MATT VS AUS­TRALIA

Groen­ing on Disenchantment’s Oz con­nec­tion and The Simp­sons’ in­fa­mous visit here

Empire (Australasia) - - Preview - JAMES JEN­NINGS

You have In­dige­nous Aus­tralian rap­per, com­edy writer, and ac­tor Adam Briggs on the Disenchantment writ­ing team. How did you get him on board?

Josh We­in­stein who de­vel­oped the show with me and is the showrun­ner, he knew Briggs from Twit­ter. He in­vited Briggs to visit the of­fice and he was so funny and he had such a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, so we asked him if he wanted to be a writer [on the show], and he did and he wrote one of the best episodes of the se­ries so far, as well as con­tribut­ing to all of the other episodes. He’s fan­tas­tic. And it didn’t hurt that he had a Simp­sons tat­too.

Briggs is prob­a­bly most well known here in Aus­tralia as be­ing a rap­per…

I know talk about giv­ing us hip cre­den­tials! There’s not much to say about most writ­ers, but Briggs is a char­ac­ter.

Did Briggs ever bring up the in­fa­mous ‘Bart vs. Aus­tralia’ episode of The Simp­sons? Yeah, he gave me a talk­ing to. [laughs] He was fairly non­cha­lant about it. Let me ex­plain about that episode. The writ­ers de­cided that “y’know, we don’t know enough about Aus­tralia to get it right, so let’s go the other way let’s get ev­ery­thing com­pletely wrong.” I’m not try­ing to jus­tify it, but that’s the ex­pla­na­tion, how­ever. It was com­pletely ridicu­lous.

You’ve been to Aus­tralia since though, right? Yeah I was in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber 2016 and spoke at the Syd­ney Opera House and showed parts of the Aus­tralian episode, and won­dered what peo­ple would think. But they were self-se­lected Simp­sons fans, and they liked it. I showed the best parts though, not the whole thing. We’re gonna have to have the Simp­sons come back to Aus­tralia some time and do it right!

Disenchantment has a strong The Mighty Boosh con­nec­tion: Noel Field­ing, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher do voice work. Are you a fan of the show?

I’m a real fan. I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Fes­ti­val years ago be­fore The Mighty Boosh was a TV show and I saw them per­form live. It was hi­lar­i­ous. I couldn’t see how they could turn it into a TV show though! And now it’s a clas­sic.

Are there any fan­tasy tropes you’re look­ing for­ward to us­ing in Disenchantment

Oh yeah. About 10 years ago I started filling this book up with ev­ery fan­tasy trope that I could think of: dwarves, elves, gob­lins, hob­gob­lins, fairies, sprites, trolls, lep­rechauns, harpies, ban­shees, pix­ies, fauns, imps, gnomes, ogres, orcs, demons. Those are just the short ones! In fact, a very un­for­tu­nate early ti­tle for this show was ‘Pointy Ears’. Disenchantment may not be the most com­mer­cial ti­tle in the world, but it does the trick.

Go Homer: the Simp­sons’ pa­tri­ach eyes a gi­ant can of Fos­ters.

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