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Interview with H. John Benjamin of
"Archer" on FX 2/7/13
FX NETWORK: Archer
February 7, 2013/10:00 a.m. PST
Kristy Silvernail, Manager, FX Media Relations
H. Jon Benjamin, ďAgent Sterling Archer,Ē Archer
Moderator Welcome to the Archer Teleconference. At this
time, everyone is in a listen-only mode and in just a few
minutes, youíll have an opportunity for questions and the
instructions will be given at that time. As a reminder, the
conference call is being recorded. Iíd now like to turn the
conference over to our host, Ms. Kristy Silvernail.
K. Silvernail Good morning and welcome to the Archer
conference call with H. Jon Benjamin, who voices the spy you
all know and love, ĎAgent Sterling Archer.í Thank you to
everybody for joining us today and especially, Jon, we
really appreciate your time. As everybody knows, Archer airs
Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, only on
FX. In tonightís episode, ďMidnight Ron,Ē viewers get to see
the beginning of beautiful hatred played out between
ĎArcherí and his new stepfather as theyíre chased by
With that said, letís go ahead and open it up for the first
Moderator Weíll go to Kyle Nolan with NoReruns.net.
K. Nolan So earlier in this season, your world of ĎBobí and
ĎSterling Archerí collided. Could you talk a little bit
about how that episode came about and what it was like for
you making it?
J. Benjamin Yes, it basically came aboutÖ Adam Reed, the
creator of the show had the idea to do it. Apparently, he
was a fan of Bobís Burgers and mine. So he came up with the
idea to do it. He asked me to ask Loren Bouchard, the
creator of Bobís Burgers; so I was like the middle man, but
it went really smoothly.
I think it was like around a 15 to 20 second phone call.
Then they turned it over to hundreds of thousands of lawyers
and they worked to hammer out a deal. So, yes, it all came
from Adam, I think, wanting to open the season like that;
which it was really well done I thought. Iím not sure you
needed to know about those Ö.
K. Nolan So for you, is it ever odd or confusing switching
back and forth between these two characters that have the
J. Benjamin Well, a lot of people complain how I donít do
anything different for either; and Ö them. I did notice,
finally, that ĎArcherí is a little bit different than when I
had to do him as ĎBob,í but I got very convoluted; real
Moderator We go to Rodney Ho with Atlanta Journal
R. Ho Iím here where Adam and Matt work Ö. Do you ever need
to even come to Atlanta at all? I presume you get off the
J. Benjamin Actually, Iíve been many times to Atlanta, but I
came recently to visit the studio and boy, was that awkward.
R. Ho What?
J. Benjamin No, no, it was fine. There were just a lot of
animators staring at me.
R. Ho I presume they recognized you even though you donít
exactly look like ĎSterling Archer.í They all knew who you
J. Benjamin Yes, I mean I think, hopefully, they didnít
expect like someone exactly like ĎSterling Archerí in
appearance to walk in. No, I got it. Itís one big room with
a hundred people drawing and hearing my voice like over the
PA. Itís like a sweatshop in Cuba.
R. Ho Ö. I heard they do have air conditioning once in a
while, though, and that they sometimes use that.
J. Benjamin You have to go to your car, if you have a car,
just to cool off.
R. Ho Has the success of Archer improved your personal sex
life at all?
J. Benjamin Yes, I have not had sex now in four and a half
years; so itís an improvement.
R. Ho So thatís an improvement; okay.
J. Benjamin Well, if you knew how I had sex, yes, not having
it is one step above.
R. Ho At least ĎArcherí gets a lot of sex; right? Thatís
nice, right?. Doesnít that make you feel better?
J. Benjamin So that I can live vicariously through an
animated character. I havenít tried yet to use ĎSterling
Archerí to have sex and I donít know if that would work out.
R. Ho Do you think that ĎSterlingí is maturing in any
tangible way, now that weíre entering into the fourth
J. Benjamin Yes, maybe, in really, really like glacial
progress probably. At some point, I think he has to and I
just feel like, hey, his lifestyle is going to catch up with
him, if it in any way mirrors real life. I just like feel
like I want him to gain like 15 pounds; like he wonít
metabolize alcohol as well or something soon, right.
R. Ho Right; thatís true. But if you look into the event, do
you think heís better looking now than he was season one? Do
you think theyíre making him better looking or are theyó
J. Benjamin Yes, he is pretty rock solid appearance-wise.
That doesnít change. Maybe heís gotten in better shape. I
havenít checked under the shirt.
Moderator Weíll go next to Brittany Frederick with
B. Frederick I recently read an article that says you could
tell stories about Archer fans that are surprised at how you
obviously donít resemble the character. Could you share some
of that? I mean, do people really freak out?
J. Benjamin Yes, well there have been a bunch of people who
have not done well to disguise their, like, disappointment.
So you have a lot of people going, oh, Ö too bad. I think it
was more just like sort of shattering hopes.
B. Frederick I have a followup to that. The show has some
really interesting fans, really energetic fans. Whatís the
best fan experience that youíve ever had?
J. Benjamin Whatís the best fan experience Iíve ever had?
B. Frederick Yes.
J. Benjamin Like as a fan or with a fan?
B. Frederick No, with the Archer fans.
J. Benjamin Okay, because as a fan, it would be Ö Mick
Jagger. But with a fan, I did onceóthis was what I thought
was a good idea at the time, when I lived in New York and I
happened to be walking through Central Park, sort of on the
south side of Central Park. Two guys came up to me and it
was right next to where they do the hansom cab rides, the
horse-drawn carriages. So for some reason, they were like,
ďoh my god! Archer! Archer!Ē
I was like, all right, everybody get in. It just so happened
that the guy was right there, so I could give him money. So
the guys got in with me and then itís likeóbut the
unfortunate part is itís like a 45-minute ride around the
park. That got really awkward after about the first ten
minutes, because they were kind of like just two college
kids. They were like, ďwhy are we doing this?Ē Iím like, ďI
donít know; I thought it was funny at the time just because
we were standing in front of it.Ē So that wasóit wasnít fun,
but it was the best fan experience, I guess.
Moderator Our next question is from the line of Fred Topel
with Crave Online.
F. Topel What was your take on Archer in the pilot and has
that changed at all?
J. Benjamin What was what?
F. Topel What was your take on Archer in the pilot and has
that changed at all now several seasons down?
J. Benjamin Well it hasnít changed much. I think I was
probably less confident in my character at the time, so now
Iím really just sort of full-voiced, full-on arrogant Ö. But
I think I didnít know that that was the case in the pilot.
So, yes, I think Iíve just gotten more aggressive in general
and I try to be less nasally than what I used to be.
F. Topel Weíve seen up to next weekís episode with trying to
get back together with Ö and Ö, keep her boyfriend in space.
What other funny stuff is coming up later in the season?
J. Benjamin Well, thereís a really good storyline with his
new stepdad, ĎRon Cadillac.í ĎArcherí is immediately put off
that his mom is getting happy or happier. But then there are
all these sort ofóthis ĎRon Cadillací character is kind of
not what he seems. Thatís pretty funny and then thereís a
big sort of two-part season finale, which is a pretty grand
story that takes place under water.
F. Topel So you went from space to under water.
J. Benjamin Yes, like I was saying, thereís not much more to
do; maybe Middle-earth.
Moderator Weíll go next to Earl Dittman with Digital
E. Dittman You mentioned Mick Jagger. So is Mick Jagger a
fan of Archer?
J. Benjamin No that was just random.
E. Dittman Oh, okay. I was thinking oh, that would have been
J. Benjamin That was when I was young and he was old.
E. Dittman When hasnít he been old lately? Anyway, I was
going to ask you, the script is so finely, weirdly written,
but do they give you a chance to adlib? Do they give you a
chance to maybe take a line and go somewhere else with it?
Or are they prettyóstay to the script?
J. Benjamin No, theyíre not slave drivers. Depending on the
scene, I think sometimes we could fool around a little bit.
But, on the whole, we pretty much keep to the script
because, like you said, by the nature in which itís written,
itís pretty tight. There are a lot of jokes that have to do
with scenes cutting against each other, so thereís not much
room for it. But Iíll throw in a few things and a lot of
things I assumed that other characters adlibbed, end up Adam
having written it. Sometimes heíll rewrite scenes once he
hears that they donít work as well as he thought right at
the spur of the moment, so that is probably the most time in
which things change.
E. Dittman Do you all ever get to work together? I mean, do
you get in the same room with Jessica [Walter] and everybody
else and get to do some? Or is it all pretty separate?
J. Benjamin Itís all separate. I think, occasionally, Iíll
smell her having been there before me.
E. Dittman Have they ever thought about trying it at one
time? Doing like a whole group recording and see how it
J. Benjamin Well, we did an Archer Live! where we read
scenes together, which we kind of read the best-of stuff. So
we did that together.
E. Dittman Was it fun?
J. Benjamin [Teasing] Eh, ah. I donít know how you spell
that but it may be ehhh.
Moderator Weíll go to Christiane Elin with Sci-Fi Vision.
C. Elin Iíd just like to ask you if thereís anything that
youíd like to do in real life that ĎArcherí gets to do?
J. Benjamin Wow, thereís a lot. Iíd like to work for my mom;
sheís a ballet dancer. No I wouldnít. That would just be
really tedious office work. I donít know what you do for a
I would like to kill people; yes, I would like to
indiscriminately kill people sometimes. Iíd like to go to
like Ö and Morocco. Iíd like to travel a lot, like ĎArcher.í
That would be fun.
C. Elin Also, because of the new stepfather in the picture,
are we going to see some daddy issues?
J. Benjamin Yes, I donít think ĎArcherí responds to the
stepfather in the way he would his real father; thatís for
sure. But I think ĎArcherí has some major oedipal
inclinations; so yes, I think no matter who filled in for
the father role, heíll want to kill him.
Moderator Our next question is from the line of John Blabber
with Bubble Blabber.
J. Blabber Hey John. How are you doing this beautiful
J. Benjamin Very convenient name. Good; I canít believe I
just said oedipal inclinations. I never wanted to say those
J. Blabber No worries. Last year, I was at your tour day for
New York. I had a great time and wanted to know if there are
going to be any more in the near future.
J. Benjamin If Matt Thompson, the Executive Producer, sobers
J. Blabber No, not the Archer one, but the actual your tour
date; like the ďJon Benjamin Has a TourĒ dates. Remember
J. Benjamin Oh, you saw my show.
J. Blabber Yes.
J. Benjamin Yes, I think I will do more of those, maybe in
the spring. Iíve just got to figure out a way to get less
J. Blabber Got it. If you need a kick start or campaign
started, let me know.
J. Benjamin I donít know if money is the answer.
J. Blabber Iím actually kind of disappointed because I was
thinking we were actually going to get aÖbuild a movie this
past winter and we didnít get one.
J. Benjamin Yes, that would be a good kick starter, I guess.
If we could get the funding for that, I think it would do
well in certain portions of Asia.
Moderator Weíll go to Monique Jones with TVEquals.com.
M. Jones For my question, I just have to say Iím a huge fan
from the Home Movies, so itís good to talk to you.
J. Benjamin So we go way back.
M. Jones So my first question is do you have a favorite
thing about playing ĎArcher?í
J. Benjamin Well, I really like this show. I think itís
probably my favorite thing. So I like seeing them. So itís a
bonus to be in them and then seeing the final product. I do
like that a lot. So I do end up watching, pretty much, like
theóIíd probably wait. I havenít seen any from this current
season yet, but Iíll watch them all at once. Itís fun that
itís me; fun that Iím that guy. When I watch it, Iím the guy
but Iím a real conceited Ö, so Iím not sure. I like
celebrating myself all the time.
M. Jones Well, that can be healthy at some point.
J. Benjamin Yes, I mean it takes up a lot of my time looking
in a mirror.
M. Jones Do you have a favorite episode?
J. Benjamin Wow, man I donít know. Thatís tough. Name a
couple. I canít rememberóI havenít watched them in a while.
Like I said, I havenít watched the current season. My god, I
canítóI know what it was about. I just donít know it was
called and I canít remember right now what it was about.
Sorry. Probably, letís just give it a number, episode 206.
Moderator Weíll go to Fred Topel with Crave Online.
F. Topel Did you ever expect Bob and Archer to go at the
J. Benjamin No, Iíve gotten that question before. Itís
definitely like why are you doing them both; like I would
have potentially turned one down to do the other. It just
I canít remember which came first. I think it was Bobís
Burgers, but with FOX, had a very long development process;
over a year or more, like a year and a half, where they kept
making this demo. Archer was reallyóI had done itójust
recorded the pilot and then heard that the show got picked
up, maybe, I donít know, eight months later or something. So
Bobís Burgers, I think, started along before Archer did. It
just took a long time for Bobís Burgers to get on air. It
just was coincidence that they came on kind of at a similar
F. Topel What funny stuff is coming up for Bobís?
J. Benjamin We just started taping the back end of the third
season or something. Also, I believe that some of the cast
members will be writing some episodes coming up, so I know I
am. Thatís exciting.
F. Topel What do you want to write for Bobís that none of
the other writers would do for you?
J. Benjamin What will I write for Bobís?
F. Topel Yes.
J. Benjamin Yes, I think it would be much darker, if I did
it. I havenít figured out what my episode will be about, but
Iíll go very dark.
F. Topel Do you enjoy going from this flawed secret agent to
this regular guy burger maker?
J. Benjamin Yes, yes. I like how different they are. Yes,
itís nice to sort of get payback for ĎArcherísí attitude
when ĎBobí seems to be sort of gets shoveled on; whereas
ĎArcherí kind of doles it out all the time. So itís a good
Moderator Weíll go to Ernie Estrella with BuzzFocus.com.
E. Estrella Could we talk about maybe when you get the
script coming in, is there any one particular type of
episode that you get excited for? Like we see now that weíre
into the later seasons and now theyíre starting to build on
older plot points and some seeds that were planted long
agoódo you get excited to see some of those? Or do you like
seeing some of these one-off, kind of spoof episodes?
J. Benjamin Iím not particularlyóI donít really care, I
guess, on the whole. But I do like, obviously, when like
thematic stuff happens, itís fun to read and itís always fun
to see. Adam is very good at that. He will plant a seed and
that seed will grow like three episodes later. So itís
always nice to forget about a character and then
realizeóespecially like the ĎBarryí stuff, where heís in
space now and then I just sort of forget about ĎBarryí and
then an episode comes up where ĎBarryí is Ö ĎArcherí all
along and it makes sense why heís doing it. So that stuff is
very rewarding, I think, especially for people who watch the
show a lot and appreciate that.
E. Estrella Are you told when those seeds are planted, that
theyíre going to become something later? Or do you get kind
of surprised when we are the first time you see it?
J. Benjamin Yes, I donít get the script until basically
almost the day, the night before the day I record it. So
thereís no way to tell. There have been occasions where I
read it for the first time while Iím reading itówhile Iím
Moderator We go to Terri Schwartz with Spinoff.
T. Schwartz Hi, thanks so much for speaking with us today.
J. Benjamin Oh, how many are there of you?
T. Schwartz Probably way, way too many.
J. Benjamin You mean like youíre cloned?
T. Schwartz Yes; I have a variety of Terri Schwartzís just
sitting around in my apartment right now.
J. Benjamin Thatís cool.
T. Schwartz Iím just curious, so youíve worked on a variety
of animated shows and, as youíve already mentioned, you
worked HomeÖ with Vernon Small. Has there ever been any
discussion of you doing a voice on Ö?
J. Benjamin No, I donít think so. I donít recall.
T. Schwartz Do you want to?
J. Benjamin No, I donít. I donít want to.
T. Schwartz Why?
J. Benjamin No, I donít care. I donít think heís ever asked.
We donít speak very muchónot because we donít get along,
just because weíve lost touch. But Iím sure I would be happy
to do it. Is that show still on?
T. Schwartz It is; itís coming back.
J. Benjamin Okay, well then, put a word in.
Moderator We have a question from Jaime Steinberg with
J. Steinberg Hi, itís such a pleasure to speak with you.
J. Benjamin The names are getting better and better. Itís
almost like itís starting to get fake.
J. Steinberg Anything to impress you.
J. Benjamin So that was just for me.
J. Steinberg Exactly.
J. Benjamin Unfortunately, I hate constellations.
J. Steinberg Oh, thank you. Iíll just have to alter that
right now. Good thing itís our ten-year anniversary.
J. Benjamin Well, itís a good time to change the name.
J. Steinberg Was there anything about ĎArcherí that wasnít
originally scripted to you that you added to the character?
J. Benjamin You mean like I want him to have black hair or
J. Steinberg Or about his personality.
J. Benjamin Oh, no, not really. I mean it might be the case
where Adam Reed, the writer of the show, maybe started
writing stuff based on like what Iím like. But no, yes, if
that were the case; heíd be Jewish by now.
J. Steinberg What do you think it is about Archer that makes
it such a fan favorite show?
J. Benjamin Well, I think the colors are really nice. I
think itís because itís really funny and really well done. I
imagine people appreciate it. When it first came out, there
was no sense that it was going to be like this much of a
hit, I think even for Adam. Although Adam Reed had done
prior shows that I think had a big following; maybe not like
as big as Archer, but big in terms of people really loving
what he does. So I think itís pretty much because Adam
creates really great characters and really funny stories.
Moderator We have a question from Earl Dittman with Digital
E. Dittman Quick question; you had just mentioned, you were
talking about it earlier, I mentioned thatóI have to be very
honest. I donít watch Bob. I donít watch sinceóI mean I
donít really watch any animated stuff except for Archer.
Thatís the only one I watch. I think out of all the bunch,
itís the best one in the air. No BS to you; I really just
think youíre great. Everybodyís great. The show is so witty
and smart and I canít miss it. I mean itís like addicted to
it in some weird way. Have you ever thought, though, about
going intoódo you have a compelling feeling to do live
action at all?
J. Benjamin Well, yes, I mean I have done it before. I donít
get as much work in live action than I doóbut Iíve had a
live action show on the air on Comedy Central, which a few
people saw. So Iíve done some stuff and yes, Iím going to
continue to try and do it. Live action comedy is what I sort
of started doing, so Iím kind of moreóIím always surprised I
keep doing animation.
E. Dittman Well, especially when itís as good as this one, I
can see why you do.
J. Benjamin Yes, I got lucky.
Moderator Weíll go to Kyle Nolan with NoReruns.net.
K. Nolan What has been one of the most bizarre things youíve
been asked to voice on Archer?
J. Benjamin On the show Archer?
K. Nolan Yes.
J. Benjamin Well I only pretty much do Archer, so I donít
getóthere have been occasions where theyíve made ĎArcherí
pose as another character and I know Iíve failed sometimes,
because I think there have been attempts to when Iím in deep
cover or something where I play a Russian business man or
something. I donít know the specific one, but there was like
a Swiss something. I remember I couldnít pull off the accent
that was for sure. So Adam Reed was like, forget it.
K. Nolan At this point, is there anything that you find
shocking at all when you first read the script, because
there are some strange things that happened on the show.
J. Benjamin That what? Say it again.
K. Nolan There are some strange things that happened on the
show. Is there anything, by this point, that ever shocks you
when you first read the script?
J. Benjamin No, no, nothing ever shocks me, even from the
very beginning. Iím not easily shocked. So, no, no.
Moderator We have a question from the line of Daniel Calvisi
D. Calvisi What are the keys to satirizing a genre like you
do with Archer satirizing the spy genre? I suppose maybe
Bobís Burgers is a take on like The Simpsons family comedy
J. Benjamin I guess, I donítóactually like Bobís Burgers
really doesnít satirize another genre of animation, and I
donít think itís satirizingóit kind of is a family sitcom in
a way. If anything, Bobís Burgers occasionally will satirize
pop culture stuff or movies. I think Archer doesnít really
even do that. Itís pretty much like an office comedy more
than anything else. So yes, the spy stuff, albeit itís a big
part in the show, I donít feel like itís kind of not winking
at the spy genre.
D. Calvisi Okay; so itís basically written just as a comedy
show about this character, not really Ö.
J. Benjamin Yes, I think itís a much more character-based
comedy and itís not very high-concept in that sense where
itís trying to take the Ö out of James Bond anymore. I think
thatís probably the least important part to Adam, although
Iím not totally sure about that.
D. Calvisi Would you recommend that aspiring screenwriters
write animation, because I always hear that they say
animation is developed in house?
J. Benjamin Who did that?
D. Calvisi Aspiring screenwriters, whether itís T.V. or film
animation, Iíve always heard that itís really Ö for
newcomers to break in like with a spec script.
J. Benjamin So what are aspiring? I donít know what that
D. Calvisi Like a new writer who has a concept for an
animated sitcom and is trying to shop it around, as opposed
to having a track record.
J. Benjamin Oh, do I think that fits that person?
D. Calvisi Yes, right, writing in that genre.
J. Benjamin Writing in animation.
D. Calvisi Yes, writing in animation.
J. Benjamin Oh, I assume itís probablyósorry about that. I
didnít understand any of it. I assume itís as difficult or
certainly itís as difficult or as easy as not doing it. I
think like people who are specifically getting into
animation have a reason to want to do that. I think itís
almost an organic choice for most people who want to write
animated stuff. So it probablyópeople make that decision for
themselves. I donít think it starts with which one am I
going to do.
Moderator We have a question with Jeri Jacquin with Military
J. Jacquin We saw you at Comic-Con this year and I wanted to
ask you, how does it feel to walk into a room with 2,000
J. Benjamin You should see my apartment. Did your cat laugh?
J. Jacquin Do you have people waiting for you every day?
J. Benjamin Well, I live with maybe 1,700 roommates.
J. Jacquin Nice.
J. Benjamin Pretty small, two bedroom, but thatís New York.
The market now is really awful.
J. Jacquin I watched when you walked into the hall and you
had kind of like a stunned look on your face when everyone
J. Benjamin Well, the first time we were at Comic-Con, I
think was the first time, maybe the second season end or
something, I donít think Iíd even met the cast at that
point, because everybody sort of did the show from their
respective cities and countries; Chris Parnell, of course,
living in some eastern European country for tax purposes.
But so I didnít have any sense of the popularity of the show
at all and it wasnít that itís gotten more and more like you
said. But I remember the first year being really struck
because it was in a much smaller room and people were in
this huge line to get in and they had to turn away all these
people. I think we were all looking around like, this show?
So that was surprising. The other look from this last time
was probably because I was high.
J. Jacquin Nice, all right. We want to tell you how much the
military guys love your show. It gives them something to
J. Benjamin Are you with the military?
J. Jacquin I write for Military Press.
J. Benjamin Oh, okay, I didnít hear that part.
J. Jacquin Yes, so whenever they know the show is coming,
the Ö just gets crazy.
J. Benjamin Well, anything I can do for our boys and girls
in the military, except fight, I will happily do.
J. Jacquin They appreciate that.
J. Benjamin Yes.
J. Jacquin Thanks so much.
J. Benjamin Iím doing any training, so come on.
Moderator Letís go to Fred Topel with Crave Online.
F. Topel What do you like to watch on T.V.?
J. Benjamin Well, I donít watch a lot of shows actually,
surprisingly. I do watch Archer a lot. Like I said before, I
watch it kind of in oneóI sort of watch one season in a
couple days. Most recently, I think I wasóthe show I got
into most, probably Boardwalk Empire, maybe. Other than
that, I really kind of watch sports and news. Itís pretty
much predominantly basketball and Democracy Now!.
F. Topel Are you a fan of James Bond movies and do you have
a favorite Bond film?
J. Benjamin I was a big fan when I was a kid and I do have a
kid now, and heís a pretty big fan of all of the Bond stuff.
As far as like a favorite Bond movie, I actually just
watchedóit wasnít Bond, but my kid is a big fan of
thrillers. So we go back and we watch a lot of stuff we just
watchedówhat was it? The Day of the Jackal. Itís really
funny watching a 70s style sex scene with a nine-year-old,
but my favorite Bond movie is probably Dr. No.
F. Topel Oh, good one.
J. Benjamin Thatís old school.
F. Topel Right; I liked the first one too.
J. Benjamin Yes, the first one is always the best; although
Iíve got to say, I like Her Majestyís Secret Service. I
thought that George Lazenby was a pretty, a really good
Bond. I liked him.
Moderator Weíll go to Christiane Elin with Sci-Fi Vision.
C. Elin I just wanted to know, have you heard the news about
the Archer action figures?
J. Benjamin About the what?
C. Elin The Archer action figures.
J. Benjamin Did they get away?
C. Elin Theyíve got action figures, Ö.
J. Benjamin Oh, they do? I didnít know that, no. Wow; when
did that happen?
C. Elin Theyíre in development and theyíre being released in
J. Benjamin Theyíre comingówow. So theyíre just likeóyou
mean theyíre making them.
C. Elin Theyíre making them. Theyíll be out in the spring.
J. Benjamin In development sounds really like really, like
they are Ö.
C. Elin Oh, no. FX has made a deal to make them, so theyíll
be out in the spring.
J. Benjamin Wow, Iíll buy you one.
C. Elin I want a dolphin puppet.
J. Benjamin Okay, Iíll just get you a dolphin puppet.
C. Elin Which figure would you be most interested in
J. Benjamin Like ĎPamí; ĎPamí is my favorite character, so I
hope they make a ĎPamí one.
Moderator Our next question from the line of Daniel Calvisi
D. Calvisi Do you think the Nielson Ratings Ö television
today and how much does the rating affect your shows, either
on FX or FOX, if that is Ö?
J. Benjamin Did you start by saying do I think theyíre
D. Calvisi Yes, are they valid; do they apply; should they
have so much emphasis on them?
J. Benjamin Well, I donít know much about it. I donít know
how theyóbut I certainly know that theyíre a resource for
networks for sure. I donít think thatís changed very much,
but I think networks are catching up to understand how shows
are being watched differently. Like if itís true, like I
said, I donít watch Archer whenever itís on. I always watch
it taped or on DVR in that manner.
So I donít watch much T.V. live anymore unless itís, like I
said, a sports event or something. So I think itís probably
changing to kind of figure out how shows are watched after
the fact or after they air and all that stuff. I think,
probably, Archerís popularity is measured byóyou have to
start factoring in all of that. I sound like a television
executive; that was way too networky. Sorry about that.
But Archer, I think really doesóI think it does pretty well,
right? Like I donít really know what the ratings are, but
Iím not sure if there are still like boxes, Nielson boxes?
That feels like Soviet era technology. Right? Like do they
really still do that or itís all just through the cable
company now where they like flick a switch and see what
youíre watching for a second.
K. Silvernail They still have boxes.
J. Benjamin Whatís that?
K. Silvernail They still have boxes.
J. Benjamin They do.
K. Silvernail Yes, they do.
J. Benjamin So, yes, and the boxesóare they nice? Are they
likeólike how many are given out? So they just do it by a
scale? Itís like a multiplier. Like whatever that family is
watching, they assumeódo you know?
K. Silvernail I have no idea, Jon. Iím in publicity, not in
research. Cut me some slack here.
J. Benjamin Well, can you connect us to research?
K. Silvernail Yes, sure. Let me get them on the line.
Moderator Our last question is going to be from John Blabber
with Bubble Blabber.
J. Benjamin Is that your real name?
J. Blabber Yes, it is. I was born with that name.
J. Benjamin That is really good.
J. Blabber So I actually had an opportunity to interview
Dave Willis a couple months ago; a.k.a. ĎBarry Dillon.í He
mentioned working with Adam. He feels like every time he
reads one of his scripts, and this is what makes the show
good and special, that theyíre just so well written he has
to go consult a dictionary to look up words and stuff like
that. Is that Ö, are his scripts that different from the
rest of the pack that that part of the show works?
J. Benjamin Well, in fairness, Dave Willis is like a real
idiot. So itís like itís not fair. Itís like giving a
nine-year-old the script and asking him to understand the
most basic literary references.
J. Blabber Heís such a sweetheart, though.
J. Benjamin Well, thatís why. Arenít all idiots like that?
Theyíre so nice. They donít know any better. Well, Adam
would likeóyes, itís true, Iím often asking about certain
references that Adam makes in the show. So when we record,
yes; and I pronounced cuckold wrong. I said cuckold last
time, so there are a lot of words that are used that Iím
aware what they mean, but Iím not sure how to say them.
J. Blabber Right.
J. Benjamin Thatís like Ö. Ö? Iím often worse with
pronunciation, but Iím not an idiot like Dave Willis.
J. Blabber Well at least we learn something new every day.
J. Benjamin I hope he reads this.
J. Blabber He probably will.
J. Benjamin Because if he does, itís time to get some
K. Silvernail Awesome; and on that note, I just want to
thank everybody for joining us today. A full transcript will
be distributed as soon as it becomes available. As a
reminder, Archer airs Thursday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Pacific only on FX. Thanks so much and have a great
J. Benjamin Bye.
Moderator Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our
conference. Thank you for using AT&T Executive
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