Alice Column

Dad Bod by DILF Is Sweepin' the Nation

You've heard about the Dad Bod, right? AKA the Regular-Dude Bod, the "I work out once in a while, but I also chug pizza and beers whenever I want" Bod. If you don't feel like your definition is complete, watch this video, featuring Dallas-born Clayton Farris, which is quickly gaining popularity (likely due to the three full seconds of man-belly-grabbing and man-belly-shaking that happen in the first 30 seconds). Currently, Farris' Dad Bod video is on the front page of Funny or Die, right next to Louis C.K.

Behold: The Dad Bod video, in all its belly-shaking glory.

The hairy-chesty-beardy video features Clayton Farris, Ayana Hampton (no visible beard or chest hair), Michael Bernardi and Collin Lindo. Farris is originally from Dallas (I went to DISD middle school at T.C. Marsh and high school at W.T.White with him), so we asked him a few hard-hitting questions about this serious video and his future plans to take over the Internet.

How long did it take you to build your Dad Bod?
Dad Bods are constant works in progress. When making this video, I actually tried to eat as much as possible in the week leading up to shooting. Usually in Los Angeles they just feed us grass and air, so it was exciting to eat queso and fried chicken for a week.

You went to DISD schools growing up— do you think the programs at those schools had anything to do with building your acting career and with your success?
I think I was lucky to have a few great teachers that allowed me to express myself creatively growing up. Mrs. Stephanie Schmidt at W.T. White encouraged me to be creative and follow my instinct for what I think is funny. After all, I did perform in drag in the musical Sugar my senior year (something that I think was way ahead of its time). As far as DISD goes, they did the best they could. I think I remember our schools having good Arts programs but we could always do better for kids. The creative arts really take the edge off when you are a teenager freaking the fuck out about life.

How much content do you create in a month? I feel like I see a zillion little videos from you all the time. My current favorite is this Vine, which was featured on Tosh.0:

If I could I would shoot something every day, but it's just impossible. I have gotten to a point where I want my content to be better to look at, so that costs money. I generally like to have at least one well-shot and well-conceived project out each month. That's why I have a Vine account. Not all of the dumb ideas that pop into my head can be made into fully produced videos, so Vine allows me to make 6-second videos multiple times a day if I want. A lot of my friends have partnerships with YouTube where they can use the YouTube Studios out here in LA and all of their equipment and costumes etc… But any costumes you see in my videos were probably bought at Target and then returned the next day.

What's next for you, Ayana Rechenberg and Michael Bernardi?
Lots of good stuff coming up. Of course I will continue making content where out-of-shape men are featured in the buff. We actually want to make more songs as the band DILF where we only sing about shit people in their thirties will understand. I am also currently developing a series of live short films that will be played out on a certain 'Live Streaming Platform'. And starring in the play Max and Elsa at the Hollywood Fringe in June.

Ayana Rechenberg is currently developing her new project called Wife Camp. Her starring role in webTV show Golden Retriever is premiering later this year and she is doing stand up in Los Angeles.

Michael Bernardi is about to play the role of Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof, which is a role his dad played on Broadway from whom he inherited his Dad Bod.

Good luck to the DILF crew in all their future hairy-bellied adventures. And to our readers who currently have children in DISD schools, have happiness in your heart that they could turn out as awesome as this:

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Alice Laussade writes about food, kids, music, and anything else she finds to be completely ridiculous. She created and hosts the Dallas event, Meat Fight, which is a barbecue competition and fundraiser that benefits the National MS Society. Last year, the event raised $100,000 for people living with MS, and 750 people could be seen shoving sausage links into their faces. And one time, she won a James Beard Award for Humor in Writing. That was pretty cool.
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