Jack Black talks producing, guest-starring on web series 'Ghost Ghirls'
If you -- like a lot of people -- can't see horror movies for fear of having terrifying nightmares, then feast your eyes on Jack Black's latest project, "Ghost Ghirls."
The new Yahoo web series, which debuts its entire first season on Monday (Sept. 9) on Yahoo Screen, is executive produced by Black and co-created by "Drunk History's" Jeremy Konner. The 10-12 minute long episodes star Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci as bumbling paranormal investigators. The series is a mix of comedy and supernatural happenings ... with an emphasis on the comedy. "There's a good, even mix of science and otherworldly problems," Black tells Zap2it. "It's like in 'Scooby Doo' where oftentimes you pull the mask off the guy and there's just a dude."
But don't expect to see real-world problems behind every case on "Ghost Ghirls." Black promises that there is a hearty mix of supernatural issues as well. "Oftentimes there are actual supernatural situations," Black says.
What sets "Ghost Ghirls" apart from other supernatural crime-solving duos is the fact that Blasucci and Lund play two ... idiots, for lack of a better word. "Amanda and I are both interested in the paranormal," Blasucci says. "And there's so much comedy to be had with putting two fools into this world of life and death."
The 12-episode season features an impressive list of guest stars, including Molly Shannon, Jason Schwartzman, Dave Grohl, Val Kilmer, Jake Johnson, and Black himself. "I play a dead, old, southern rocker who is haunting a recording studio," Black says. "The whole band is haunting the studio. The parts are played by me, Val Kilmer, and Dave Grohl."
With those kind of A-list musical guest stars, expect some great songs to come out of the episode, as well as the whole season. "There's a lot of good songs in the 'Ghost Ghirls' web series," Black says. "We were actually thinking about putting out an album. We have some hot tracks and we're not afraid to release them."
So why did Black venture into the web series world? "I think it's the future," Black says. "It's the way I like to enjoy content. I like it a la carte and I like to be able to get it on multiple formats. I enjoy the freedom that Yahoo has bestowed upon us to do whatever we think is funny, and you're not going to get that at some of the big expensive networks."
Black's proud of "Ghost Ghirls," and he isn't afraid to show it. "It's one of the funniest things on the Internet," Black says. "Yahoo rules. We rule. Go tell the world."