How many comedians does it take to make a crowd go wild? There may be no definitive answer to that, but the cast of “Bob’s Burgers” may have a number in mind. For those familiar with FOX’s hit show, the series rivals any animated sitcom in the history of, well, forever. It’s no surprise, then, when the brilliant comedy minds behind the characters of "Bob's" joined the PaleyFest lineup. Excited fans filled the Dolby Theatre (complete with their own "Bob’s Burgers" costumes) for an unforgettable night.
AXS spoke with the cast, along with the show’s Executive Producers, prior to the evening’s live table read on Friday, March 24. Panelists included: H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher), John Roberts (Linda Belcher), Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher), Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher), Larry Murphy (Uncle Teddy), Loren Bouchard (Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Jim Dauterive (Executive Producer), along with special guests John Early, Brian Gattas, Lindsey Stoddart, Jennifer Smedley and surprise addition, Paul F. Tompkins.
Admirers of the show, of course, get to hear the comradery between the cast all the time, but to see it firsthand exceeds imagination. Larry Murphy, who plays Uncle Teddy, told AXS, “It’s nice to be here at PaleyFest with people who love the show. We’re all performers and we’ve known each other for a really long time, so there’s kind of a real family element to what we do.”
“I love that we’ve all known each other for a very long time,” Eugene Mirman added. “It’s fun to improvise and get together and hang out. It’s great to work on a show where you love the people and you love the show also.”
“Bob Belcher” AKA H. Jon Benjamin, whose comedic talent was displayed in “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist” and as Sterling Archer in none other than “Archer,” spoke to AXS about his own relationship with comedy. “I came to comedy probably in my mid-20s, but yeah, I was never passionate about it. Not a big fan." Benjamin paused; “No, I’m kidding,” he said. “I’m coming around to it.”
Kristen Schaal, the actress who originally won over the hearts of fans everywhere playing Mel on “Flight of the Conchords,” talked about what it is that she thinks fans relate to most about her character on “Bob’s Burgers.” “She’s fun. There are a lot of layers to her, but mostly she’s just sarcastic and a little bit of a badass. I think overall, the show is about a family that’s offbeat and still loves each other — no matter what. So, it’s very affirming.”
Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Loren Bouchard and Executive Producer Jim Dauterive spoke with AXS about the beginning of “Bob’s Burgers” and then shared the news about the show’s soundtrack (which incidentally you can already pre-order on iTunes). “May 12, you will find it all over the place. It is a big, giant soundtrack. 112 songs.” Loren mused, “It’s like three records if you buy it on vinyl.” He went on to thank the fans for really making it all happen. “We wanted to do this to celebrate the music of the show and the silly songs that we create for these guys. But also because [the fans] kept bringing it up and I appreciate that.”
As the night went on, it became clear just how much the people who watch and love the animated series helped shape it. In fact, the creators of “Bob’s Burgers” are even asking fans to draw the premiere episode this fall. Loren explained, “We truly asked the question, could the fans basically design the show? And if we switched designs maybe roughly every scene, would it be horrible to watch? We don’t know the answer to that. But we’ll find out in the fall.”
On stage, the cast went on to deliver a live table read of said episode, and continued with an audience Q&A which even involved a bit of singing. The big news of the night which was announced in its first official capacity is another “Bob’s Burgers” live show. This delicious treat not only includes stand-up comedy by these guys, but you can also expect to hear some of your favorite songs. More good news is that the live show will be taking place right here in Los Angeles on June 17, at The Orpheum Theatre.
Details for the upcoming live event will be announced Monday, March 27, at bobsburgerslive.com
See more from the cast and creators of the Emmy-winning “Bob’s Burgers” every Sunday on FOX at 7:30/6:30c.