Did you see last night’s episode on Community? If you didn’t, stop reading this article and pop over to Hulu for “Political Science.” NBC hosted a roundtable conference call with Alison Brie (Annie), AKA the candidate, and Danny Pudi (Abed), AKA utterly awesome, last week. And, can I say, I’d totally vote for them on a combined ballot.
Danny and Alison have a great, natural chemistry with each other which manifested through their banter. Seriously, every single interviewer commented on their mutual awesomeness. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. They completed each other’s sentences and called each other out on their responses. We need an Annie and Abed in the morning. Nay. We demand it. Anyone calling themselves a “two piece Voltron” deserves their own show. I loved Danny’s confronting Alison for voting for her character after Starburns and Alison’s calling him out on his vaguely ambiguous statements. As you can tell, I had an awesome time. Even if I hadn’t gotten to speak to the dynamic duo (which I did), I would have gone away happy.
Conference calls are interesting items. There’s a magical fairy who introduces the room and oversees the flow of the questions. After you press a button on your phone, a few seconds or minutes later (if you’re lucky), you’re announced and you’re directly connected with the actors. Before and after that, you listen to the other interviewers ask questions. For some conference calls, people tend to limit themselves to 1-2 questions, but this time each interviewer tended to have mini-conversations. I didn’t realize why until I asked the final questions. Danny and Alison are incredibly charismatic. I know I shouldn’t seem shocked, but they’re intelligent and engaged. They pull you into a conversation and they don’t focus on just “answering the question.” So, you find yourself having a mini-chat with the “cool cats.”
I learned a couple things from what the other writers asked:
Another awesome thing about participating in a conference call is when the writers asking the questions are fans of the show. It adds to the positive energy flow. I was able to ask the two questions about the show’s development and their responses made me want to pat myself on the back. It’s kind of awesome when you get through and are actually able to connect with the actors. When you listen to another writer talk and ask questions it’s great, but directly talking to them you really get a feel for their energy and antics.
So to learn about Danny’s sophomore year, if we’ll get an Annie and Abed in the morning (on Community or some other show), and they what they thought of my questions, click on!