Because the main characters in “Pivoting” are all grieving the loss of a close friend, you might expect the show to be quite dark. But, while it has its emotional moments, a lot of the show leans more towards comedy than anything else. About balancing the serious subject with humor, Tommy Dewey told us in an exclusive interview, “I think it strikes the right tone. I think one reason it does so is because it’s born from real events in Liz Astrof’s life.” Astrof is the creator of the show who The Hollywood Times cited, saying that she was inspired for the show by the death of her own childhood friend.
Dewey said at times, the more humorous approach to grief “rings true.” “It certainly did for me, and I think it’s real,” he said. However, Dewey clarified that the show does not make fun of the tragic event. Instead, it shows how those coping with loss often respond with humor. “I think what the show is saying is that when things get too tragic, sometimes humor is the way to … not move past it, but live with it,” Dewey said.
The actor added that exploring grief in a more comedic way makes the show more enjoyable for audiences. “If every scene is pulling at your heart strings in a certain way, it can be numbing,” Dewey said. “If you go to that place too often, they wear you out, in terms of entertainment [and] what you’re watching.”