"In my senior year at drama school, I was looking for a short comic scene for the showcase, our presentation for casting directors and agencies. I could not find anything that
I thought was funny enough or not overdone. My classmate E.J. Cantu and I wrote
a scene called "The Audition," revolving around a guy named Carson who is
auditioning for Death of a Salesman
and a clueless, brand-new-to-the-city boy named Billy who sits next to Carson
in the waiting room. That sketch became the premise for the pilot of
While the series is an industry spoof and exaggerated by nature, much of the material comes from actual experiences. For example, in episode 5, "The Stage Door," I collected my favorite remarks that real fans have said to me or my colleagues after a show and put them into Billy and his mother's mouth. I have actually had a reader at an audition who has done several of the things Billy does in episode 2, "The Pilot."
The recurring characters in this series are those people who live in the same world as Billy. Meaning, the LA executive who discovers Billy, his agent, his agent's assistant, his mother, and his mother's talent scout all operate in the myopic universe that Billy deems valid. His mother gives you an idea of why Billy might be the way he is.
Billy is like Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory, but without the admiration for others who have achieved success. In his world, no one exists but Billy. His egomaniacal ambition, selfishness, and complete disregard for others, coupled with his utter blindness to the business, gives you a little more than you bargained for as far as an anti-hero. But he's not entirely unworthy of existence. After all, he's undeniably passionate, driven, a go-getter, and he's been chasing a dream since he was a child."
writer/co-creator of Billy Green.