"Here's the excerpt from an interview with one of the producers for the Space Ghost/Adult Swim show:
How do you handle the interviews for Space Ghost?
DAVE: You pull a lot of things right out of your butt. We come with questions, and, yes, you try to kind of improv. I have the freedom of being able to be cut out of [the audio] at the end, and so you just try to engage them, and try to get them going in any sort of direction. We come with about 20 or 25 questions, to try and get 'em rolling, try and get 'em to say as much funny stuff as possible.
What's the most painful interview you've ever done?
DAVE: Paul Westerberg, from what was once a cool band, the Replacements. I mean, he just didn't get it, and I didn't explain it very well, and I think he thought that I made this reference to "Kick the Can", the childhood game. I think it was a reference to his past alcoholism or something, but… either way, he said some very unprintable things, and pulled his mike off and took off. That was a really embarrassing moment for me professionally. That would be it, definitely."
What was the most awkward one you ever did? The most awkward wasn’t my interview. David Willis interviewed Paul Westerberg from The Replacements and he just was not into the interview at all. Halfway through, Dave asked something like, “Zorak threw a beautiful tennis ball at you, what are you going to say to that?” and that’s when he said fuck it, took off his mic, and just walked off. We never used that interview.
How many interviews did you guys do where the person just wasn’t into it and it never ended up coming out? That was the only one, basically. By the time we had The Ramones on, they had seen the show. After the second season, people knew what they were getting into. They knew we would often use their answers out of context. I think Donny Osmond was the first one to call us out on it.
”Where Stipe and Yankovic found joy, stupid laughter and some chaos on their trip to the Ghost Planet, Paul Westerberg, the former lead singer of the The Replacements turned successful solo artist, found only anger and bitter confusion, storming off the set after only five minutes.”Oh yeah, he was huffy,” Lowe recalls. “He got all honked off not realizing it was a cartoon. One of his ‘handlers’ evidently didn’t tell him it was, you know, a cartoon. Then one of our producers, the poor guy, asks him, ‘Uh, Paul, would you like to say something to Zorak?’ and that was it. He blew his stack and stormed off!”