It all started in a Honda Pilot on the way to Portland, ME.
Amici Lucia Aniello, Jen Statsky and Paul W. Downs were going to shoot a segment for the latter’s Netflix comedy special, and a discussion broke out about the legendary comedians, who never got their fair share and for one reason or another , they might have stumbled. in his career and was canceled by the industry. Such were the origins of his HBO Max comedy series. Hacks, which has already been ordered for a second season.
“I thought about it,” says Downs when conceiving Hacks to which Statsky sarcastically responds: “Any man needs two good typists.”
Downs and Aniello were former friends of the Upright Citizen Brigade. Statsky and Aniello met in 2007 as the only female members of a sketch group who forgot to invite them back. They all merged into the writing team for Comedy Central. Wide city, and later with Sony’s party comedy Scarlett Johansson Difficult night which Aniello directed and co-wrote with Downs, with Statsky punching up.
Today we spoke to the trio on Crew Call about the Hacks ending, how the comedian and Hannah Einbinder (the daughter of SNL alumna Laraine Newman) landed on his radar, and if canceling the culture is, well, canceling the comedy.
Downs says: “I still think that art should be shocking, art should be challenging, art and comedy should be taboo, especially satire when you are telling truth to power.”
“I think what’s important and what most people understand now is your goal and where you are hitting,” adds the comedy writer who shared a WGA nomination with Aniello and Statsky for Broad City.
“There is a way of talking about really taboo things and things that make us different, and even stereotypes; There is a way to do it that is not harmful, ”adds Downs.