Much like how the X-Men wouldn’t have formed without Charles Xavier operating behind the scenes, “Guy Code" is the brainchild of series co-creator Ryan Ling, who’s the subject of a New York Post profile in the lead-up to Wednesday’s premiere of “Guy Court.” The whole interview is worth reading, but one part especially caught our eye — when he explains where he got the idea for the original show three years ago:
He let his buddy crash on his couch while the guy got back on his feet [from a recent breakup], got a job and found a place to live. But weeks turned into months, and the friend wasn’t budging.
"He would be on the couch all day long," recalls Ling, 32, his face pursing into a cringe. "I would leave for work and come home, and he’d still be there. When I went to go clean, he would pick his nose and put boogers behind the couch. When my girlfriend was over, he would just hang out and not leave, not take the hint. It was too much."
So, Ling approached MTV2 with an idea for a show detailing the laws of manhood: “I had proposed all these scenarios that violated Guy Code. And a lot of it was based off the kid crashing on my couch. Like, he didn’t know how to dress very well. He wore white socks with dress shoes. Or any of his failed hookup stories.”
There you have it — our beloved series began with a roommate who broke all the rules of masculine decency. Check out the full story, including “Guy Court” judge Donnell Rawlingsdiscussing how “I’m starting to get recognized more from this than ‘Chappelle.’”