AP Chuckles: Hello. This is Alfredo Pedro Chuckles here with W-H-A-T radio 109.2 FM. My guest today is Scott Latta. Scott has recently been named to the exclusive list of the Top one million most dynamic people named Scott on the planet. Good morning Scott. How does it feel to receive this recognition?
Me: Thanks. I’m almost flattered.
AP Chuckles: So Scott, I have to ask, where do you come up with your ideas and what sparks your creative process?
Me: Well, AP most of what I tend to share in social media outlets is my own sparked by my environment or my mood. I do occasionally borrow clever things from any venue that speaks to me like Google of random things or Youtube.
AP Chuckles: OK great. So tell me, where were you when John Lennon was shot?
Me: Are you asking for my alibi? I’m pretty sure I was 8 years old at the time. It would have taken me a couple of months at least to ride my bike all the way to New York. Plus I’m directionally challenged so I would’ve gotten lost and most likely ended up in Cleveland.
AP Chuckles: I just meant, do you remember what you were doing when you found out that John Lennon had been shot.
Me: Pretty sure I was playing with Legos. Next question.
AP Chuckles: OK moving on. It has been said that you tend to favor dark humor. What does that mean?
Me: My sense of humor and things that give me mirth tend to be a little deeper and scarier than the collective works of say the Three Stooges and Three’s Company reruns. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy those things but I will often get a chuckle watching horror movies and seeing the lead up to a slaughter … followed by a disembodied head bouncing perfectly down the center of a flight of stairs in slow motion or watching something like the series Dexter. A serial killer being made to feel romantically uncomfortable like a gawky teenage boy trying to work a bra for the first time. Stuff like that.
AP Chuckles: So what was your second car?
Me: Deviating from the stock questions. I like it. A silver Dodge Shadow.
AP Chuckles: How much of what you creatively generate in a day do you post in your blog, status on Facebook or tweet on Twitter?
Me: Honestly probably about 2%.
AP Chuckles: Why is that?
Me: Couple of big reasons. One, actually working for a living gets in the way quite a bit. Also some of the things that germinate don’t go anywhere creatively or would be downright offensive. A lot of what I find amusing or clever may cross into socially unacceptable gray areas at times. I’m not saying like sitting around in a KKK chat room, but its amazing what little inferences can set people off. Someone reading my postings may be having a bad day and they may quickly read over something I said in total jest but take it as insensitive or attacking or tangent off in a completely non-related direction.
AP Chuckles: Have you ever thought of taking your creativity to another level? Maybe radio or screenplay writing or writing a book?
Me: Actually yes, ha. All three but not strictly for comedy purposes. I have an unfinished manuscript I started about fifteen years ago about an end of the world scenario with a supernatural being – perhaps a reimaging of Jesus come back to Earth or another one of God’s sons. Not entirely sure. Its been on the shelf awhile. Also awhile back my longtime friend and I would sit around and produce a fake radio show with a myriad of fictional characters – some based on wrestling personalities and other people whom we encountered in real life. Recently I’ve used shorter writing outlets that seem less daunting like Twitter, Facebook and my blog. Hopefully 2015 will see my focus and creative energy return for greater projects.
AP Chuckles: OK let’s talk about your demons.
Me: You mean my cats?
AP Chuckles: Um, no. I was going more for what has held you back or kept you from going full bore with this elevating of your creative process?
Me: Oh sorry. Gotcha. I was just thinking you meant cats because some people are not cat people. Just like some people are not dog people. Some people are afraid of birds. Some people have uncontrollable OCD. There was a band in the 80’s called OMD which meant Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark which really should have been OMITD. Wouldn’t that have been clever? Omitted as a band name but spelled OMITD?
AP Chuckles: Scott?
AP Chuckles: Your demons? Can you touch on that? Like Robin Williams or George Carlin turned to drugs and such.
Me: Ah OK. Sorry sometimes the six degrees of Kevin Bacon starts with a sentence with me and ends up in a completely different genre within a minute or two. So Demons?
AP Chuckles: Yes, demons.
Me: As a fun fact, one of my favorite movies is Night of the Demons. Not the Shannon Elizabeth remake although that one isn’t bad but just not as good as the original in my opinion. Just like the Nightmare on Elm Street remake is nowhere near as good as the original even though the special effects have come a long way in 30 years. Also it peeves me that on Huluplus and Netflix that they have Night of the Demons 2 and the remake of Night of the Demons available to watch, but not the original. How does that even work? That’s just stupid.
AP Chuckles: Scott, your demons?
Me: I think now is an excellent time for a commercial break and restroom necessities. How about we jump into the demons pool when we come back?
AP Chuckles: OK. Now a word from our sponsors…
Tomorrow we pick up Part II of this interview. Stay tuned. Peace.