IndieWire’s Consider This FYC Spotlight: Why the Hilarious ‘The Other Two’ Eschews Politics

IndieWire | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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The cast and crew of Comedy Central’s hilarious new series “The Other Two” sat down at IndieWire’s Consider This FYC Brunch event on Tuesday in Hollywood to discuss the showbiz satire. On the panel moderated by IndieWire TV Awards Editor Libby Hill were creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and cast members Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke, Ken Marino, and Case Walker.

In the series, Cary and Brooke (Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke) are two adult siblings struggling to make it in showbiz when their 13-year-old younger brother Chase Dreams (Case Walker) becomes an overnight pop star with his viral hit, “Marry U at Recess.” Molly Shannon plays eager showbiz mom Pat, alongside ineffectual manager Streeter (Ken Marino), and PR guru Shuli (Wanda Sykes).

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Check out Schneider’s description of the series:

Kelly and Schneider are former “Saturday Night Live” writers who were developing “The Other Two” during their final season on the sketch comedy series. Their two pursuits dovetailed so much that “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels even had input on the new series and would weigh in on auditions.

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The development process took place mainly after the 2016 election, which meant that the duo were writing plenty of political humor for “SNL.” As a result, the opposite is true on “The Other Two.”

“Coming into this, [its humor] is topical and feels enmeshed… but there is no government, there is no president,” said Schneider. “We decided not to bring any of that into this.”

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The closest the show comes to political humor is actually poking fun at layman’s political rhetoric. One of Brooke’s go-to phrases on the show is “In this climate?!” The catchphrase became popular enough that now it appears on merchandise online.

“My face on a tote bag. I’ve made it,” joked Yorke. “I’m kidding. The tote bag means nothing to me.”

Instead of getting overtly political, the...
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