The comedy issue of GQ, which spotlights “The 15 Funniest People Alive,” features two shoots by Art Streiber: the cast and creator of the HBO series Silicon Valley in a dodgeball scenario and comedian Kevin Hart in three humorous setups: wearing platforms for the print edition and, for the tablet, wearing a custom grill in one portrait and dodging rotten tomatoes in another.
And that’s not all: For GQ’s online video channel, Art did a Q&A with Hart.
“I’ve been a fan of their comedy issue for years, and it was an absolute honor to contribute two shoots,” says Art.
“Kevin was a fantastic subject: He was incredibly game for all three of the concepts that we threw at him and elevated our concepts with his performance. He put on Nikes with 12-inch heels—after being fitted in a beautiful suit by celebrity menswear stylist Ashley Weston—he let us throw plastic tomatoes at him, and he wore a gold studded grill and smiled wide for the camera.”
Silicon Valley’s creator, Mike Judge, and cast were equally game, reports Art. “They donned retro-nerd gym wear, courtesy of stylist Michael Nash, and hurled dodgeballs at the camera, which my crew brilliantly protected with two up-ended folding tables.”
Nick Tortorici was the art director and set designer for both shoots. “He did a magnificent job creating a fake gymnasium for Silicon Valley and filling real tomatoes with food coloring—and having those 12-inch Nikes made for Kevin Hart,” notes Art.
Dora Somosi, director of photography
Krista Prestek, senior photo editor
Justin O’Neill, photo editor