When he's not starring in the Comedy Central hit Workaholics with best friends Adam DeVine and Anders Holm or starring as dad to his new baby, Blake Anderson's rattling the fashion scene with his wife and partner Rachael Finley and their clothing line Teenage. During their recent promotional visit to Zumiez at the Mall of America, we sat down with Anderson and Finley to discuss life with the new baby, ideas behind the designs, and the experiences of a Workaholic.
So, most people know you from the Comedy Central show Workaholics. For somebody who’s never seen the show, what’s it all about?
BA: It’s about three guys who work together, live together, and just kinda get into crazy trouble. Drug-induced, sometimes. It’s really a story about friendship.
You’ve said the Workaholics characters are an extension of yourselves. As you grow up and mature, do you think your character will change, too?
BA: If he could get laid, yeah. I could see him being a good dad.
What do your friends think of you having a kid?
BA: They’re really supportive. It’s really not as bad as everybody thinks. At least that’s what I thought before I had the kid. I know I was scared shitless. It’s actually really fun, and it helps that she’s really cute.
RF: We have a top-notch cute baby.
You recently said in an interview with OK! Magazine that you hope Workaholics continues forever (I think many of us do, too). How long do you really think it could go on?
BA:Three more seasons would be cool, but we’ll see once we get there.
Workaholics aside, we’re standing in a Zumiez store right now. In addition to being an actor and a generally hilarious dude, you’ve got a clothing line called Teenage. How did that come to be?
BA: We started a clothing company called Teenage, and we were just kind of out here promoting that because we just got put in a couple of Zumiez stores so we thought, you know, they wanted to send us to do a signing in a mall, and Rachel was like, "let’s go to the best mall in America," and they were like, "that’s a place, actually, the Mall of America."
You started Teenage with your wife, and you’ve said this experience has taught you a lot about the industry. What has surprised you about the fashion world?
BA: I think it happened organically. I definitely wasn’t, like, my whole life feeling like I need to make T-shirts. I guess I’ve learned a lot because I know zero things about this industry, so every single thing that happens is a learning experience. But it’s just good that I have Rachael here because she helps a lot. We’re able to make whatever we want.
RF: I think the cool part about it is that you really can just make whatever you want. When we were growing up, we were like, “Oh I wish I had a shirt that had a giant this on it.” Now we can.
Many of your shirts seem to have a cartoon influence with elements resembling shows like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. What were some of your favorite Nickelodeon shows growing up? Where do the design ideas come from?
RF: We’re actually putting out a ‘Slime’ shirt.
BA: Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Doug. They’re all pretty good. It’s hard to find a bad one. Angry Beavers, Catdog.
RF: We’re old. We’re dating ourselves.
Alright, back to your comedy real quick. You and the Workaholics guys used to do sketch comedy. What was Mail Order Comedy?
BA: That was started kind of just filming sketches on the weekends when we weren’t working. It’s pretty stupid stuff, but some of it holds up.
RF: I think you guys should do some more of that.
BA: Yeah, now you’ve got to be under contracts and stuff. We’re in Hollywood.
RF: Oh that’s right. Cool.
You’ve had a sketch called "Cool Dads," and now you are one.
BA: Yeah, I hope I live up to that.
In what ways has your comedy changed or evolved, if at all?
BA: If anything it’s probably devolved. It’s gotten more immature and all that. But, it’s gotten easier because we’re like old vets. It’s been, like, four years in the game as far as Workaholics goes. We’re very close to becoming the greatest comedy trio of all time. Close.
Does the fact that you and your costars are friends offscreen ever conflict with work?
BA: Anytime you’re in a room or hanging out with anybody for too much time, you start to bicker a little bit. But, surprisingly, we’re one of the closest groups in Hollywood. We’re really good at being friends, we haven’t stopped being friends, and we’re only getting stronger. I don’t see us breaking up.
You’re a vocal supporter of the Hyphy hip-hop music scene in California. Are you familiar with the hip-hop scene in Minneapolis?
BA: I’m pretty much only familiar with Prince.