The troupe did an amazing job with the material. And the characters grew on me. When I did the next draft, the skit became “Us Guys at the Beach” and it seemed like these guys would be back in some form. But they never really did. The premise of a new sketch eluded me, not that there was a pressing need for a new skit.
Years later, when I worked on a script, “Christmas Carol,” about a family and a Christmas pageant, I decided to make the character of the son part of a garage band. So he would need some band-mates. I put Joe, Harry and Lars in the script, the guys who joined the band to “meet chicks.” Then, when I decided to turn a script of mine, “Halloweenies,” into a novella, I re-wrote it to be the same family as the one in “Christmas Carol” (with the intent of turning that script into a novella as well). The son character had a pal in “Halloweenies” but I changed that friend into Harry from the sketch, to keep a sense of continuity.
Granted the first draft was an attempt to re-write the first sketch in a different location, just to get the feel of the guys again. But soon I was updating the situation, re-working the jokes and finally committing to this new venue, while using the old skit as a template for the rhythm and pace; a combination sequel and re-boot (since only a few dozen people have actually seen the original done).
I hope “TMI: Hollywood” does the skit. I’d really like to see Us Guys back on their feet again.