I don't exactly remember where Sideliners began, but I remember me and Ed sitting down for a coffee* after a Let's Summon Demons rehearsal and discussing our writing project ideas. I seem to remember that at least two of our ideas were the same.
*I don't drink coffee, I'm the tea one.
It was on my only ever business class flight to Saudi Arabia that I started researching the idea for Sideliners properly by drinking and watching Zac Efron in 17 Again. In case you get the wrong idea, it was a one time weird improv job that meant I was flying business class. Anyway, once I'd laughed my ass off at Zac getting repeatedly getting slapped in the face I wrote our first scene. None of that dialogue made the script as it is today, but Ed took a look and wrote the next bit.
We went back and forth for a few months, just working remotely; editing one another's bits and adding our own. It seemed pretty organic and I often can't tell or remember who wrote what in the present incarnation of the show.
We started meeting in person after my 3-month Middle Earth Crisis trip to New Zealand to edit and co-write. We realised that we'd written a feature length script and thought it was probably time to show it to some friends...