Today BBC Three will air a new comedy called Enterprice, written, created and starring Kayode Ewumi alongside his co-star Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge. It will follow the journey of Kazim and Jeremiah, two guys who have set up a delivery service. With hopes to get a big investor for their company whilst navigating the day to day pressures of life, business and relationships. So seated in a semi busy Cafe Nero I spoke to the guys about their experience working on Enterprice, their joint love for Denzel Washington and had a playful debate about the best comedians.
Having seen the pilot some months back, I was curious to find out what initially sparked Enterprice’s inception. The comedy serves as Kayode’s second project with BBC Three following the 6 shorts he put together for his hit internet series Hood Documentary. He’s open and honest about the BBC Three renditions, not connecting with audience as desired. Explaining that the more structured style that was encouraged in the BBC writers room likely took away from the alluring aimlessness that people loved from the original. Despite this though, he reveals that it was during this time that he started to think about wanting to do a show based on ‘two guys starting a business’.
“When I finished Hood Doc. I handed it to my agent who handed it to the producers at the BBC and then BBC were like ‘Ok here’s money for a script’, so I wrote the script”
It was half contingency plan just in case Hood Doc didn’t do as well and half creative growth. He was ready for something new, and so; “What happened was, I was thinking about things I wanted to do so I had an idea of two boys setting up an business. Then my agent pointed me in the direction of certain shows that had similar structure. So Atlanta, Silicone Valley and I thought alright cool. Then I started drafting it up, and when I finished Hood Doc. I handed it to my agent who handed it to the producers at the BBC and then BBC were like ‘Ok here’s money for a script’, so I wrote the script. Then they were like ‘Ok here’s money for a pilot’ and we shot the pilot and went from there”.
The BBC then picked up the show and Trieve who plays Jeremiah, talks about reading the script for the first time and initially thinking the characters were brothers. Likening their relationship to that of a bromance, he outlines that Jeremiah is a well thought out, socially awkward and anxious millennial. Whereas Kaz is wild and abrupt. “He doesn’t think before he speaks. Which is very frustrating for Jeremiah who does and who’s someone that’s very particular about how. Now whether they’re in a situation with a potential buyer or client, Kazim is there saying crazy stuff that Jeremiah wouldn’t say. Naturally that creates a lot of tension between the two characters but at the end of the day there’s a big love between them”.
“It’s the millennial you know, you have a lot of pressure on yourself to make something of yourself.”
He goes on to give an acute description of our generation today, after we speak about how he prepared for the role through studying and drawing inspiration silently from others. Trieve who’s far removed from his character as far as real life comparisons, still acknowledges that “I know that guy [Jeremiah], it’s the millennial you know, you have a lot of pressure on yourself to make something of yourself. At the same time you’re not quite sure you want to do what your parents set out for you to do. So there’s stresses and you overthink things and it’s very relatable”. Everyone’s in agreement, navigating your 20 something’s can be confusing as it is exciting, violent as it is beautiful and for all intents and purposes my personal assessment so far currently sees it as an internal grudge match between old and new versions of yourself.
I speak to them a little bit more about the weight of people’s expectations and Kayode talks about one of his defining moments. The day he dropped his journalism course and switched to theatre without telling his parents. He also tells me, that he had always wanted to go to Drama school but his dad encouraged him to go Uni instead. At that point he figured if he couldn’t act, he would study journalism and become a TV presenter. But after a couple days he made a bold decision for himself and called his father to explain his decision.
A decision that worked out for him, because of his determination and focus. On Enterprice Kayode is listed as an assistant producer, an experience he calls ‘cool’ and ‘interesting’. I wanted to check whether his favourite part of the creative process had changed with the introduction of this new role and experience. Had he found a new passion in his producer role, and even though he enjoyed consulting on costume and castings the smile on his face when he declares that writing is still his favourite part is special. Even Trieve comments on his jubilant grin, telling me that he’s constantly telling Kayode to ‘go to sleep’ because “he’ll be up at midnight writing, drinking coffee and I’m like bro go to sleep’.
“You had to be the funnier than the next guy when you got on that drama stage. So I knew I had to be better than everyone”
We switch gears for a second, Denzel Washington is their favourite actor. Trieve’s favourite film of Washingston’s is Man on Fire and Kayode’s He Got Game. What do they love about Denzel? It’s his control over any scene that he’s in, it’s unmatched. Trieve only throws Sir Anthony Hopkins in as a close a second, but Denzel who cemented Trieve’s own passion for acting is the greatest to them. They both go on to talk the moment they figured they could delve into acting. For Trieve he didn’t have a clear shot moment, but it was more a feeling and growing desire as he got older. Kayode detailed the friendly competitive environment of his secondary school, where ‘you had to be the funnier than the next guy when you got on that drama stage. So I knew I had to be better than everyone”. Def Comedy Jam played a part in his comedic flair with Martin Lawrence being his favourite comedian, a choice Trieve countered with Dave Chappelle. In fact that brief back and forth about comedians might have occurred between Kazim and Jeremiah if I didn’t know any better.
Enterprice will show a fresh narrative of two young men trying to make in London. It’s light hearted, witty and relatable after viewing two episodes in advance. It doesn’t feel forced, or like the character’s are trying to get your attention. Instead as a viewer you’ll likely find yourself like I did interested in the character’s backstories and the surrounding characters they interact with. The world that’s being built in Enteprice feels authentic and is nothing short of laughs. In closing, everyone tune into BBC Three to watch the debut episode of Enterprice here.