Comedy Central's Workaholics is real tight butthole. To some that comment might make no sense, but to others who have watched and love the series, that comment is spot on.
Kyle Newacheck plays Karl on the series, the neighbor of the three main characters and a drug dealer. While all the workaholics are socially reprehensible, he takes the cake as the most irresponsible - no small accomplishment.
That's Karl, however. In real life, Newacheck is just the opposite. He helped create the series, has directed some episodes and also served as a co-writer, in addition to costarring in it. He has also used his experience behind the camera to direct episodes of other comedy series, including Parks and Recreation, and Community.
“It’s very intimidating on the creative side, because there are not a lot of people that are the same age as me,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Like [Parks and Rec‘s] Nick Offerman -- I think this dude’s one of the funniest guys on planet Earth."
Here are some highlights from that interview, which can be read in its entirety here:
The Hollywood Reporter: As a director, how do you manage all the chaos that is Workaholics?
Kyle Newacheck: You really have to embrace the chaos. It’s navigating the chaos and pointing it in different directions. I try to listen to everybody’s ideas, and if somebody thinks something is funny, then I’m into it. And if I think it’s funny, they’re into it.
THR: You have an order for two more seasons from Comedy Central. Do you think of stories coming a year from now or just focus on the moment?
KN: I have the fact that we’re going to be responsible for another 26 episodes of Workaholics in my brain. I’m always thinking, “What happens if Ders does this? What happens if Blake does this? Is Blake going to go back into the theater? Is Ders going to run for city counsel? Is Karl going to get a sex change?” It’s very fun to drive around and think about the possibilities. What happens if the guys throw a party on their roof and it collapses?
THR: I know you are working with the guys on writing a movie for them to star in. Can you offer any updates on that?
KN: It’s undergoing rewrites right now. It’s definitely moving, and we’re all very excited to do it. It’s an action-comedy, and it’s going to be really badass and super funny. We’re keeping a lot of it under wraps. I think I can say if you like Workaholics, you’re going to like this movie.
THR: What is it like playing Karl on Workaholics?
KN: Karl is across-the-board weird. Whatever we need him to do, he can do. That lets me play a lot of different emotions and almost different characters within one character.
Workaholics airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.