Okay, she really
doesn't want you to hurt your hand. But Sarah Silverman loves to
capture people off guard, whether it is in her stand-up act, her
acclaimed shorts about getting your grandparents out to vote or
fucking Matt Damon, or in portraying her cable TV alter-ego on
The Sarah Silverman Program, which returns to Comedy Central
tonight for its third season.
Over a year after
the last season ended, Silverman’s wickedly surreal and joyfully
stupid sitcom finally makes its way back into the schedule, forming
a potent comedy block with the series Interesting Things
featuring fellow comedian Demetri Martin.
A few days before
the third season of The Sarah Silverman Show was about to
premiere (and the second season was released on DVD), Silverman
agreed to sit down in a conference call with us and several other
websites asking questions about her show, her career, her boyfriend,
her new supporting role in the movie Saint John of Las Vegas
and her love of video games where she can blow things up.
“I can’t even like hear laughs or anything?” she asks after
hearing how the conference works. “It’s lonely, but it’s oddly not,
but then it is.”
Pleasure to talk to you. I was wondering, you touch on a lot of
controversial subjects, and I was wondering what kind of subjects
are you going to be touching on this season? Like, what kind of
taboo and controversial subjects?
We do, although I don’t think we ever really go, “What can
we tackle this season?” I think that would kind of be a slutty way
to go about it. We just continue to still try to just write stuff
that makes us laugh, and when a bunch of comics are in a room, it
takes more to make us laugh; or less. I mean, aggressively stupid
goes a long way in the room and on the show. Let’s see, I find out
I was born with both looks and personality? No, it’s weird to not
have anything coming back. I’m imagining you all laughing on mute.
What else? My imaginary friend from childhood comes back as an
adult and we have a lesby affair. Steve and Brian have a great …
this season; their love as well as Jay and Laura; there’s some
wedding action, and it’s very funny; there’s a new mayor in town who
makes gay sex and brunch illegal. I should just look through
the—let’s see, I go on Real Time with Bill Maher. Let’s see,
Andy Samberg plays my imaginary friend this year. Ed Asner is in an
episode as a Nazi war criminal. It was really, really—let me tell
you something about older actors. Ed Asner is about 80, and Murray
Gershams, who is on our show, is 87, and they’re such pros that when
they’re not shooting, they are in their chair sleeping. Just like
containing their energy. And we have some really great pictures of
elderly Nazi war criminals in set chairs sound asleep. Billy Crudup
plays himself on the show in an episode. I know you didn’t ask who
guest stars were. Let me think. There’s some heavy psychedelic
drug-taking in an episode. There’s a lot of drugs this season,
actually. Let me think; let me think a … second. I’m just reacting
to nobody. Let me think—oh God, I need to drink this coffee that’s
in front of me. C’mon Sarah, you’re embarrassing yourself. I try
to fight the taboo of child molesters and vans. Oh, my God, my
brain, my brain. This is going to look so cool on a transcript;
lots of dot, dot, dots, and little breakdowns.
it sounds like you have a good season coming up.
It does, right? I know I’m forgetting like eight
episodes. There’s one episode; our eighth episode actually is a
Steve and Brian story line that, you’ll actually, dare I say, cry at
the end. It was written as a drama. Rob Schrab, actually, who
directs most of the episodes, and writes so much and created the
show with me, wrote this episode; and he wrote the “A” story like
it’s a drama. I don’t think it’s like a very special Family Ties,
but I think you might get choked up at the end. If I drink coffee,
I’ll be much more better at… articulate, rather.
I was actually
just kind of wondering, looking through the old shows—actually I’ve
seen the first show of the season—it seems like you’ve got kind of a
shock and comedy and shocking comedy, and you know some things are
just there to just, I think, shock. Maybe I’m wrong about that,
Oh, you don’t like the show.
No, I do like the
No, I don’t think shock is bad. I don’t think it is. I
don’t think it’s derived in particularly sweaty ways. I think it
comes a little more organically. I do think we’re not more beholden
to shock than story, or anything. I think—like what do you have in
mind when you say that …?
Well, actually, I
guess the question I was going to ask is, maybe during the writing
process, how much is, “this is really hilarious” versus “this is
kind of shocking and funny?”
We never go for shocking if it’s not funny to us. I mean,
I think that we go for aggressively dumb, but I don’t know because
that has been what really makes us laugh in the room lately, like
the biggest compliment you can get is, “That is so … dumb.” But
shock—I don’t think we go like, “Ooh, that will really shock them.”
I mean, does anything shock anyone anymore? I think we kind of
hopefully reach beyond that a little bit with our fart jokes, no.
But, I think that this season there is actually growth and character
arc and stuff. Hopefully still just really dumb and funny and
silly. And anything smart you can infer from it from you smart
brain is great. I don’t know that it’s pure shock value. I don’t
know how long that can last, and maybe that’s what you’re saying. I
feel like we’ve got a really, really full season.
noticed the first couple episodes of this season have more of a
cinematic tone that reminded me a lot of
Jesus is Magic.
And I wasn’t sure
if that was deliberate, or—
No, not deliberate, but I think cinematic certainly—I’m
glad you guys got some of the episodes. I think the first one,
“Proof is in the Penis” feels really cinematic to me. We just
haven’t been on the air in fourteen months, and that kind of kills
us in our hearts, but we just really wanted to start with this one
because it just felt like for people who are fans of the show, we
know you’ve waited a long time, and here’s something that may be
kind of special, or worth the wait; that has slow reveals, and just
feels maybe like something special. We love that episode.
Did that answer your question? Wait. Have a follow-up
one. That wasn’t good.
I just wasn’t
sure if we can expect big musical numbers all season long, or if
this is just the first couple of episodes?
No, no, no. There’s musical—it’s very uneven. We’ve just
kind of went organically with how it went, so there are a couple
episodes that have no music. There’s an episode that has, I think
the second episode has three songs. It’s just kind of however it
works with the story and however we’re moved when writing the
outline. Usually in the room, someone will just start, get a snag
in their brain. There’s an episode where Steve writes a song that
becomes famous called, “I’m Glad You Hurt Your Hand” because Brian
like hurts his hand. That just came from the writer’s room of me.
Rob Schrab hit his hand, and I was in an extra obnoxious mode, and I
just started going, “I’m glad you hurt your hand. I’m glad you hurt
your hand.” Then Rob wrote it into the script.
Hi, Sarah, you’re
You were spotted
with a boy at Madeo’s yesterday. Could you tell us who he is?
Holy …. That’s so weird. I feel like that place people,
If you can’t,
then that’s cool. I totally respect it.
No, he’s my boyfriend, Alec.
Oh, Alex. He’s
Alec. A-l-e-c, Alec.
He writes for Family Guy.
really? Cool. Everybody’s wondering who this mystery guy is. He’s
There. Mystery solved. I can’t believe that’s what how
you used your question.
I did, I did.
Everybody was wondering, and I wanted to be the one to know.
Well, his mother will be very pleased, just seeing his name
What I was always
wondering is, if you didn’t make it into comedy, what would you be
I would probably work with retarded adults.
See, my guess was
phone sex, just because I think you’d be really good at it. I think
you would be funny, and people would be requesting you.
I think the woman moderating this would be doing that.
She’s got a very sexy voice. Yeah, I like being around the mentally
That sounds like
a good episode for your show. Maybe season three?
You know what? It is an episode this season, but it’s not
exactly that. It’s less. But there is an episode this season where
I get in trouble for peeing in a mailbox, and I get sent in to work
at this place called, “The Little Buddies Program” which works with
retarded adults; but I think I’m paired with a mentally handicapped
adult, and she thinks she’s paired with a mentally handicapped
adult, and we’re so condescending to each other that we never
realize who’s retarded, because it’s like, “Do you like ice cream?
I love ice cream!” “Do you like ice cream? I love ice cream!”
know you have a boyfriend, but I was wondering, your show comes on
before his. Is there any sexual tension with Demetri Martin? And
do you have any tips for romance in the workplace?
Wait, is there sexual tension between me and Demetri?
No. He’s awesome, though. He’s got a beautiful
Yeah. Let me
ask, with Alec, what were the four things you felt with him that you
noticed were boyfriend material? And do you have any tips for
girls? What they should look for in a man?
I don’t want to polarize women and men, but I feel like all
of us, what we wish for, and then what we are attracted to are often
so different. I remember my shrink told me, “We don’t get what we
want. We get what we think we deserve.” So, you have to kind of
work on accepting yourself before you feel like you deserve love.
Because it’s nice to actually be attracted to someone that’s crazy
about you, and just get to— I love love, so I’m going to be corny
and not funny, but I think it’s awesome to just get to love somebody
to pieces, and they just love you back to pieces. It’s not a turn
off because they like you, and mostly, yes, he’s funny as …, you
Yeah. So someone
who loves you, someone who’s funny?
Yeah, I’m one of those lucky people that’s attracted to
someone loving me. A lot of people aren’t. You think you are, but
you’re not. For me, it almost makes life harder, but you’ve got to
be funny. Also, we enjoy a lot of Modern Warfare—I think, what is
it, Tour of Duty 5? I’d have to look on my thing. What I’m
saying is I’m ten. I’m ten years old. Did I answer anything? Oh
my God, what has this become?
you were nominated for an Emmy, has that created higher expectations
for yourself, and for the show now?
Well, we’ve always had high expectations for the show. Not
in terms of accolades, but we work on it the same. I think everyone
that works on it has this awesome love for it. I know it’s so corny
when people say that, but we really are like a group of friends. We
stand on the set, not just the cast and the writers, but the crew.
With all our huge, crazy insane gaps in production, all the crew
works their way back to the show because we just have such an
awesome time. We stand around going, “Oh my God. We’re making show
business. Like this is going to be on TV.” It doesn’t seem fair to
get to do what we all love so much. We didn’t expect it so much,
that none of us knew they were even announcing the Emmy nominees. I
just woke up to my alarm clock and looked on my phone, and saw like
eight calls, and I thought there was an emergency. It just never
occurred to us ever, and then it was so great. We couldn’t believe
it. I couldn’t believe it, and we’re so happy that anyone,
especially the hoity-toits, would appreciate our show as much as we
do. It was awesome. It would have been great to have some sort of
momentum with the other award shows in the season, but we weren’t
eligible for any of the others; Golden Globes or SAG Awards, or any
of that stuff because we weren’t on the air in 2009, at all. It
will have been 14 months since the last time we were on when we air
on February 4th. You’d think we were The Sopranos
or Lost with these gaps, and not a 21-1/2 minute show about
fart jokes, but we’ll take it. We really love it. We love being
together and making this super-super dumb, funny, silly show.
I have to change
topics a little bit, and I need to know if you think Conan [O’Brien]
got a raw deal?
Yeah. I mean, I feel pretty confident that he’s going to
end up on top somehow, but totally. I just can’t get my head around
it. The guy has done so much for NBC and for Late Night, and has
made such a success. If you remember, any talk show starts out
super slow. No talk show has ever been a hit from day one, ever.
And to switch from 12:30 to 11:30 seems like no big deal, but it
is. It’s a whole different animal. Not that I know, but from what
I know, from what I see. To have him move his whole family and
hundreds, over a hundred, hundreds, maybe, of staff, taking their
whole lives and moving to L.A. Getting their kids in schools out
here, and then only giving it six months? That’s … crazy. They
should never be able to use the words, “The NBC Family.” Ever.
But, that said; people go, “Well, he got so much money,” and that’s
nice that he got money, but he loves that job. Also, he got the
money, but the rest of the whole crew doesn’t, and he’s got …. He’s
a good guy. I think they all probably feel real displaced, and
abandoned. And they have every right to feel that way. I can’t
help but hope that he lands at FOX or somewhere, anywhere. Wherever
he lands, he’ll always have an audience. I just thought that that
was a real … move on NBC’s part. And then on top of it, of course
the last week or two of the show was just amazing, you know?
Oh, of course,
yeah, the ratings just went through the roof after the whole
debacle, so what do you know?
But I look forward to Late Shift 2. Bill Carter
must be over the moon. I can’t wait …. [ed. note—Bill Carter’s
book The Late Shift documented the Jay Leno/David Letterman
fight over The Tonight Show hosting spot in the early
I was curious about was, how difficult is it for the writers to
create the show in your voice. Did you ever have times where you
say, “Sarah wouldn’t do that” or “Duck wouldn’t do that.” You
probably know what Duck can’t do, but that sort of thing.
I’m there the whole time. I’m one of the writers. There’s
just like five of us, so there’s never a problem. There hasn’t been
much turnover; it’s been like Dan Sterling and Rob Schrab and I, and
then John Schroeder, tall John, he’s 6”10”, and Harris Wittels and
Chelsea Peretti, and our writer’s assistant, Eric Schaer, who’s
written two great scripts in the past two season. But, it’s just a
small group. We work out of my apartment usually the first three
weeks, because we never have office space when we finally get picked
up. So it’s very intimate. My hands are all over it, but also, the
guys know me so well; sometimes more than I know myself.
So it’s literally
a case that sometimes you go, “I wouldn’t do that,” and they go,
“Yes, you would,” and you go, “Yeah, maybe I would do that.”
Yeah, sometimes, but sometimes it’s such a fine line that
I’ll go, “Eew, I don’t want to do that.” And I’ll do something so
very similar to it, but it’s just one of those things that there’s
no rule book. It’s just kind of by feel, and that’s it. Some
writers get far more excited about—you know, I mean, writing for Jay
is super fun—like everyone has such a specific voice; between Laura
and Brian and Steve and Jay. I know Dan Sterling loves writing
Jay’s stuff, his professions of love—is that right? Professions?
I thought I just made that up, but it makes sense.
Yeah. How do you
profess your love?
Yeah, right. Professions of love. Title of a book.
Or a soap opera.
Yeah. (dramatically) Next on “Professions of
many episode ideas have been shot down by the network?
None. None. I could complain about Comedy Central about
plenty of things, I guess, but they are super cool about the most
important thing, which is content. They may have gripes or they
might complain or try to lure us away from a topic, but they never
put their fist down and say, “No.” It’s awesome. They really have
not meddled with any of the content we like to do. They’re great
about it. They never really sensor us, and even the standard and
practices people can make is crazy, but really as long as we can
give them a way to defend it, they’ll let us go. They just always
need to know how to defend something that they’re worried about.
So they pretty
much give you free rein?
Yeah. I don’t know why my dog is barking. Let me see if
there is a murderer. What is it, buddy? He’s very old. He plays
Doug on the show, but his name is Duck. Okay.
You are now being
televised on The Logo Network, and the commercial is hilarious.
How do you feel about your gay fans?
Well, they saved us. We wouldn’t be on the air if it
wasn’t for Logo. Not that that’s the only reason why, but I
mean—it’s funny because I was talking to some gay friends of mine,
and they were just like; it’s not just that Steve and Brian are gay,
it’s just kind of the subversive humor. It’s that kind of like
absurdist stuff is I guess up, the cup of tea of a lot of people in
the gay community; maybe more in general than the straight
community. I don’t know, but yeah. I’m just so grateful. I know
that gays belong to Kathy [Griffin], but any fall over, I’m not
going to take. I’m just so grateful to Logo. They didn’t even
think twice about helping us, and in terms of the content, never,
ever had even a request. They really are amazing over there, and I
can’t express how grateful we all are for them, because we wouldn’t
have had a third season without them, and they asked for nothing in
return. The fact that their end of the bargain is that they get to
air the episodes, it’s like really? It’s amazing to us, too. Its
so win-win and we’re just so grateful. So totally grateful.
interviewed Lisa Lampanelli this morning. She wanted me to tell you
Oh, I love her. I love when she says, when she saw—who is
the guy with the huge penis? He was married to Pamela Anderson?
Oh, Tommy Lee.
She said she didn’t know whether to suck it or feed it a
Did you and Joe
Franklin ever make up? [ed. note—New York comedian and talk show host Franklin was supposedly angry
when Silverman used him as part of the
punchline to an off-color joke in the movie The Aristocrats.]
Yes. Actually he did. He came to Caroline’s once when I
was there, and his guy goes, “He’d like to introduce you when you go
up,” and I don’t know why, but I go, “Nah, that’s okay.” I should
have just let him. I don’t think he ever was angry. My take on it
was that he just was super excited and wanted to milk it for all
that it was worth; which I don’t blame him for. It was just a
riff. I think I had just seen Broadway Danny Rose, and his
name was fresh in my head.
question is what kind of cool things can fans expect from the DVD of
Season 2, Volume 2 that’s coming out soon?
Hold on, I’m going to look at it right next. I just got a
box of them. First of all, let’s see. It’s the rest of Season 2.
Season 2 got split up by the strike for us. There’s also a bunch of
animated shorts. There’s some great behind the scenes stuff. We
did audio commentary. The behind the scenes stuff is really cool on
it, actually, because we always just have somebody around with a
flip camera or something, backstage, and they grab us between
scenes, or whatever, and make something cool out of it. And then,
just all the episodes.
Can you talk
about the animated shorts? Like how you did those?
Those were done by this guy named Justin Roiland, who is an
amazing animator and writer, and Rob Schrab knew him from Channel
101, which is a website that they do together. It’s a live show
here in L.A., too, where people make TV shows that are under five
minutes. I don’t know if you know anything about it; it’s pretty
spectacular, and it’s how I met Schrab, and Dan Harmon—the three of
us created this show together. There’s just this crazy pool of
talent, and Justin does this great animation, so we just kind of
gave him free rein, and he would write cartoons and stuff, and grab
us in between scenes to record them. And that’s that.
I guess with the
commentaries, looking back, I guess because the show was so long
ago, was that kind of trippy?
Yeah. We’re all so close to the episodes because we watch
it in tiny increments, building and building from each stage, and
then editing and everything, so we’re pretty familiar with it. But
it is fun to then, months later, just put headphones on and watch
it, and talk. We end up just having conversations while we’re
supposed to be commenting on the show. It is fun, the things that
come up and the stuff you remember about each scene, and the kind of
backstage antics going on, and the way we figured out how to do this
or shoot this. For people who are interested in that stuff, it’s
interesting. I wouldn’t shove it down everyone’s throat, but I like
that kind of stuff. We always just kind of go by the gauge of the
stuff we’re into. We’re film and television geeks. I could watch
The Shining featurette a thousand times in a row, and never
get sick of it. It’s just to taste. I like DVDs with extras.
As we all know,
your character on TV uses bad language, rants unashamedly, and is
full of sticky-sweet self-importance at the best of times. But in
real life, honestly, is there anything taboo to you? Some subject
or person that you won’t touch; and if so, why?
Well, I don’t like to make fun of people, real people, and
the only times I’ve done that is if it’s a Roast or stuff like
that. You know what I don’t like? When people ask me that, I
always think of the same thing, which is I don’t like jokes about
fat women. I don’t like fat jokes about women, and it’s just not
tit for tat, you know? Like fat women in white America don’t
deserve love, and I don’t think that’s anything to make fun of, you
know what I mean? It’s a bummer. Actually, there’s a quote from
Family Guy that’s so brilliant about that, that encapsulates
exactly how I feel about it, which is like—oh, I’m not going to say
it right, but it’s—you know the father, Peter, and the son—what’s
his name, Chris? Chris is like, “Well, we’re fat,” and Peter goes,
“Chris, fat guys aren’t fat. Only fat women are fat.” It’s just so
true in our society, and it bums me out—it never makes me laugh, it
just makes me go, “Ugh.”
So you’ve never
encountered that in the show as a parody?
No, I mean if you ask me if there’s anything that offends
me, probably that. I guess if something isn’t funny; and of course,
funny is totally subjective, but you hope that if something’s
offensive, it’s more funny than offensive. If it doesn’t tickle
your funny bone, then all that’s left is offensive. We can only go
by our own personal gauges, you know?
I really like
last season’s episode, “Kangamangus.” I just wanted to know, do you
have any personal slang words you’d like to see become popular?
I was just kind of saying something about that. I did send
a Twitter that said, “How about we start going, Oh, that is so
prefontaine.” I think was like a runner, or something.
[ed. note: Steve Prefontaine was a 1970s Olympic
long-distance runner.] You guys, that is so prefontaine.
Okay, let’s go with that.
the show, you also have a movie that’s starting today. I actually
just spoke with Steve Buscemi about the making of
Saint John of Las
Vegas. I was wondering what was he like to work with, and what
was the movie like to work on?
Oh, he is so amazing. I’m so happy to know him now, and
he’s just the kindest, most sincere, but like also the silliest
man. He just takes my breath away. Sometimes we’d be doing a
scene, and I would just be watching him. Like you forget you’re
part of it, because you just want to sit and just watch him. But
he’s such a great guy, and he’s so in love with his wife and his
kid. Whenever his phone would ring and he would see it was one of
them, he’d just go like, “Oh!” and it’s so cute. I just loved it;
to work with him and Peter Dinklage and Romany Malco, who is like, I
want him to be my life coach. He’s just got everything figured
out. He’s such a neat guy. It was a blast. We had a lot of fun.
It was nice to play somebody nice, and I actually was replacing a
woman who was—I can never remember her name, she was great. She was
in Lovely and Amazing. [ed. note—it was Emily Mortimer]
Anyway, she for some reason had to leave; she had a family
emergency. The only bad story I have from that is I flew in to New
Mexico. I mean, I just took it right away, because I was like,
Steve Buscemi, okay, whatever. I flew the next day, and I had to go
straight from the airport to wardrobe. And we started trying things
on and nothing fit. The wardrobe woman just starts tearing up,
literally getting choked up with tears, and she goes, “I got all
size 0s, and you’re like an 8.” I was just like, “Oh, I’m sorry.”
So humiliating, but what are you going to do? It ended up being
super fun, and even she was really nice, but it was hard to feel
like you hurt someone’s feeling because you’re too fat. But it was
really fun. I’m so happy it’s coming out. I just started seeing
ads for it on TV, and I was like, “Oh my God.”
love the first two episodes of the new season, but I was wondering;
I’ve heard you talk before about your battle with depression. I was
wondering, when you’re in that dark place, how do you continue to
think and write comedically?
You know what? I think the best answer to that is just
practice. Practice, you know, when you do it every day, and it is
part of what you do. You’re able to channel it through whatever
mood. And also, I think my sadness or my happiness, or any kind of
manic thing; it forms whatever kind of work I do in that day.
Sometimes it’s hard. I have dark times. Honestly, I’m pretty much a
happy person, and I like being happy. I like being content. I
think people that romanticize it don’t really know how bad it is,
like sadness. There was a time, actually—you know when you’re just
like—I don’t cry a lot, but I felt like tears had been filling me up
for days, and I’d been pressing down. Then I was shooting one
morning, a bunch of the …, so I’m in my pretend bed with my real
dog, and we’re about to shoot all the good nights, and it just
happened where literally Rob said, “Action” and I went to talk and
nothing came out. And just like tears. I felt so—and it was just
one of those things where I said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” It just
almost became totally physical. I just was like—and they were,
“It’s okay. Let’s take five.” And half of me is crying, I don’t
even know why, and half of me is crying because I just feel so bad
for holding things up. It’s just so cool, because my real life
sister plays my sister, and she was there to do the scene after
that, and so they were like, “Do you want us to get Laura?” And I
was like, “Yes.” And she came in and she got into my pretend bed,
and just rubbed my hair and told me stories about when I was little,
and it just made everything better. It was just such a sweet,
weird, bizarre, but homey, almost, experience. And then I felt
better, and I was like, “I feel better, but I’m afraid to call the
crew back, because I know when I see their faces, I’ll cry. Because
they love me.” But we ended up making the day, no problem. It was
good. It was just one of those big cries that you don’t expect
every couple years, and it was so weird. But I think of it almost
fondly, because I just love those guys so much, and to have my own
sister right there was nice.
How much is the
character of your sister like with you and your sister’s
relationship in real life?
Similar, only she, I think, I hope to think we take care of
each other more. More of an equal—Laura is actually in real life
older than me, but I make her my younger
sister because; one, she looks … really good, and two, I decided it
would be funnier for me to be mooching off of my little sister. But
there’s four of us, four girls, and we’re all really close.
Sometimes I just feel bad for people without sisters. I remember
one time I was having a fight with a boyfriend, and I was like
forwarding all our emails of stuff to my three sisters. And we’re
having a whole conversation by email about, “If he said this, and
you should …,” and I accidentally copied him in one, and he
literally saw the whole thing. But I was just like, “You know
what? Whatever you say to me, you should assume that all of my
sisters can hear. That’s how you should talk to me. I don’t take it
back. That’s how it’s going to be. So watch it.”
Now there’s been
three seasons. How do you challenge yourself when it comes to the
shows? Is it something like, “I’m going to do this, this season; or
maybe I should challenge myself to go outside this box this season?”
Gosh, I can’t say that I’ve really stood outside of it and
thought about it, and deconstructed it to that level, but it just
kind of happens, haphazardly. There are like, two episodes this
season. You’ll only notice it if you look for it. In one of them,
it’s just kind of a fading thing, but I have a real thing with
necks. Like, why isn’t there bone there? There’s so much important
stuff in there. Like in your neck and your throat. It’s crazy that
evolution didn’t put something there to protect it. It makes me
mad. So anyway, there’s like some times when I talk about it, and
it became into this episode where I get hit with a Frisbee in the
neck, and it becomes my obsession. Actually, I think it’s the
second episode, if you were sent it. It turns out that, oh yeah, I
have to be looking up and not anticipating a Frisbee is about to be
thrown into my neck. My biggest fear. It’s mean, it’s not … with
dolphins, or whatever that was. And just in terms of acting? This
is really corny, but I try to—as corny, or as absurd, or as
aggressively … stupid something is, I know that I try to play it
real, because without that contrast, if I was acting like, “Whew,
I’m crazy,” there would be no contrast to how stupid the material
is. I am kind of aware of that.
we heard your dog. Have you ever thought about giving him a
co-star? Like an animal co-star on the show.
You mean credit-wise?
No, no, like
another animal or something. Because he’s such a big part of the
Oh, you mean getting another animal. Of course. I don’t
know. Like should he have a pet? He should have a fish. Would
that be a good idea? Do you want to have a fish on the show? … I
don’t know, we haven’t really thought about it, though Laura always
brings her dog to the set, and they’re like best friends, but—
Then you should
put him on.
But Laura will just pretend her dog, Daisy, just doesn’t
get to be on camera. “I don’t have on-camera looks.”
And actually, I
just wanted to know about your YouTube videos that are such hits.
Have you thought about releasing another one? What are your other
I never, you know obviously—we shoot it in my apartment, I
do it for free. We just make it because we just love doing that
stuff when we think of something. I’ve been approached to do
something where I have to pump out a certain amount, and it would be
monetized, but it’s just not worth it because I feel like I don’t
want to have to come up with stuff. It’s just like if it moves me,
and I think of something, we shoot something in my apartment and put
it up there. I kind of just like it that way. I own my Saab and my
apartment. I don’t want to ever have to produce something, even if
it’s not inspired, you know what I mean? Like just for the sake of
it. Right now I don’t have any—we did everything. We did all the
ideas we had. Although there is one more video we’re thinking about
I just kind of whenever I think of something and want to do
it, I’ll do it, but I don’t like to be beholden to it in that way,
and I really love the internet. I love it as a medium. I just want
to do stuff I’m super-jazzed about and not be beholden to any kind
of production schedule.
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