What are the chances of a spin-off series which centres on a forbidden romance between big John and paedo Kennedy?
Damon: Chances are high.
Iain: By posting this on Reddit you automatically forfeit all rights to this idea. Consider it done.
Flash forward 10-15 years. If we popped back in on the lads, where would you two like to see them in life (which may be different than where you actually think they’d end up)?
Also, I want to hear this story about you two coaxing Joe Thomas into using his actual erect penis for a nude scene.
Thanks for all the laughs, Iain and Damon.
Iain: The erect penis story is too long to tell. In the end he didn’t use his erect penis.
Damon: But he would have,
Iain: The key thing is that in 15 years they’re all going to turn out as alright human beings. They’re nice boys, with a bit more life behind them they’re going to be alright.
Which Inbetweener do you both feel you are most like?
Iain: I’m Will. Damon is paedo Kennedy.
Were you surprised at the success that The Inbetweeners generated?
Iain: Yes, obviously. We are not maniacs.
How did the writing process go about? Some scenes are so funny and crude that it’s hard to think someone had the balls to put it on tv!
Iain: Channel 4 were incredibly supportive, right from the start. If anything they pushed us to do whatever we wanted. Damon’s gone for a wee by the way. He last had a wee 30 minutes ago, I’m not even joking. He has a bladder issue.
Where did the idea for “BUS WANKERS” come from? Jay’s personality? And, where did the idea for the show itself come from.
Damon: A friend of mine was queueing for a bus in Bromley which is in Kent, and some youths drove by and called him a bus wanker. The foul mouthed comic geniuses.
How was it to work with Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement? They (flight of the conchords) seem somewhat different comedy-wise compared to The Inbetweeners.
Iain: When we did work with them, they were amazing. They’re friends who we think are hilarious. Bret sang a song at my wedding.
Damon: I sang the song as well, with Bret. But he never mentions that. It was James Bobin and I were joint best men. Hedging his bets. And it was James’ idea to write a song in honour of Iain Morris’s impending marriage. And Bret performed it with us. I don’t think there’s video evidence.
Iain: There is! My friend Joe has it.
Damon: So it was like being a member of Flight of the Chords for about three minutes. I like Jemaine, but that line up had real potential.
Would you like a lick of my Cornetto?
Damon: If by Cornetto you mean penis, then yes.
Were many of the embarrassing stories from the inbetweeners based on personal experiences?
Which was the worst?
Iain: For me it was probably when Will tries to lose his virginity to Charlotte. Or accidentally insulting people with Down’s Syndrome on a rollercoater, both of which I did.
Damon: Mine was getting a hand job at an under 18 disco on the side of the dance floor.
Iain: When you were 35.
How do you feel about the American version?
Iain: We weren’t that involved in the creative process, although I did direct the last episode.
Damon: So quite involved.
Iain: No, because I turned up for two weeks…
Damon: …and phoned it in.
Iain: No, but the directors were great, and the actors were great. Do I watch it myself? No. Do I wish it had been better? Yes.
Fairly simple question from me. Favorite episode of The Inbetweeners and why?
Iain: There’s three I like, but you do yours.
Damon: We’re both going to say the same one. Will’s birthday. Patrice. Paedos.
Iain: I really like trip to Warwick. Jay’s “If she fucks like she complains, you’re in for a treat.” And Field Trip.
Damon: Bunk Off’s the first thing we ever wrote. So that has a special place in my heart.
Was the pilot for the series called “Baggy Trousers” and you auditioned it in Edinburgh? My friend went up for it and I think he mentioned that it eventually became the inbetweeners. Spoiler alert – he did not get it.
Iain: Correct, he did not.
Damon: Was he the security guard at the hotel where we did the auditions who accidentally auditioned? He got dragged in by our over-keen producer and then realised he was in an audition. Rather than admit the mistake, he read for the part of Simon. And that man is Joe Thomas! He’s not.
Who’s really funnier: gervais or merchant?
Iain: They’re both insanely funny, is the annoying truth.
Damon: Karl Pilkington.
Hi Iain & Damon! Why did you decide to take the boys to Australia this time around? Was there ever any plans to follow their lives back in England ?
Iain: Because it felt like the kind of place that Jay would go for a gap year. And it felt like the kind of place that Neil and Simon would like to go for a gap year, it’s not got that poshness one associates with gaps years in South East Asia or India.
How much did you two bully Ricky Gervais?
Damin: We had to stop because he’s very sensitive and he used to cry.
Iain: I don’t think we bullied him. We’re all very good friends and had a laugh.
How on earth have you managed to get the actors to agree to all the shit you put them through over the years?
iain: joe thomas is the easiest
damon: joe says yes to anything.
Considering the large following in North America, why was it decided not to release the sequel across the pond?
Iain: No-one watched the first one in the cinemas. So we’ve got to work out another way to do it, which we will.
Have you played fifa 17 yet?
damon: completed it mate
Of all the scenes that you have included in the Inbetweeners TV series, which was the biggest laugh at trying to set up?
Iain: Joe in the boat when he stood up with a sock on his penis, I thought I was going to die. I was a mess. It was freezing cold, he was soaking wet, and then the final humiliation.
Damon: Also that day, James Buckley had to set the flare off, despite being given an extensive safety talk, which he basically ignored, he almost blew his own head off, before firing the flare horizontally like a bazooka down Littlehampton harbour.
So I heard you guys shot parts of inbetweeners 2 in South Australia, how did you go against drop bears?
Iain: Jay knocks out a drop bear in the film.
Damon: Joe Thomas fell for the drop bear hoax for only the second time in his life.
Which phrase, if any, do you most regret coining?
Iain: We only really coined “bumder”. I don’t think that’s made it into popular usage, thank god. It’s not as if the world hasn’t got enough homophobic slurs.
Can you PLEASE settle this once and for all for me: What is an ‘inbetweener’?
Also… What are your top 5 British comedies? Film or TV.
Iain: They’re not cool, they’re not geeks, they’re in-between.
Damon: 1. Fawlty Towers 2. The Office (UK) 3. I’m Alan Partridge 4. The Ali G Show 5. Peep Show 6. The last series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle 7. Blackadder
How was it coming up with material for the new movie (not seen it yet unfortunately) compared with the first? Was it more difficult or was it easier as you’re used to that kind of humour?
Also do the actors have any input in content or anything?
Can’t wait to see the new one I’ve heard it’s even funnier than the first!
Iain: We spent a long time thinking about where to set it. We had far too much material. When we first showed it to Film4 the first draft was about 200 pages. The actors do have input. They read it and say what they like and don’t like and sometimes we listen to them.
Damon: This time there’s a little bit of improvisation that’s made it in. In general we’ve not done a lot of improv. Because as a test in the first series we asked them to do some improv and it was just so disastrous we thought let’s just stick to the script.
Do you ever wish you had never created the Inbetweeners? Are there bits of the show you look back on and think “what the f**k was I thinking there?”?
Damon: Yes. It’s all quite weird, isn’t it?
Iain: Also because a lot of it happened in real life, it’s more painful than you could imagine to look back.
Damon: It is a bit like watching a well produced home video of your life. You forget almost that it’s actors playing a role because you know these events so well.
How would you feel about an American from Reddit asking for a cameo in Inbetweeners 3??
Iain: I’ll guarantee you a part in it because it’s never going to happen.
Hi guys big fan of your work, how do you feel about sharing the names of the two characters in Extras?
Iain: I thought it was funny actually.
Damon: Incredibly honoured.
What is next for you guys?
iain: i need some sleep, but then we’re taking the film to australia. damon: PS4, fifa 15
Hi, how are you both? I’ve been following the Inbetweeners journey from the very first series and much of it coincided with what i was doing at the time, e.g. A-levels, going off to uni etc. I’m looking forward to seeing the new film, and just want to say thank-you, and all the best. Jordan.
Iain: Thanks so much.
Has there been any drama or any big issues between the actors? or between you and the actors?
iain: no. we honestly all get along very well. they are very funny gits.
Iain, are you aware of the man crush that Brian Quinn has for you?
Iain: Yes. I was drinking with him last night tip 1 in the morning trying to keep his wandering hands off me.
Hi guys, thanks for taking time to do this AMA.
With regards to the first movie, the girls you picked to match the boys were incredibly well done, especially Lisa for Neil. Was it a tough process to find the perfect actors for these roles?
Iain: We’re pretty thorough on casting. All the girls were brilliant, they all went through an exhaustive casting process and they’re all doing really well now. Jessica Knappett has a series, Drifters.
What’s your favorite scene from the show?
Iain: Fishpunch. Easy. Joe slapping his cock is pretty good as well, to be fair.
Damon: Weirdly, I like the scene where they stop at a petrol station on the way to caravan club, and where Simon gets a hand job on the side of the dance floor.
Damon. My last name is Beesley. Is our spelling of our glorious last name more common in the UK? Here in the US, most people spell it Beasley (the heathens!). Also, do you want to get together for a family BBQ as we are surely related. 😉
DAMON: it’s not very common in the UK either. we could be related. IAIN: it’s not common, but it is ‘common’.
Do you have any advice on set control?
iain: if you read the actors interviews you will see that they have no respect for us. we are the wrong people to ask.
What do you think a female version of the Inbetweeners group would be like?
iain: drifters. written by jessica knappett. available on dvd.
The Inbetweeners 2 is already out in cinemas in the UK!