The Always-NSFW Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes Catch Up in Jay and Silent Bob Get Old Podcast

With 1994’s Clerks, Kevin Smith opened up the floodgates for independently produced, micro-budget, dialogue-intensive, cursing-intensive movies by, for, and about a certain stripe of feckless Generation-X twentysomething. These pictures showcased more aggressively foulmouthed (but, in their way, more energetic) versions of the overgrown kids and/or stalled adults whose meandering lives Richard Linklater had dramatized in Slacker three years before. (Watch Slacker online here.) Clerks hit when I hadn’t yet grown out of comic book-reading pre-adolescence, though I do remember becoming aware of Smith’s work from an ad on the back of, yes, a comic book. The page advertised Mallrats, Smith’s big-budget Clerks followup; in its corner posed a pair of smirking young longhairs. “Snootchie bootchies,” read an inexplicable voice bubble emanating from the thinner of the two. I had to know: who were those guys? The zeitgeist now recognizes Jay and Silent Bob, the outwardly dumb but startlingly wise drug dealers played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith himself, as having stolen Clerks‘ show. (You can watch one of their finer moments in Mallrats above.)

Smith used the characters in Mallrats as well, and went on to write them into subsequent movies like Chasing Amy, Dogma, and of course Clerks II and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, their presence unifying all these stories into one coherent reality. Cinephiles argue over whether Smith has delivered on his promise as a director, but some fans think the man has found his true voice as a podcaster. Today, on his own podcast network, he hosts a staggering array of shows, including SModcast, SMoviemakers, Hollywood Babble-On, and Fat Man on Batman. Jay and Silent Bob Get Old (WebiTunesRSS feed) reunites the 42-year-old Smith and the 38-year-old Mewes for regular conversations about adulthood, fame, and struggles with sobriety (in Mewes’ case) and weight (in Smith’s), always featuring the most vulgar jokes imaginable. If you haven’t caught up with these guys since the nineties, have a listen to their podcast’s so-very-Not-Safe-for-Work first episode above. They’ve even got back into character for Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, which begins its roadshow across North America on April 20.

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Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture and writes essays on literature, film, cities, Asia, and aesthetics. He’s at work on a book about Los AngelesA Los Angeles Primer. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall.

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