IFC’s Documentary Now! is back for a second season, and tonight’s episode features none other than our friend, Harvey Guillen. The show, starring Saturday Night Live alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, spoofs some of the greatest documentaries ever created. Tonight’s episode, Juan Likes Rice and Chicken, spoofs 2012’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
In this episode, young Colombian chefs learn the tricks of the restaurant trade from their strict father, Juan, whose celebrated restaurant only serves one dish: chicken and rice. Harvey and company actually spent a week deep in the Colombian jungle shooting this episode. “The place we stayed in Colombia was the bare minimum. On the first day, one of the girls in the crew put on her shoes to walk to breakfast , and there was a scorpion in it. She was stung, and her body went numb,” he said. “We learned that you’re supposed to turn your shoes upside down so bugs don’t get inside them.”
The rest of the shoot was much better. “Fred Armisen was so easy to work with,” says Harvey. “We were originally supposed to shoot in Cuba, but President Obama visited last minute, so we had to change locations. We were in the jungle for the week, and then went to Bogota for the wrap party.”
Recently, Harvey Guillen has been spending time in more metropolitan locales, as evidenced by these photos, taken in New York City by Isaac James. “Isaac is amazing – he’s so much fun to work with. While I was in New York, we did the shoot, then I hit the Documentary Now! premiere,” said Harvey.
Catch tonight’s episode of Documentary Now! tonight at 10/9c on IFC. Want even more Harvey Guillen? You’ll see him next in a recurring role on Netflix’s Haters Back Off, out October 14th, and next year on the second season of Syfy’s The Magicians as new character, Benedict Pickwick. Follow Harvey on Instagram and Twitter – @HarveyGuillen.