David Alan Basche on ‘The Exes,’ co-producing his first film, and more

New York, New York (May 18, 2021) David Alan Basche sat down with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk in the latest episode of “At Home With The Creative Coalition,” a podcast featuring unplugged and uncensored conversations with today’s biggest stars. In the newest episode, Basche opens up about his time on TV Land’s “The Exes,” producing his first film with his wife, Alysia Reiner, the challenges of independent film, and more. Highlights below.

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Highlights from “At Home With The Creative Coalition” featuring David Alan Basche —

On “The Exes,” which ran for four seasons on TV Land:
“It was basically ‘The Odd Couple’ but with three guys. How lucky was I that the other two guys — I learned so much from and had such a good time with my good friends Wayne Knight and Donald Faison. So talk about playing tennis with someone who’s better than you and getting better. Those two guys had a lot more experience than I did. I had such a ball with them.”

On The Creative Coalition’s support for his independent film “Equity,” the first female-based Wall Street thriller:
“The Creative Coalition, you specifically, were a huge champion of ‘Equity.’ We’re really grateful for that. That’s kind of a lesson out there for anybody listening is that The Creative Coalition doesn’t just try to affect legislation, they also get behind filmmakers, specifically independent filmmakers and female filmmakers, and anyone who’s an artist who needs supported.”

On producing:
“Producing sucks. It’s thankless. It sucks […] Producing is like someone says to you, ‘We want you to throw a great party.’ And you have to find the venue, hire the band, get the caterer, cater to everybody’s whims about all their different dietary restrictions, do the guest list, make the decorations, make sure everybody has a great time. Then you have to clean up, get everything back to the rental house. And then when they’re done, they hand you the bill and they make you pay for it and no one says ‘thank you.’”

On the challenges of independent film and an artist’s duty to create:
“True independent film is immensely challenging. I can’t discourage people from doing it because I see some films, and they move me, and I’m amazed at the production values for what I imagine to be a very small budget, and I’m so impressed. I think actors have to continue to make their own work and my motto has always been, ‘Don’t wait, create.’ So you can’t sit on your ass and just wait for things to come to you as an artist. I think it’s your job to keep throwing spaghetti at the wall and go make stuff. But independent film, truly independent film with no studio behind you and no foreign presales — which really doesn’t happen anymore unless you’re Warner Bros. or something — very, very challenging.”


More about “At Home With The Creative Coalition”

Hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, “At Home With The Creative Coalition” brings listeners intimate portraits, key moments of discovery, and “art and soul” conversations with iconic entertainment industry personalities from the big screen to the boardroom, from L.A. to D.C. “At Home With The Creative Coalition” is sponsored by the Pioneering Collective. Listen now at http://thecreativecoalition.org/podcast.

Upcoming guests include Asante Blackk (“When They See Us,” “This Is Us”), Griffin Dunne (“This Is Us,” “Dallas Buyers Club”), Willie Garson (“Hawaii Five-0,” “White Collar”), Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Avengers”), New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Isaacs (“Compromising Positions,” “Takes One to Know One”), Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace,” “Travelers”), Rob Morrow (“Billions,” “The Fosters”), Haley Joel Osment (“Future Man,” “Entourage”), Alysia Reiner (“Better Things,” “Orange Is the New Black”), Yolonda Ross (“The Chi,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Reid Scott (“Why Women Kill,” “Veep”), Matt Walsh (“Veep,” “UCB Comedy Originals”), Alfre Woodard (“Clemency,” “Luke Cage”), and Constance Zimmer (“Condor,” “UnREAL”).

Previous guests include Jason Alexander (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Harley Quinn,” “Saturday Night Seder”), Carly Chaikin (“Mr. Robot”), Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “My So-Called Life”), Alan Cumming (“Briarpatch,” “Instinct,” “The Good Wife”), The Creative Coalition President and actor Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), Jim Gaffigan (“Tesla,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show”), Judy Gold (“The Other F Word,” “Nightcap”), Jason Isaacs (“The OA,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Harry Potter”), Richard Kind (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Big Mouth,” “Gotham”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl,” “Life in Pieces,” “Pretty Little Liars”), AnnaLynne McCord (“Nip/Tuck,” “90210”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs,” “Reno 911!”), Katherine McNamara (“Shadowhunters,” “Arrow”), Kathy Najimy (“Hocus Pocus,” “Sister Act”), Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “The Muppets”), Jessica Queller (“Supergirl,” “Gossip Girl”), Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Rent”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida,” “The Glorias”).

More about The Creative Coalition

The Creative Coalition is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President. The Creative Coalition also creates award-winning public service campaigns including #RightToBearArts to promote the efficacy of the arts. The Creative Coalition harnesses the unique platforms of the arts community and entertainment industry to make positive impacts on social welfare issues. For more information, visit https://thecreativecoalition.org.