Rainn: Spot the fetus.
Question: Do you guys have any special plans for the night of the big return?
Greg: We should, shouldn’t we? That’s like a really good idea.
Rainn: I heard Stephen was going to have a party, so maybe we could get all 50 of the folks on the line right now — we should just give them Steve’s address and April 10th. He’s at 1313 Luck Street. That’s Burbank, California — 91401.
Greg: Second floor in the back.
Rainn: Yeah, so come on by. Come by early, too — like in the morning even. I’m sure he’d appreciate that.
Greg: And we’re having four — the last four episodes we run on April 3rd and I think John Krasinski is going to host it and show scenes from Weather Heads. That’s true, though.
Greg: Yeah. And then we’re going to do — then we’re coming back with originals — all originals, all in a row starting April 10th.
Rainn: Hey, it’s John Krasinski. I play Jim. I’m on a mockumentary of The Office and here’s scenes from my new movie.
Question: Rainn, you talked before about multi-camera, traditional sitcoms. CBS seems to be having quite a bit of success with their Monday night lineup following the more traditional format.
Do you guys feel like you’re in competition — kind of an informal competition? You know, Thursday night on NBC was King of Comedy for so long. Do you feel like you’re — there’s a compare and contrast between CBS’s Monday lineup and NBC’s Thursday lineup?
Greg: I feel intensely competitive with the Girls Gone Wild series of videotapes, myself — not so much the CBS lineup. But I don’t know. If you were to look at the numbers and stuff, there — we might have different demographics.
I’m only guessing on that a little bit, just anecdotally speaking, from the people who I know that like our show and what they – what else they watch on the air.
But no, I think it’s great. You know, if they can get that genre back, it’s all good for comedy writers.
Rainn: I think yeah, the more comedy the better, you know. The more quality comedy, the better and, you know …
Question: I don’t know how much you guys know those shows, but how do you think your comedy differs from the comedy that’s on Monday night there at, you know, aside from style? Greg, you said you think the audience might be different.
Greg: Yeah, I don’t — I mean, that’s something that you could look up. I don’t have the numbers in front of me. You know, I don’t really know …
Question: Just in terms of how you approach humor and how they might?
Greg: I don’t really know. I actually don’t watch that much other comedy shows. You know, I watch some of the stuff that’s on our night. I like 30 Rock and My Name is Earl, and stuff like that.
But I actually don’t watch a lot of other — I’m usually — when I’m watching other TV, it’s like weird, you know, shows about meerkats or something.
Question: What about the — if you look at the tradition of Thursday night NBC comedy? Do you always feel like you’re being compared to that and you want to make sure that, you know you rise to that level?
Greg: We’re really in that tradition. I mean, I love that stuff. I loved Seinfeld. I, you know, loved Cheers. And I feel like our show is in that tradition and I’m sort of proud to be on NBC Thursday. It’s like the best place, I think, to be, you know.
Question: What do all those shows have in common — those shows and the shows that are on now?
Rainn: Well I think they got really strong ensembles of really well-defined characters. And I think that’s important in a comedy. You can’t just have one funny person, you know, the great comedies you always remember everyone from Mary Tyler Moore, you know, not just Mary. And I think that’s one thing that’s in common.
Greg: Yeah and they’re — I think they’re — also they’re kind of adult in the sense that they’re not family shows — all those, usually except for Cosby Show. And, you know, they’re kind of — I don’t know …
Rainn: And you cared about them.
Greg: Yeah, you cared about them.
Rainn: Yeah. And you heard about the characters. You wanted to see them do well. I don’t know about Seinfeld, but …
Greg: I think, you know, there — they didn’t do anything to make you care about them, but you did care about them.
Greg: Because they did stuff that you did secretly in your own home and they were so appealing. I don’t know. I love those shows. I mean, I also liked Roseanne which was on ABC.
Greg: You know, and — what are some of the great CBS shows?
Rainn: Well I think All in the Family, which was a British…
Greg: Yeah, All in the Family was awesome.