As someone who grew up listening, playing and worshipping metal and who has since gone on to worship the art of comedy, the fact that ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo is teaming up with musically-inclined comedian Dave Hill gives me a great big music-comedy boner. Anselmo, who has gone on to front bands like Down and Superjoint Ritural and the Illegals, will star in a Web series titled Metal Grasshopper, wherein Anselmo trains Hill in the art of being totally Metal. So how did Anselmo get involved you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Metal Grasshopper is being spearheaded by Hill and video producer Chris Lee (guitarist of the band Supagroup); he’s married to former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult, who’s been friends with Anselmo for, like, 20 years. “I had no idea what to expect,” Lee tells Nola.com about the first time he met the Pantera frontman “I found out he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever met. Fall-down-laughing funny.”
Sadly there isn’t an episode of the show online yet, but Nola.com gets deep into some details:
The series was shot mostly at Anselmo’s wooded compound north of Lake Pontchartrain, which Hill equates to “a metal version of Neverland.” At the outset, Hill sets up an amplifier on Anselmo’s front lawn and wakes up the slumbering star with a bout of shredding.
As the series progresses, Anselmo instructs the hopelessly dorky Hill on how to headbang. How to bellow, death-metal style. How to conjure effective stage banter. How to “tap into your inner darkness.”
A rented goat factors into one episode. In another, a pentagram is burned into Anselmo’s lawn. The rocker’s collection of medieval weapons – swords, axes, etc. – are deployed. Hill accidently struck Anselmo in the head with a mace, a type of club.
If you’re lucky enough be in New Orleans on July 23, Hill will be screening an episode of Metal Grasshopper after his stand-up performance at One Eyed Jacks. Tell us how it is, jerks. Check out a teaser below!