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  • My next guest is also in this book.

  • This is gonna be the thread through the whole thing, okay.

  • I thought you were reading this book.

  • Please welcome Jay Larson.

  • Jay how are you?

  • [Jay] I'm great.

  • I didn't know if Austin was done dropping any more credits,

  • you know what I mean?

  • He's gonna pop up as a picture in picture,

  • like when they play, you know, the less important game,

  • that's a blowout

  • and he's gonna be just dropping credits in there.

  • 'Cause he's booking things as we speak.

  • He just booked right now.

  • Are you working?

  • Are you staying busy? Oh yeah look at this.

  • [Jay] I saw you asked Austin if he's done any commercials,

  • I directed a commercial during this whole thing.

  • Yeah, and then just for future reference,

  • if you could take all

  • of your questions based off of Austin credits,

  • it's gonna help us do a great thread for the show.

  • [Jay] That's you know what I mean?

  • I like unity and concise.

  • Yeah, okay.

  • So you directed a commercial pandemic wise,

  • which is it's already difficult enough to do a commercial

  • cause it's a hodgepodge crew.

  • People that have not worked together.

  • [Jay] Yeah.

  • Are we, are you doing this remotely

  • Or are you onset?

  • No, we did on set, we did two days.

  • One day on set in a church

  • and then another day out at a golf course.

  • Are you getting rapid tested before

  • or are they just winging it?

  • Got tested day before we had someone on set.

  • You got your temp checked three times throughout the day.

  • Everyone's in masks, social distance,

  • masks off for shooting.

  • But you're in a mask the whole time?

  • Yeah.

  • How does that work, cause you like to,

  • when you direct you like to scream an actor's faces.

  • [Jay] I get in people's faces big time, bro.

  • You have a breakfast so you're, you're on your game.

  • Don't eat my raisins.

  • [Jay] Get away from craft, sir.

  • Kevin Nealan was our lead.

  • And so like, I have such respect for Kevin Nealon,

  • like trying to give direction, I'd be like,

  • Hey Kevin, what if we, and he's like,

  • Oh yeah, you're gonna love this.

  • You're going to love what I do here.

  • And then everyone would just be laughing,

  • you're like, yeah, yeah, let's let's move on.

  • Don't got to do anything.

  • Yeah it was great.

  • Are you going to do more of those or was it such a weird

  • experience or was just like,

  • let's just wait or you like work?

  • [Jay] I had no problem with it.

  • I'm on a, I write on a show

  • and I wrote and directed five sketches for

  • the show during the pandemic as well.

  • I think if everyone is just cautious and you're smart

  • and you're safe.

  • I mean, you're seeing commercials with people in masks,

  • so clearly they're making content or shooting commercials

  • during Covid, you know what I mean?

  • Unless Jeep grand Cherokee knew about this and they

  • released the virus.

  • Are they behind it?

  • Is this something Lee Iacocca, you know,

  • was ahead of the game on,

  • I know that might be an old school reference for you and

  • maybe some of the audience,

  • but I'm educated and I'm informed,

  • you know what I mean?

  • Yeah, you're informed.

  • It is, it does change the relationship onset a little bit.

  • It's a little less collaborative and that everyone's afraid

  • of each other.

  • And also the writing room can be weird.

  • I've been in some writing rooms now where you don't know if

  • your joke that pitch bombed

  • or it's zoom bombed and it just crashed.

  • [Jay] Yeah, or there was just a delay.

  • What if it, it crushed?

  • But the delay was so long, you missed the tire response.

  • Yeah, and then you already back out,

  • like if someone pitches a joke, it's like, oh yeah,

  • so then he fills up the back of the truck with a bunch of

  • toasters and then that falls.

  • But yeah, I don't think we have the budget for that.

  • So we'll just, yeah, we'll move on.

  • [Jay] Yeah, well we can, we can rip on the guys maybe,

  • maybe later.

  • Yeah, I'm in a writer's room,

  • I have been the entire pandemic and it's like crazy.

  • We have some people in Florida and some people in LA.

  • So we were, you know,

  • like working out times and just making it work.

  • You just get so comfortable on zoom,

  • just being like, well,

  • let's just make it work.

  • I think moving forward,

  • industry-wise writer's room and even

  • some sets will be a little bit more remote because we've

  • proved that it can be done.

  • [Jay] I hope not. I hope that listen,

  • I'm all about being safe and we've been like completely safe

  • with our kids and like groceries.

  • I haven't eaten out anywhere,

  • but I also believe that like when we get control-

  • I say DJ Khalid, yeah.

  • You know what I mean?

  • Once we get control of this,

  • that we should,

  • writer's room you need to be next to people,

  • with people, riffing,

  • like getting a sense for them seeing them, like that's like,

  • there's such a,

  • it's such a part of the creative process that I think like,

  • I hope maybe there will be some rooms that will,

  • I think we should use it as like an advantage to be able to

  • be remote if someone needs to be.

  • But otherwise I think being in a room together,

  • like really benefits the writing.

  • Yeah, absolutely.

  • Because it is an energy thing where you need to throw out a

  • bunch of bad ideas to get to the good one.

  • And you can only really feel safe

  • doing that when everyone's doing that,

  • and you're all in the same room and you can pick up on

  • certain social cues,

  • like you'll read comments with this,

  • I could live habits like, Oh, this podcast boring.

  • And it's like, well,

  • it's just different than being on stage having to

  • deal with this delay.

  • I also think when you're in a zoom room,

  • you're constantly like the clock is constantly ticking.

  • Like when is this ending?

  • Whereas when you're in the writer's room,

  • so you might just like accept joke because you're like,

  • well, this thing has got to end some point.

  • Let's just get that joke done.

  • Whereas in a writer's room you could like be like,

  • all right, let's just wait on that.

  • Let's go work on this. And like, oh dude! You know?

  • How are you handling it with kids?

  • Are you homeschooling?

  • You're supervising homeschooling.

  • I'm not a big,

  • I don't want my six and a half year old on three hours of

  • zoom call.

  • So we de-enrolled them from school

  • and set up our home as a homeschool,

  • and then we hired a teacher,

  • that we like went through the COVID process with.

  • So now she like every day nine to two is with my kids,

  • and like they do project based learning activities,

  • learning.

  • They do field trips, you know,

  • it's a lot more organic and a higher engagement level

  • than zoom.

  • So you hired, so your essentially a principal.

  • Yeah, I'm VP, my wife got the principal.

  • I mean, it's not a big deal.

  • It's not a huge deal.

  • Seem really upset about it.

  • [Jay] It hasn't been a thing, dude.

  • It hasn't come up. It hasn't been an issue.