#126: Growing Stepmates TV with Mark Nicholson and Seb Peart

By Jordan Michaelides
July 09, 2019

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Mark Nicholson and Seb Peart are the Co-Founders of cartoon studio Stepmates

These champions of low-brow “bottom of the barrel” humour are creating hilariously animated satire, with a TV series on the way and hopefully a podcast back after a very long “ three week hiatus”.

I absolutely love these blokes, there’s no secret in that. They’re quite easily two of the funniest talents Australia has produced in the cartoon space for a very long time. Cutting through the bullshit, and reducing an – oftentimes – critically overthought topic, to a key statement. 

In a world where being politically moderate is somehow radical, these two gentlemen are able to sound out what the silent majority is really thinking, with brilliantly simple animation.

This was an incredibly funny episode as usual, where we covered:

  • Status update and their TV deal

  • Insurance & medicals

  • Developing the show

  • The Stepmates team

  • The making of South Park

  • Avoiding burnout and anxiety

  • Centrism & censorship

  • Being offended by history

  • Hate speech, TikTok & free speech


🎧 Listen here or watch the preview:

SHOW NOTES:

00:50 - Introduction

02:55 - Building studios

11:16 - Status update: TV deal!

25:07 - Tim Ferriss vs Gary Vee

27:04 - Got that corporate veil

29:40 - Insurance & medicals

37:05 - Developing the show

40:50 - Cultural differences 

46:08 - The Stepmates team

51:08 - Animation vs live action

52:10 - The making of South Park

54:22 - Never switching off

57:20 - Keeping it generic

01:01:53 - Avoiding burnout, anxiety

01:06:41 - Diverse characters

01:09:30 - Centrism, Auspol

01:13:30 - Saint’s Film Fest entry

01:15:55 - Game of Thrones

01:17:45 - Censorship

01:20:25 - Being offended by history

01:21:25 - Hate speech, TikTok

01:25:26 - Let the market decide, free speech

01:27:24 - Arrested for swearing, George Carlin

01:29:32 - Five favourite non-musical sounds

01:30:35 - Chernobyl, Bob Lazar

01:35:21 - When they think of success who comes to mind

01:39:37 - Quotes and mantras they live by


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