Yahoo! TV Q&A: We share a round of drinks with the 'Workaholics' guys
'Workaholics' Gets Third Season From Comedy Central
When we got the chance to talk with the hard-partying man-boys of Comedy Central’s “Workaholics,” we figured: What better place to meet them than a bar?
After all, getting wasted is a way of life for office drones Adam (Adam DeVine), Blake (Blake Anderson), and Anders (Anders Holm), who are fighting to keep the college dream of round-the-clock raging alive despite being stuck in dead-end telemarketing jobs. Apparently, some of you can relate: Now in its third season, “Workaholics” has amassed a serious cult following, dominating the young male demo in the ratings. And Comedy Central has noticed, renewing the show for two more seasons earlier this month.
So we headed to a swanky hotel bar in L.A. to meet Adam, Blake, Anders, and co-star/director Kyle Newacheck for a round of drinks -- draft beers for Adam and Kyle, a bottle of Bud Light for Blake, and a hot toddy for Anders -- and an extensive chat about the show, which rolls out new episodes this week. The guys seemed impressed that Yahoo! wanted to talk to them. (Adam: “Hotmail’s never come and interviewed me, I’ll say that.”) And as the booze flowed, the conversation naturally got weird at times: We covered anything and everything, including sex, drugs, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
For those who don’t know, “Workaholics” originally sprang from the guys’ online comedy troupe Mail Order Comedy, where they posted sketches and played pranks on unsuspecting delivery men. They may have come into “Workaholics” with zero TV experience, but Blake sees that as an advantage: “It kind of helped us that we were ignorant on how to make a TV show. We really just came from doing our own thing, and Comedy Central let us do our own thing.”
Not to say that they didn’t have a list of TV shows they wanted to emulate. Kyle and Adam specifically cite “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” as inspirations -- especially since the “Sunny” guys started out as TV-industry outsiders as well. “‘It’s Always Sunny’ was really inspiring,” Adam says. “We looked up to them like, It could happen to us as well. If you work hard and put out good content, something will happen. And luckily for us, it did.”
Watch a vintage “Workaholics” moment right here:
So when did the guys realize they had a hit on their hands? “We did [the] Bonnaroo [music festival] a couple years ago, right after Season 1 had just aired,” Adam remembers. “That was the first time we got bombarded by people saying ‘I love the show,’ wanting pictures with us. It was really surreal.” In fact, during our interview, a young guy from New York can't resist coming up to tell the guys how much he loves their show: “When I’m not working my tits off, we all go back and have a beer and watch your show.” (Don’t be surprised to see the term “working my tits off” find its way into a future “Workaholics” episode.)