Making It Making It #46: Robert Ben Garant Posted by Katie Levine on June 5, 2012 Share: Twitter Facebook Google+ Reddit Email Riki talks with writer/actor/director Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State, Night at the Museum) about the formation of The State, becoming a professional writer and finding new ways to get ideas. Tags Making It, Riki Lindhome, robert ben garant Related Posts What's New What's Trending THOR: RAGNAROK Director Taika Waititi Will Also Play a Key Character article A Balloon Popping Underwater Looks Like A Real-Life Stargate article Unique Japanese Vending Machine Dispenses Origami article Slowmo Video of Ink Injected Into Water Is Beyond Beautiful article The AMERICAN GODS Premiere, Explained article CHRIS GETHARD: CAREER SUICIDE Urges Us to Laugh at the Darkness (Tribeca Review) article Allow THE HANDMAID'S TALE to Horrify You in New Character Posters article FALLOUT is Getting Its Own Tabletop Game article LEGO's New Saturn V Rocket Set Is A Meter-Tall Masterpiece article Comments Hailee Jo says: September 14, 2012 at 8:08 am This was SO inspirational, especially at the beginning when he’s talking about high school. I really can relate to that. Thanks for being amazing, Ben! Paul says: July 17, 2012 at 6:34 am Re: $2million. I think Riki said said “most people don’t make that in the end”. As in their their entire careers. Jessica Barton says: June 12, 2012 at 10:04 am Just catching up on backlogged episodes and HOLY MOSES! Such a SERIOUSLY GREAT episode about the work involved in becoming a paid writer — I really, really enjoyed this. So glad this is a thing and people are sharing their stories! It’s such an inspiring reality check. Love it! Robert Ben Garant says: June 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm Thanks! Nice to have the mysteries of the universe settled by an anonymous stranger on a comment board, and before lunch too! Robert Ben Garant says: June 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm Nice to have the mysteries of the universe settled by an anonymous stranger on a comment board. Robert Ben Garant says: June 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm There are more things in this world, Horatio…. The only thing we can know for sure is that we don’t really know anything. stan says: June 7, 2012 at 5:11 am At one point in the interview Ben brings up getting 2 million to make Hell Baby and states how by hollywood standards it isnt all that much…this is then followed up by Riki informing us “Most people don’t make that (2 million) in a year.”…No kidding, really, Riki??? I had to rewind it a few times, each time hoping i had heard wrong..no luck. Are you that detached from economic reality or was it simply jibber jabber/thinking without speaking on your part? GuanoLad says: June 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm It’s a nice philosophy to believe in, but doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. Yes, everything has a motivational origin. Nothing has a predetermined destiny. robert ben garant says: June 6, 2012 at 10:42 am GuanoLad — The Tao Teh Ching makes some interesting observations — Everything must happen for a reason, otherwise how could it possibly happen? Name yourself “Sh*t Lad” — and this will become so. GuanoLad says: June 6, 2012 at 4:01 am Great interview, he’s a fascinating and funny person. But I winced every time he said “everything happens for a reason” because that is utter balderdash. Dobbs says: June 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm This was a pretty decent interview, although I was a little disappointed that Riki didn’t go for the jugular and get Robert Ben Garant to finally admit that his entire career up until this point has been one long, carefully orchestrated ruse designed to get him to the point where he is in a position to write a movie (Hell Baby) wherein Riki Lindhome disrobes. It’s diabolical. Well played, sir. Well played. Mandy W. says: June 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm So glad you finally got Ben on, his is such a great storyteller! He tells the full story of his haunted grandparents house on Risk! too. Awesome interview Riki!