I was fortunate enough to interview the cast and writers of "Community" while at Comic-Con this year, a.k.a. Allison Brie looked into my eyes. I also attended the jam-packed panel before the roundtables, but Vince at FilmDrunk took notes with such diligence that you should go to his write-up for those specifics. The entire cast was completely humbled and moved by how many people stood in a long-ass line to squeeze into a hotel ballroom to see them. One little tidbit I snagged is a video of Donald Glover and Danny Pudi singing "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail live.
After the panel, a few members of the press (I guess that includes me?) sat down and shot off questions to the cast and writers round-robin-style. I asked you guys to tweet me some of your inquiries and I think I got most of them answered. Check out the highlights from the interviews below.
They are working on a zombie themed episode for Halloween.
They’re doing a story where Shirley wants to make a movie about Jesus for her church and she enlists Abed’s help and it becomes Cyber Jesus. That’s the new Kick Puncher they’re been talking about: Cyber Jesus.
Fuckyeahjeffannie.com is a “Community” fan fiction site that exists.
Alison Brie, Joel McHale, Neil Goldman
Will we ever be seeing you guys in a tag together?
AB: The girls at first were like, “We want to be in one!” then after awhile we saw the popularity and it’s like oh no, I don’t want to be in the one tag where everyone’s like, “Booooo, bring the guys back!”
What’s it like juggling all your projects?
AB: I think Joel does a bit more juggling than me. My “Man Men” schedule doesn’t usually overlap. Joel’s doing a weekly gig. He’ll work on our show everyday and then on Thursdays he runs out for a few hours, does “The Soup,” comes back and continues shooting “Community.”
JM: And then I’m like, I should book some stand-up gigs to fill up some time.
When can we expect your 6 a.m. radio show, since you’re gunning for Seacrest?
AB: You could do a 4 a.m. radio show.
JM: That’s not a bad idea. I do have a paper route, and that kills me. What am I thinking? It doesn’t even pay that well.
Did you guys see anything weird at Comic-Con?
JM: Master Chief from Halo asked, “Can I get a picture?” I said, “Yes, Master Chief.”
AB: I was surprised. I thought I’d see more costumes.
Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Garrett Donovan
How is it being in front of the camera now as opposed to behind it?
DG: Everything is way easier. Writing is the fucking hardest job in the world. On “30 Rock,” we were writing for like 25 hours sometimes.
CC: I started on “The Smother Brothers,” I started on “SNL” as their first head writer. I wrote for 12 years. Writing is a bitch.
Do your improv skills ever take over on set?
CC: We clown around here and there between takes, but for the most part we stay with the script.
DG: My favorite thing to hear is, “Go crazy, Donald,” because then I can do whatever I want.
GD: Then we discover things these guys can do and I think that’s how we discovered your [Donald’s] crying.
DG: Someone was pointing that out to me today. They tweeted, “Man, is there something funnier than Donald crying?” I was like, you sound like my dad.
Have you seen anything off-putting at Comic-Con this year?
DG: Girls are not afraid around here. They’re like walking through a lion’s den covered in steaks.
CC: I had never seen anything like it. And I don’t understand it still. But God bless ‘em, they show up.
Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Russ Krasnoff
Were you thinking of walking around the Comic-Con floor in costume?
YNB: I’d love to come as Yoda. I love Yoda.
DP: I’d like to be The Flash. Then I could just run around the floor. Just sprinting around the floor.
RK: The pilot because that’s where all of this was created and these characters developed. I think back at that very fondly.
YNB: My favorite episode is Modern Warfare but my favorite Shirley episode is Christmas. You really see how high her freak flag flies. You get to see she’s crazy and judgmental and she’s guilty.
How will Britta act this next season to Jeff and Annie getting together?
GJ: It’s probably going to be a bumpy road, I would think. No only did she get rejected after she told Jeff she loved him in front of everyone, but then he went outside and kissed Annie. I think that it’s going to be hard for her ego to take. It’s always unclear where their hearts are at because both Jeff and Britta are egotistical people.
Who would you have dressed up as at Comic-Con?
GJ: Martian Manhunter. He’s from the Justice League. He lives in the Tower of Justice. He’s a green alien. He looks like he has one head and he can pull it off. He actually has another pointy head underneath. His power is mind control.