Online-only interview: Mike Judge on the ''Beavis and Butt-head'' DVD. The Butt-Daddy talks about Letterman, the Great Cornholio, and whether the boys will do another movie
Together, they rocked the ’90s until the decade didn’t suck anymore. Now Beavis and Butt-head are back — at least on DVD — in Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection, Volume 1 (out Nov. 8). We asked the man who created MTV’s animated morons — yeah, that guy mentioned in the DVD’s title — to bring us up to speed.
Entertainment Weekly: What struck you as you were putting together the DVD collection?
Mike Judge: There were definitely some times where it got more foul than I remembered. There were a few what was I thinking? moments.
So, what were you thinking?
We were always behind. There were always way too many episodes to do, and way too little time, and I was just trying to say anything funny in their voice that I could and get on to the next one. In some ways, that helped me be more creative, being in a desperate situation. It was definitely fresh on my mind that John Kricfalusi [co-creator of Ren ∧ Stimpy] had just been fired from his own show, and I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me until I had enough money in the bank to retire.
What’s your favorite episode?
Probably ”The Great Cornholio” [in which a sugar-and-caffeine rush brings out Beavis’ manic-to-the-extreme alter ego]. It was one that I mostly just made up as I went along with one of the writers. It was kind of an insane idea — Cornholio wandering around, babbling. A lot of TV tends to get overwritten. The stuff I like is Roadrunner, where there’s not any dialogue.
What’s the coolest extra on the DVD?
The VMA thing with Letterman. [Beavis and Butt-head scuffled with Dave at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.] When I was in college, Letterman was the comedy hero, so it was cool to do something with him. But also there’s something that just fits about Letterman and Beavis and Butt-head together, and I just kinda like seeing them sitting there together at the VMAs.
How do you look back on the Beavis and Butt-head years?
It’s weird, I haven’t watched Office Space [which Judge wrote and directed] since before it came out; I don’t really watch King of the Hill [which he co-created and executive-produces] after the episode’s finished; but I can actually watch Beavis and Butt-head again. I definitely look at some of these and think, ”I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything that funny again.”