In September, the original comedy production and licensing juggernaut Comedy Dynamics announced that it had acquired something involving stand-up comics that wasn’t actually stand-up comedy. From the minds of filmmaker Aaron Feldman and executive producers (and twin brothers) Randy and Jason Sklar, the documentary Poop Talk was — in the words of company CEO Brian Volk-Weiss — “going to be an instant comedy classic film like The Aristocrats before it.” Of course, whether or not it becomes as popular as The Aristocrats and other similar comedy documentaries before it remains to be seen.
Judging by the screener I watched and the subsequent conversation I had with the Sklar brothers, however, there’s a good chance Poop Talk will float around for a while after its debut in select theaters and on VOD last Friday. After all, it’s an entire movie about poop that features conversations with scientists and philosophers, as well as comedians like Kumail Nanjiani, Nicole Byer, Adam Carolla, Rob Corddry, Nikki Glaser, Pete Holmes, Jonah Ray, and Eric Stonestreet. As Randy Sklar frames it, “We found that some really interesting stuff came out of it… No pun intended.”
I’ve talked to the Lucas brothers, so this won’t be my first time interviewing twins.
Randy Sklar: I love those guys.
Jason Sklar: Those guys are awesome.
You two are friends with Aaron Feldman, the filmmaker. Did he approach you about making Poop Talk, or did you take the idea to him?
Randy: He came to us. Aaron’s someone we’ve known for years. Great filmmaker, really smart guy. He sat us down and I remember we were having coffee in Silverlake and he said, “I have this idea for a documentary. I would love for you guys to help me with it, but I understand if you don’t want to do it. Please still be friends with me. It’s about poop.” And we were like, “Uh, yeah, I don’t know if we want to do it.” He asked us to think about it over the weekend. It was a Friday that we met him. I’ll never forget. He said, “Think about it and tell me the types of movies you would make using this subject matter. Is there a version of this that you would do?” So we did. That was a great way to put it to us.