Heinz ‘n Me  (2007)  3 mins. Raleigh/Cary, NC

Writer/Director: Nick Karner

With: Mike Piazza, Rebecca Karner

    I shot this for a Heinz Ketchup commercial contest. Unfortunately, I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough and the video could only be 30 seconds. My brother-in-law, Mike Piazza, is one of the funniest people I know, and although he’d never acted, he threw himself into this shoot. The alternate “wake up” scenes are hysterical and incredibly random. They’re after the credits in the video. We shot several scenes for this one, each crazier than the last. One scene that didn’t make it in was playing volleyball with the Heinz bottle. Just too bizarre.  But, of course, the scenes where Mike is having dinner with the ketchup bottle and ends up in bed with it are completely normal. Of course.