But their friends did. In the pilot, you approach Ben Falcone about getting his real-life wife Melissa McCarthy to star in a movie you wrote called Mr. So we went and we pitched it anyway without them. We pitched that to Ben and he had written with us for awhile on The Looney Tunes Show before he got Bridesmaids and left us behind.
So it resonated with him and he pitched to Melissa and it seemed like an organic thing, our story to tell. What was it like to keep all those same details, the same movie pitch, the same people, for Nobodies? How did the decision to keep it the same rather than analogous come to be? Any time you can be authentic and pull from reality, your odds of having funnier content are better. We certainly had no qualms about making fun of ourselves and using ourselves as the butt of the joke.
The reality of this business is you do come up with ideas a lot of the time, and for some reason if no one cares about you or someone else is doing a competing project, these ideas fall by the wayside. We just find that pulling from reality is the funniest material. How many of those details do you think were pulled from real life? We never had an executive go crazy, and we never bald-faced lied and said Melissa was participating in the movie, those were creative things just for the show.
Larry, your character on the show is often doing things that do sabotage or hurt certain opportunities early on. Do you think you have been that guy in the past? I always kind of feel like I need more balls in the air than Hugh and Rachel. I just feel that most of them are not gonna pan out so I need to have stuff going on. So I think there is a desperation there that lent itself to a lot of good storylines.
How was it to have an on-screen relationship? Was it weird or did it feel natural? So there is a comfort factor. And TV Land is really encouraging of exploring the relationships on the show and not just have Hollywood as the drive of the show. I think that ended up being the part of the show we loved the most, the Hugh-Rachel relationship, and later on in the season Leslie Bibb comes in and creates some pressure there when she starts dating Hugh, and then Larry and his wife.
We started having a lot of fun exploring all the dynamics of all of those people. We got the opportunity to write about 52 episodes of The Looney Tunes Show with very little input from the network or the producers, and we basically learned how to write a sitcom and we learned how to find our voice as writers.
And Mike Tyson Mysteries is one of the most fun gigs in the world. How was it to write for The Looney Tunes Show and for iconic characters like that? At first it was a bit of a challenge. I still think Daffy Duck is one of the funniest characters in the world and we loved writing for him in that show. We broke down the characters, took away all of their typical aspects.
I think one of the best things in the world is getting to watch Norm Macdonald, Jim Rash, and Rachel do voice records together. I think just the voice record sessions have been worth everything. To be around Norm Macdonald is just amazing. And Norm is just a genius, it is thrilling. We pinch ourselves every time we are around him.
For me, when we got our Looney Tunes job and I got car insurance. So that felt pretty good. I was very fortunate early on, maybe some years ago, I landed a Writers Guild job on the Cedric the Entertainer Presents variety show. I think I had a taste of it early on and then it sort of all went away. When was the first time that you saw one of your comedy friends get something huge that blew your mind?
Melissa got on Gilmore Girls and that seemed huge. I remember Kristen did this scene where she was a flight attendant and the LA Times came to review the show. I thought her scene was the funniest in the show, and LA Times reviewed it and they loved the show but singled that sketch out as the worst one.
How did you get your first agent? I did a mass mailing. I got this guy, his name was Jack Scagnetti, and he was like a year-old man and had in his office just so much paper everywhere. That was about 20 years ago, that was the easy part. I was in the Sunday company at The Groundlings and it was a friend of a woman Julie Conway who was in the Sunday company with us.
She had a friend who was a travel agent and then decided to become a talent agent because most of the letters are the same. She was looking for new clients and I jumped on that ship. It was a short-lived agent-client relationship.
Parties that seemed ridiculously cool or awards? I was writing for Robot Chicken and we got nominated for an Emmy. I went to the Emmy awards in my pickup truck, by myself, and joined the Robot Chicken crew. Somehow we won an Emmy for a special that we did. But the whole time sitting in the Emmys theater, there was like a candy wrapper that was on my seat and it was like wadded up and nobody had really cleaned the seat.
What do you want everyone to know about Nobodies? Maybe some of the indie things are too inside or too cool for school. Maybe this can bridge the gap somewhere for people who have a similar sensibility to ours.
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