Going from a cell phone short to a half hour series is a first for Lil' Bush. It's also a big leap developmentally. Luckily, for the first order of six episodes, creator Donick Cary simply expanded some of the shorts. Each episode will feature two 10 minute stories.
Cary on the Evolution of Lil' Bush
"We had a very quick turnaround turning these into TV shows," Cary said. "What we did was, where the cell phone shorts were about four or five minutes long, each of these episodes are about ten minutes long. So we used some of the story lines but basically totally redid them so they’re all new jokes, all new things and expanded the stories to be twice the length and twice the info and have some other twists in then."
It also meant answering to a boss, although Comedy Central is more lenient than most. "There are a lot more restrictions doing anything on a network. But having said that, Comedy Central is known for doing stuff that’s edgy and takes those few risks and they do a lot of political stuff. So there’s things in this that they’ve gone like, 'Wait a minute that seems a little too edgy,' and I can easily point out, 'You’ve done something like that on South Park. You’ve done something like that on The Colbert Report.' So it’s actually a pretty good home for this and the notes haven’t been bad."
Recasting the voices was Comedy Central's idea. Cary originally voiced Lil' Rummy, but they brought in Iggy Pop. "We were kind of making those as quickly and cheaply as possible so I did a bunch of voices. I’ve never done that before. But the first note I got from Comedy Central was like, 'We loved everything about this but the voice of Rumsfeld is not so great.' So I was like, 'You guy know that’s me, right?' And they were like, 'Um, yeah.' So I had to do some recasting and then I was like, 'God, who has the right gravity for this guy?' I happened to be listening to an Iggy Pop album when I was thinking about it. I was like, 'You know what? Let’s just call Iggy and see if that’s something he wanted to do.'"
It's not all Republicans either. There are Lil' Dems too. "This all takes place in Washington in the White House and the kids go to Beltway Elementary School where Lil’ Hillary, Lil’ John Kerry, Lil’ Barack, Lil’ Al Gore, everybody’s there. And they get in rivalries, they fight over stuff, they have school elections, and, you know, compete for tables in the lunchroom."
If you like the first six, Cary is ready to go again. "We already are sort of crafting another six stories so that if this thing is working we’ll go right into production on six more."
Lil' Bush begins June 13th on Comedy Central.
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