Lot of fans of contact me via my email (DanWarp@gmail.com), Twitter, YouTube, and my other online accounts. The people who work for my web team at Schneider's Bakery noticed that I get asked a lot of the same questions, over and over. So, I asked them to compile a list of the ones most frequently asked, which they did.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(1) I don't live in America, so when do I get to see the new episode in my country?
(2) Will you follow me on Twitter?
(3) How can I audition to be an actor on one of your shows?
(4) How do I get to be a writer, director, or producer in the entertainment business?
(5) What's the difference between Schneider's Bakery and Nickelodeon?
(6) What is DanWarp? What does it mean?
(7) I have some great ideas! Will you read them or let me tell you about them?
Sure. I'm just a guy that likes to write and produce funny entertainment that (hopefully) makes lots of people laugh and have a good time. I've made shows for several networks in the past – they all have their upsides and downsides. I'll make TV shows wherever I have the most fun doing it, and feel supported and appreciated.
(9) I used to love watching The Amanda Show. What happened with Moody's Point? Who was the real Moody?
(10) Do you write all the episodes yourself?
(11) I love watching your shows (like Drake & Josh, iCarly, and Victorious) but I'm not a kid. Is that weird/bad?
(12) Where can I buy an iCarly Penny-Tee shirt?
(13) Why did Drake & Josh get canceled?
Drake & Josh was never canceled. The term "canceled" usually applies to a network ending a TV show due to poor ratings. That never happened with Drake & Josh. In fact, Drake & Josh got its highest ratings during its final season. And the last episode "Really Big Shrimp" was the most-watched episode of the entire series' run.
Drake & Josh ended because we all felt it was time to say goodbye. Both Drake Bell and Josh Peck had been with Nickelodeon for nearly 8 years (I first hired them for The Amanda Show). They were ready to move on and try new things. Also, the network already had plenty of episodes of Drake & Josh for reruns, and they were excited about the idea of me creating a new TV series for Miranda Cosgrove (which I did: iCarly).
So, Drake & Josh ended because of a mutual decision by the stars, the network, and me. We were all very sad to say goodbye to the show, but we had a lot of fun two years later making "Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh."
(14) Do you think that Drake and Josh will ever reunite and do more movies together?
I think it would be great to see Drake Bell and Josh Peck do a movie together, either as grown-up versions of Drake Parker and Josh Nickols, or as new, different characters.
(16) How can I contact you?
(17) I have a great idea for a TV show (or movie). How do I go about selling it, or getting it produced?
A great idea, alone, isn't worth much at all. Lots of people have great ideas for TV shows or movies. But to excite real players in the entertainment business, you have to have much more than a great idea. You have to have some kind of credibility. You need to write books, or screenplays, or make short films, or take acting classes... something. That way, when you come up with a great idea, you can say, "I have a great idea, and here is an example of my talent." A famous studio president once said, "People with great ideas are a dime a dozen. People with great ideas and great abilities are the Holy Grail."
Also, you're never going to get a professional producer, director, writer, or actor to listen your ideas by reaching out via Facebook or Twitter (or through some other online method). That's like walking up to them in a restaurant and saying, "Hey! Will you listen to my ideas?" Realistically, it just doesn't work that way.
(18) Where did the hobo jokes come from?
Every once in a while, I'll receive a complaint from someone claiming that "hobo" is simply another word for homeless person. I disagree.
I'd always been taught that a hobo was someone who made a personal choice to live a wandering life, usually traveling by railroad car. Some dictionaries agree with this distinction, and others don't. But to me, a hobo is just a guy who likes to roam the country, living a free-wheeling "go wherever the wind takes me" lifestyle.
You can read an official definition of the word hobo by CLICKING HERE.
(20) What is your favorite show you've ever made for Nickelodeon?
(21) Did Zoey 101 end because Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant?
No. Some people think that, but it's not true. We did four seasons of Zoey 101. The last season was shot during the summer of 2007, and wrapped (ended) in August. We had our final wrap party at the end of August. Everyone had a fun time, hugged, and we all said our goodbyes. That was the end of Zoey 101, in terms of production.
It wasn't until several weeks later (October, I believe) that anyone heard about Jamie Lynn being pregnant.
Zoey 101 ended for the same reasons Drake & Josh ended. The network felt they had enough episodes, and everyone involved with the show was ready to move on and do other things.
Here's a link to an article in the New York Times about iCarly and spaghetti tacos: CLICK HERE TO READ IT
And you can read my own blog about spaghetti tacos by CLICKING HERE