How do i do a tv show
Luke on his pre-evening show: 'I wanted to do an anti-TV show like that'
In an interview withquotemeter.de, Luke Mockridge draws exclusive conclusions for the first time on his ten-issue live experiment “Luke, alone at home”. How the idea came about, why he is satisfied with the show and why he still thinks that the audience no longer wants to be reminded of Corona ...
About the person: Luke MockridgeLuke Mockridge was born in Bonn in 1989. His father is Bill Mockridge, known from Lindenstrasse, and his mother is the actress Margie Kinsky. Since 2012 Luke has toured with his solo program "I'm Lucky, I'm Luke!" through Germany, one year later he won the Comedy Prize in the "Best Newcomer" category. Luke Mockridge produced five seasons of “Luke! The week and me », since 2017« Luke! The school and I »an integral part of Sat.1's spring program. In the autumn of last year, his house broadcaster launched the prime-time format “Luke! The Great Night Show », which is also to be continued. At the Comedpreis 2019 he won the award for the most successful live act for the third time in a row and was also voted best comedian.
(laughs) I think this quote is from me and maybe from 2017?
That's right, that's what you said in November 2017 at Quote Meter. With “Luke, alone at home” you recently produced a daily live show for Sat.1 for two weeks. Could you imagine a permanent daily after this experience - or not anymore?
Daily is not the same as daily. The one thing that I also talked about back then would be a daily show that brings the audience to bed evening after evening and satirically examines the day's events. In my opinion, this requires a certain age and an attitude and strength of opinion that, even at the age of 31, I still could not serve as authentically as one would ask of me. What we have now tested was more of a kind of playing and training field on which you could try things out. I am very grateful to Sat.1 for entering into this live television experiment regardless of ratings. And I analyze and evaluate what I have learned in the two weeks. After being very shaky at the beginning, I felt totally at ease in the end. Standing live in front of the camera for an hour basically felt good at first.
How exactly did the spontaneous project come about?
We had the first telephone meeting nine days before the show started. Since my tour dates were canceled and we were in the house for our school show anyway, we were happy to get involved in the experiment. Internally, I had already expressed the wish in the past to ignore all the rules of television and to swim completely free in one format. You are freer on stage anyway, because I can redesign every evening. It's different with television, you have to follow rules. I wanted to do an anti-TV show like that. In retrospect, that might be an arrogant view of such a TV show, but the show actually came about from such a 'let's just do it' idea and if you don't dare, you won't win.
In retrospect, how satisfied are you with the implementation of this “just let it go” idea?
It was clear to me from the start that the show only knew what it was when it was red lighted. Usually you have a production plan, processes and sensible things that you connect with each other beforehand. With “Luke, home alone”, on the other hand, we thought: Let's just jump into the water and see if we can swim. I'm not a desk type who develops things in a quiet little room, that happens to me out of a live momentum. Every beginning is difficult, I had to grow into “Luke, Home Alone” just as I did in “Luke! The week and me ». After the first episode of “Luke, Home Alone” we knew straight away which screws we had to turn. You don't know until you do it.
It's not frustrating at all. Of course, quota is a currency that we use to measure success - but that's not all. The fact that I was allowed to watch ten hours of live television on the show and learned a lot in the process cannot be outweighed by any success in ratings. On the left and right, many of these spontaneous corona shows have imploded recently. You could literally notice how all possible production companies showed up with spontaneous format ideas within a week. Everyone has been looking for the Philosopher's Stone and I believe no one has found it yet. But I really think that now escapism is the order of the day and people don't want to be reminded of the current situation in terms of content. Instead, you want shows like “Let's Dance”, “The Masked Singer” and definitely “Luke! The school and I »see and get the feeling that everything is as always.
What lessons do you draw from the experiment?
Due to the studio and audience situation, we had to take the variable 'show' out of the equation for this program. This has led to the fact that you are less of a showmaster and more of a person in front of the camera. I liked that from the artist's point of view, because I was allowed to be more honest with the viewer. After five years of touring the arena and “Greatnight Show” madness, this is a liberating feeling. In the future I will incorporate the 'human' Luke even more into the arena illusion of my shows, because I have learned to trust him.
For years you have been one of the most popular and successful comedians in the country. What do you think sets the brand and comedian Luke Mockridge apart?
I can only work with authors to a very limited extent, because everything I do is less about a gag than about a feeling. I can laugh about it, but I could never do shows like Markus Krebs or Hugo Egon Balder, I'm just not a joke-teller. I'm not a comedian or a clown in that sense, I always come across an emotion in my work. It started with specific 90s observations that I often heard from TV editors: Nice number, but nobody knows Center Shocks. The same mechanism applies to my upcoming Netflix series or a show like "Catch!" - everyone has played catch and has memories of it. Finding a common emotional denominator is always the first thing for me. When you have built this bridge and the viewer docks, you can begin to establish similarities and observations or go completely into the absurd. No matter how crude some exits are, the starting point of every number arises from the truth. In summary: turn a specific observation into a collective experience. You forget gags, not feelings.
So far I have run completely through this year. It started at the beginning of the year with a fiction project that we realized for Netflix. That comprised 30 days of shooting, and I can be seen in every scene. That was different from exhausting than a TV show. You can produce several hours of it in a day, with the series it was three to five minutes a day. The last few weeks have been very busy with my Daily and at the same time with the production of «Luke! The school and me ». I am therefore looking forward to taking a few days to rest. over zoom I want to make a little music with my band now. And on the side I'm working on a script for a new fiction project that I'm following a little for myself.
Exciting! Is there already a buyer for this project?
There is! (laughs)
Will be back behind the desk from Friday: Luke Mockridge on the set of “Luke! The school and me ».
The fiction project that you recently realized for Netflix is the series for the book "7 Kilos in 3 Days". Did you finish that before Corona?
We all noticed on the set in Monschau in the Eifel how the topic kept coming up and everything was getting more and more serious. But thank goodness we were able to finish production before the restrictions.
What is the series about?
The series is about a 30 year old loser who comes home for Christmas and is based on my friend Christian's book - Pokerbeats - Huber. I come from a small town near Bonn and always find it nice to spend a few days at home between Christmas and New Year. Back to his old life, to sleep in his nursery, to see the friends from before - and to immerse himself in the new old gossip. I was able to do something different and I'm very happy that we made it to the finish line.
Not so much at all! At Lucky Pics we have a dual leadership. I'm the one who sleeps in longer and sits in a baggy sweater at the managing director's meeting, but brings in the ideas, energy and madness. Basically a single cliché.
Your formats are already running abroad. Isn't that the greatest praise you can get as a developer of these productions?
«Catch!» we sold to Hungary, they implement it exactly in our presentation. "Hatch! The school and me ”is running very successfully in Spain under the title“ Celebrity School ”- they also use our play set and show architecture 1: 1. To see that people across borders take your show idea and impulses and use it to produce successful TV content for foreign countries makes you proud. Especially when you consider that the pure idea is strong enough that it can work without the ingredient 'hatch'.
What changes the viewers in the new season of «Luke! The school and me! " expect and how Luke Mockridge is now looking at his hotly debated appearance in the "TV garden" last summer, read on Friday in the second part of our interviews atquotemeter.de.
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