How Showtime series helped comic Perlman stay sharp
Q: As a comedian by trade, did you find filming “Flatbush Misdemeanors” helped sharpen your stand-up skills?
A: Yeah, definitely. I mean, that’s always been my goal, is to be like a stand-up comedian who makes things, like the comedian who makes shows and films and stuff and would want each one to sort of feed the other and be able to just continue to do both at a higher level. And so yeah, totally, because you can just tell stories and you can hit other perspectives and that’s such an important thing in stand-up, also, when you’re doing a bit, is to consider other people’s perspectives that helps flesh out the bit. And so to do that with characters and storytelling, they totally feed off each other.
And also, it makes you quicker in also the way we’re shooting the show. We’re shooting it very fast and we’re shooting it – we just have to adjust to a lot of stuff. And doing comedy, you just have the ability to adjust and you’re just like, “OK, this is the reality.” And you roll with it. So they totally serve each other, yeah.
Q: Was there room for improv in “Flatbush”?
A: Yeah, it depends who it is but we always (film) it as scripted first, just to know we have it. But when we have these very gifted comedians on who do that better than anybody, then we want to give them room to get some takes where they’re just going off
Like Yamaneika Saunders plays my therapist and she’s a very funny comedian. … And she just yells at me. It’s very fun, the idea of having a therapist who is very bored by me and she just berates me in a way that is so funny. And she did it as scripted wonderfully and then we just let her go off in a couple of takes and she had the crew in tears after one take.