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Hi Reddit, Tony Rogers here again to answer all your talking Australians, casual racism and man in dog suit smoking bong related questions (In case we didn't cover that thoroughly enough last time).
If you have a spare moment, I'd love it if you could check out the new show we just made - BRUCE THE SERIES - http://brucetheseries.com . If you dig Wilfred's dark and divisive humour I reckon you'll really get into it. We have already released it for free on YouTube. I have the writers Warwick Holt and Mat Blackwell sitting next to me right now! They're going to chat to you too - I Promise they're not wearing dog suits.
Do you think Yogi's picnic basket stealing escapades would have been more successful if he had listened to Boo-Boo's advice every now and then?
I'm no expert, but yes. DEFINITELY YES.
How soon can we get Bruce T-shirts/hats/stubbie holders?
2 weeks. In fact I can do some on the weekend if you really want. Wok's wearing his G'day Bruce one, but it's not our merch is it Wok. What are you wearing that for. Traitor.
How do you think Wilfred would have fared as a president-elect/president of the united States if he had been just a literal dude in a dog suit?
If only we'd thought of that. A dog is the ultimate outsider candidate.
We watched all the Bruce episodes last night and had a good laugh so thanks for that. When can we expect more?
Thanks Mr Dingo, glad you enjoyed it. As for more... we started developing it in the 50s, well before we were born, so we have stacks more great ideas. Just depends on whether someone decides to fund more... please hassle your local network for us.
Will do. You can call me Manky, Mr Dingo is my father.
Pass on our regards to Mr Dingo then. Fine upstanding member of the Dingo family that he is.
What was it like seeing Wilfred transferred to the American screen? How do you compare the two in terms of differences in humour, delivery etc. Did you have a hand in getting Jason casted in both?
We weren't going to sell Wilfred without Jason being in it. FX were really good about it, they tested him and they discovered they loved him!
American sitcoms are always going to be different, but there are some bloody good episodes... I think the Australian Wilfred's a bit darker, and in my opinion a bit funnier, but then I'm an Aussie...
What was your favourite part about working on Bruce?
Working with the bloody brilliant writers. OK, I admit, Warwick wrote this.
Working with a bloody brilliant director. Warwick wrote this too.
Yesterday was a big highlight of course, finally getting it out there. Working with Angus is always an exciting process. In fact the team of Rich, Dave and Angus was a really good group to work with - full of energy and ideas. These guys don't stop! And they're great mates which makes it easy for them to work together.
When are you going to host SNL?
If you can get me on there: tomorrow.
There's a similar show in Iceland that I may be doing... but SSSHH.
Can we get another season of Wilfred? I really wanted to see where the story was going and it just ended.
Edit: specifically the American version.
It could happen... there's also talk of a movie.
Give me a shoutout in your Monologue
Or as they say in Icelandic Mðnðalðægueindottir.
Australia? Woah, does Hugh Jackman know that you guys are filming on his private island property?
We said we'd mow the lawns for him. Big property. Terrible mistake.
Watching again last night, for me one of the dumb highlights of 'Bruce' is Governor Phillip's collection of stupid fancy hats. Who made all those hats, and were they based on real 1788 designs?
They were sourced by the costume department, hat subdivision... some were modified op shop things, people's private collections, art department stores... there were a whole lot more than ended up in the show.
Did you consider giving the characters English accents?
(Warwick) Yeah, we discussed this at length in the early days. But we wanted to suggest that in particular the convicts and the indigenous characters were our true Aussie ancestors, rather than the po-faced Brits of past Aussie period drama. In the end we decided that Phillip, as our representative of history, the leader who came, went, and dictated much of what we know about the First Fleet, would carry the British accent.
(Tony) It's poetic absurdity. Contemporary people don't identify with Australians as English. That's why the traditional dramas about early Australia don't make sense. We are not English.