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“It’s like they’re talking about gladiators going into battle.” “Schwartz” also allows Engel to poke fun at his dates from hell — and the talent agency that refused to sign him.
Schwartz’s hack agent, named after the William Morris agency, “carries himself like Mark Ovitz but has the client list of Broadway Danny Rose,” Engel says.
To satisfy NBC attorneys, the character must always introduce himself as “William Morris, not affiliated with the William Morris Agency, the largest talent agency in the world.” Engel’s talent agency is Creative Artists Agency.
“I could have named the character that, but it wouldn’t have been as funny,” he says.
The Home Alone child star proudly showed off a brand new hair cut and a much healthier image just months after looking unkempt.
When “Inside Schwartz” creator Stephen Engel was in college, dating was relatively easy. “I didn’t have a lot of experience formally calling women and asking them out,” he says.
At Tufts, the budding comedy writer made the Hillel team and taught a comedy writing course, but decided to attend NYU law school to please his parents.
“I spent most of my 20s trying to convince my dad that I didn’t want to be an attorney,” says Engel, who wrote screenplays on weekends and got his first break penning a comedy for producer Joel Silver.
He doesn’t get much help from his agent, William Morris (Dondre Whitfield), an African American who uses Yiddishisms like bubbaleh, “because that’s how he thinks agents talk,” Engel says.
Engel is not the first Jewish writer to make a gag of his life; but unlike “Seinfeld” and “Mad About You” characters, who were Jewish by innuendo, Schwartz makes his heritage clear in the first couple of minutes of the pilot.
I had some horrific experiences.” At the time, Engel, a self-professed “sports nut,” wished he could bring in sports analysts for advice.