Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant seem to have two successful careers in Hollywood. Comedy fans know them from The State, their sketch comedy troupe with an eponymous cult show on MTV, and later from the long-running Comedy Central show "RENO 911!," where they respectively played the bumbling cops Lt. Jim Dangle and Deputy Travis Junior.
But the pair also have forged a place for themselves as successful screenwriters of family movies, such as both "Night at the Museum" movies, "Herbie: Fully Loaded" and "The Pacifier." If the polarity of the two careers seems odd, Lennon and Garant explain the stark reality of the business of Hollywood in their new book, "Writing Movies For Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!"
In this faux infomercial for their book on Funny or Die, Lennon and Garant explain how you too can follow your dreams to become a successful, and very, very rich, screenwriter. While bookstores typically have no lack of excellent books devoted to the craft of screenwriting, this book appears to be devoted to teaching its readers how to write a script that will be marketable in Hollywood.
Look for cameos from Rob Huebel and Brett Gelman in this very funny commercial where Lennon and Garant deflate the idea of "selling out" by playing a couple of get-rich-quick sleazeball pitchmen.