On “Ballers,” an East Coast version of “Entourage” on HBO, the misbehaving man-babies are National Football League players instead of Hollywood actors, but the profane banter and cocaine-fueled yacht parties remain much the same.
Rob Corddry plays Joe Krutel, an abrasive but endearing Miami-based financial adviser savvy enough to hire Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson), a former player with relationships ripe for monetization.
But with Johnson going off the rails this season, which airs at 10 p.m. Sunday, in an attempt to dethrone a rival (played by Andy Garcia), Corddry takes charge.
Corddry, who made his name as a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and created “Childrens Hospital,” an unhinged medical parody that completed its seventh and final season this year on Adult Swim, discussed his co-stars and working in South Beach.
These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
Q: What was it like letting go of “Childrens Hospital”?
A: It was one of the harder decisions I’ve ever had to make, but the prevailing emotion is relief. I’d get home after a 13-hour day of “Ballers” and have to edit an episode of “Childrens Hospital.” Right now, I’m just floating and recharging. I read comic books, I nap, I play guitar.
Q: Do you have any fun filming “Ballers” in South Florida?
A: I take it pretty easy; there’s no place for me in Miami. Everybody else in the cast is in their 20s. They can have all the glamour they want. I’ll man the other ship: the boring, bald, 45-year-old ship.
Q: You get to slap the Rock in the face this season. What was that like?
A: I worked it out with the stunt guy before Dwayne showed up on set. The stunt guy was telling me, “He’s a wrestler, of course you’re going to really smack him!” ... And then Dwayne got on set, and he was like, “What? There’s no smacking.”
Q: How was having Andy Garcia on set?
A: I want Andy Garcia to be my uncle. He lives down there, and he’s having the time of his life. He plays golf, smokes cigars and does “Ballers.” He dresses in linen clothes. He’s got it figured out.