On September 16, new episodes of Comedy Central’s animated comedy, Brickleberry will debut. We spoke to two of the series’ writers, Roger Black and Waco O’Guin, about working on the adult cartoon. You can learn more about Brickleberry at cc.com/shows/brickleberry
How would you describe the show to someone who has never seen it before?
It’s an irreverent animated show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Our moms call it our ‘ticket to hell.’
About how long does it take to write each episode?
It’s hard to say. First an idea is approved, then the story is broken down into parts, then an outline is sent off and finally the script [is worked on.] Many episodes are written in different stages over a span of about six months. Script wise, each writer takes a different amount of time to complete a first draft. Then that draft is ‘tabled’—meaning the writers’ room collaborates and punches it up.
Is it true you can get away with more edgy and controversial material in animated form than live action?
Yes, of course. You can get away with so much more in animation, we’re guessing the bright colors take the edge off.
Has there ever been a ‘controversial’ concept you guys wanted to take on that was rejected?
For some reason, standards rejected an idea where we crucify a hemorrhoid with the face of Jesus on it.
Which do you guys prefer—writing live action or animation?
There’s no comparison. Writing animation is so freeing. Anything you think of is pretty much possible to create—unlike live action.