#103: Stepmates - Making Australia Funny Again

By Jordan Michaelides
January 29, 2019

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Sebastian Peart ( @sebpeart ) and Mark Nicholson ( @themarknicholson ) are co-creators of the satirical cartoon brand Stepmates ( @stepmates ). Along with composer and sound/engineer Peter Corrigan, these champions of low-brow “bottom of the barrel” humour are creating hilariously animated satire.

What I love about the Stepmates boys is that like comedians such as Friendlyjordies, they’re able to cut through the bullshit, reducing an, oftentimes, critically overthought topic to a key statement or point. In a world where being politically moderate is somehow radical, these two gentlemen are able to sound out what we’re all really thinking, with a brilliantly simple animation. Giving a shining light to a world that is slowly eating itself due to poor political discourse.

This was an incredibly funny episode where we covered:

  • Friendlyjordies & breaking down PC bullshit

  • No Nut November & productivity

  • What they wanted to be growing up

  • The Stepmates business, moving into animation and their creative process

  • Life-changing moments, viral videos

  • The “Jim’s Mowing” drama

  • Being politically centrist



SHOW NOTES

02:09 - Introduction

04:30 - Friendlyjordies

06:00 - Breaking down the PC bullshit

09:50 - Top 3 interviewees

11:55 - No Nut November & productivity

15:25 - What they wanted to be growing up

18:40 - War, history and comedy

21:00 - Books, LOTR, Star Wars

23:16 - Western suburbs frat house

27:00 - Stepmates career timeline

35:25 - Life-changing moments, viral videos

39:30 - Moving into animation

44:20 - Making a meme

47:00 - Social media, mental health

54:02 - The “Jim’s Mowing” drama

01:03:20 - Stepmates as a business

01:09:20 - Unbrandable

01:13:03 - Their creative process

01:22:26 - Origin of the characters

01:24:03 - Being politically centrist

01:27:38 - Seb’s illustration style

01:29:00 - Inspired by Rick & Morty

01:32:06 - Mark and Seb’s routines

01:35:54 - Decompressing & hobbies

01:36:55 - Best purchase under $200

01:37:49 - If they could have a billboard anywhere


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THINGS MENTIONED (in order of episode)