After three seasons of playing a chronic slacker on “Workaholics,” Adam DeVine was hesitant about joining the cast of a cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect.” Remembering that moment, he says, “I was like, ‘Is this my first horrible decision? Is this my ‘Gigli?’ ”
“Pitch Perfect” became a breakout hit and exposed DeVine’s frat-boy energy to a broader audience, but it didn’t soften his taste for pop-culture nods and raunchy catchphrases, which have become a staple of “Workaholics.”
“Some references are Wham! jokes from the ’80s, and some are dumb Internet videos,” he says. “If we think 10 other people might get the reference, we’ll keep it in.”
Comedy Central commissioned the show after seeing DeVine deliver the goods with his Mail Order Comedy ensemble. The cabler signed the sketch group to develop its YouTube shorts into the “Workaholics” series.
Now, Comedy Central has tapped DeVine to host its “Live at Gotham” replacement, “Adam DeVine’s House Party,” featuring short sets by up-and-coming standups. Then, he’ll head into production with his “Workaholics” co-stars on an untitled action-comedy shepherded by Seth Rogen.