Hacks bosses on the feedback they got from real comedians


Chop‘ Ava, played by Hannah Einbinder, is working to be more careful when it comes to drinking and shooting down emails when the HBO Max series returns for its second season on Thursday, May 12. Ava has assistant fired off a charged electronic message that will likely irreparably damage her relationship with her boss and comedy legend Deborah Vance, played by Primetime Emmy winner Jean Smart.

The hit comedy was honored at last month’s PaleyFest 2022 in Hollywood at the Dolby Theater. TV Insider caught up with him ahead of a screening of the first two episodes of season two Chop Co-Creators/Executive Producers Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, Emmy Winner for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Chop to preview what’s coming. (Aniello also took home Emmy Gold for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series last year.)

Is there a time warp this season or are we picking up where we left off in season 1?

Paul W Downs: We are where we left off. We’re honestly picking it up again just a few hours after leaving Season 1. We’re back in Vegas and Deborah had a show that didn’t go well but She is eager to get back on the road. This email Ava sent is very large. there is fear She wonders where the chips will fall.

Hacks cast and creatives honored at PaleyFest LA 2022 Chop (Michael Bulbenko for the Paley Center)

Haven’t we all sent an email we didn’t mean to? Spill.

Lucy Aniello: I think everyone Email I sent before 2015 I really wish I hadn’t.

JensStatsky: I’ve also. I accidentally sent an email to the person I was talking about about a person I was talking about.

You either come up with a really good cover or you go all out and say, “Yeah! I meant to send you that!’

anello: I agree. For this reason I only use Burner phones. I don’t do anything in writing.

This leaked email drives a wedge between Deborah and Ava. Why do you think they could keep this matter going – and why not?

anello: That’s a lot of what we’re exploring over the course of this season. how do you get over it may can you get over it What exactly Ava wrote in the email, we will reveal. We’re going to ask if people really want to hear something [bad] that people say about them or not?

Understandably, comics feel under attack these days – do you address that some feel they just can’t fit certain subjects into their routines or that they need to take a politically correct line?

anello: We do not do that.

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There is speculation that the late, great Joan Rivers would have been able to rise above criticism of comics and the standards they are held to today. Is Deborah like Joan in that regard?

Depths: I think the definition of a “hack” is someone who does something over and over again. And I also think that like Joan and many other great comedians, Deborah evolves and changes with what they do. We don’t really go into that [cancel] Culture. What we’re exploring this season is how Deborah, having her personality and her routine, is moving away from it and starting to become more vulnerable and honest. I think we’re seeing that more and more often in stand-ups today.

Deborah and Ava wouldn’t even to have a relationship that would be jeopardized if she hadn’t ended it after they first met. Could this ever really happen – Ava trades jokes and defeats with Deborah, and then Deborah chases her car to offer Ava a job?

Depths: Yes. Absolutely. This is one of the most realistic parts of the series. Deborah Vance would actually get in her Rolls Royce and follow Ava. There were comedians who came to us and said that was their favorite part [series]. That’s what comedians have—an insatiable desire to outdo one another and crack the last joke that’s been told.

Statsky: That’s what it’s like to be in a writer’s room. Someone makes a joke and it inspires you to make one [better] a.

anello: Just before you go to sleep you’ll be thinking of an even better one, so write it down and email it – and then you’ll regret sending that email.

ChopSeason 2 Premiere, Thursday, May 12, HBO Max


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