15 Trivia Tidbits About ‘I Think You Should Leave’

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15 Trivia Tidbits About ‘I Think You Should Leave’

Its difficult to overstate the cultural significance of I Think You Should Leave, the sketch comedy series thats become a veritable language of online memes and inspired the production of real, extremely complicated shirts. So, in anticipation of the upcoming third season, weve assembled 15 pieces of trivia about the show — or five sets of triples, if you will…

The Lonely Island Helped Get the Show Made

I Think You Should Leave co-creators Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin first met at Saturday Night Live, then went on to make Detroiters (along with Sam Richardson and Joe Kelly). While all three members of The Lonely Island are executive producers of I Think You Should Leave, reportedly, it was Akiva Schaffer who encouraged Netflix to develop something with" the pair

It Inadvertently Reflected Trump

Some fans have interpreted the shows themes as a commentary on the Trump presidency. While this wasnt intentional, Kanin has said of the theory: Theres nothing funnier to us than someone who feels embarrassed or ashamed, and, to save face, digs themselves a way deeper hole and reveals much worse things than you thought at first. And Trump did that all the time.

Getting in the Karl Havoc Suit Made Robinson Panic for Real

In the infamous I dont even want to be around anymore sketch, Robinsons character is the star of a hidden camera show who transforms into Karl Havoc – who basically looks as if a Gary Busey sex doll melted in the sun — then has an existential freak-out. Robinson similarly hated the getup in real life, telling an interviewer: I legitimately have claustrophobia issues, so I was really nervous to get in that suit for real. Like, I was panicking violently because thats true to me that I would freak out in that.

Parents Are Happy to Put Their Kids in the Show

A number of sketches require the involvement of child performers, whether theyre hawking Tammy Craps or portraying infant bad boy Bart Harley Jarvis. According to casting director Leslie Woo, most parents are totally game to have their kids participate in the weirdness, telling her, We love the show so much. My kid will definitely be reading for this.

They Only Used Four Coffins for the Coffin-Flop Sketch

For the Corncob TV sketch, all about the show Coffin Flop, the series naturally needed a lot of footage of suspiciously naked bodies falling out of coffins during funerals. During production, they only used four coffins, but each had four to five false bottoms. So they filmed around 14 or 15 flops and shot them from multiple angles, making it look as though there were 36 to 40 drops in the final product.

Coffin Flops Are A Real Problem

While you might think that coffin flops are an invention of the show, there is at least one recent incident in which a casket broke during a funeral, and the corpse fell out. This resulted, however, in a lawsuit against the funeral home, not a Corncob TV segment.  

Robinson Hired Patti Harrison Because of Instagram

Harrison has appeared in a number of sketches and was one of the shows writers in the second season — but she first made her I Think You Should Leave debut in Season Ones printer sketch. According to Harrison, Robinson cast her because he said that he thought I was funny through Instagram, adding that it was at least one positive of the sea of poison that is Instagram.

Ilhan Omar Used the Hot Dog Guy Meme to Slam ExxonMobil

There is perhaps no greater I Think You Should Leave meme than that depicting the hot dog guy who has just crashed his hot dog-themed car through a storefront but is attempting to find the guy who did this.

The image has become the perfect shorthand for denoting when someone is trying to fix a situation they are so clearly to blame for, so much so that it was famously used by Ilhan Omar on Twitter in response to ExxonMobils call to join their climate-change initiative.

A Pro Hockey Team Designed Dan Flashes-Inspired Jerseys

The Dan Flashes sketch proved so popular that the ECHLs Adirondack Thunder tweeted out a design idea for a new jersey with impressively complicated patterns.

Bob Odenkirk Was One of the Few Actors Who Was Allowed to Improvise

Typically, actors on I Think You Should Leave stick to the script, but according to Robinson, they were understandably cool with letting Odenkirk do a bunch of improv at the end of the Diner Wink sketch, later stating, “It was all really funny, and I feel like it elevated the sketch off of what was on the page a lot.

Before Detective Crashmore, Biff Wiff Played Santa Claus Three Other Times

Detective Crashmore was, of course, played by a Billy Bob Thornton-esque Santa Claus who doesnt want to talk about his toy-delivering career — and Santa was played by actor Biff Wiff, who wasnt inexperienced when it came to pretending to be Kris Kringle. Wiff previously played the same role in three other projects, including the Disney Channel series Just Roll With It. Although, presumably, that show didnt include any scenes in which Santa brings up how hes seen everyone in the world naked. 

Wiff Was Also in Everything Everywhere All at Once (But Not as Santa)

Incidentally, Wiff also appeared in the Oscar-winning hit film Everywhere Everywhere All at Once as a character named Rick, who were going to go ahead and assume was secretly Santa Claus all along.

The Focus Groups Breakout Actor Returned, But the Scene Was Cut from the Show

There is perhaps no more memorable character from I Think You Should Leave than the focus-group attendee who suggests building a car where the steering wheel wont fly off. Which is just a sensible idea, frankly.

The creators of the show loved actor Ruben Rabasa so much that they brought him back to play a guy whos been tricked into thinking hes a music star by a sleazy producer in a part of the Laser Spine sketch that ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor.

…And He’s Currently Prepping a One-Man Show

If you want more Ruben Rabasa in your life, according to the 84-year-old veteran character actor, he’s currently working on a one-man show called Rabasa Is Here, which will expand on my anecdotes, life, and mistakes and all the thrilling things to come.

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