IFC SHOW (1999 – 2000)
On IFC, a job that Greg literally begged for, the characters (as themselves) were featured largely in documentary style. They acted as hosts for IFC’s late-night movies, and starred in slice-of-life documentaries about themselves.
GREG THE BUNNY
Performed by Dan Milano, the IFC version of Greg was built by Danny Seagren, best known as the live-action "Spider-Man" on the PBS series, "The Electric Company." On IFC Greg was no longer soft-spoken but much more high-pitched, feverishly neurotic and had a manipulative attitude. He defended the spotlight at all costs and tried to play cute in order to get his way. He was much more of a petulant child, bent on success at any cost. Though he remained sweet and cuddly, he was not above abandoning children or starting dirty rumors if he thought it would help him get ahead.
WARREN “THE APE” DEMONTAGUE
Also performed by Dan Milano, Warren was introduced on our "Cemetery Man" episode, replacing "The Wumpus" (who never made air) as the show's expert on movie trivia. Frequently drunk and hardly ever prepared, his best moments were sparring with his off-screen adversary, Spencer. Desperately trying to project an air of dignity (while wearing a ridiculous helmet) Warren was the perfect foil for Greg. He resented the fact that Greg was the star, when he was the true thespian and Greg was nothing more than a whiny brat with a marketable face. But the joy of Warren is his denial, and the fact that he actually thinks we should respect him, if only because he tells us so.
SPENCER AND SEAN
As was the case with "Junktape," Sean and Spencer co-directed the show (with an unseen Dan Milano) and continued their roles as off-screen characters who interacted (and conflicted) with the puppets. Sean left the show after the "Death and the Maiden" episode to pursue his career in feature directing and cinematography, but has now returned post-FOX series to rejoin the creators in bringing Greg back to IFC. Spencer remained as both a caretaker, friend and abusive parent to Greg, and had a bitter relationship with the crusty Warren. Spencer was credited as "Jimmy Clocko" in our IFC special "The Frail Brown Thread," and ended his role on the IFC show by having his tv altar-ego hang himself in "Greg the Bunny Hosts: Blue Velvet.”
FREDERICK “COUNT” BLAH
Introduced in our IFC Halloween special, “BLAH!” the Count was an aging movie star with a terrible morphine addiction. Sound familiar? Yeah, we were real big fans of “Ed Wood.” Part Bela Lugosi, part Sesame Street Count, Blah was the first puppet character who Greg actually looked up to, going so far as to turn his Halloween special over to the beloved screen idol. Too bad Blah repaid him by raiding the medicine cabinet and stealing all the show’s camera equipment. Performed by Dan Milano, Blah also appeared as “Don Blah” in “The Godpappy,” as himself in “The Frail Brown Thread,” and several of our IFC promos. His character underwent huge physical and vocal changes in the 2001 Fox series, before returning to form back on IFC in 2005.
GARY THE BUNNY
Greg’s tough, gumbah cousin from Brooklyn. He blows into town unannounced in the “Naked” episode, and impregnates a bunny he is later engaged to marry in “Husbands.” Foul-mouthed and hard drinking, Gary has a much easier time relating to Warren than his innocent little cousin. Performed by Dan Milano, Gary also appears as “Garibaldi Blah” in “Godfather 2001,” and plays bass guitar in “Welcome to the Dollhouse” as part of Greg’s all-puppet rock band, “Plush.”
TIMMY THE BUNNY
Performed by (guess who) Dan Milano, Timmy is Greg’s adorable nephew, who steals the show in our “Baby Fever” episode. Not one for sharing the spotlight, Greg ends up abandoning the innocent child on the streets of New York. People often write us asking what ever happened to Timmy. Well, if you look close enough – you can see him stuffed in a mason jar in the scary apartment of Steve the Stalker, in our “Vanishing” episode.
Wally appeared in only one episode, as Greg’s dinner companion in our parody of “My Dinner with Andre,” which was the subject of our “Trainspotting” episode. We know, it was a stretch. Wally talks like Wallace Shawn (or as close as Dan Milano could get) and trades intellectual barbs with Greg about life, love, and Dorf on Golf.
TOKEN PABLO SANCHEZ
The only character besides Greg to make the leap from “Junkatpe” to IFC, Token was performed by Dan Milano and appeared (appropriately) in our “El Mariachi” episode. When Greg threatens to walk off the show, Spencer calls his bluff and replaces him with Token. Briefly, we modify the opening titles to read, “THE PABLO TOKEN SANCHEZ SHOW.”
PROFESSOR DUCKPUPILS AND BIG TOE
Possibly our most bizarre characters, Pupil and Toe represent Greg’s conscience and id, respectively. The Professor (Dan Milano) is nothing more than a colorful tin toy of a duck with a propeller for a head, where Big Toe (Spencer Chinoy) is just that – a toe with eyes glued to it. Oh, and he talks with a Russian accent. Featured in the “El Mariachi” episode, it is Toe who tells Greg he must return to confront Spencer and get his job back.
Marc is a heck of a swell guy. Performed by Dan Milano, Marc appears as “Major Tom” in our IFC Special, “2001-1: Space n’ Stuff.” He also plays mob boss “Marc Solazzo” in “Godfather 2001” and appears as himself in “The Frail Brown Thread.” Based on an old High School professor Spencer Chinoy once had, Marc is a happy-go-lucky every-man. No wonder Greg shoots him in the head.
The only on-screen human character played by Dan Milano, Mel appears in “The Frail Brown Thread” as the leader of the Christian Coalition, and is bent on removing “Greg the Bunny” from the air-waves. Bloated and feverishly opinionated, Mel represents every uptight foil comedy has ever known.
Pal, a modification of the puppet used to play Count Blah, appears only in “The Rapture” episode, as a news correspondent who reports live from a river of blood during the apocalypse. Based loosely on Albert Brooks and performed by Milano, Pal was always intended to be a part of the Fox show but never got the chance. He returns (as a newly constructed puppet) as Greg and Warren’s agent in our 2005 “Fur on the Asphalt” special. (Pal was also featured as Greg’s agent in our original pitch video for the Fox series).
STEVE THE STALKER
Played by actor Steve Gevedon, this character appears in our “Vanishing” episode. A fan-boy obsessed with Greg, Steve kidnaps our little bunny and traps him in a hollowed-out television set with a chicken wire screen. He forces Greg to perform sketches for his amusement, and gives Greg a bleach bath in an attempt to clean his soul. But the joke is on Steve when Greg soon takes a liking to all this attention, and soon our stalker becomes the stalkee.
Also played by Steve Gevedon, “Uncle Coach” appears in “The Frail Brown Thread,” as host of a kiddie show that once featured Greg the Bunny. In this episode we find out Greg wanted the show for himself, and had Steve fired after making up dirty rumors about Coach and the kiddies. These scenes were originally shot for our sitcom pitch video, and then used in this episode.
Actress Laura Kachergus appeared in several on and off-screen roles on IFC. Her first role was as the disembodied voice of the main computer in Greg’s time machine in our “Time Bandits” episode. She appeared as a party greeter in our “IFC Birthday promos,” and as Greg’s French prostitute wife Juliet in “Cinque Chose Que Avec Greg,” (in which her boyfriend Andrew Wilkinson was also the narrator.) Laura can also be heard in the movie (a Blair Witch spoof) that Greg watches in our “BLAH!” special. Finally, she plays a television executive in our 2004 IFC special.