In the world of music, a behind-the-scenes look is quite common. Whether it's in the form of a studio video, social media update, or released demo, music listeners have a general idea of what a band or artist is going through in the weeks, months, and years leading up to a new album. That type of peek behind the curtain is far, far less frequent in the world of comedy--or at least it was. With my new weekly (for now) column Behind The Bits, I'm going to be speaking with some wonderful comedians to get a glimpse into their process, see where they draw their inspiration, and hopefully get a little background on great jokes they themselves have written.
Bit of a return to convention after the free-flowing greatness that was Andy Kindler. Today's guest a great treat for a number of reasons. He's directed movies that we adore, has created TV shows that crack us up weekly, and he's part of one of the most influential sketch comedy groups of all time. He was also editing his upcoming movie, They Came Together, which was the rationale behind this interview being more succinct. He's acclaimed comedic triple threat (and by this I of course mean 'jew,' 'camp counselor,' and 'Ohioan') David Wain. With the limited time I was allotted for this interview, I opted to just burn through highlights from his career to date, trying to get some insight into his beginnings on MTV with The State, all the way to his more recent endeavors heavily involving AdultSwim. For an under half-hour running time, we got into some great things, and I hope you enjoy the listen.
As always, drop a comment or PM if you have a recommendation for a comic you'd like to see on a future Behind the Bits, and make sure to stop by the AP.net homepage every Wednesday for new installments. Many cool talks lie in store.