All the World’s a Stage – and Dealer – for ‘Workaholics’ Actor Adam Devine
Published: Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Saturday, February 23, 2013 15:02
Adam Devine and his standup show are headed for Phoenix for a one-night-only special event, and it's going to get weird. Known for his role as the amusing stoner Adam DeMamp on hit TV show "Workaholics," Devine has also made appearances in feature films including "Pitch Perfect" and the "Mama's Boy." This gangster-rapping comedy wizard is sure to show you the time of your life at his upcoming show, so do not miss the chance to see this workaholic live and in action.
Well, my first question is can we be best friends? I watch "Workaholics" and I'm a chick and I think I love the show more than some of the guys, and I think we need to be best friends.
Yeah. I don't know about best, but let's start with a normal amount of friendship and we'll see where it goes.
Is “Workaholics” as entertaining to film as it is to watch?
It's probably more fun to watch because our days are like 12 hours long. Sometimes you're super tired and you're just riddling your body with Red Bull, just different chemicals to keep you awake, but we have an awesome time doing it. I have a job with my best friends ever.
So how did you guys meet and decide to create the show?
I met Blake and Kyle at community college, West Coast College in Orange County, California. I'm from Omaha, Nebraska, but I moved to Orange County instead of LA because my mom thought I'd get, like, gang raped if I moved to LA, so, moved to Orange County, met Blake in improv class, thought he was really funny and he thought I was funny and we started writing stuff together and Kyle started making videos. He wanted to go to film school, so he moved up to LA to go to film school and I moved up with him to do standup and met Ders up there at the Second City, which is an improv school that I was taking classes at, and then we all had a very similar sense of comedy. It all just kind of worked out because we each got to play what we're best at and what works well with the other person's strengths. You know, I'm best at playing the crazy, wild man, who might chug a can of paint thinner or something, and Blake is, like, the stoner sweetheart and Ders is the spastic straight man type, so it really worked out, and we started making internet videos together and kaboom! Comedy Central came to us and was like, "We really like what you guys are doing" so they just gave us the show.
Is "Workaholics" modeled after any real-life experiences or do you just make it up as you go along?
I mean, some of it is. Definitely how we speak, how we talk and how we interact with each other. This past season we used the term "butthurt" a lot because for whatever reason we were saying that a lot and we were like, "What would be the funniest term, like, to say that somebody is butthurt?" And we're like, "What if somebody in the office died and we kept saying how butthurt we got about it?" And that's kind of how that episode came about.
Do you guys improvise most of your scenes in "Workaholics"? It seems so unscripted and natural.
Well, we do spend a lot of time on writing the script and making it trill but when we actually shoot it we do one or two takes where we do it by script and then we do three or four other takes that we just kind of get weird and loose, so what ends up being on screen is a weird hybrid of stand-up bits and scripted dialogue. I would say it's 34 percent improv.
I hope you know that everyone who watches your show wishes they could be friends with you or at least do…a little weed with you.
Yeah, I had a feeling that a lot of people want to give me weed. I love it. Thank you. Thank you for all of the weed. I haven't had to buy weed in like a year.
So, when fans recognize you in public, aside from offering you massive quantities of weed, do they ever say certain things to you or shout "Workaholics" references at you?
Yeah. The first time I was actually recognized, I was at a stoplight, as I normally do, I normally stop at those, and the dude walks across in front of my car and he was like, "Adam," and I had never been recognized before so I was like "Hey, waddup!" And he's like, "You got a tight butthole man. Your butthole is the tightest." And I'm like, "Thank you! Thank you I appreciate that." And then it wasn't until later I realized that he used it out of context because in the show, if something is cool it's tight butthole but he was meaning that I actually have a tight butthole. And then I'm like, "Thanks man I appreciate it. Thank you!" I mean, it's crazy. It's crazy. People will scream stuff at you or you'll get your check and the waiter like played it cool the whole time and never talked about being a fan and then on the check it'll say, like, "get weird." It's fun.
You also appeared in the film "Pitch Perfect." Did you really have to sing for that role?
All me, baby.
When you're not filming for "Workaholics," making movie appearances or performing your stand up act, what do you do for fun?