David Liebe Hart is a musician, artist, puppeteer, and actor. In 1988, he followed the guidance of his Sunday School teacher Jim Henson and began producing The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Program on public access television. Eventually the show caught the eye of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, who cast Liebe Hart to sing his bizarre songs on their hit Cartoon Network show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. David has taken time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions about puppets, trains, and other topics.
Jeremy C. Shipp: First of all, what do you think is the meaning of life?
David Liebe Hart: I think the meaning of life is to be nice to people and contribute to the world by doing things that are creative and artistic.
Jeremy: When did you first become interested in puppetry?
David: When I was a kid I grew up watching so many good puppet shows, so that’s what got me into it. Jim Henson was also my Sunday School teacher when we lived in the Washington DC area. He gave me some of his puppets and told me to do a show for kids about Christian Science.
Jeremy: Have you ever seen a ghost?
David: When I was growing up in Chicago at South Ellis there were two ghosts named The Pickle Man and Mr. Moose. They used to come into my room at night and tickle me while I was sleeping.
Jeremy: If you could sing a duet with any historical figure, who would you choose?
David: Probably Maggie Evans from the original Dark Shadows show. She was so hot!
Jeremy: And what song would you sing?
David: Maybe a Christian Science Hymn put to my own original music or some traditional jazz or classical music that I wrote.
Jeremy: What’s your favorite food?
David: I had some duck in Tucson, AZ that was really good, but the portions were so small. Also, lately I’ve been in love with sweet potato lattes.
Jeremy: Let’s say you were traveling through space on an intergalactic train. If you looked out your window, what would you want to see?
David: Well, all the beautiful stars and planets. I’d also hope to see some UFOs.
Jeremy: Are you afraid of clowns?
David: Not normally, but I saw a show from England that had a clown on it that was really odd.
Jeremy: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
David: I don’t normally watch any movies, but I did see Lord of The Rings one time when I was on tour. It was so good, I went out and bought all three seasons.
Jeremy: What’s the strangest thing that happened to you while working on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job?
David: One time they had John C. Reilly pretend like he was giving me a shower, then another time they got into bed with me! They’re cool guys, though.
Jeremy: What’s the best part about being famous?
David: Getting to meet different people and all of my fans. I’m always nice to my fans because I used to be a fan myself.
Jeremy: What’s the worst part?
David: All these people are calling me all the time and it’s running up my phone bill talking long distance.
Jeremy: If you were a super hero, what would you want your super power to be?
David: If I could fly that would be nice because public transportation is terrible in Los Angeles. Another good power would be to be able to make all my favorite train lines come back to life and make it so I could ride them for free.
Jeremy: What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learned from space aliens?
David: There’s an alien guy named La Rent who came to me to tell me that porn was wrong, and he was right! If you look at too much porn you’ll never learn to value a woman.
About the interviewer:
Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 60 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Withersin, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with a couple of pygmy tigers and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic–not so much. His twitter handle is @JeremyCShipp. Feel free to contact Jeremy via email at: chrismatrix(at)yahoo(dot)com