Comedy Central’s truly excellent “Workaholics” makes its fully torqued return Tuesday night (May 29), kicking off its third season with an episode that sees Blake, Adam and ‘Ders embark on a “business trip” of a different sort — namely, the kind that involves acid.
As the guys explained to MTV News, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the new season, which sees them taking on tough topics, whether their fans like it or not.
“We’re really tackling some hard-hitting issues with the third season,” Adam DeVine explained. “Obesity, ways to find drugs … hygiene is a real issue too.”
“The fans can expect whatever they want this season, they’re not going to get it,” Anders Holm deadpanned. “We’re not going to give it to them.”
As is the case for a show coming off a breakthrough second season — which saw them steal a dragon statue, terrorize a gated community and make tremendous advances in chewing tobacco on television (and was capped by DeVine’s Adam Demamp being named one of MTV’s Top 50 TV Characters of 2011 ) — the “Workaholics” plan to swing for the fences with their new season by totally changing everything you’ve come to love about the show.
“We’re jumping the shark; after the fifth episode, we’re going to hire movie stars to play us,” DeVine said. “I have Matt Damon, he’s gaining 60 pounds. Wilford Brimley is playing Kyle [Newachek’s water-trashy Kyle Hevacheck]. And we just got a really cute-looking cat to play Blake. And ‘Ders is no longer on the show at all.”
That newfound clout is also evident in a pair of guest stars who will show up later this summer: none other than the Black Keys, who play “ponytailed dirtbags” and who have struck up a rather unlikely — and slightly soul-crushing — friendship with the “Workaholics” crew since filming their cameo.
“We’ve just sort of stayed in touch, texting and stuff,” DeVine said. “It’s cool to see their lives. I’ll text them and be like, ‘Hey, what’s up, man?’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, just in Europe. Fifty-thousand people tonight. Pretty crazy.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, um, we shot a scene in Van Nuys today with 40 dudes my dad’s age working lights, and I had a fake erection.’ “