TWICE AS NICE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

WHEN Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis joined forces with fel­low comic Louis CK to cre­ate a TV com­edy, it’s no sur­prise mad­ness en­sued. In Bas­kets, Gal­i­fi­anakis plays two roles – failed pro­fes­sional clown-turned-rodeo show clown Chip and his non-iden­ti­cal, more suc­cess­ful twin brother Dale. The Hang­over star de­scribes how it came to­gether.

LOUIS CK AND I MET IN THE LATE ‘90S…

“Louis and I have sim­i­lar things that make us laugh. Ab­sur­dity is some­thing we both find at­trac­tive. Louis called me to see if I had ever thought about com­ing up with a [TV] show. [We’d] chat on the phone and mull over pos­si­ble nar­ra­tives. Louis is a good lis­tener, his feed­back is min­i­mal but po­tent.

I KNEW THE CHAR­AC­TER I WANTED TO PLAY…

“What Chip was or did for a liv­ing took some time to fig­ure out. [But] some­thing about an an­gry rodeo clown seemed like a good place to start writ­ing a show.”

I LIKE CHAR­AC­TERS WITH IN­TER­NAL CON­FLICT…

“We meet Chip when his life is in turn­around. He’s sad be­cause he’s lost a love and his life is not what he planned. He’s an ac­ci­den­tal clown – he wants to be a clown but is only one when he’s not per­form­ing as one.”

I SHARE SOME OF CHIP’S CHAR­AC­TER TRAITS…

“Like Chip, I’m al­ways in a des­per­ate hunt for a laugh.”

I HOPE PEO­PLE LIKE BAS­KETS…

“Our goal was to make a show that wasn’t edgy. We wanted it to be slap­stick-y but with un­der­ly­ing darker themes. To be fa­mil­iar but some­what new. The show has an el­e­ment of sur­prise that res­onates with me. I like that Bas­kets is un­pre­dictable – even though I’m in it.”

BAS­KETS COM­EDY CHAN­NEL, TUES­DAY, 7.30PM

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