King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – Long ago in a distant galaxy (Brooklyn in 1980), Kerwin Yarde was secretly raised as a “Star Wars” fan. The only people who knew how to awaken him from the epic Space Odyssey were the two friends who went to see “The Empire Strikes Back” at age 12.
“At the time,‘ Star Wars ’was considered nerdy, so I was shadowed by the fact that I was a fan of‘ Star Wars ’because I was afraid of being called a nerd,” Yarde, 53, said. “It continued into Proudhood. I didn’t find anyone who watched ‘Star Wars’ as I saw it.
But the force always remained with Yarde, and when the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy debuted in 2015, he bought a bunch of Star Wars Little Golden books to introduce his older son, Keith, to the series. .
As it turned out, the force runs strong in the Yarde family. Like his father before him, Keith was also a “Star Wars” fan. Now “10-ish” (he turns 10 in December), Keith has read more than 30 “Star Wars” books and comics, produced countless “Star Wars” LEGO sets, and watched every “Star Wars TV” series and movie (Revenge of With the exception of The Sith, it has grown a bit too much for him now).
“I’m a kind of action kid, so I like that there’s a lot of action in ‘Star Wars,'” Keith said.
But when the epidemic and quarantine hit last year, there was a lack of action at their King of Prussia home.
“Life has become very unnecessary for us. Work, school, dinner, get up, do it again,” said Yarde, assistant vice president of finance.
Yarde and his wife, Tanya Manning-Yarde, even the youngest son, Macio, talked about what Keith can do to boost his temperament. At the same time, the second season of The Mandalorian came out on Disney +, and after each episode, father and son split each story in detail.
“Conversations start before breakfast or when we have lunch or dinner. It doesn’t matter whether we are outside or going to the park, we are always talking about ‘Star Wars’,” Yarde said. “We needed some encouragement. Star Wars” did it for me in my years and it’s doing it for us as a family now. “
After filming their one-on-one conversation at the dinner table, Manning-Yarde suggested her husband and son start a “Star Wars” podcast. At first hesitant, she admitted that when she came home one day, she found that she had purchased all the podcast equipment she needed.
“I have to applaud her for her belief in us before I believe it,” Yarde said.
In March, Yarde and Keith “Father and Son: A ‘Star Wars’ Podcast Launched A title to Darth Vader’s line in “The Empire Strikes Back”: “Join me, and we can rule the galaxy together as father and son.”
They record the show at their home for release on most podcast platforms, and record Manning-Yarde movies with videos for YouTube. Listed as the producer of the show, Manning-Yarde makes sure the seating, lighting and audio are correct, and she lightens the mood before recording by doing a “crab dance,” which always makes her son laugh.
Keith, who took an online course in video editing last year and loves making stop-motion films with LEGOs, does all the editing, music and title credits for the series.
From “Star Wars” books, TV episodes and film reviews to interviews with people in the “Star Wars” universe, and character studies by Anakin and Luke Skywalker, his show touches on all things “Star Wars” and explores many of the series’ obstacles, obstacles, love, loyalty and failure Including.
Recently, she interviewed producers for her upcoming film Disney + “Star Wars: Visions” show and in August, His guest is Mark Daniel – Keith was impressed by the personal message from Ashley Eckstein, who works for Disney Entertainment and the fan convention of Star Wars Celebration, who voiced his favorite character, Ahsoka Tano, in “The Clone Wars” animated series.
“I was just in awe. “It’s great. Who’s next? Mark Hamill? Harrison Ford?”
While their interviews and reviews are thoughtful and informative, the real joy of Kerwin and Keith Yard’s series comes from their interaction. The heart of the show is that this father and son share not only in “Star Wars” but in their love for each other.
“It’s a bond between me and my son. It’s no different than a father taking his son to a sports game,” Yarde said. “In my case, me and my son are talking about ‘Star Wars.'” Star Wars “means family.”
And it resonates with many people who reach out to say they love their podcast because it reminds them of spending time with their own father.
“I had no father in my life, but if I did, I’d like to have the kind of relationship that you and Keith have,” Yarde said. “It was powerful and I didn’t know I could influence people that way.”
Yarde and Keith continue to influence how they represent the “Star Wars” fan base. Although there is always diversity among fans, Yarde said there is a lack of diversity in representation.
“I think we also bring it to our podcast. I’ve never seen people talk about African American son and father talking about ‘Star Wars’,” he said. “We’re here to let them know if you’re here. Please tell us how much you love ‘Star Wars.’ It doesn’t matter where you are, who you are, or what color you are, you can love it.
Yarde and Keith’s greatest wish about the show is that it feels like they’re sitting at their dinner table, just father and son having a conversation about “Star Wars.”
“We understand it’s not true, but it has meaning for us,” Yarde said. “It always makes sense to me and I pass it on to my son.”
Meet Kerwin and Keith Yard, creators of “Father and Son: A Star Wars Podcast,” a weekly YouTube series and podcast recorded at their King of Prussia home.
• Diverse World: “A lot of people say, ‘We’re looking for someone like you. We’re looking for people who look like you,'” said Kerwin Yarde. “I love the diversity in the Star Wars community and I want to represent it because it’s about Star Wars.
• When creating the display: “Every week we brainstorm new ideas, shoot a new episode, and do new interviews,” said Keith Yarde. “And we have a podcast planning meeting every Saturday to think of ideas for our next event. It’s really fun!”