The Creators of The Big Lez Show Name Their Top 10 Fav. Episodes
Every Big Lez Show episode is special in its own way, but everyone has their favourite. So we thought we’d ask the supreme overlords of the Big Lez Universe which of their eps was their favourite and some sweet back story on how each one came to be.
Here’s the list and what Jarrad, Izak and Tom had to say:
10. Volcano Bong
This ep stems from a good story. Tom and I were wagging school (we were in year 11) and walking around town with about 5 bucks each. While wandering around, Tom suddenly stopped on the footpath, frozen, looking down. He picked something up, looked at it closely and then ran away screaming YEEEESSS! He eventually came back and showed me. It was a little bag of weed that someone had dropped! It was in such a neat package and the bud inside was juicy as.
It was the best thing ever since we were keen to have a smoke but couldn't really get weed due to money and no contacts. So we took it as an awesome gift from the universe (or Sassy) and decided to stay over at mine that night and smoke this nug while watching some Disney movies. We watched all the good colorful movies and one of them was The Road To El Dorado, which is a cracker.
If you’ve seen that film you may (or may not) remember a scene from the start where the two main characters arrive at the Golden city of El Dorado. They start having an argument in front of everyone in the city while in the background a volcano is starting to rumble. Before it explodes, one of the characters stops the argument by yelling 'STOP' which echoes and causes a silence while in the background of the city this volcano is shaking up. But instead of exploding, it stops, then puffs out a cloud of smoke along with the sound of ‘exhalation'.
When this happened, we were like, what just happened there? How and why was that even a thing in the movie? Which lead to us imagining that Sassy was using the volcano as a giant Bong with all sorts of mechanisms to make it work which gave birth to the idea of The Volcano Bong. The weed we found that day was sent by Sassy himself!
Yoweed was inspired by very similar events at Izak’s house when we were smoking a few doobs before bed with a couple of mates. Izak’s younger brother came out and saw what we were doing, and of course, we were like “oi mate, wanna go of this?”… that whole scenario was then recreated with the sasquatches and Quinton! Good times.
Busted was inspired by this period in our lives when we would drive up to theme parks on a weekly basis because we had year-long passes. We’d always be listening to Parkway Drive in the car on the way up like the sasquatches do in the episode. Parkway Drive being our favourite band at the time (still is) it had to be in it. That episode represented the memories of those days, minus being pulled over with a f*ck load of drugs in the car (That’s a Sassy thing.) Tom (Scruffy) never forgot his shoes either.
Potadahead is another classic that Tom and I came up with to explain why Clarence is Clarence. We both used to work as over night janitors at the cinemas and Potadahead was imagined up and pieced together during those days. That’s where we had the time to come up with the story line that fits with the other half of the story that Izak and I came up with. The episode was really funny to record with Tom, we voiced the scientists at the start who are yelling and shouting at Clarence.
On a side note, while working as janitors at the cinema, the vacuuming we had to do actually inspired the episode “Popcoin” (Popcoin is a mixture of popcorn and the random stray coins that would get sucked up off the carpet and rattle through the vacuum).
6. Birthday Bash
This is an absolute classic from back in the early days when Lez was just a character drawn in the ol’ schoolbooks. The idea actually came about way before the YouTube series and even before I was drawing comics of it in my books. Izak stayed at mine one night, and before bed we were playing the game Splinter Cell and laughing about imagining Lez in the stealth suit. Later that night we were both sleeping in these mad bunk beds I had. We went to bed talking about whatever came to mind as you do when your mate stays over. We started talking about Lez and how funny he is as a character and how he should have his own show one day. So as we started to drift off we thought about the idea where Lez stealths over to Norton's in the Splinter Cell outfit.
Bindi's is just one of those episodes that just makes us laugh. Lez fighting Norton on the street is classic, when we first came up with the characters before it was a show, we always imagined that Lez would fight Norton in the street from time to time. So that was brought to life!
4. Attack of the Choomahs (Part 1) and 3. Attack of the Choomahs (Part 2)
These two episodes were the last episodes to be done on the school laptop! Halfway through making part 2, the school lappy broke with a cracked screen and we had to finish the episode on a mate’s computer which was nightmarish. We then moved on to using a tablet and stylus for season 3 which explains the drastic change in animation because now we were free to use a pen and draw normally rather than drawing with two fingers on a touchpad. You could probably tell season 1 and 2 were drawn using only the touchpad.
2. Choomah Island 1
Choomah Island 1 is an all time favourite! It was the first lengthy action episode with Lez and the boys on a skitz island. This was cool because it was a spontaneous choice to pick an island to have the choomah story on when originally it was going to be the hometown where the choomahs attacked. I was actually a few minutes into making that episode before it all got wiped off the school lappy due to a laptop “reboot” which f*cked everything up. So we just started again but this time chose to base it on an island inspired by the TV show Lost.
1. Choomah Island 2
Choomah Island 2 was by far our biggest project and was done over 8 months which resulted in insomnia and experimenting with psilocybin mushrooms. This inspired the 'trip scene' with Sassy and Lez (obviously).
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