Scott Armstrong grew up outside of Chicago and first studied comedy under the legendary Del Close, before moving to New York City and joining the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe Mother, whose members included Jason Mantzoukas, Jon Daly and Jessica St. Clair. He has since worked with St. Clair as an executive producer on both of her TV series, Best Friends Forever and Playing House. But you’ve come to know Armstrong’s work more through his screenplays, which have included Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, Semi-Pro, and The Hangover Part II. He’s also the creator of the Showtime series DICE, which follows Andrew Dice Clay now past his prime in Las Vegas. DICE’s second season debuted in August 2017. Armstrong sat down with me to talk about the Mother of all comedy stories, so let’s get to it!