Between filming a comedy special aboard a Hollywood tour bus, appearing on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, and producing and directing for Party Over Here with The Lonely Island, Paul Scheer is a busy man. The 40-year-old comedian doesn’t mind keeping such a schedule — in fact, most comics don’t. However, what Scheer does mind is having to use up so much of his time fighting for the smallest jokes and the biggest sketches with standards and practices — the department housed at every major television network that oversees what is and isn’t allowed to air. In other words, the censors.
Fox’s department has been giving Scheer and his Party Over Here colleagues trouble since the sketch comedy series premiered on March 12. To explain the situation, he reached out to Uproxx to discuss the uphill battle he, the show’s three stars, and even top-tier Fox executives have been fighting to keep broadcasting. He even provided approved and banned versions of the same skit, “Ghost Trappers,” as an example of “how the sausage is made.”
I have to be honest — until I watched this clip, I hadn’t had a chance to watch Party Over Here. I’d heard of it, but I just haven’t watched a full episode yet.
Look, we’ve made this show simply knowing that sketch comedy isn’t tune-in TV worthy. People will tune in to watch American Crime Story or something like that, but I feel like sketch comedy is best watched at a computer, shared via Facebook and Twitter, and all that stuff. So, what we tried to do with the show was make it to be watched that way. Make it available. I want people to watch the show, of course, but we’re also making sure that every part of the show is available online. To Fox’s credit, they’re on board with that. I don’t know if I tuned in every week to watch Key & Peele, but I saw so much of their stuff online. I’d get into a whole, watch six sketches, go back to my day and do the same thing a week or two later. That’s the best way to watch sketch.
The version of “Ghost Trappers” that aired on television.