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Cinema Junkie Podcast 195: Yes! The Matt Berry Podcast

What We Do In The Shadows’ star talks about season finale and his gallery of comic characters

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Matt Berry plays Staten Island vampire Laszlo Cravensworth in the FX Networks' series "What We Do in the Shadows," which has its season two finale on June 10.

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Matt Berry has given us a gallery of hilarious characters from the buffoonish Douglas Reynholm in "The IT Crowd" to full of himself actor Steven Toast in "Toast of London" to the Staten Island vampire Laszlo Cravensworth in "What We Do In The Shadows," which has its season finale on June 10, 2020. I had the pleasure of speaking with ... Read more →

Aired: June 8, 2020 | Transcript

FX Networks' "What We Do in the Shadows" has its season 2 finale on June 10, so I talk with actor Matt Berry about the show and about his career doing iconic British sitcoms ("Garth Marenghi's Darkplace," "Snuff Box," "The IT Crowd," "Toast of London") and as a musician/composer.

Actor, writer, singer, musician and composer Berry joins Cinema Junkie so that means it contains strong language and adult humor. You’ve been warned.

I first became aware of Berry years ago when my Welsh friend sent me a region encoded disc of the British sitcom "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace." What a slice of comic gold. The wacky spoof "rediscovers" author Garth Marenghi's 1980s television show set in a Romford hospital, which is situated over the gates of Hell. Imagine "General Hospital" as a British supernatural action show and that just hints at the joys it contains. It cleverly and meticulously spoofs the bad acting, poor production values and even the bad sound editing of American soap operas.

In 2015, Berry won the BAFTA award for best male performance in a comedy program for playing puffed up actor Steven Toast in "Toast of London." But people might be more familiar with him as the buffoonish boss in "The IT Crowd" or more recently as the Staten Island vampire Laszlo in the FX Networks show "What We Do in the Shadows."

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"What We Do in the Shadows" wraps its second bloody amazing season on Wednesday, but no spoilers in this interview. Berry, who doesn't even get to see the finished shows in England, didn't know who the special guest stars were to even accidentally reveal something. The show is a spin-off of the mockumentary feature of the same name created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi in 2014. The film focused on a group of Wellington vampire roommates coping with everything from pesky local werewolves to how to dress when you have no reflection, to who does the dishes. For the TV show, the setting was moved to New York and a new set of characters was created with Berry playing Laszlo Cravensworth.

You can find Berry's music on his website or on Spotify.

Recommended viewing:

"Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" on Channel 4.

"Snuff Box" on Amazon Prime.

"Toast of London" on Netflix.

"The IT Crowd" on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and iTunes.

"Year of the Rabbit" on IFC.

"What We Do in the Shadows" available on FX and then next day through FX on Hulu.

Listen to this story by Beth Accomando.

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