Tacoma FD stars Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan tell the story of their show’s origins as a road story about two comic actors traveling the country, doing stand-up and writing. Lemme and Heffernan sold a bunch of TV projects before their firefighter premise stuck. But then they thought of a hook: The rainiest city in the country as a setting for fighting fires.
A live show in Tacoma helped this Hollywood production take off.
- “At our live shows, you look into the audience and see half stoners, half cops. And they’re all coming together and they’re laughing at the same jokes. It’s kind of a cool feeling. It’s like a red-state blue-state thing, bringing opposite elements together. Weed and the stoner elements of our stuff open up that opportunity for us.”