Will the sketches on the MTV series be different than the ones that are online?
Jason: Some of our stuff that we've put on the Internet will make it onto the show, but it will be mostly new stuff. What's great is that MTV is letting us do whatever kind of short films we want-fake TV shows, bits with the three guys playing themselves, weird little clips-but it's all hopefully going to have the same spirit as the stuff we made on our own.
Rob: The stuff that we're shooting isn't really abstract"Â¦it' just not like really mainstream comedy. There aren't a lot of really traditional sketches, where it' like, "Oh, there' the crazy neighbor, I bet he' gonna say something funny!"
Paul: We've been working with these amazing executives over there who loved what we did online, and they basically just said, "Make this into a show." The only difference between what you've seen online and what you're going to see on the show is that there' 20 minutes of it in a row instead of five-minute chunks. I guess the other main difference is that in a lot of sketches and in a lot of these short films that we're doing, we play ourselves.
How does the writing process work?
Jason: We usually just hang out and joke around with each other, and when something makes us laugh-like how ridiculous someone like Mindfreak
's Criss Angel is-we try to figure out a funny angle on it and make it our own. We've also been lucky enough to bring in some of our really funny friends-like Patton Oswalt, Jon Glaser, Brian Posehn and Dan Mintz-to help us write stuff up and pitch in jokes. Writing with people that I'm such a big fan of has probably been my favorite part of getting to make the show.
Paul: It' interesting. You know, we've never had to write so much, ever. So we are basically like trapped in a room for hours at a time and we all pretty much have to agree on a sketch for it to go forward. Sometimes it gets a little frustrating because we all have to be unanimous, but at the same time, it means that if something does get through every one of us, then that means that it should be good"Â¦. The way that our process is, we're like a little family in there. We'll bicker with each other and fight about little things. Like, if we pitch and idea, it' like, "Wait, I saw like an element of that sketch on a sketch show in 1985, and so we can't do it."