Well, it's finally here - the reason my posting has been so sporadic these days. The first episode I wrote for Suburgatory airs tonight after Modern Family. It's entitled "Foam Finger".
The truth is I feel a little silly saying this is "my" episode. The show is really a collaborative process - one that I will go into detail about at a later date - but since my name will be up there with a "written by" credit, I might as well go with it. But just know that all of the writers do it together.
I'm really proud of the episode and how it came out. Although I've written a lot of hours of TV, this was my first official experience in the sitcom world. I learned a lot. And got to be on set for the week of shooting it took to put it together.
When you do the sort of sketch stuff I've done, you work with a lot of shitty actors. They take what you think is a great joke, and often take a dump on it. I know it will sound like ass kissing, but the actors on this show are truly amazing. I think maybe I hadn't been around good comedic actors before - although Joel Mchale was great, and so is Tosh, though he would never claim to be an actor - but I was really blown away by their ability.
They elevate the material, and make you look better than you are. That doesn't happen when you're working on a web redemption and instructing some guy from Kentucky who got hit in the nuts on a line reading.
And for me, personally, as someone who was heavily influenced by SNL as a kid, to have veteran SNL cast members reading my words was pretty sweet. Have I mentioned my man love for Chris Parnell recently? Cause I have a lot of man love for him. Literally every word out of his mouth is funny.
The episode itself is a little bit insane. Okay, it's a lot insane. There is an homage in it that, in my opinion, is fucking amazing. And the way it's done, by director (and handsome man) Alex Hardcastle, made it even better than I thought it was going to be when it was written in the script. He mimicked the show that is being referenced in an exact, creepy way.
So even if you don't like Suburgatory, you might love the homage. If you watch, wait 'till the end and you'll see what I'm talking about.