When Comedy Central announced a 10-episode order of Workaholics in March 2010, the biggest name on the press release, relatively speaking, was Kevin Etten, a writer and producer for Scrubs, Ed, and Desperate Housewives. Series creators, writers, and leads Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm—along with director Kyle Newacheck—were unknowns, having built a modest fan base in the crowded world of web video as Mail Order Comedy. In the show, Anderson, Devine, and Holm star as Blake, Adam, and Anders/“Ders,” three friends who live together and work at a telemarketing firm. (Newacheck has a recurring role as Karl, the trio’s pot dealer.) Television history is littered with workplace sitcoms, but Workaholics is more about the extended adolescence of post-college life, where an unchallenging first job and the proximity of close friends ease the transition into the real world. That’s a cerebral way to describe a show that loves dick jokes and gave the world the catchphrase “tight butthole” (meaning good/cool), but Anderson, DeVine, and Holm aim to mix some smarts with the silliness. Just before the 20-episode third season—which debuts Tuesday, May 29, at 10:30 EDT—Anderson, DeVine, and Holm talked to The A.V. Club about the long wait to the first season, the double-sized third season, and the “tight butthole” curse.
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