SciFi Diner Classic Ep. 3
Our Interview With Hayden Black
from Goodnight Burbank and The Cabonauts
This is our third episode of what we are calling the SciFi Diner Classic. Since we do a news and interview show, it goes without saying that the news portion of our episodes often date themselves fast. And while the interviews with the people that make Science Fiction happen remain relevant and in our opinion important, most listeners will not listen back 100 episodes and wade through old news just to get to the interview. So what the SciFi Diner Classic aims to do is to share these interviews with you. If you have been with us from the beginning, then bear with us as we introduce some of our newer listeners to voices from the past. Let me know what you think of this idea. Like it? Hate it? Let me know. We’re bringing you just the interview and nothing else.
Black left a lucrative career as an on-air promo producer for the networks to form his own production company Haydenism Inc. Since forming in 2005 he has created, written and acted in some of the most popular shows the web has seen. The Guardian calls him “one of Internet comedy’s brightest stars”.
His first show, Goodnight Burbank, has picked up numerous awards and nominations and has been called a “wicked satire, bracingly funny… competitive with the very best that networks have to offer” by the LA Times and “one of my favorite shows” by the Wall St. Journal’s Walt Mossberg.
In 2007 Black launched Abi’s Teen Diary (AKA Abigail’s X-Rated Teen Diary) about a 13 year old girl with a fictional genetic condition that gives her the appearance of a 30-something man. It too was nominated for awards and was called “silly, funny & sometimes poignant” by the Manchester Evening News and “cutting-edge comedy” by Fortune magazine.
In 2009, Black created a 6-part comedy for Babelgum.com called “The Occulterers”. A comedy-horror, it co-starred Black alongside Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), James C. Leary (Buffy), and Camden Toy (Buffy/Angel). He also shot a pilot for “The Cabonauts”, a sci-fi musical comedy co-starring Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols.
Black released the first-ever half-hour comedy created for the Internet in April 2011 in the form of a rebooted “Goodnight Burbank”. Along with Black it co-stars Laura Silverman, Dominic Monaghan, Miracle Laurie and John Barrowman.
Goodnight Burbank made IMDB’s Top 50 TV series to premiere in 2011.