A few months back I had the opportunity to visit the set of Nick Swardson‘s new Comedy Central show "Pretend Time." When I arrived, the comedian was a wearing a crimson red hat and veil, not unlike Lady Gaga. He also donned a police uniform, badge, and department issued handgun. Even though the shoot was taking place in cuckoo bananas Hollywood, something seemed amiss. Turns out Swardson was playing Lady Gaga’s brother, Gary Gaga, just a guy trying to keep it real while keeping the streets safe.
After Swardson completed a standard traffic stop in front of confused passersby, I sat down with him to discuss his new sketch show, as well as some upcoming features. Luckily he has taken off the gaudy Gaga attire, so I could concentrate on the task at hand.
Screen Junkies: Tell us some about all the glitz and glamour of “Pretend Time.”
Nick Swardson: Nobody wanted me to do it. They were like, “Awww you wanna do a sketch show?” but I’ve always wanted to do sketch, and I believe in Tom and I love “Human Giant.” I just thought it would be a great place to showcase all of the characters I create.
SJ: Will we be seeing any of Terry from “Reno 911?”
NS: No, I just wanted to do all new shit. I’ve done Terry for so long. I can’t even believe I’ve been doing him for so long. By season 3 we were like, “What the fuck is Terry doing this season?”
SJ: Who are some of the guest stars we can expect to see?
NS: Maybe. I kind of describe it as Napolean Dynamite meets Boogie Nights. He’s a really goofy character. People should know going into it that there are filthy moments for sure, but the tone of it’s not dirty. We tested really big with females, which no one really planned on. They really liked the love story. But when it gets hardcore, it gets hardcore.
In case you missed it a few months back, Nick Swardson gave Screen Junkies a creepy shout out. Check it below.
"Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time" premieres October 12th at 10PM/9c on Comedy Central.