Meet Benji Lessman. He’s an agent’s agent. No, he’s not the toast of the percentery business. He’s an agent for agents, proprietor of the Less is More Agency. And he’s got his own publicist — twin publicists, in fact.
If it all sounds absurb, well, it should, because it’s the conceit of of "Layers," an inside-showbiz satire series of vid shorts set to debut Sept. 21 on Turner Broadcasting’s Superdeluxe comedy broadband net. (Click here for a streaming video sneak of the debut installment.)
"Layers" is the brainchild of twin comics Jason and Randy Sklar (they guested as the battling twin assistants on a recent "Entourage" seg, and they played battling conjoined twins last year on "Grey’s Anatomy") and thesp Nick Kroll (pictured above), who is soon to make his primetime series debut on ABC’s "Cavemen." Superdeluxe has ordered eight five-minute segs of the trio’s sendup of showbiz and its ever-growing entourages.
"I’m passionate about people who are passionate about people," Lessman explains of his vocation. To give the shorts an authentic backdrop of a Wilshire Boulevard talent agency, the shorts were shot at the Sklars’ and Kroll’s respective management firms, Principato-Young and Thruline Entertainment.
(The debut seg opens with a title card featuring a quote from a recent column by Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, but to be crystal clear, Variety has no formal tie to "Layers.")
Lessman was a character that Kroll was doing in his alterna-comedy standup act for a few years. The Sklars (pictured right) met him while they were producing and hosting the ESPN Classic series "Cheap Seats," and they all vowed to work together at some point on something cool. "Layers" kinda fell together earlier this year, and after they shot the first three, Superdeluxe was quick to order five more. They’ll roll out once a week on Superdeluxe on Friday nights starting next week.