Friday, February 12, 2010

Catching Up With Team Ass Burgers!

Bitchy Amazing Race Blog favorites, Team Ass Burgers, captured our hearts and kept us laughing with their shenanigans. With the new season fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to catch up with the guys, find out some cool background race info, and check out what they're up to now.

Please to enjoy the comedy duo that is Zev Glassenberg and Justin Kanew...

First off, I want to thank you guys for doing this. You were by far my readers favorite team last season. Your time may have been brief, but you left a lasting impression.

J: Thanks Lala. Coming from you that means a lot.

Z: Yeah.

What inspired you to apply for TAR (or were you recruited)? What was the casting process like for you? Did you have to go through several interviews or did they fall in love with Zev immediately and that was that?

Z: It was my idea.

J: All Zev.

Z: He had never even watched the show.

J: Zev was saying we should apply for 4 years. Finally he figured out when the deadline was, and I just figured if we applied either we’d get on, or at least he’d stop bothering me about it. Then they called us, we went in, and they really took to Zev immediately.

Z: They asked me how I was different from Luke, and I told them I wasn’t deaf.

J: Yeah that did it. They liked that he speaks his mind.

Z: I can’t help it.

J: No, you can’t.

I always wondered what went on during your mandatory rest periods on TAR. Did you ever hang out with the other teams or get a chance to see the cities you were in? While on the flights, did you talk to the other teams competing or did you keep your game face on the whole time?

Z: You’re sequestered during pit stops, so you can’t hang out with other teams. But you can on planes and in airports and stuff.

J: There’s a time to race and be competitive, and there’s a time to relax. Our cast did a good job of finding that balance right away. We all got a pretty good sense of each other fairly quickly.

Z: Except Lance. We all thought he was a huge douche. But now we love him.

J: Yeah he’s a teddy bear.

Did you ever have a problem with the amount of money you were given for each leg of the race? They make a point of announcing how much money you’ll be given, but no one ever seems to run out of money or have a problem with it. Did you have to be very careful about buying food for yourselves or was it enough to pay for cabs, lunch, knick knacks, porn?

J: They had problems in previous seasons, but on our season it wasn’t really a major issue.

Z: Some of the teams ran out and had to beg, but they didn’t show it.

J: In Japan we saved money by taking a shuttle to the airport, and that set us up with porn money for the rest of the race… although we weren’t in it that long.

Z: Yeah, thanks asshole.

Did the cameraperson following you ever slow you down at all? I always imagine them running into things and not catching up to the cabs in time. Does a sound person follow you too?

Z: Yeah you have a sound guy and a camera guy following you. They were actually awesome. They didn’t really slow us down.

J: The equipment they carry is so heavy, I really don’t know how they do it. They’re the real heroes.

Z: That’s a cheesy thing to say.

J: Thanks.

Although your time on TAR was brief, what was your favorite destination?

Z: I liked Cambodia.

J: Yeah, I think we both liked it there because we were staying at a nice hotel called Raffles. Although we were there a lot longer than we wanted to be… I know, I know – you’re welcome.

Z: Yeah. So devastating.

Was your time at Elimination Station all just a big party? Were you allowed to leave and see parts of the country?

J: We were pretty much on lockdown, with an occasional field trip… but basically yeah it was a big party.

Z: We just played Apples to Apples and got shitfaced every night. We had a great group of people with us…. Uncle Lance was hilarious.

J: We really couldn’t have asked for a better group to have on Loser Island. Everyone really got along.

Which team did you become closest with during the race/Elimination Station?

Z: All of them.

J: It sounds lame to say that, but it’s true. All the teams really gelled. We’ve hung out since the race a few times, and it really feels like we’ll stay friends for a long time.

Z: Except Garrett. That guy’s a Jerk. Just kidding just kidding I love Garrett.

Did anything funny or important happen during your time in the race that was never aired? I think I remember reading somewhere that there was a U-turn that never made it to air. Is that true?

Z: Yeah there was a u-turn, but I think Mika and Canaan u-turned Lance and Keri but they were already ahead of them so it didn’t matter… which isn’t surprising.

J: Right. What else funny happened?

Z: Oh you lost my passport. That was pretty funny.

J: As you can see we’re still not over it.

Z: And we never will be… just kidding just kidding. It’s all good.

Are you guys planning on watching the upcoming season of TAR? How do you feel about CBS casting a couple from Big Brother and the Miss South Carolina chick? If she doesn’t lose her passport, will you admit she’s smarter than you?

J: I’m just happy they cast the Big Brother couple because it got you riled up Lala, which is always fun.

I was wondering if you guys get recognized a lot? Justin, do people taunt you with their passports? Are you both single and having fun with the fangirl contingent?

Z: I’m single. Believe it or not.

J: The fangirls are all a little out of our age range, as far as we’ve seen. Not that we don’t love them.

Z: I get recognized more than he does.

J: That’s true. As for the passport thing, yes – lots of passport jokes. Each one funnier than the last.

Zev, when you were in Vegas did you guys visit the Bunny Ranch again for old time’s sake? I hope you made Justin pay.

Z: No, we were sequestered most of the time. And the cheap bastard hasn’t taken me back there.

J: We’ll go, we’ll go. Lala, maybe you can take up a collection for us.

Z: More than $300 this time. I’m a reality star now. The bar’s higher.

J: Noted.

Do you guys watch any other reality shows? Survivor? Big Brother? Bad Girls Club? What are your favorites?

J: I watch the Bachelor and The Hills. Just don’t tell anyone.

Z: I watch Biggest Loser. Its about fat people losing weight, and it’s awesome. Sometimes I watch American Idol and Survivor.

J: Yeah I’m watching idol for the first time this season. I’m digging it.

Who are you rooting for on the upcoming Heroes V. Villains season and why?

Z: For the Heroes. I don't wanna see an asshole win.

Do you get invited to attend Survivor events like the Big Brother people do?

J: We went to one. It was fun, but I’m not sure we’ll go to many more.

Z: We just go to see people from our cast.

What are your favorite non reality shows?

J: We both watch a lot of sports. I’m also a big comedy guy so I watch The Office, 30 Rock… Modern Family’s great.

Z: I just read a lot.

Justin, I know you’re completing production on THE LEGEND OF AWESOMEST MAXIMUS starring Rip Torn, how did you react to the news of his arrest and subsequent trip to rehab?

J: I thought it was sad. I’ll leave it at that.

Is Kristanna Loken as cool as I imagine her to be? I was a big fan of hers on The L Word.

J: She’s awesome. Real cool girl. We had a lot of fun with her, and she and Will Sasso, our lead actor from Mad TV who’s also great, got along really well. She’s also real easy on the eyes.

When does the film come out and what are you working on now?

J: The film’s still in post, but should be out later this year. I have a few other comedy projects I’m working on that I promise I’ll tell you about when the time is right. Hopefully TAR fans will stick with us long enough to check them out.

Zev, two of your biggest fans Susie and her son Brandon ask, “Zev, what are you up to these days?”

Z: I’m between jobs. His name’s Brett by the way.

Me: Ooops I'm drunk. Forgive me.

Susie, she’s so pesky, also wants to know if you guys have heard anything about an Amazing Race All Stars? If you were invited back, would you compete? What would you do differently?

Z: Hell yeah we’d compete!

J: Seriously Lala, we’re sitting by the phone. Every candle I blow out, that’s what I think about.

Z: That’s pretty pathetic.

J: Maybe. But true. I think we’d both give anything for another shot.

Z: Yeah… you hear that Bertram and Elise?!

Who do you keep in touch with from your season? Is there anyone who really chaps your ass? You can tell me. They probably won’t be reading this.

Z: We keep in touch with pretty much everyone.

J: We really do actually.

Z: Except Eric and Lisa. They don’t return my calls.

J: Nobody really chaps our ass anymore. We made up with the Poker chicks.

Are you guys currently doing anything with Autism charities? Are there any links or events you want to promote? Can people still buy Duck Whisperer shirts?

Z: Yup – go to - they’re still there.

J: We’re working with Autism Speaks a little, and Zev talked to another group about doing some things for them.

Z: I’m available for speaking engagements… even though I’m bad at speaking in front of people.

J: That’s a great sales pitch. I’m sure they’ll be knocking down your door now.

Z: I also do Bar Mitzvahs.

Justin, I have 4 words I want you to pass on to your dad: TROOP BEVERLY HILLS TWO. Also, I want a position on the crew. I’m not opposed to using the “casting couch” if necessary. Thanks.

J: My dad invented the casting couch. I’ll definitely tell him, I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of it.

Zev, I’m totally cute with a nice ass and a perky rack, will you be my valentine?

Z: Depends how much you cost.

Me: Gee thanks. You're such a heartbreaker.

Thank you so much Zev and Justin for playing along. I can’t wait to see what you guys do next and I wish you all the best.

J: Thanks for taking it easy on us.

Z: See you on All Stars!

Be sure to follow Zev and Justin on Twitter at @zevglassenberg and @justin_kanew!


  1. awesome - thank you

  2. Oooooooooooommmmmmmmmmgggggggggggg--what an awesome surprise!!!!!!! Lala- love you for doing this. Justin- You are the best. You always make me smile&laugh. Zev- Can I book you for Brandon's BM?(oct 2011)You crack me up. It is our wish to see you two on ALL STARS too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved learning more about my all time FAVORITE reality stars. Thanks to all for doing this..and thx to all 3 of you for putting up with me.
    Love you all!
    Pesky & Brandon ;o)

  3. As an objective reader...this interview is hysterical!!

  4. Excellent interview by both subjects and iv-er.
    As for TROOP BEVERLY HILLS 2...if it happens, you are IN! Also, if you happen to be in NYC Tuesday evening (2/16) there's a TBHILLS event at a place called The Bell House (Brooklyn?), and you can be my guest (Jeff Kanew). And this has nothing to do with your ass or rack....I swear on my son's passport.