What made you guys want to go in a more serious direction, tone-wise, than what we've seen in Good Neighbor and SNL sketches?
McCary: I've always wanted to showcase how wonderful an actor Kyle is. I've been his biggest fan since we were kids. When we started making videos, Kyle was so funny, and funny internet videos were the things that were propelling people's careers -- like Lonely Island, who were big inspirations for us -- so we got stuck in this corner where making sillier videos was the expectation. Throughout that time, though, there would be pockets of real earnestness that we would capture in a lot of Kyle's characters because he's so great at exploring their vulnerabilities and insecurities.
My dream as a filmmaker was never, I want to make only comedies. When I read the Brigsby script, which [Kyle co-wrote with Kevin Costello], I thought it was heartwarming on the page, with inherent comedy sprinkled throughout. It felt like it would not have been nearly as interesting to go broad and super jokey. There have been hundreds and thousands of fish-out-of-water movies that tend to be overtly comedic and poke fun at the experience of, Well this guy's never seen our world, and, Look at all the crazy hijinks he can get into! There's still hints of that throughout the movie, but I really responded to, and I think we all really responded to, how, thematically, there was such a powerful message in the script. So I was like, This is a good opportunity to showcase that we can tell stories without relying on jokes.