'The Other Two' creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider talk Instagays, Chase Dreams' growth spurt, and the origin of one of the show's funniest lines
There are plenty of standout lines in Comedy Central’s hilarious pop culture satire/family comedy created by former SNL headwriters Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, but perhaps the best comes courtesy of a character named Drake (Navaris Darson). As one of the “Instagays” who Cary (Drew Tarver) tries to befriend in episode 7, Drake has a very clear handle on his personal brand: “I used to be fat, but now I have two nieces.”
During an interview with The Awardist, Kelly and Schneider said the nonsensical quip was the result some intensive online research. The writers “basically just went on a bunch of instagay profiles — for way too long, and into the night — looking at commonalities between some of these instagays,” says Kelly. “We found one instagay who really made us laugh: All of his photos were just his full, bare ass — and he was a virgin. We liked the dichotomy of having this sexual presence and then being like, ‘Um, my body is a temple and I’m saving myself.’ It’s like, ‘What?’” Adds Schneider, “So many of those instagays feel like they have to have a clear distillation of their deal in like one profile sentence so we just liked the bluntness of, ‘This is my deal in five words or less.'”
Kelly and Schneider are currently working on season two of The Other Two, which will find Chase Dreams (Case Walker) balancing his red-hot singing career with higher education. And spoiler alert: Walker, who was 14-years-old when he auditioned for the show, has grown a lot since the first season. “Yeah, we’re furious at him,” jokes Schneider. “He’s definitely, like, a young man now. Be prepared.”
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