Way back in 2008, in the exciting months leading up to Cloverfield's release, people kept telling me my life was going to change. My friend Jeremy joked "what if this movie came out and you instantly became an asshole?" "Yeah, like if I suddenly got a bodyguard for no reason." We laughed, and kept talking. This conversation continued for several weeks and then, without a real script, we just started filming.
We made the first 5 episodes for very little money, using favors, kind-hearted friends and a lot of improv. For the scene at my agent's office with the inimitable Reed Birney, all we had were notes scribbled on a napkin. Somehow we came away with something that made us laugh, and we were thrilled (and kind of shocked) when we sold the show to Sony and we suddenly had a real budget. We could now afford to pay James McKary - our producer, and Bradley Grant, our DP, both of whom had lent us countless hours for peanuts. We were able to invite an amazing cast of friends and folks we admired to play with us, including Austin Pendleton and Terry Kinney - hometown heroes from Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, where Jeremy and I began our careers. We got to create an animated film within the film and all laughed our ass off staging the world's worst musical. I've gone on to make short films, some with Jeremy, some on my own, but this remains an incredibly special comedy for us both.
Hope you enjoy it.
And if not, talk to my bodyguard.