'Workaholics' Stars on Their Big Screen Dreams and 'Arrested Development' Cameos
Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Kyle Newacheck also remember castmember Jet Set, who died in December.
Comedy Central’s Workaholics wraps season three March 20, but stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and director and recurring actor Kyle Newacheck will be returning for at least 26 more episodes.
The comedy wunderkinds also have their sights set on writing and starring in their own features, with the group working on rewrites for an action-adventure comedy, the details of which they are keeping under wraps.
“It’s not a Workaholics movie, but it’s going to be just as fun,” Holm tells The Hollywood Reporter.
“We have the most fun on Workaholics when we’re out and about and a story is really moving – when we’re going place to place and there’s a ticking clock,” DeVine adds. “That’s the vein of the movie.”
During a conversation with THR, the guys also revealed details of their upcoming Arrested Development cameos and shared memories of working with Jessie "Jet Set" Hudson, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in December.
The Hollywood Reporter: Does knowing you’ve got at least 26 more episodes to shoot change the way you approach the show?
Anders Holm: I think now we get to start phoning stuff in. We can let our hair down and say, “You know what, it’s not that good, but let’s move forward." No, actually, I think we’re going to keep writing the show how we write it, and hopefully it comes out as funny as the other seasons.
Kyle Newacheck: 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?”
THR: Blake, we’ve seen Ders and Adam’s family members. Are we going to get to see any of Blake’s?
Blake Anderson: It depends on if we can either get Channing Tatum or Mick Foley, the professional wrestler, because I’m not settling for anything less.
Adam DeVine: Or we might meet Blake’s lesbian moms. We haven’t gotten into the writers' room, but once we do, we’ll probably start digging deep into that Blake Chesterfield Henderson well.
THR: How far ahead of shooting do you go in and start writing?
AD: We go in about three months before, because we try to get as much done as we can before we start shooting. Since we’re involved in the writing of every episode, it’s kind of hard for us to write and shoot the show at the same time.
AH: That’s spoken like a Hollywood Reporter top showrunner, y’all.
THR: Where did you find the supporting characters in the office, like Waymond (Waymond Lee) or Montez (Erik Griffin)?
AD: Waymond was a Craigslist find. He came in and we thought he was so funny. We kind of put him in every episode since.
BA: We found Jet Set in a big extras casting book.
AD: We saw that hair and saw that his name was Jet Set, and it was like, “That’s our guy.”
THR: Do you have any favorite memories of working with Jet Set?
AH: He was cool and grateful to be on the show. He was kind of the essence -- the glue -- of the show. He was Workaholics. He was just a pleasure to work with.
AD: He was always down for whatever. For whatever reason, he always just killed it. Everything he said was that funny. We were able to kind of give him a shot and exploit how funny and awesome he was. He was also appreciative that he was finally given a shot. He had been around the block a few times and had been wanting to do this for years and years, and nobody ever gave him the opportunity. We were lucky enough to find him and give him that opportunity.
THR: What was working on Arrested Development like?
AD: [Arrested Development creator] Mitch Hurwitz came on set for [a cameo on] season two and was legitimately the funniest dude any of us had ever been around. He came in and crushed it. He actually hooked us up and threw these dogs a bone and put us on the new season of Arrested Development. It’s just one episode, a small cameo. Speaking for myself, it’s one of my favorite comedy shows of all time.
THR: Is it more than one scene?
AD: It’s one scene. It was fun that he [Hurwitz] hooked us up and gave us a shot at it. I know I’m going to watch all of the episodes the second they're on Netflix.
THR: You have an interest in writing and starring in your own movies. What's the status of the film you've been working on getting made?
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.
AH: It’s not a Workaholics movie, but it’s going to be just as fun.
THR: Kyle, as director, how do you manage the chaos of this show?
KN: 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: Of the episodes that haven’t broadcast yet, which one are you most excited for the fans to see?
BA: We go out pretty strong.
AH: The finale is a strong doggy.
AD: We’re lost in the woods the whole episode. And Jillian’s (Jillian Bell) with us.
AH: It’s a couple’s retreat. Blake and Jillian and me and Adam.
Workaholics airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/ 9p.m. CT on Comedy Central.