PREGO Interview

Usher Morgan


1. Do you ever feel as though these only-funny-on-screen-scenarios happen more often than not in real life?


Yes, they do. But when they happen in real life they’re actually quite sad. That’s the thing about comedy, even if you go back to early film.

You have someone like Harold Lloyd in Safety Last hanging on to dear life from  a clock, trying not to fall. The audience is laughing, but the character must be terrified at that moment.

I think the jokes in Prego are meant to reflect on the way that millennials view sex, parenting and responsibility in real life.


2. Did you have any backlash from friends or fans from taking a comedic stand point on such a serious topic?


Not at all. So far people reacted well to it, I think people know that it’s a comedy when they go into it – so they tend to look at it through a different lens.

The sad parts can be a little sad – but that only makes the funny parts funnier. I always thought that comedy played better when it’s used within the context of a drama.

For example a film like The Hangover wouldn’t be as funny as it is if it didn’t have a serious dramatic tone to it. In my opinion.


3. Does rancid dog food have infinite comedic potential? If so, how?


I say if you want to make people laugh, give them a funny visual, I think their minds can make it funnier than I can with a camera.

And since our own mind has the infinite potential to make us laugh, I think the answer to your question is “yes”.


4. If this personally happened to you, would you run? Would you be pissed? Excited? Or would you kindly suggest Planned Parenthood?


I think most men would react better than that character did. Myself included.

I might embrace it, a happy accident is not an accident at all.


5. You mention that this has happened to someone close to you. Do you find yourself being an unintended advocate for rubbers and birth control?


Not really. If anything it helped me see the value of spontaneity. I’m looking at it more as a metaphor for life.

We all make bad choices every once in a while (especially when we’re intoxicated), but the only thing that really matters is how you choose to handle your bad choices.

You can choose to run, get pissed, get excited or kindly suggest Planned Parenthood. At the end, the choice is yours.

So if there’s a moral to this story, it’s this – if you’ve done something stupid that impacted the life of someone else, think carefully and choose wisely :)

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