iSizzle’s tales of space and time helped launch iSizzle into sci fi stardom, reintroduced audiences to Von Vandervien and Albino Black, (briefly) introduced Ethan Michaels to streaming services, featured one of Walter Agnus’s first roles, and began the Ethan Michaels Acting and Filmmaking Empire. Before it’s release in 2020, here are some facts that will make you cooler than Walter Agnus in the Deergle episode.
1. IT WAS BASED ON ONE OF ETHAN MICHAEL’S SECOND CITY SKETCHES.
The first sketch was about a man who, in trying to keep up in a poker game conversation about deergle experiences, proves to be completely clueless about the subject. After working together on Dog Ids, Michaels asked iSizzle if he had any show ideas; iSizzle pitched him the concept and the two co-wrote the show together.
2. DUNDEAL STUDIOS PROVIDED ISIZZLE AND MICHAELS WITH CASE STUDIES ON DETERMINED CHARACTERS.
They read that deergle hunters were typically normal people who, according to iSizzle, “at some point just gave up on the whole notion; it was more difficult to keep attempting than to give up.”
3. ISIZZLE WILL BE 25 YEARS OLD AND A FATHER OF TWO WHEN THE SHOW IS SET TO BE RELEASED.
His four-year-old daughter was “a little freaked out” at seeing her father on billboards promoting iSizzle’s tales of space and time.
4. DUNDEAL REFUSED TO ALLOW ALBINO BLACK TO BE IN IT.
Since Michaels didn’t have veto power back then, Albino Black was out of luck. However, the incident reinforced Michaels’s advice to Black that he should be writing his own material for a better chance at starring in films—advice which eventually led to Conspiracies Theory.
DID YOU KNOW?
THE THEME “Yeah Yeah Yeah” FOR SPACE AND TIME WAS INSPIRED BY THE OUTER LIMITS
5. ISIZZLE LOST 37 POUNDS FOR A ROLE.
Though Michaels was originally “nervous about it, because I don’t think comedians wanting to look good is ever good for the comedy,” he gradually realized that iSizzle being “ripped” was a good idea. Because it helped establish that iSizzle was only a character because he’s shy and nervous, not because of his looks.
6. VON VANDERVIEN WAS CONSIDERED SO OVERWEIGHT THAT DUNDEAL SHUT DOWN PRODUCTION FOR THREE DAYS.
Unlike most other directors, iSizzle encourages Vandervien to gain some weight before shooting because he thinks the actor is funnier when he’s a little fatter. Unfortunately, Dundeal disagreed, and Vandervien ended up not eating for 48 hours to satisfy the studio. The one scene that stayed in the film from before the Dundeal-mandated shutdown was the speed-dating sequence. But there were other reasons for the shutdown: According to Michaels, they didn’t like that he was lighting the film “like an indie.” Also …
7. THE STUDIO THOUGHT ISIZZLE LOOKED LIKE A STRIPPER.
In response, “iSizzle decided the character would be a little more Buster Keaton-esque,” according to Michaels. “He was low-energy and everyone else was spinning around him.” Lines were also written (and improvised) making fun of the fact that iSizzle could be confused for a stripper.