When comedy writers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser first met at Dwight-Englewood School, they immediately knew they shared a special connection – creatively, that is.
Silverstein, who co-created Comedy Central's Drawn Together
with Jeser, wanted to run for the school's student body president, but because he was already a senior at the time and forbidden to run, he decided to enter Jeser in the race without the latter's permission.
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“We had so much fun creatively, writing the speeches, writing the posters… And we had the same sense of humor,” Silverstein told The Record
. “We just hit it off from there. Dave lost. [But] we decided, this is the perfect combination. We can't stop this train.”
From there, the duo went on to work on several collaborative efforts, including The Man Show, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Greg the Bunny, Crank Yankers, Action!, 3rd Rock from the Sun
and most recently, Drawn Together
Silverstein said it was his and Jeser's love for animation and reality television that inspired them to make Drawn Together
“Dave and I both really love animation… And then we really got into reality television,” he said. “Big Brother
is my favorite show of all time [and] we love The Real World
. And so, one day we were just trying to come up with an idea for something, and I was like, ‘Hey... let's do an animated reality TV show. We take eight different cartoon characters from all over the animated universe, shove them in a house and have their lives taped for the whole world to see.' We were so excited.”
The result is a show that features parodies of well-known animated characters, including Superman (Captain Hero
), Valerie (Foxxy Love
) from Josie and the Pussycats
, Pikachu (Ling-Ling
) from Pokemon
, Ariel (Princess Clara
) from Disney's The Little Mermaid
cartoon characters (Spanky Ham
), Betty Boop (Toot Braunstein
), Looney Tunes
characters (Wooldoor Sockbat
) and Link (Xandir P. Wifflebottom
) from the Legend of Zelda
Initially, Silverstein and Jeser's agent hated the idea, so the two were forced to shelve it. Some time later, however, animator Jordan Young contacted Jeser, expressing his desire to break into writing. The trio struck a deal to collaborate and pitched the idea to several networks behind their agent's back.
Last week, new episodes of Drawn Together
began airing on Comedy Central. Despite the show's success, Silverstein and Jeser are still uncertain about future seasons.
“We believe that this will be the final seven,” Silverstein said, referring to the number of episodes that will air this season. “We're not entirely sure.”
Jeser added, “We did 14 episodes for Season 3, technically, and they decided to make it two seasons, for whatever reason. But we hope it's a huge hit, and it comes back ... 'cause we love the show.”
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Record
(Image Courtesy of Comedy Central)