Exclusive WOKE & WORKAHOLICS interview with Blake Anderson on his contributions to Adult Swim’s TIGTONE
Whether you love him or hate him, I woke up has taken Hulu by storm with its interesting concepts and social commentary. The series is based on the work of cartoonist and comic artist Keef Knight, who will share an exclusive discussion with us next week.
Blake anderson (Workaholics) is one of the main characters in the series, portraying an imperfect white ally in a very interesting light. We recently spoke exclusively with Blake shortly thereafter. I woke up created, in support of his work on the Adult Swim series Tigtone.
We may have touched I woke up a bit, but a lot of the focus is on Blake’s nerdy habits and influences on Tigtone, on which he is working with Benjamin Martian. We had the two creatives of the series to chat with them in detail, and we learned a lot about the contributions each of them make to the series.
To hear our conversation with Blake and Benjamin click on the podcast player below, otherwise scroll down to this part of the transcript and tune in all week to learn more. Tigtone and I woke up amusing!
Literary Joe: Can you tell me about the contributions each of you make to the show? Because I know I’ve seen you have writing credits, I know you voiced a multitude of characters here and there, and obviously you do a lot behind the scenes.
So what else are you contributing? And which part is your favorite?
Blake Anderson: I mean, well, first of all, this show is Andrew and Ben’s show. And I saw it one day when I was high with a mutual artist friend, Skinner. He was staying with me.
And he’s like, “Dude, you gotta watch this thing on YouTube. I got this thing my buddies did called The Begun of Tigtone!”
And when I watched this episode, I was like, “Whoa, this is the strangest, coolest fantasy thing I’ve ever seen.” So I got in touch with them, and we just started to build a relationship.
And then it was kind of like, “Well, maybe we could get into Adult Swim and have this thing made!” We were able to create a pilot and then we got picked up and kind of started rolling from there.
Benjamin Martien: Blake was our guardian angel from hell.
Blake Anderson: Yes, I help navigate the world of networking! It’s still a lot of these guys doing a lot of work.
I’m definitely sitting in the writer’s room. I love to be there to help with the story and stuff. And whenever they ask me to do a voice, I’m more than willing to do that, too.
Benjamin Martien: You do more than just sit in the writer’s room, man. You are a contributing writer to the process. You’re still the one pushing for character and story motivation, I think.
Dark Lexii: Can You Feel The Love Tonight, by Lion King.
Blake Anderson: Yes! I’m, oddly enough, always tossing this song out to be in every episode! (Laughs)
Literary Joe: It makes sense.
Benjamin Martien: (Laughs) And you wear a Lion King shirt every day, and it’s just this weird obsession. It’s strange. Yes.
So it all started many years ago, like in 2004 or 2005. So Andrew and I were writing these fantastic scripts together, and it was kind of an obsession that we had. And we were literally, for a few years, just obsessed with this universe that we were creating, and it was still live action.
But in those very early days, it was definitely the combination of Andrew and I, and our sensibilities coming together. And there’s a lot of rules in Tigtone that he and I kind of set and understand but never really talk about, but that kind of sets the mood for it.
And so when we started, we wrote the pilot together, and then when we started to attract more people, it was a bit of a learning curve to get them to the Tigtone page.
And then once that clicks, everyone in the writer’s room brings their own specialty to the process, and that just creates the flow. It’s like a caste or forming a band or something, where everyone has specific skills, sensibilities, a sense of comedy, etc.
So, yeah, Andrew and I are very involved in all of the writing. He and I write scripts, but, I mean the name on the page is one thing, but we’re really all working together on the writing and the writing process.
And once the script is written by one of the writers, we all kind of go through it, let go and help each other. It is a very united group of writers. And then as for the rest of our duties, Andrew and I both lead the voice actors when we record. We’re doing vocals on the show, just because in season 1 we wanted to cast all of these great people that we love. Really, for selfish reasons, like, “Hey, we want to meet Paul Reubens; let’s throw it away. And then our producer at the time was like, ‘You know, you can be on your own show.’ And we’re like, “Oh yeah, I didn’t realize that.”
So we did a few vocals last season, and this season I think Andrew and I actually have a voice in every episode. I don’t think he’s really a main character. Because we usually reserve this for real voice actors. But yes. And then, of course, every reunion, which is every artistic decision, every character design decision, every editing decision, like we’re involved and very involved in everything. Even in the marketing stuff, which has been really great with Adult Swim and they really welcome us into the process, and we give ratings on the billboard design, you know, stuff like that, which is amazing. .
* This interview has been edited for clarity. The audio is co-hosted by writer Nick Brooks and cosplay actress Darth Lexii. *
With their once idyllic fantasy land now reduced to an idyllic fantasy wasteland, Tigtone the Questmaster and his magically regenerating sidekick must face all the new mischievous monsters, all new enchanted mayhem, and all new irresistible quests in their all. new puzzling adventures!
Tigtone airs on Adult Swim Sundays at midnight!