Since The Whitest Kids U’Know series ended in 2011, Trevor Moore has mostly been touring the country and playing his wonderful brand of comedy music. On Friday night, the fruit of his labor will be on full display in the hilarious new Comedy Central special, “High in Church,” which features a combination of his original songs and new sketches that include appearances from his fellow Whitest Kids. The son of former Christian folk singers, Moore has a very colorful take on religion and that is quite evident in this new special. From a very upbeat and detailed history of circumcisions to a ballad that chronicles the rise of the gay marriage orgypocalypse, Moore’s at the top of his game in this special that airs tomorrow at midnight. Also, his song about YouTube commenters is probably already my favorite thing of 2015.
But while he’s promoting “High on Church,” there’s still some unfinished business that needs to be discussed: What’s up with that Whitest Kids movie we’ve been hearing about for two years? Fortunately, Moore filled us in on that and everything else that went into creating his new special.
“High in Church” isn’t like most comedy specials. What goes into preparing for something this big and unique?
I have a short attention span, so I wanted to a special where we were constantly jumping back and forth between brand new video segments and live performances. And even in the live performances, I wanted to do something where there was stuff on the screen behind me. I wanted it to feel as much like The Last Waltz as possible. I recorded and performed all of these songs in the studio, but this was the first time that I was able to perform it all with the full band, background singers, and dancers at the same time.
It was a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work in the sense that we had to record the new album, shoot all of the music videos, and then do the live performance. It was a lengthy process, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Have you ever actually been high in church?
I went to a private Christian school, but I’ve never actually been high in church because I think that would just be terrifying. It’s a story that happened to my friend, Sam Brown from The Whitest Kids U’Know, and I thought it was hilarious. He was home for Christmas and getting high with his friends, and then Midnight Mass happened, and he forgot that he had to do that.
When you’re rounding up backup singers and musicians and planning out each part of the show, do you worry that it’s too much and might not go as planned?