Not My Job: We Quiz The Duplass Brothers On Sibling Rivalry



Mark, left, and Jay Duplass pose at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Mark, left, and Jay Duplass pose at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Victoria Will/Invision/AP hide caption

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Some siblings discover it challenging just to be below the exact same roof, but Mark and Jay Duplass have teamed up to make far more than a dozen films. They’ve lately branched out into tv with their HBO show Togetherness.

Since these brothers get along so effectively, we’ve asked them to take a break from writing, directing, acting and producing to play a game referred to as “Hating you is like hating myself.” 3 queries about brothers who did not see eye to eye.



And now the game exactly where we ask folks who do a lot of fascinating issues to do something dull. It is named Not My Job. If you turned on your Tv recently, specially to premium cable, and you saw a wise, funny, type of sad movie or Television show about folks struggling with household relationships – shows like “Transparent” or “The League” or “Togetherness,” probabilities are you saw a Duplass brother. Jay and Mark Duplass are writers, directors, actors and brothers. And they join us now. Jay and Mark Duplass, welcome to WAIT WAIT… Never Inform ME.


JAY DUPLASS: Thank you.

SAGAL: All correct…

MARK DUPLASS: Is that applause all for us?


SAGAL: It is. It is for you. So let me ask you some thing, how do we tell you apart to commence with?

M. DUPLASS: You don’t.

J. DUPLASS: You do not.

SAGAL: Genuinely? Is this…

M. DUPLASS: We appear extremely diverse, but we have the same exact voice, so you guys are just screwed.


SAGAL: I imply, we have been asking yourself ’cause we had been considering oh, the Duplasses are on the show – like the Duplassey (ph), like Duplasseyi (ph). Do you have a plural to describe you guys?

J. DUPLASS: We have been referred to as the Dupli (ph). That is our preferred approach of plural reference.

SAGAL: All proper, the Dupli.

MAZ JOBRANI: Not the Duplasse (ph)?

M. DUPLASS: It’s got a particular Latin flavor. I think it is ablative plural.

SAGAL: Yeah.


SAGAL: If you have been Jewish, you would be the Duplassim (ph), I guess.

MO ROCCA: Duplassim, yeah.

SAGAL: Yeah, now…

JOBRANI: (Singing) Duplassim, Duplassam, life goes on. La, la, la, la, life goes on.


SAGAL: So you guys generally – it is impossible now to turn on a tv and not see you. So let me ask you this – I mean, everybody knows the Coen brothers and they have specific hallmarks in their films, a type of quirky humor, specific type of themes. How – is there, like, a Duplasse brothers themes or formula that you could describe that holds your operate with each other?

M. DUPLASS: Nicely, we – the other – I guess it was a handful of months ago, we had been approached about undertaking kind of – sort of like a massive action-ey kind of movie. And we said, we would be open to that if you are willing to have your major villain cease in the middle of a auto chase, get out, sit on the sidewalk and talk about his feelings to his mother for ten minutes straight. And they mentioned, I do not consider we make that film. And we mentioned, well, that is what Duplassian is called. That’s what we do.

SAGAL: Yeah, it is like Kubrickian had a particular sort of cold, austere sense to it. But Duplassian indicates men and women fundamentally just becoming inarticulate about their feelings.

M. DUPLASS: And crying a lot.

SAGAL: Crying a lot.

J. DUPLASS: Our autobiography would be “Feelings And The Folks Who Really feel Them.”


SAGAL: “The Duplass Story.”

ROCCA: Could that be a mumblecore superhero?

SAGAL: Oh, yeah, I wanted to ask you about that since I said oh, we’re having the Duplass brothers on the show. And the particular person mentioned oh, you imply the mumblecore pioneers? Due to the fact apparently, some individuals contact your genre of filmmaking mumblecore – folks mumbling their feelings to each and every other more than a period of time.

M. DUPLASS: I imply, when I very first heard that word, I just assumed it was, like, referring to some sort of fairly extreme pornographic trend in the Nordic regions…


M. DUPLASS: …And I do not know how it applies to us.

ROCCA: I believed it referred to the parents in the “Peanuts” cartoons.

M. DUPLASS: Oh, yeah, there you go, yeah…

ROCCA: The way they talk – (imitating “Peanuts” mumbling).

J. DUPLASS: That was the original mumble core.

SAGAL: Yeah. Properly, Jay and Mark Duplass, we have asked you here to play game we’re calling…

KURTIS: Hating You Is Like Hating Myself.

SAGAL: So you guys get along truly well, which is wonderful. In reality, you get along so effectively, it is a small weird. So we believed we’d ask you about pairs of brothers who hate each other. Answer two queries about those and you will win our prize for a single of our listeners — Carl Kasell’s voice on their voicemail, berating his evil brother, Bob Kasell. Bill, who are the Duplass brothers playing for?

KURTIS: Jean Allen of New Orleans, La.

SAGAL: All appropriate, Mark and Jay, he is your initial question. Which of these renowned folks had a feud with their brother? Was it A, Leonardo da Vinci, who was continually being confused with his brother Guillermo da Vinci, who was a residence painter, B, the comedian Gallagher, who ended up suing his personal brother Ron Gallagher, aka Gallagher II, for stealing his famous Sledge-O-Matic bit or C, Jerome Flatley, brother of the Irish “Lord Of The Dance” Michael Flatley, who advertised himself, quote, “as the one who moves his arms, too.”


M. DUPLASS: You see, “The Secret,” where you use the secret and you will items into getting – “The Secret” wants me to decide on C simply because I really want to see the Flatley feud take place on stage someday.

SAGAL: That would be great. It would be like Jerome Flatley dancing and fighting with his brother Michael Flatley, and Jerome Flatley keeps hitting him with his arms and Michael Flatley can not do that simply because he cannot move his arms.

J. DUPLASS: Since we’ve all been waiting for that dance-off where they truly do punch every other.


M. DUPLASS: I’m feeling B. How about you?

J. DUPLASS: I’m feeling B.

SAGAL: You happen to be correct. It was, in reality, Gallagher.


M. DUPLASS: Oh, yes.

SAGAL: Gallagher sued his brother.


SAGAL: Gallagher sued Gallagher II for copyright infringement. Subsequent query – lately, The New York Instances featured an write-up on identical twins who are engaged in a lifelong feud. Who are they? Are they A, Mikkel and Jeppe Bjergso, identical twin Danish genius craft brewers who loathe each other’s beers, B, Giovanni and Christian Reyardi of Brazil, who are competing Frank Sinatra impersonators, or C, Marvin and Irving Frankel, the two competing rabbis of Chicken, Alaska, competing to attract the town’s only other Jew to their synagogue.


M. DUPLASS: Something tells me the way that bearded Nordic guys feel about their alcohol could be the deepest factor on the planet.

J. DUPLASS: And that the lifelong feud has been fueled by hops…


J. DUPLASS: …And wheat.

M. DUPLASS: And wheat. So…

J. DUPLASS: Possibly they are gluten intolerant as well.



SAGAL: By the way, for individuals who have not observed any of the Duplass brothers’ films, this is it. This is fundamentally – this could be a scene.

M. DUPLASS: As great as it gets in the mumblecore Duplassian genre.


J. DUPLASS: We retain the rights to this episode…


J. DUPLASS: …By the way.

SAGAL: I understand.


M. DUPLASS: Let’s not think about it. Let’s count to three and say a letter. One, two, three…



SAGAL: You happen to be proper.


SAGAL: That is it.



SAGAL: Stated Jeppe Bjergso of his brother Mikkel’s blueberry beer, quote, I believe it really is disgusting. It tastes like Kool-Aid. This really truly is your next film – two craft brewers who hate every single other.

J. DUPLASS: It really is incredible.

M. DUPLASS: Nicely, due to the fact what’s going to be so wonderful is that moment correct around minute 70 when Giuseppe (ph) finds his brother, who has been criticizing his blueberry beer the entire time…

SAGAL: Yeah.

M. DUPLASS: …Secretly enjoying it lasciviously in the garage. And then he cries to him and says I often knew you had been greater than me.

SAGAL: Oh, man.

JOBRANI: Wow, good.

SAGAL: All correct, final query – at times siblings have to come up with inventive ways to express their distaste for every other, like when a man in Florida did what? A, used his mom’s obituary in the newspaper to talk smack about his siblings…

JOBRANI: Hilarious.

SAGAL: …B, alter his name from Anthony Goodson to The Goodson…


SAGAL: …Or C, bought his brother’s favorite bar in Tampa just so he could ban him from ever coming in.


M. DUPLASS: I have a extremely sturdy feeling here that it’s A or C. I put B away in my brain.

J. DUPLASS: I agree.

M. DUPLASS: I put Mr. The away. I want see to be it very, really badly.

J. DUPLASS: I want C to be it. I would like the rights to that story…

M. DUPLASS: Oh, it’s so beautiful.

SAGAL: Seriously, they are going to leave this show with two much more Tv series ready to go.


J. DUPLASS: I’m leaning heavily towards A, however.

M. DUPLASS: Yeah. And you know what? Just since we’re here and we want folks to know how items truly work amongst us, sometimes we disagree. I am going with C.


SAGAL: Oh, well, not only have you disagreed, now we have to see how you resolve your disagreement because you’ve got to choose one.

M. DUPLASS: Proper now, Jay Duplass is dead.


SAGAL: All correct, truly, I feel what…

M. DUPLASS: It makes sense.

SAGAL: I think what we’re going to do is because you have already won the game, I think we’ll do this. So which of you picked A? Who wanted A?

M. DUPLASS: Jay picks A.

SAGAL: Jay picks A, so that indicates that Mark picks C?


SAGAL: All correct, and in this particular instance, Jay wins. It was a.

M. DUPLASS: He’s dead.


M. DUPLASS: (Unintelligible).

SAGAL: Effectively, not only is he dead but so was this lady. Her name was Josie Anello. And her obituary, as printed in the nearby paper, read in component, quote, “she is survived by her son A.J., who cared for her, and her son Peter, who broke her heart.



JOBRANI: That is great.


J. DUPLASS: Oh, man…

SAGAL: Entirely harsh.

J. DUPLASS: So let’s talk about the rights to C and…


M. DUPLASS: We’ll be wrapping that up shortly.

SAGAL: There you are. Bill, how did the Duplass brothers do on our quiz?

KURTIS: Nicely, we have two contestants, so we’ll have to give them an asterisk. But 3 is a perfect score. So congratulations, brothers…

M. DUPLASS: Thank you

J. DUPLASS: Thank you very considerably.

KURTIS: …You won.

ROCCA: You got two and half, two and a half.


SAGAL: The Duplass brother’s show “Animals” airs on Fridays on HBO and “Togetherness” premiers on Sunday February 21, also on HBO. Jay and Mark Duplass, thank you so a lot for playing with us on WAIT WAIT… Never Tell ME.

J. DUPLASS: Thanks for having us.

M. DUPLASS: Thanks guys.

J. DUPLASS: It was exciting.


THE HOLLIES: (Singing) The road is long with a lot of a winding turn.

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