Moore keeps yukkin’ on screens big and small

Less than a year after he first shocked late-night cable TV audiences as part of the New York-based comedy troupe the Whitest Kids U' Know, former Louisa County resident and Covenant School alum Trevor Moore returns to the small screen with the second season of the Kids' eponymous sketch comedy show on February 10. While the show often pushed the boundaries of good taste when it first aired on the Fuse network, this next season promises to rip the envelope wide open, as the shows will now air uncensored on the Independent Film Channel.

It should come as no surprise to those locals who remember a teenaged Moore singing Kwanzaa carols in Charlottesville's low-income neighborhoods and crank calling people named Shifflett on his public access show that he wasted no time in taking advantage of his show's new, censor-free existence. "In the very first sketch," he says, "I'm hanging out with [fellow Whitest Kid] Sam [Brown], and he's got his fly down and his nut is hanging out. The props department made us a fake one, but we decided it didn't look right, so Sam used his real one."

Creating the second season has not been entirely uninhibited, however. Writers' Guild of America went on strike only months after Moore had joined, thus rendering the Whitest Kids unable to finish shooting the new episodes. Fortunately for fans, they had already wrapped nine of the 10 new episodes. "For the last one, we're filming two shows we're doing in New York," Moore explains. "Some of our old sketches don't translate well to television because of audience participation, so this will be nice for fans who haven't seen us live, because we hardly do live shows anymore."

When Moore isn't busy with his TV project (the Kids are finalizing their contract for a third season right now), he's finishing post-production on his feature film debut, Playboys, which he wrote and directed with fellow Whitest Kid, Zach Cregger. "It's about a guy who gets drunk one night in high school, falls down some stairs, goes into a coma for four years, and wakes up to find that his girlfriend is a Playboy playmate," says Moore. "I play the best friend, and together they drive cross country to go to the Playboy Mansion."

While Moore didn't convince Hugh Hefner to appear in the film, his team did manage to cast Robert Wagner as Playboy's famous founder. "He's a very cool guy," says Moore of Wagner. "He had some great stories to tell us, and he's very funny in the movie."

20th Century Fox subsidiary Fox Atomic will distribute the film, which Moore says he hopes will come out later this year.