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Jared Logan & Daniel St. Germain | Photo by Mindy Tucker, directed by Andy Ross

By: Meghan O'Keefe

There’s something really joyous about watching two brilliant performers work together when it’s clear they love the collaboration. Sometimes, though, it’s even funnier to watch two brilliant people together who loathe each other. Two of New York’s favorite stand up comics, Dan St. Germain and Jared Logan, tackle the humor of hatred in their new show, They Hated Each Other -- now playing at the UCBT-NY. The Apiary gave them a few Q's and they volleyed back these A's.

How did you get the idea for the show?
Jared: I really like history and Dan really likes horrible celebrity feuds and we wanted to do a show that reflected our interests. That said, I think I came up with the idea for the whole thing and should receive the credit for it.
Dan: Jared's first draft was filled with historical facts that were horribly incorrect. The first half talked about how Daniel Boone discovered the telegraph and pogs, the second half climaxed with John Wilkes Booth assassinating un-dead Harriet Tubman. Seriously though, I think striking balance between what your show mission is and putting in the laugh lines is tricky. It took us awhile to discover a balance.

When and how did the two of you become writing partners?
Jared: We started writing together pretty soon after I moved to the city in 2008. I found Dan was a great partner because he often behaved like a jack-ass and inspired lots of jokes that started "I have this idiot friend who...[does something jack-assy]." Though I don't think I even do any of those jokes now. But Dan got me writing! He inspired me!
Dan: I was looking for someone who was both fatter and more annoying then I was.

Did you really hate each other when you first met?
Dan: Definitely hate each other more now.
Jared: We didn't fight a lot when we first met but we do now. That doesn't mean we are not good friends. We are. Right, Dan? Maybe? God, I'm just not sure anymore.
Dan: Jared has only ever irritated me when I've spent time with him. I think we work better when we argue. It’s just our dynamic. I've had some partners where it works better when we don't, but we can both be stubborn as hell and I think forcing us to compromise has made a better product.

How did you decide which historic feuds to include in the show?
Dan: We consulted with our PR people.
Jared: We'd been writing and showcasing the show for over a year before we got a chance to do a run at the UCB. So there are lots of historic feuds in those early drafts of the show that didn't quite make the cut based on a staged reading or whatever.

What were some of the feuds that were cut?
Dan: Bank of America vs. Huey Lewis.
Jared: We had feuds between Stephen King & Dean Koontz, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, the explorers who set out for the South Pole: Scott and Amundsen ... and many others that never made it into the rough draft. Some of these were cut just for time. You might see some of these if we do the show for a while. We want to throw in different feuds to change it up and keep it fresh.

How did writing this show differ from how you approach writing stand up?
Jared: Instead of writing for yourself you have to write for your scene partner. Everything you do is for your partner! You must plunder the depths of your partner's mind and walk in your partner's skin! You must BECOME your scene partner. He must become you.
Dan: Yeah, I think writing for other people makes your stuff stronger because you get a better idea of what makes different comedic types distinctive. Writing for Jared has been such a treat. It’s like writing for a fancier Tim Gunn.

If you had to compare your chemistry/relationship to any other duo (real or fictitious), which would it be?
Dan: Posh Spice and Elton John.
Jared: Salieri and Mozart. Or maybe F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. I'm the Mozart and Murray Abraham.

Who's the Matt and who's the Ben in your relationship?
I'm the Ben Affleck because I think he's probably the more laid-back one. An uptight type-A personality wouldn't say yes to Reindeer Games.
Dan: Jared was a huge Reindeer Games fan so I'd guess he’d be Ben Affleck. As far as who's more of the type-A personality, I guess I'd say I was. Unless, of course, it involves dungeon mastering. It’s quite an accomplishment to treat your partner like a child yet still play with action figures.

--Meghan O'Keefe is a comic, writer, actress and research assistant living in New York City. You can follow her on tumblr or Twitter (@megsokay).

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I've seen the show, and I love it.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbbi Crutchfield

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