"Those Who Can’t" Q and A: Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy
Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, and Ben Roy, the co-writers and stars behind Amazon’s new original pilot, Those Who Can’t, recently sat down with one another in Adam’s living room in Denver, Colorado to talk about their show, which is now available for free on Amazon Instant Video. It went a little something like this:
Adam: So I’ll start with the first question: Who are you guys and what are you doing in my house?
Andrew: Adam, it’s us. Your early-onset dementia is getting the better of you again.
Ben: Alright, are you guys excited about the premiere of Those Who Can’t?
ADAM SCREAMS UNINTELLIGIBLY.
Andrew: I’m very excited. … I don’t know what the average daily visitor count to Amazon’s website is but I’d imagine it’s quite a few. To think of that many people being able to watch our show for free is kind of intimidating.
Andrew: What other sitcoms inspired you guys in writing this?
Adam: I was watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia a fair amount during this. I was watching The League a little bit too. I was also watching The Larry Sanders Show a lot. That’s a great show.
Ben: I watch a lot of older sitcoms. Now that my son is old enough I’ve been re-watching some of my old favorites with him — The Wonder Years, Freaks and Geeks, a few others…
Ben: We definitely were influenced by Strangers With Candy. We all mentioned that one when we started brainstorming the show.
Andrew: Probably one of my favorite shows ever. We all like high school shows and high school settings so it was really fun to make one of our own.
Adam: Andrew, what was your favorite part of filming?
Andrew: Anything other than getting hit in the face with a kickball over and over again. Not that for sure.
Ben: That was my favorite part.
Andrew: The most fun part was watching other people’s scenes, because then you could just sit back and it was kind of fun to watch. I don’t know, pretty much every scene I was in with Rory was pretty fun and really hard not to laugh. I broke like forty times.
Adam: Rory Scovel is hilarious in this episode. He plays the principal of Buchanan High School, where the show is set and where we’re all teachers.