"For almost all if not all of us who worked on that show, that is truly the ultimate representation of what it feels like to feel part of a community where everybody just showed up and laughed at everybody else and thought everybody else was brilliant. There’s no competition there’s no weird feelings, there’s no sense of threat. We were doing it because we wanted to. All the pickups were all after the fact. We got on television without ever knowing we would be on television because we were doing it because it was so freaking fun."
These were all directed by Matt & Oz, a crazy talented duo that I had the pleasure to work with when I was at Funny or Die. They have made more great and funny things that you can imagine.
Matt Villines, the Matt half of the equation, was recently hit with a world-class shitty situation with a cancer diagnosis and the sort of medical bills that no one should ever have to worry about. He’s already been through a ton and his friends, fans of his work, and just anyone that thinks there should be more good people and funny things in the world can help.
If you know him, check out this link and consider helping out. If you don’t know him, trust me when I say he is a kind, talented, awesome guy who shouldn’t have to be dealing with this bullshit. Perhaps you might consider giving a hand as well?
"Instead of just saying Okay, what’s the first thought that comes to my head — what’s the easiest stereotype I can make fun of? and then just going with that, thinking a little bit deeper and trying to understand the real motivations and attitudes and behaviors that make us human, and then looking at those things as the material you can focus the joke on — I think that’s where the best comedy comes from and that’s why people like Key and Peele are almost infallible. It’d be really tough to put together a legitimate case about them being lazy or insensitive comedians. They feel like humanists to me.”