To hear the Black Keys tell it, their upcoming cameo on Comedy Central's "Workaholics" wasn't planned in advance — it was just the result of some rather fortuitous legal scheduling.
"We actually had a court date today, so we just happened to be here," frontman Dan Auerbach deadpanned.
He's joking, of course: The Keys' guest appearance on the show (they'll play "dirtbags" with "oddly long ponytails" who have a run-in with the "Workaholics" guys in small-claims court) actually came about after some intense guilt-tripping, which is basically how all of Hollywood operates, just in case you weren't aware.
"We're super-big fans of the show," drummer Patrick Carney said. "We kind of just guilt-tripped them to let us on the show, basically."
"Yeah, we told them we'd let them hang out backstage with us, introduce them to babes, and they gave us a part," Auerbach added. "[It's worked] since the dawn of time: the babe exchange."
The Black Keys' episode of "Workaholics" is tentatively set to air later this summer — the show returns in all its bong-glazed glory on May 29 — and the Keys are already calling it a career highlight, especially since they can relate to the show on many different levels.
"We love the show, and we think [the cast] is awesome. Everyone went to school with people like that, if you grew up in the Midwest, especially," Auerbach laughed. "All of that dumb sh-- they talk about, it's all real. That's why it's funny."
"I used to work as a telemarketer when I was about 20, and it was the worst job I ever had," Carney said. "But I didn't have friends to share it with, so it wasn't quite the same; it was more just plain miserable."