Jeffery Self creates a talk show under his own moniker, Jeffery Self Live. No, it's not on a streaming platform or a huge network yet. It's filmed from his friend's apartment with an iPhone. Self and Jake Wilson produce this DIY, makeshift show where actual celebrities show up and get interviewed or end up folding Self's laundry. The audacity of it all! We chat with Self to find out why A listers like Alan Cumming show up and to praise him on making something out of nothing. The show is definitely worth watching and more entertaining than some network shows. Who needs a studio when you got an iPhone.
You just launched your own show, Jeffery Self Live on Facebook Live filmed with an iPhone from your bedroom. Why?
Basically, I sold a talk show pilot to a big cable channel back in the spring and it fell apart and I got insanely depressed all summer. Then my friend Jake Wilson suggested I just do my own thing on Facebook live. At first I resisted because it felt pretty pathetic but at the end of the day, sometimes seeming a bit pathetic is your only option. Would I rather be doing this in a studio with a budget? Yes. But the reality is that no one is giving me that opportunity so I might as well embrace it and do something myself.
The makeshift production is everything. It proves that production value isn't the most important part of creating an entertaining show. How did you come up with this idea?
The makeshift production is just the reality of making something on an iPhone in one single shot. But the moving through the house and the choreographed nature of the show comes from Jake's idea of using the whole house. I like how much it moves and I've always been a fan of DIY. People get hung up on production value and I get it, but it can also be sorta boring for things to look "slick". The Internet is supposed to have a little anarchy.
Legit celebrities actually come and talk to you. You've had Brenda Song, Alan Cumming and Jesse Taylor Ferguson. How did you pull this off?
So far just begging friends, but I'm running out of famous friends. So I'm beginning to panic about how I will keep this going. We shall see.
Who are some of your upcoming guests?
Truly no clue. Begging a few dream guests now.
Who would you love to have as a guest but would never come?
Diane Keaton or Goldie Hawn.
How do you apply for the position of House Twink?
Well, Brendan Scannell is already nailing it so the position is filled. However, I'm always happy to hear from a twink.
You had D'arcy Carden of "The Good Place" fold your laundry and chat about her career. Who came up with this hilarious idea?
Actually, a writer named Sas Goldberg suggested that.
You have a segment called "Who Gets it." What do you mean by that?
Like when a celebrity understands that the world is ridiculous and doesn't take what they do too seriously. And if they're smart. I hate when celebrities or anyone is overly precious about anything.
Are you drinking or high while hosting this show?
Nope. But we usually pop open rosè immediately after we stop filming.
Can you always have Marla Mindelle sing your intro? Please, Please, Please!
She's the best. She will be back for sure. I love having musical guests.
What's next with the show? Do you want to take it to television?
I'm not sure! I really love doing it so I hope there's a future for it. Making it a TV show on actual TV or a streaming platform would be amazing. I think I'd be happy doing this every Sunday for the rest of my life.
Or whatever day really.
Anything else you want to share?
Thanks for watching!!!! Tell people to watch!!!
Checkout Jeffery's Show here (Sundays | 12pm Pacific): Jefferylive.com