Spoilers below for certain episodes of Netflix's new comedy Brews Brothers.
It will take roughly a quarter of the series premiere's runtime to determine whether you're on board with Netflix's raunchy new comedy Brews Brothers, which comes from executive producers Greg and Jeff Schaffer, with the latter being the Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld vet who created The League. Starring Orange Is the New Black's Alan Aisenberg and Clipped vet Mike Castle, Brews Brothers centers on two siblings who try to spin success out of running a brewery that lacks etiquette and proper sanitation.
CinemaBlend spoke with Greg and Jeff Schaffer ahead of the Season 1 premiere on Netflix, and the brothers had a lot of good things to say about the streaming service and its relatively loose restrictions. But people always say good things about Netflix, so we're going to focus more on the gay Nazi biker episode, which one of the Rodman brothers' pranks was influenced from the Schaffers' past, and the wildly unpredictable way breakout star Carmen Flood won everyone over with her audition.
Brews Brothers' Nazi Gay Biker Gang
The seventh episode of Brews Brothers' first season, "Krachtbal," features a ridiculously sitcom-esque premise in which Rodman's crew and another group play a foreign sporting event where the winner gets ownership of the brewery. In this scenario, however, that other group happened to be a gang of bikers...who are revealed to be gay men...who are then revealed to be Nazis. (That comedic reveal is now the gay Nazi biker equivalent of The Twlight Zone classic "To Serve Man.") When I asked about the where that storyline came from, here's what Jeff and Greg Schaffer told me:
Just in case anyone out there thought that the Schaffers were just putting a hat on a hat on top of another hat, the basis for the idea did indeed have an organic line of thinking behind it. Once you start coming up with double-entendre names for fake beers, it's a hard habit to break. The brothers continued:
The fact that everyone ended up playing a random giant-ball game in the middle of the street seemed like the perfect final solution for how to resolve the plot and send the prejudiced mofos on their way.
Brews Brothers' Real-Life Pee Prank
Part of Brews Brothers' charm, as it were, is the rivalrous relationship between Alan Aisenberg's fun-loving Will and Mike Castle's stickler-for-everything Adam. Over the course of eight episodes, viewers learn quite a few horrible things that Adam did to Will over the years, both when they were children and when they were old enough to know better. As it happens, one of the more disturbingly awful pranks that Adam pulled on Will was very much culled from real-life experiences. Greg Schaffer hinted at the debauchery:
Now, here's Jeff Schaffer being a lot more explicit about the wet prank, and self-awarely taking credit for providing his brother with comedic influences.
Many people likely wouldn't considering peeing on their enemies with the intent of gaslighting them into thinking they're bed-wetters, and neither did Jeff Schaffer. Although he did do it to his brother, which possibly makes him more devious than most. But then when you remember this is the guy who created The League's Ruxin and Rafi, it all makes sense.
Carmen Flood's Unique Audition
Though much of Brews Brothers' core cast might be unfamiliar to fans who aren't paying close attention to the indie comedy community, star Carmen Flood was virtually unknown to everyone, as she'd only been in two short films before landing the co-lead role. She didn't follow the most traditional path to landing the role, either. Greg Schaffer recalled when the show was auditioning actors, Flood submitted quite the memorable callback video.
For anyone who has watched the entirety of Brews Brothers, the purposefully scuzzy Van Nuys setting is pretty much the antithesis of an African safari. (Although there's probably a comparison to make between wild animals and Elvis and Becky's sex life.) And naturally, Carmen Flood wasn't using any ol' random scene for her final audition. It was the scene where her character Sarah is unwittingly drawing out male genitalia, which obviously isn't the most common sight on any safari.
That grandmother definitely deserves some points for joining in on the fun of Carmen Flood's audition. Hopefully that conversation didn't have to get quite as graphic as just about everything that gets said on Brews Brothers.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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