I find out more about my character every episode when I get a script, but it’s also in the service of humor. We’re trying to talk about these subjects in city government, but we’re not going to solve them. Whatever it is, I want her to stick around for a few episodes. What am I doing in this room with these people? Per my tradition of many years, I must end this chat by asking you for your favorite Ted Danson story.Oh God, you probably have, what, 70 at this point? It’s a show you have to watch a few times because the human brain can’t catch all of them. Related

Holly Hunter ‘Thoroughly Enjoyed’ Pushing Down Chrissy Teigen for Mr. It’s great to actually be a fan of something you get to work on. I’m shaking in my boots. He wasn’t lying. He turns to me and goes, “Oh my God, I’m so nervous! You can see the movement. It’s this dance of being light on your feet and fully embodying the characters’ reality. That’s a valuable lesson for us all. Assuming the audience is smart enough to keep up with everything is a real gift. That’s his gift. How the hell did you get so lucky?I have no idea. Two very different situations but two incredibly funny and legendary comedians. It’s so accessible. I talked with Holly last season, and she said something about Tina’s writing that stuck with me for a while: She has her “own kind of genius with character revelation through the briefest amount of words.” I’m curious if you agree with that, and if so, how it reflects in your character.Completely. I hope it’s not a one-off. The jokes and making people laugh are the most important things, but you also don’t want people bogged down with how heavy the stakes are. She goes, “It’s a problem we’re unable to solve, and that’s why network comedy shouldn’t even go there.” That one line is brilliant in being self-aware. Sure, she might have her priorities jumbled at times (installing Malin and Goetz products in mobile showers so the homeless can smell like “grapefruit and sandalwood”), but she’s an Absolutely Did That! Mayor

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Tags: We had this with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as well, where the constraints of network television are helpful for people who are smart and creative. The first scene I shot was walking with Ted through City Hall. Tina and Robert think the fun of network television is that it’s for everyone. Tina, if you’re reading this, please write a part for yourself. Mayor. You have deep character analysis, facts about your character you didn’t know that makes them a totally wacko person, and then you’re also making a joke, all within five seconds. Especially if you’re in a vulnerable situation, which we are every day as people in the world. But we didn’t know each other! Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Elton John AIDS Foundation

Every episode of Mr. That’s what you’re hoping for with this show! I always find myself writing down the one-liners from Tina’s shows. I was up all night. My goal is to be as truthful as I can and see if the humor comes through. The confines can be creatively explosive if in the right hands. I remember a line Holly’s character said in an episode earlier this season where Mikaela thinks she can solve the Los Angeles homeless crisis. You’ve starred in shows spearheaded by two of the funniest ladies around, Tina Fey and Rachel Bloom. There have been a lot of thoughtful articles written recently about how network sitcoms, while never fully gone, were reinvigorated this year. Los Angeles’s newest leader (TV’s heavenly father, Ted Danson) secured the job after running on a late-life-crisis platform, and his administration is filled with eccentric deputies (including Holly Hunter’s dedicated Arpi) and strategists who want to fast-track diarrhea legislation over, say, useful city infrastructure. We have jokes every ten seconds on Mr. It bonds you as two humans in a room together in a way you don’t expect from a person you’ve seen on your television for decades. Mayor deserves to be part of that conversation.I agree! Mayor?Anything that’s innuendo is going to be funnier than fully going there — when you give your audience the chance to figure out a joke. Give us the nonsense! What’s a good example of those creative confines for Mr. I wasn’t sure if I would be good or not. I think a solid dozen.What if I just went, “He was a living nightmare.” He’s a perfect gem of a human. Tina’s writing is so layered. Did someone make a mistake? Then there’s chief of staff Mikaela, portrayed with panache by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Vella Lovell. I know everyone’s talking about Abbott Elementary, but I think Mr. He put me at ease immediately. Getting the material, there’s so much pressure because Tina’s humor is such a fine line. I haven’t thought of these things before. I do the same. “Not all heroes wear capes,” she explained a few episodes ago, “although I did just order a cape from ASOS.”

Lovell talked to us about the joys of acting in a Tina Fey sitcom, why network television is more creative than viewers might realize, and her most endearing Danson story. And with Tina, I was shaking in my boots the whole audition process. I’ve been waiting for Tina to show up in an episode for a guest role like she did in Great News and Girls5Eva. It doesn’t work if you don’t play it for real, but it also has to be light. Mayor. Once we start a scene, you’re kind of shot from a cannon. Her Dolly Parton impression on Girls5Eva was next level. You have to be okay with your kid and your grandma seeing this. My favorite story is that on my very first day … I had never been so terrified doing that pilot. What would you say is your style of comedy?I never set out to be a comedian, so I have no idea what my style is. What am I doing here and how did I end up in this room? I take things very seriously as Mikaela. What would you like to see her as? First days, right?” It totally disarmed me. It’s a good reminder that if you share with someone how you’re really feeling, it’s a gift. It’s totally genuine. “30 Under 30” winner and a social-media savant, and as the mayor’s term carries on, so do her professional capabilities. Tina, hello, we need a five-episode arc in season three.I want to see a full arc with a beginning, middle, and end. We had all these friends in common. How do they come up with this stuff? Literally. There was a part in the season finale I assumed Tina would be playing, but she’s not. And then I cross my fingers and close my eyes and pray that the joke comes across. Another beleaguered government employee?She’s obviously proven that she can do anything. It’s been a joy to watch Holly, in particular, because she’s such an actor with a capital A. I do my best to get to the truth of the moment. It feels like the comedy Olympics, and you have to fully dive in. He was nervous. He can be vulnerable with you. I’m sure you remember this from season one, but someone compliments Mikaela’s pants and she responds, “Oh thanks, they’re H&M single-use.” A lot of times we do alternate jokes, and we also tested out, “Oh, thanks, I said the word pants into my phone two weeks ago and they just showed up at my door.” I’ll watch each episode twice because I’ll miss jokes other people say. If the man behind Sam Malone can be vulnerable, anyone can.And it’s such a gift when you do that to people. The scripts are an overflowing joke fountain. And how could it not? I have severe imposter syndrome all the time. Everyone has their own style of doing it. I feel like it would be particularly good if she had scenes with Holly. It’s the same with Mr. Rachel is wild because — I don’t know if you know this — but we went to NYU together. “I got to the end of Hinge.” “My last date was with an improviser who robbed me.”They’re so genius. That’s also the confine. This question is amazing, by the way. They couldn’t curse in The Good Place, so they had to come up with creative ways to get around it. It’s a puzzle for people. Mayor tends to orbit around organized chaos, bureaucratic or otherwise.