Two things you should know, right off the bat:
1) I have a long, storied history of being a complete bonehead around celebrities. I also seem to excel at making them extremely uncomfortable, because I try to play it cool but am anything but cool and then I try to be funny and it’s like…awkward, man.
2) I do not enjoy talking to people on the phone. In fact, I will generally go out of my way to avoid talking to people on the phone. Because talking to people on the phone turns me into a complete bonehead and makes me feel extremely uncomfortable.
Yet when the opportunity for a phone interview with Joel McHale (of both The Soup and Community) came across the ol’ Mamapop news desk, I was all, PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME OMG HE’S SO AWESOME I COULD DIE.
I love The Soup. I LOVE Community. I find Joel McHale to be hilarious and let’s face it, not exactly hard to look at. Or stare at. For an inappropriate length of time. Yeah. This was gonna go reeeeeeally well, right?
A whole bunch of us bloggers were each given the chance to ask Joel a couple questions. Several, being from mom-centric blogs, asked about his kids — I didn’t even realize he has two boys the exact same ages of MY boys, and he calls being a parent “the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me on earth.” It was interesting to hear the snark and biting sarcasm we all know and love Joel for melt away when he’s talking about real life — from the funny things his kids say (“Daddy, why are we connected to numbers?”) to their obsession with trains and Thomas the Tank engine…and his admission that while the 20-somethings from the Community cast love to hang out after work together, he’s usually the one rushing straight home to spend time with his kids.
By the time my turn came up, I panicked and could only think of one question. Which I only got around to asking after TALKINGSUPERFASTLIKETHIS about how I was a huge Community fan and how I still have the “Modern Warfare” episode on my TiVo because it’s just that funny, and like, omg, this season with the Apollo 13 Kentucky Fried Space Mission episode and the zombie episode and haaaaahahahANYWAY, what’s YOUR favorite episode of Community, Mr. McHale?*
*I actually called him Joel. But let’s pretend I was being fancy.
Modern Warfare was a lot of fun because I got to kind of live out this boyhood dream of being an action star. And, you know, I got to imitate Bruce Willis so there was a fantasy kind of vibe for that so that was so much fun. And then the zombie episode – I got to – once again, kind of this boyhood dream of being in kind of a horror action movie, a zombie movie and I couldn’t wait. It was so much fun and everyone was in makeup and going crazy.
So that was also such a good time to make and I was like boy, I hope this episode is as good as the fun that I’m having.
(I interrupted to assure him that indeed, it was that good. I’m sure that made a huge impact on his daily life.)
(I tried to find a clip that including Zombie Jeff continuing to zombie-text on his phone while the carnage rages on, but alas. I could not.)
His other favorite was from the season two premiere, where Abed calls Jeff and Britta’s bluffs about being in love and arranges an impromptu, generic RomCom-inspired wedding for them, complete with a priest and a George Clooney lookalike. It’s one of those scenes that Community is so good at — a big crazy scene that nevertheless gives EVERYBODY in the (not exactly lightweight) ensemble cast something funny to do or say.
And…that’s it. That’s all I asked. I managed to refrain from shrieking CHICKEN TETRAZZINI or SOOOO MEATY at Joel McHale in an attempt to be “funny,” but I also did succeed in probably making him a little uncomfortable by pointing out that because he’d named MY favorite episodes as HIS favorite episodes, we clearly “had a lot in common.” Oh my God, self. Shut up. Ask to arrange a playdate, while you’re at it. Or inquire about a Jeff Winger skinsuit.
After the interview, I got to see an advance copy of this week’s Community episode, “Cooperative Calligraphy,” in which Annie locks the group in the study room in order to track down who stole her favorite purple pen with the gel-grip. Jeff takes the lead interrogating the other members to out the thief. Upping the drama ante? The stand-off is jeopardizing Troy and Abed’s chances of watching the Greendale Puppy Parade going on just outside, right now, come ON MAN. It airs tomorrow at 8 pm EST on NBC, of course, and you should DEFINITELY WATCH IT. SO HELP ME GOD, IF COMMUNITY DOESN’T GET RENEWED FOR NEXT SEASON I WILL PERSONALLY CALL YOU ON THE PHONE AND MAKE YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE AND I MEAN THAT FOR REAL.
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