On May 18, 2011, I auditioned to play Randy Cunningham on a new Disney XD animated show called Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Now, over three years later, we just finished the second season finale, our 100th EPISODE. So many people work so hard in three different countries just to get our show on the air and I wanted to take a beat to thank them. To our crew of writers, animators, producers, directors, every branch of Disney (all who have been so kind, especially Aaron and the casting team who helped put me in the show), Titmouse, Boulder Media, our recording studios, the perfect cast, legendary guest stars, the AMAZING tumblr fans (you guys and girls are awesome, we love looking through your stuff!), Andrew Caldwell (who is something of a genius as my best friend Howard Weinerman) and to the creators/showrunners/heart of the show- Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, I don’t know how, but you have made 100 episodes of a TV show that uses 90 percent made up words. To everyone else I forgot to mention who works far harder than I do (I just look like an unwashed muppet and yell into a microphone), thank you so much! And finally TO OUR AWESOME FANS WHO ARE THE REASON THIS SHOW HAS MADE IT TO 100, THANK YOU! CONGRATS EVERYONE!
I am honored to be in Interview Magazine this month. Thank you to the wonderful team over at Interview, to Jai Odell for taking the photos and to Michael Martin for conducting the actual interview. I AM NOT AFRAID TO WEAR A HEAVY COAT IN THE SUMMER FOR PHOTOS!
If I Were You Podcast: One Less Problem (Guest Hosted by Me)
Here I am, filling in as guest host with Amir Blumenfeld in Jake and Amir’s advice podcast “If I Were You”. Warning: If you are looking for something other than nonsense to happen in this podcast, you will be disappointed. BUT if you are looking for the horn section of Ariana Grande’s One Less Problem song, you have come to the right place.
A month ago, I was a guest on the Pete Holmes Show…and well…it was so fun and insane. The secret was there was more insanity to show but not enough time to show it in one episode. So, they split up the segment and last night aired the bonkers never before seen second half. This interview was so much fun. I love Pete and his television show and I’m sad that it’s ending it’s run but Petey H is immensely talented and he will find another way to take over the world and our hearts very soon. ENJOY THE INSANITY!
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Bradley Whitford (West Wing), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) and I (the Internet?) chat about auditions, emmys and our various TV shows for Variety’s Supporting Actor in a Comedy Conversation. There was a bunch more we chatted about, including when I asked The Whit about West Wing walk and talks, but here’s a fun edit of all of us chatting. Thank you to Variety for including me in this amazing group! Was so much fun.
Every year during finals time, CollegeHumor stays up all night and makes videos nonstop. Ten videos in one night. I have been doing these all-nighters for years now and this time, Amir and I made a very quick video (although it’s like four minutes long) about trying to schedule time to actually write a sketch. Also for no reason there is a Mallory Edens reference (from the NBA Draft). I love the spirit of this night. Just get out there and create content as quick as possible. Thanks to everyone who worked on the short and congrats to CH for another awesome All-Nighter.
Like some beautiful dream, this summer I’ll be acting in a movie directed by the man who wrote and directed my favorite movie of all time- Robert Zemeckis. The TriStar film stars the great Joseph Gordon-Levitt as tightrope walker Philippe Petit (from Man on Wire fame). The cast also includes Sir Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and James Badge Dale. I am beyond honored to work with all of these people and can’t wait to get started!
Entertainment Weekly has released the first official cast photo from a movie I am so proud to be a part of- “This is Where I Leave You”. Everyone in this photo is extraordinarily talented and I’m honored to be standing anywhere near them. The movie is based off of the great Jonathan Tropper’s best selling novel (he wrote the screenplay as well) and is directed by the amazing Shawn Levy. The cast includes (inhales)- Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton, Kathryn Hahn, Debra Monk, Aaron Lazar, Dax Shepard, Abigail Spencer and somehow me. The film comes out September 12th and I am so excited for everyone to check it out.