Adam’s New Show on Comedy Central

Adam Devine's House Party

Adam Devine’s House Party

If you can’t get enough of the Workaholics crew you’re in luck. Adam Devine will be hosting a new stand-up comedy show on Comedy Central that is currently in production. The show will be a mix of stand-up and sketches hosted from the backyard of his mansion house party. If you are in the Los Angeles area you can pick up FREE tickets from the links provided.

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“Booger Nights” Re-Run

Adam, Blake, & Ders Roast Bill

Adam, Blake, & Ders Roast Bill

What are the brahjes and brahjets suppose to do now that season 3 is over? Last night was the first Wednesday @ 10 that we haven’t been able to catch a new episode, but luckily Adam, Blake, and Ders have still found there place in the Wednesday @ 10 time slot. Last night Comedy Central aired the Season 3B (the second half of the season, Ep. 11) opener “Booger Nights”. So in honor of the the forever memorable sip the tip/Bill’s gun rage episode, I’ll post some fun info about the episode. S’ko:

The episode title, “Booger Nights” stems from the original movie “Boogie Nights“. The movie follows  a nightclub dishwasher as he rises to fame in the pornog industry. Classy I know.

Adam, Blake, and Ders dress up as characters from 3 movies, actually all starring Mike Myers, so I will hook you up with some knowledge:

Ders – Austin Powers

Anders as "Austin Powers"

Anders as “Austin Powers”

Blake – Wayne Campbell

Blake as Wayne Campbell from "Wayne's World"

Blake as Wayne Campbell from “Wayne’s World”

Adam – Maurice Pitka

Adam as Maurice Pitka from "The Love Guru"

Adam as Maurice Pitka from “The Love Guru”

Now do you understand the episode a little more? Isn’t it a little bit funnier? No? Then I guess you really are a fan of some funny movies. Good for you!

And if you didn’t like this post…well then…that’s a chop.

Season 3 DVD Release

Season 3 has come to an end after 20 episodes and will be available on DVD & Blu-ray June 18th! Be sure to pick up your copy. Don’t use the internet for the wrong reasons like “beiberhole69“. At almost $1 an episode, downloading would be so loose butthole. But don’t act on that phrase literally…like Topher…

The Show’s Reality

This Will Make Sense Later…

No, definitely not reality television.

I’m learning something new every time I watch (well now re-watch) an episode of Workaholics. Ders, Adam, and Blake all play exaggerated versions of themselves on the show, but some of the stories, jokes, and storylines of the show actually came from their real lives.

Even before I started writing this blog I was a huge fan of the show. I watched it, researched it, and watched it again. After awhile you feel like you may even know too much about the personal lives about these guys. Creepy? Maybe, but knowing the history behind these guys just makes the show that much funnier. Let me explain:

Season 1, Episode 2: “We Be Ballin’”

The guy’s throw a house party and the previous owner’s of the house show up and Adam tries to intimidate them to get them to leave. Adam’s Quote: “And I tried out for the high school wrestling team. And guess what? I almost made it too. But they said being a mascot was more my skill set. (Makes cheerleading hand gestures) Go Patriots!” (Adam Devine graduated from Millard South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. The mascot? The Patriots.)

Season 1, Episode 3: “Office Campout”

The guy’s stay the night in the office because they can’t stay at their house. So what do they do? Drugs of course (mushrooms to be exact). But where did this idea come from? In my last blog post I mentioned their web series 5th Year, and that idea actually came from the episode “Mushroom Tea”. The entire Workaholics episode “The Promotion” (S1E4) comes from this web series as well.

Season 3, Episode 10: “Flashback In The Day”

The episode flashes back to Adam and Blake’s first day of college where they meet for the first time. Adam’s character is taking multiple classes involving women’s studies and human sexuality (Adam Devine studied Human Sexuality at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania). Blake’s character is a theatre major (that was also true.) I could see this actually happing.

And those are just the first 3 examples I can come up with just off the top of my head. And another interesting fact: Anders, Adam, and Blake all work as telemarketers at Telamericacorp. (They also worked as telemarketers in college before their success as the “Workaholics”.)

How Was the Show Created?

Personally, I would have loved to been there, in the writer’s room, just listening to these guys pitch their own ideas for the pilot. These guys were just hoping not to be canceled, but 30 episodes and over a year a half later they are still going strong (and the next 10 are on the way)!

But how did Comedy Central even find these guys?

We can start from the beginning…Blake Anderson (Blake) and Kyle Newacheck (Karl/Director) grew up together in Northern California and both attended community college in Orange County. These two then met Adam DeVine (Adam) who later introduced his friend from improv class, Anders Holm (Ders). While Kyle was in film school in L.A., the guys concentrated their time on comedy, performing stand-up and taking acting classes. They all began making YouTube videos in early 2006 and that led to where they are today.

They were all fans of sketch comedy so that was their main outlet on YouTube. When asked why they started to make videos for the Internet, they replied that it was a fun thing to do, and a way to express their creativity and what they thought was funny. They had hoped for a movie or TV show about their ideas, but that wasn’t the intent of their productions, they were looking for a buck or two. Their YouTube channel was called Mail Order Comedy, and it is still up today (despite the inactivity since Dec. 1, 2009).

With several popular web series and sketches such as “The Wizards” and “Crossbows & Mustaches”, Comedy Central contacted the guys after discovering their web series “5th Year”. (You can find all the episodes here)

5th Year IS the show Workaholics, minus the Comedy Central budget. With only 5 episodes (4-5 minutes long), the ideas from 5th Year were actually the concepts behind some full Workaholics episodes. For example:

5th Year, Episode 1: “The Promotion” = Workaholics, Season 1, Ep. 4: “The Promotion”

Once Comedy Central contacted the guys about producing the show, it has been all-uphill from there.

Be sure to check out all the links inside this post!

Adam Can Sing?!

Photo Courtesy: pitchperfectmovie.com

First things first: Pitch Perfect Movie Trailer

Adam DeVine (or Demamp as you may know him) is the first of the Workaholics to make the big screen in a starring role. Adam starred as Bumper in the film Pitch Perfect that was released September 28, 2012. The movie is a musical comedy centered around a college girl and her all female a cappella group as they compete against their rivals, The Treble Makers, lead by Bumper. Meet Adam’s character and get a laugh here.

Adam’s character is the intense leader of the all male a cappella group who secretly likes a member of their rival group (“Fat Amy” played by Rebel Wilson). Although I have never seen the movie, after watching a few trailers and short clips I probably wouldn’t mind checking it out. Bumper’s personality, from what I’ve seen, actually resembles his character in Workaholics a good bit. He still has that sarcastic, in your face, and funny personality that he portrays in Workaholics in the movie.

Pitch Perfect Screenshot

Photo Courtesy: pinkisthenewblog.com

With the break in production for Workaholics from season 2 to 3, Adam was lucky enough to take this role in the movie. Hopefully the move to the big screen will become a big boost for the entire Workaholics casts’ family, leading to greater popularity and future ratings increase. The show is slowly gaining popularity so who knows…is syndication a possibility? I would probably guess no, but we can all dream. As we speak Workaholics has aired 30 episodes (10 per season) with 10 more on the way for season 4 due to air in early January 2013.

Adam isn’t the only Workaholic on the big screen either. Blake Anderson (Blake Henderson in the show) is also contributing on a film as well. His voice will be used for the character Dagda in 20th Century Fox’s new animated film Epic due out May 24, 2013. The voice-over casts also includes stars such as Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrel, Jason Sudeikis, and Aziz Ansari to name a few. You can watch the trailer here.

Blake’s Accident

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Some people may ask if the cast of Workaholics is as crazy in real-life as they are in the show, and that’s an easy answer…definitely yes.

At a house party in December 2011 Blake Anderson, still Blake in the show, jumped off their roof into a custom Comedy Central beer pong table during their house party and fractured his spine. You can see the video of his jump here.

He underwent surgery Dec. 22, less than a week after the incident in LA and he is still going to physical therapy in hopes of a full recovery. Blake admitted to MTV and TMZ that alcohol was the reason for the dumb decision. You can see both interviews below…

TMZ Walking Interview

MTV Interview

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Blake jump off a roof though. In the episode “Temp-tress” (Season 2, Episode 3) that aired Oct. 4, 2011, we saw Blake jump from the roof into their pool after Adam accidently set Blake’s hair ablaze instead of the books that they were burning. I’m sure this wasn’t the first time he’s made the jump either. Check out the screenshot from the episode.

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I guess Blake was a little too excited by the show’s renewal for season 3 that he needed to celebrate in a big way. Season 3 aired in late may of 2012, putting production in early 2012, making Blake work, and go through physical therapy at the same time. With the season featuring some real stunts such as jumping bikes, digging, and heavy lifting I’m sure he went through some tough days on set.

Although Blake was injured and went through surgery, he stayed in good spirits. In his interview with MTV he jokes about how people call the jump an “accident”.  He stated, “It’s weird when people call it an accident, because I kinda meant to do it.” Adam then cuts him off saying, “No you meant to, 100% meant to do that.”

Closing thoughts from Blake:

“Don’t jump off roofs into uhhh, hard surfaces.”

– Your PSA from the Workaholics

The Writers

The first half of season 3 is now complete until January and the show has seen a total of 12 credited writers in its 30 episodes so far. The show is not completely based on the ”Workaholics” real life, but rather an exaggerated reality with what the guys might actually do, or say, if they were to be put in these ridiculous situations. With 4 of these 12 writers actually playing main roles in the show, it’s no secret that these guys have a lot fun working on their own project. Just take a look at Adam…

In the writer’s room.
Photo credit to: Steven White (Workaholics Script Coordinator)

I’m going to try to break this down in the simplest way possible so let’s try this out.

Since day 1 and the show’s pilot, cleverly named “Piss & S**t”, the group of 6 writers, as well as executive producers, has consisted of:

Anders Holm

The first thing you should know is that Anders, Adam, and Blake didn’t change their names for the show, with the exception of a minor change in their last name. With that being said, Anders Holm (playing Anders Holmvik) has acted and written for the show as well as doing both for the three’s sketch comedy group called “Mail Order Comedy”.  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/user/mailordercomedy/featured

He has also appeared in several other TV series such as The One ‘N Done, Key and Peele, and Traffic Light.

Adam Devine

Playing Adam Demamp, he also has written for the show as well as writing/acting for “Mail Order Comedy”.  He also landed a role in the comedy musical film “Pitch Perfect” due out Oct. 5 this year.

Blake Anderson

Playing Blake Henderson, he has written/acted in both Workaholics and “Mail Order Comedy”.  He also is the voice of Dagda in the 3D animated film “Epic” due out May 24, 2013.

Kyle Newacheck

Playing the guys’ drug dealer Karl in the show, he is also the director of the show. He has also been a writer/producer/director for several other smaller projects including the groups’ “Mail Order Comedy”.

Dominic Russo & Connor Pritchard

Russo and Pritchard have been a writers and producers for both Workaholics and the TV series short 5th Year.

Other Credited Writers

David King

Writer for the TV series Parks & Recreation, The League, Traffic Light, Frank TV, and Crank Yankers.

Brian Etheridge

Writer for TV series Friends With Benefits, Gary Unmarried, The Joe Schmo Show, and The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Bill Krebs

Writer and story editor for TV series Franklin & Bash and Ugly Americans

Kevin Etten

Writer and Producer for TV series such as Scrubs, Reaper, Miss Guided, Desperate Housewives.

Sean Clements

Writer for TV series Allen Gregory and Popzilla. Also appears in season 3, episode 10 of Workaholics as “Fritz”.

Dominic Dierks

Writer for Allen Gregory, The Onion News Network, Fantasy Factory, and writer/actor/producer for the film Mysterty Team and the sketch comedy group “Derricks Comedy”.

Check It Out…

Here’s a link to an interview from July talking to the cast about being the writers, actors, and producers for the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTM0Aeev3QE