“Un second,” Spencer Rosemuttered in a German accent, as he attached a mustache to his face that would make Ron Swanson proud.
“Wait!” he paused, returning to his American accent. “Is that how you say ‘one second’ in German?”
Spencer was preparing to play Klaus, the latest character from 33rd & State, the new sketch comedy troupe at Marquette University. Just think Zoolander meets Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno and you have Klaus. The character made his debut in 33rd& State’s latest video. I joined Spencer, Charlie Mohl and Bill Lacyas they filmed Klaus’s ad for his fragrance, “Sex Noise.”
I silently tagged along as the guys scouted out German-looking locations and filmed all over Milwaukee. They immediately headed to the former Pabst Brewery, an area of the city that resembles what post-apocalyptic Milwaukee would look like.
The trio picked that spot for a couple of shots of Spencer in an empty field. Charlie, the cameraman for the day, laid on his stomach “sniper style” – as he called it – to get the shots needed. After Charlie was covered in mud and snow, we moved on to the next location, The Best Place Brewery.
As we walked, Bill and Spencer talked about the details of Klaus’s life. They determined that Klaus is the son of a tennis star who disapproves of Klaus’s decision to go into male modeling. They even debated what the German word for father is. (Fun fact: I knew the answer. But telling Bill and Spencer, that would be no fun.)
Outside of Mader’s restaurant, a stranger complimented Spencer’s mustache. That was the first comment or second glance the guys got while filming. That surprised me because some of the scenes they filmed looked like they could have been promos for a low-quality adult film.
With all that filming, the video lasts only 49 seconds. So I hope to see more of Klaus and that glorious ‘stache in 33rd & State’s future.
Brynne Ramella, a journalism student at Marquette University, is a guest blogger for MilwaukeeComedy, documenting the start-up of Marquette’s sketch comedy troupe, 33rd & State. This isthe fifth in her seriesof reports.