JJ: “Yes, I think you should have another drink.”
King: “The only way out is up.” I have no idea where they took it from BUT I have learned there is more then one way to do EVERYTHING and sometimes the easiest or most obvious isn’t the best. I say shatter the glass you’re in and join JJ at the bar!
Fierth: What are you going to do next?
Fierth: JJ: Battle with myself over driving to a 24 hour grocery to buy M&Ms. Fucking Kingsley…
King: If they aren’t Peanut they can go fuck themselves…
We are creating the second season of our series which will launch Fall 2012!