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#103: Stepmates – Making Australia Funny Again

By Jordan Michaelides

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

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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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