The 2010 Streamy Award for Best Writing for a Comedy Series went to David Wain for Wainy Days, distributed by digital comedy network My Damn Channel. The series stars Wain as a sappy, fictionalized version of himself looking for love, and features his pursuit of a new woman each episode. Wain is perhaps best known for his work on sketch comedy series The State and Stella, and penning the feature film Role Models.
Script asked David a few short questions about his Streamy win and what online media means to a working mainstream writer:
SCRIPT: How did you come to create Wainy Days?
David Wain: I’d always thought it would be interesting – in the spirit of “write what you know” – to do some kind of series where I’m trying to meet women and each episode is about a different one. The short form of the Web seemed to match it perfectly so it came to mind when I was approached by My Damn Channel to do something.
SCRIPT: If you could explain the show to your grandparents, what would you say?
DW: This is what my life is like in New York! But funnier!
SCRIPT: How does working with My Damn Channel compare to working with a traditional TV network?
DW: The only similarities is that the work itself takes on the same form and challenges - all the traditional processes in telling a story on film: crafting the script, casting, shooting, editing, etc. But My Damn Channel has never given me any creative parameters whatsoever. They just support the series and I make it – it’s a very fortunate situation.
SCRIPT: As someone who has worked - and continues to work - in traditional media, what does an online series provide you?
DW: It’s a different, fun and exciting venue. A chance to make material with lower stakes, lower budgets. A chance to work with actors I haven’t otherwise been able to. A chance for me to act in front of the camera. To try different things in the writing, directing. To work with new collaborators — all with a minimum of hassle.
SCRIPT: If you had one suggestion for up-and-coming writers, what would it be?
DW: Remember that quantity can be as important as quality.
SCRIPT: If you were to make a food truck that travels around LA (a la Kogi BBQ), what would it serve?
David Wain’s Wainy Days can be seen at WainyDays.com.
Alec McNayr and Robert Gustafson are writers and producers for Space Shank Media. Alec McNayr’s humor book Historical Tweets: The Completely Unabridged and Ridiculously Brief History of the World is available in stores everywhere.
[Full Disclosure: Alec McNayr is a member of the International Academy of Web Television, the voting body for the Streamy Awards.]
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