Interviews of the Not So Rich and Famous - Ep2 - Barbara the Bad Tempered Zombie

Monday, March 17, 2008
Welcome to second exciting installment of Interviews of the Not So Rich and Famous! Today's special guest is fellow Albertan, Barbara, the Bad Tempered Zombie. I recommend that you find all of her answers witty, insightful and highly amusing or else she's likely to eat your brains...

1. Name, Hair Colour, Shoe Size
Barbara the Bad Tempered Zombie/ the hair that hasn't yet come out in clumps is grey, I mean brown / I lost my shoes in that last attack on the mall.

2. Why are you so "bad tempered"?
My feet hurt.

3. How did you become a zombie?
My conversion to zombiehood was a response to the general vacuousness of the human condition. You know when they say you should switch up your route to work all the time? There's a reason for that, otherwise you slowly become a zombie.

4. I've heard a number of different theories on what causes Zombies (as opposed to a zombie creating another zombie): viruses, nuclear fallout, comets, vodu... What's the real reason?

5. If you could have dinner with anyone (alive/dead, real/fictional), who would it be, where would you take them, and would you eat their brains?
After much eenie meenie minie moeing, I have settled on having dinner with Ricky Gervais. It really wouldn't matter where we went for dinner, as I'm sure I would end up spewing most of it through my nose anyway, and I doubt that I would actually eat his brain, but I am pretty sure I would want to pick it.

6. What's this fascination you have with Radiohead?
Are you kidding me? Just look at that face. What's not to love? Also Radiohead will save the world.

7. If you were not a zombie, and you could choose, who would you like to eat your brains?
George Romero

8.What was the first album you ever bought? First concert?
first album = Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf / first concert = Gordon Lightfoot

9.When the zombies eventually do take over, how long until my power goes off and will I still have cable until it happens?
There will always be cable. Quality television time is very important to zombies.

10. Just between you and the zombie apocalypse coming? How long do I have to pack?
It's already started. Look around, those vacant expressions you see are no coincidence.

11. You've been on the radio, volunteer at various musical festivals, create wicked compilation CD's...what's next for you, musically?
I am patiently waiting for a music magazine to throw bags of money at me to write for them.

12.In your expert opinion, which of the following movies most accurately portrays the true nature of zombie-ness and why? Dawn of the Dead / Night of the Comet / Omega Man / 28 Days Later / The Serpent and The Rainbow / Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town / Michael Jackson's Thriller
While I appreciate Michael Jackson's attempt to incorporate zombie culture into the MTV universe, his attempt was ill-founded, as everybody knows zombies don't dance. Zombies also don't run, thereby negating 28 Days Later. The most accurate zombie portrayal would be found in Dawn of the Dead, as zombies most certainly go to malls.

13. Someone who's never been to Calgary is coming to visit you. What are the top three places you'd take them to get a real feel for the city and why?
Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Starbucks, because those places are all unique to Calgary.
Actually, I'd take them to:
1) Kensington, where we could peruse the best and most organized used record store ever and take in a matinée at the Plaza where the popcorn is still served in buckets,
2) Inglewood, which boasts the most jam-packed and seizure-inducing used record store ever plus a haunted restaurant
3) give them a map and send them to the mountains, because everybody wants to see the mountains and I could happily live the rest of my life without ever going there again.

14. Have you ever taken part in a zombie walk? Do you have plans to do so in the future?
In typical zombie fashion, I didn't hear about the first local zombie walk until after it had occurred, I was a week late in showing up for the second one, and the third one was cancelled because the city was insisting on a parade permit. Zombies don't apply for permits! If there is one this year, I will probably be ready for it, though.

15. Are you really a zombie or do you just play one on the internet?

Thanks for taking the time for the interview Barb! You're a great sport...for a zombie. Note that Interviews will be posted on Sundays/Mondays for at least the next two months. Up next...our resident up and coming filmmaker, Shea of the Dead.


Wandering Coyote said...

Great interview!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

HA! 'Twas great fun, and answering those insightful questions has made me feel alive again!

Bubs said...

Thanks for doing justice to my favorite zombie

jim dandy said...

Killer interview!

John Mutford said...

While her profile picture is of the back of her head, I never had her pictured like that at all. Overalls with a sequined heart, Barb? How could you?

And Thom Yorke in black face? Worth the price of admission.

Great interview Karen!

Tanya Espanya said...

Excellent! I have met the zombie in person and we went to Starbucks! Hi Barbara! Miss you!


Gardenia said...

Brilliant. I loved them all - such a sense of humor - loved no. 13....LOL, Starbucks!

* (asterisk) said...

Ah the joys of zombiedom!

Don't forget me, Cap'n! I'm always up for pretending to be not rich and not famous.

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