It’s about time.
Daniel Lawrence Taylor, the British creator/star of time-travel romp “Timewasters,” was impressed by the truth that most interval dramas have homogenous casts.
“One of the important things about ‘Timewasters’ is that you very rarely get to see black people in period pieces. And that was very exciting to me — to write myself and other young black actors as well, and to create that and put us all onscreen together,” Taylor advised The Post from his dwelling in London.
Premiering Friday (June 11), the half-hour comedy initially aired on ITV2 within the UK and has landed right here on IMDb TV (Amazon’s free streamer). Set in London, the collection follows 4 pals in a jazz quartet who uncover an elevator that magically brings them from the current day again to the 1920s. There, they discover that members of excessive society embrace them, since jazz is all the craze.
“At the time [that I created the show] I was learning to play the trumpet randomly — and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to make a jazz band?’ And also, at the time there were quite a lot of shows in Britain like ‘The Inbetweeners’ and ‘Drifters’ about a group of friends going around doing crazy stuff,” mentioned Taylor. “So, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if it was an all-black [friend] show…Time travel added a whole new layer to allow me to be a bit satirical and push the boundaries, which I’ve always enjoyed doing in my comedy.”
Taylor, who has additionally been on “Tracey Ullman’s Show,” mentioned that he put a private contact into “Timewasters.” The jazz quartet is made up of Nick (Taylor), Jason (Kadiff Kirwan), Lauren (Adelayo Adedayo), and Horace (Samson Kayo).
“All the characters are named after my siblings,” he mentioned. “Obviously everyone finds their own family funny, but I do find mine quite funny. The only one that’s not named after one of my siblings is Horace. And the only reason for that was is for one joke that ended up getting cut. So, my brother Dominic is not happy about that. But I told him that [Horace’s] middle name is Dominic.”
Although this is the primary show that Taylor has each created and starred in, balancing duties in entrance of and behind the digicam wasn’t laborious, he mentioned — although it did current some challenges.
“I like both elements because they work to different sides of the brain. But it’s always quite tricky to write something and know that you’re going to be performing it later,” he mentioned. “There’s one [scene] the place I get utterly bare. And I simply bear in mind writing it going, ‘Why on earth am I writing this knowing that I’m going to need to get bare?’ And then I believe, ‘It’s tremendous; earlier than we do this I’ll work out and look nice!’ And clearly you don’t do these issues.
“But the fun side is that you get to create roles for yourself.”