Wake and Blake
By Michael Benninger / Photos by Dominic Kawaja
Styled by Jordan Grossman with Exclusive Artists | Hair and Makeup by Amanda Thorne-Pritchard with Thorne Artistry |
Photographer’s Assistant: John Dole | Stylist’s Assistant: Bailee Edgington | Shot on location at Paradise Point, San Diego’s Island Resort
On Comedy Central’s hit show Workaholics, Blake Anderson plays Blake Henderson, one of three cohabitating college dropouts who are telemarketers by day, and pranking, partying rage machines after-hours (and sometimes on the clock).
Despite the show’s ironic title, for Anderson - who also writes and produces Workaholics - a current of truth flows beneath the surface. And “Uncle Blazer,” as Anderson calls himself online, is now getting even busier as his new clothing brand makes waves in the fashion industry.
Born in Concord, California, in 1984, Anderson was drawn to sketch comedy at a young age. After high school, he moved to L.A. to pursue his comedic aspirations. It was there that he performed with notable improv troupes the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and National Lampoon’s Lemmings. Off-stage, he delivered pizza and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, where he met future co-Workaholic, Adam DeVine.
In 2006, Anderson formed Mail Order Comedy, a sketch comedy group comprised of himself, DeVine, longtime friend Kyle Newacheck and Anders Holm, whom DeVine had met at the Second City Improv Training Center in Los Angeles. Although online video was in its infancy at the time, the four saw the potential of the medium and got to work recording skits for the web. Some of the Mail Order Comedy videos caught the eyes of execs at Comedy Central, and, in April 2011, the first episode of Workaholics aired.
Then, in December 2011, Anderson’s rising star fell, at least for a moment, when, during a house party, he leaped off his roof and onto a beer pong table. The booze-and-drug-fueled stunt fractured Anderson’s spine, which required seven hours of surgery to repair.
Nearly a year later, Anderson took a different kind of plunge when he married model/blogger Rachael Finley. Months earlier, he had proposed to Finley immediately upon learning that she had been diagnosed with cancer. Finley ultimately beat her cancer and, in February 2014, the couple welcomed into the world a daughter, Mars Ilah Anderson.
Now, aside from making babies, Anderson and his wife are also making clothes. Working together, they’ve launched Teenage, a clothing line offering an array of brightly colored, apocalyptic-themed T-shirts.
“I’ve always been a T-shirt junkie,” says Anderson. “And I’ve always tried to find the ugliest stuff I could on the Internet or in thrift shops. Then I thought, ‘Hey, why not try and make some of my own?’”
With that, the Teenage brand was born. “These shirts are for anybody who likes to get wild and crazy,” Anderson says, “or people who like to break shit.
These shirts can do the talking for you, so you don’t have to say anything at a party.”
The unique, psychedelic designs are like little else out there. So what’s Uncle Blazer’s secret?
“Beer and weed are my main inspiration,” he says.
Anderson’s T-shirts seems to be cut from the same cloth that has made Workaholics such a success. Next up from Teenage: Button-ups, shorts and women’s lines.
“Rachel is exploring some more women’s stuff, and it all looks really, really cool,” Anderson says. “I’m just looking to experiment.”
Find Teenage threads at PacSun and Zumiez stores and stay tuned to Comedy Central for new episodes of Workaholics.
A Q&A with “Uncle Blazer”
PacificSD: If your acting career hadn’t taken off, what do you think you’d be doing?
BLAKE ANDERSON: “I’m almost 100 percent positive I’d be delivering pizza. I did that before, and it was great. There’s nothing like driving around, listening to your own tunes all day. Pretty much, it’s the second best job next to the one I have now.”
What’s it like working with your best friends?
“Anytime you have a job with your best friends, it’s the best time ever. The only downside is that sometimes we have to share snacks. I don’t like sharing snacks.”
How is working with Comedy Central?
“They trust us and let us do what we want for the most part. But they’re still ‘The Man,’ and anytime you have to work for ‘The Man,’ it’s bogus.”
Do you have a favorite Workaholics episode?
"'The Business Trip,’ where we go out and get our boss to take acid. That one’s got everything.”
Who’s been your favorite guest star to work with on Workaholics?
“Daniel Stern (from Home Alone, The Wonder Years, City Slickers). He was the coolest guy. Even after we filmed with him, he still emails us. Super cool, down-to-earth, rad dude.”
Comedian Doug Benson recently declared you Workaholics’ sexiest cast member. What’s that like?
“The competition isn’t that tough, really. It’s kinda like being the best of the worst.”
What are you working on now?
“Me and the dudes are working on a movie right now, and I’m starting to work on a cartoon over at Comedy Central about an intergalactic biker gang that protects earth from aliens.”
What’s your favorite all-time TV show?
“I really like Curb Your Enthusiasm. But I also like Superjail.”
All-time favorite comedy?
“Naked Gun, with Ace Ventura as a close second.”
Which actor’s career do you most admire?
“Kurt Russell, for sure. He was Captain Ron, and Goldie Hawn is a babe.”
What’s your dream role?
“I’d love to pack on 200 pounds of muscle and be Sabretooth in the Marvel movies.”
If you ran for president, who would be your running mate?
“Hulk Hogan. He’s a real American. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s cute. He’s the whole package.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give a younger you?
“At least attempt to have sex in high school.”
What’s your spirit animal?
What are you digging right now?
“I’m really into Cher’s new album. She’s still in the game.”
If you could spark up with any celebrity, living or dead, who would it be?
“I would say Gravedigger the Monster Truck. It’s a celebrity in its own right. Everybody knows Gravedigger. It would be cool to get high and ride around in a monster truck.”
After jumping through that beer pong table, what are you going to take on next?
“A Volkswagen Bug. I’m gonna dropkick it, then get really high with Gravedigger and run it over.”
Does the carpet match the drapes?
“Yes, but the carpet’s dreadlocked.”