You might've recently caught Rob Corddry as the show-stealing jackass in Hot Tub Time Machine. But during our talk with him we learned two things: he's a perfectly nice fellow, and he probably owns more set-top boxes than we do.
So I don't know if you're familiar with Gizmodo, but we're a technology and gadget site...
Listen. Don't be a jerk. I'm a very technically inclined person, and I have a folder of bookmarks—hundreds of folders—and one of them is "check daily." And you are second on my check daily folder.
Oh, well thanks. That's quite an honor.
Next to—I don't know if it's quite your sister site, it might even be competition—Lifehacker.
They actually are our sister site. That's good, I thought you were going to say REDACTED or something, and then we would've had trouble.
I don't like REDACTED. I do like CNET. Whenever I buy a new gadget, I cross reference CNET and Gizmodo.
Well thank you, that really is fantastic to hear. That's great. What kind of gadgets are you into?
Well I'm mostly into...I'm really into productivity and how technology can make us more efficient. I'm one of those guys who likes shaving seconds off my typing time. I'm really into to-do lists. So mostly my tech stuff is applications that make my life better.
What to-do apps do you like?
I'm just transitioning from OmniFocus to Things. Things is great. It's all a gadget anyway, it supposedly makes your life more easy, but I definitely just enjoy playing with them as well.
Yeah, they make you feel more organized, but who knows if you're actually saving time.
In terms of gadgets I'm thinking about looking into a new camera. I got a Rebel three years ago for my birthday and it's amazing, but these DSLR cameras have now gone the way of any other gadget: completely disposable within a year or two. And the advances they've made in the last year are insane. I shot a little bit of my TV show on a Canon 5D, the one that's got the 1080p video—we shot some of my TV show on that. That's crazy.
Your TV show is one of the things I wanted to talk about. That's Childrens' Hospital, which you write, produce and direct?
I directed the first season, which they're gonna air on Adult Swim as well, to sort of introduce the series, but I didn't direct the second season. I left that up to the professionals.
It started as a web series, right?
Yeah, it started on TheWB.com.
How'd you find the experience of making content exclusively for the web? How'd that come about?
I really enjoyed it. It was really lucky. It was during the writer's strike, so we didn't have anything to do, and we could still write for the internet. It came at a time when all these studios were creating these online divisions in order to keep something going during the strike. And also, I think, starting to consider it really cheap development. So I got very lucky, also in that I think that my web series was the only one to actually make it to television. That's not to say that I wrote it to be picked up on TV, I never did, it was never an idea I thought was conducive to television, but I think Adult Swim is the only place that it would fit. So it's one of those 15 minute shows, no commercials, and it's one of their first live action endeavors.
Do all web shows secretly aspire to be real TV shows? Or is there a place for internet content that's happy to be internet content.
I really don't know. I definitely think it pretty much remains a separate entity. What happens in the future, I think, depends largely on the technology. We haven't really got it right yet. Apple TV is just a novelty—I have it, I never use it. Boxee I really don't get, it's kinda hard to hook my computer and everything up to my television, and even then, I'm not sure that's the most efficient way to watch my media. The only thing I can think of, gadget wise, that I really enjoy and use is Netflix streaming, whether it be on my Roku or my PS3. That's the best I've seen. But there's been no real marriage of television and the internet, truly.
I think that's the consensus. Nobody's got it right yet. I don't know if you heard, but Google is working with Intel and Sony on a new thing, Google TV, to do just that.