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Interview with Peter OíFallon and Jim Jefferies of
"Legit" on FX 1/28/13
FX NETWORK: Legit
January 28, 2013/10:00 a.m. PST
Stephanie Kelly Ė FX
Peter OíFallon Ė Executive Producer/Writer, Legit
Jim Jefferies Ė Executive Producer/Writer, Legit
Moderator Welcome to the Legit Conference Call. At this
time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we
will conduct a question and answer session. Instructions
will be given at that time. As a reminder, this conference
is being recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to our host,
Ms. Stephanie Kelly.
Stephanie Hi everyone. Thanks so much for participating in
todayís call with Legit co-creators and co-executive
producers Jim Jefferies and Peter OíFallon. Jim is also the
star of Legit, and it is loosely based on his stand-up
routine and life. Without further ado, I wanted to open it
up to Peter and Jim for questioning. If you have any
questions at the end, we will do our best to accommodate
follow-ups. Iím turning it over now, so thanks, again, for
Moderator We have a question from Kyle Nolan.
Kyle Could you talk a little about how the idea for the
series came about?
Peter Do you want me to start, Jim?
Jim Yes, you start.
Peter John Landgraf is a good friend of mine at FX. I worked
with him before on the The Riches and a couple other
projects in the past. I had lunch with him one day and I
said I really want to do the comedy thing that heís doing,
particularly the Louie model. At the time, he said go find
me a comedian. Then I went to my agency, which was CA, and
looked a whole bunch of different comedians and came up with
Jim. We met a couple of times and watched almost all of his
stand-ups and saw him do a bunch of stand-ups live and
ultimately came up the idea for the pilot, which came
directly from a stand-up, so thatís basically how Jim and I
met together and figured out we could work it out.
Jim Sorry. Iíve got a cold.
Peter Jimís got a bad cold, by the way.
Jim Youíre going to hear that from time to time through the
call. Yes, thatís basically it. There is not much more I
could add to that question. The pilot episode was directly
mixed out of my third DVD, Alcoholocaust, and a true story
from my life about me taking a friend with muscular
dystrophy to a brothel, so the way we came up with the idea
is we just did true stories, I guess.
Peter The other thing, like with Jimís manager, Lisa Blum,
who is also an executive producer on the show, we met with
her andóI met with her alone and she said what do you
thinkóand I said I think there is a pinprick of a heart in
there. One of the things Jim told me after he did this
stand-up, particularly the muscular dystrophyóthe thing
about taking him to the hooker or the brothelóis that
afterwards, parents, brothers and sistersóthose kind of
people would walk up to him and say how can I do that for my
brother. So, for me, there was a kindness to this incredibly
raw, incredibly abrasive and difficult humor, but at the
core of it was a kind actónot necessarily heart but it was a
nice thing to do to somebody. So in my mind, thatís what
kind of sparked the idea for me of trying to balance the
difference of this really dark humor with ultimately someone
trying to do a nice thing.
Kyle Jim, in the stand-up world, do you get instant feedback
from the live crowd as to what works and what doesnít. How
has it been different working on this?
Jim Not as pleasurable, of course. It is better to hear it
live directly instead of doing something and then waiting
three months to see if people are laughing at it. But I have
never acted before, so Iíve enjoyed the process very much.
Peter Although I will add that we all laugh like Ö on the
Jim We do laugh on the set Öbut Iíve enjoyed it. I find the
whole acting process to be a little bit more than the Ö I
traded my stand-up career.
Moderator The next question is from Aaron Couch.
Aaron Iím from the Hollywood Reporter. I was wonderingóFX is
known for giving people a lot of freedom with their shows.
What have they done for you as far as do they give you notes
or do you just kind of do your thing and turn it in?
Peter Let me start with that one, Jim. One of the reasons I
wanted to go back to FX is from working with other networks
and stuff was that idea and the concept that John has, which
is a brilliant concept in my opinion, especially with these
comedies, is trying to keep them at a low enough budget that
there is not as much pressure and there is not as much heat,
and because of that, there is a lot more freedom. One of the
things that I found really amazing with FX, and this really
isnít me blowing smokeóI found them to be the best example
that Nick Grad gave me. Once I was complimenting them on
their notes and he said, yes, we like to be more like a book
editor than an actual network.
I think thatís a really great analogy because as we went
through the process, there were a couple of notes they gave
us on the script, initially, and it was about the basic
heart of the script. I donít mean the heart of the show but
what the show was about. They kept pushing us to push
further and further into what the show was actually about.
They were great notes, and it actually did help us find the
rhythm and find it. And then in the editing processóagain,
their notes are big and overall. It isnít like cut here and
cut here. I thought this would be funnier and I thought this
would be more touching or whatever. Those are bad examples.
But in the big pictures, I have really loved the process.
The freedom is tremendous and when you need it, theyíre
there, which I think is great.
Jim I agree with Peter. But for me, the notes donít really
apply that much to me because they never really questioned
any of my jokes.
Peter None of them.
Jim They never question my jokes. They sometimes say is this
not a bit risky, and then we always say weíll shoot it and
see how it turns out and if it doesnít turn out, weíll just
Peter Except for one that Jim brought upó Never mind.
Moderator Our next question is from Suzanne Lanoue.
Suzanne This is Suzanne from the TV MegaSite. How are you
guys doing today?
Jim Iíve got a cold.
Suzanne Except for the cold. Sorry about that. I really
liked the, forgive me if I get the name of this wrong, the
1950s dad voice. How did you come up with that?
Jim I donít know when we called it the 1950s. That was an ad
lib. That happened on set once.
Peter He started doing it. I thought it was hilarious.
Jim I think it was like me trying to do an infomercial
commercial or just the dad off Leave it to Beaver. I just
started doing the dialogue like that and I thought Peter
would come in and say stop being an idiot. But they told me
to keep going so we just worked it into the episode.
Peter I remember we were just doing rehearsals just before
we started shooting. There was a close-up of Jim and he
turned to the camera and said, ďWell, Billy, let me tell you
how this works.Ē I fell over laughing and hollered out to
him as we were shooting and said just keep going, and he
kept going and then we started calling him. I said what is
that. He said, you know itís kind of like a 50s dad. The guy
that talks about asbestos plants that he goes to work out. I
said thatís hilarious. Letís go with that.
Thatís a great example of what we were talking about a
minute ago about FXís freedom. We saw it on the set. We
thought it was great, and we said letís go.
Jim FX gave us notes from that episode. They said we love
50s dad, a great bit from Jimís stand-up. We never argued
with them. That was never in the stand-up.
Peter One of the things we do. I donít know if you guys have
heard this, but we try to get together on the set. We have a
script. Scripts are good and theyíre tight. But we try to
get in there and we have reallyóDan Bakkedahl, who was
Second City, and Mindy, who is Groundlings, and D.J.,
whoóeverybody knows D.J., and Sonyaówe have this group of
extremely talented people that are really good at playing
their instruments. I always like to use the music analogy. Jim gets tired of this one. We kind of jam. We get it going
and things start working. We rehearse over and over
againólike when we do the big master shots, we spend a lot
of time trying to find the rhythm and things like 50s dad
come out of it.
Suzanne Jim, you said you hadnít acted before. Are you
taking acting lessons or are you just winging it?
Jim Iím just winging it. I think Iíll take an acting lesson
if I ever play a different character besides myself. At the
moment, I think I should be able to play myself alright.
Suzanne Thanks. I enjoyed the episodes a lot. I didnít think
anybody could balance this sort of heart with the really
irreverent, dark humor but you guys pulled it off.
Jim Thank you.
Peter That really means a lot.
Moderator Our next question is from Christiane Elin.
Christiane Iím Christiane from SciFi Vision. I think I
understand risky and pushed limits. Do you find that itís
hard to top in the television atmosphere today?
Jim I donít think itís hard to top in the sense that itís
not hard to top live action. But when youíve got to top
something like Family Guy or American Dad or any of those
shows because we canít do what cartoons can do, but I think
live action-wise, everyoneís got the same boundaries. I came
and Ö off a person with muscular dystrophy. As long as you
donít see the pain and you see my hand moving and thatís the
same rule that everyone has to play by.
Peter What weíre trying not to doóat least what Iím trying
not to doóis to continue the whatever outgrowths oró One of
the things using the idea of American Dad and Family Guy is
they are a lot of jokes. Weíre a bit more of a story. In a
perfect world, what we are trying to do is to make that
whatever you do in life has consequences. So there is a very
smallóI donít want to call it a moral because then it sounds
like weíre trying to make moral judgments and weíre not but
the idea of like what Jim just used the example of Ö of
Billy. It was something he did because he had to because
Billy needed it because he was a buddy and he has to do it.
The comedy of that is I love putting people in difficult
situations and watching them try to get out of it. But
secondly is the idea that it is also a nice thing to do.
Thatís the balance that weíre trying to get. Weíre not
trying to get too crazy. Does that make any sense?
Christiane Jim, youíre opening your life to a larger
audience, how does that feel? Different?
Jim Yes, it feels very odd, especially since a lot of these
stories are 100% true. Iím really raking my life to get each
story out. If we go to a second season, Iíve got a few
stories ready to go. But it is odd. Itís like they say that
when you know a person, you only know the tip of the iceberg
and 90% of the iceberg is underwater. I think people know
90% of me and only 10% underwater. I havenít held much back.
Peter I love one time we were watching one of the shows and
Jim turned to me and said, ďAm I that much of a douche?Ē
Jim Iím portrayed as Ö but itís probably a fib.
Christiane Thank you. Iím looking forward to seeing more.
Peter Thank you. They seem to get better and better, I hope.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Sean
Sean This is Sean McCarthy from the Comics Comic. Iím just
following up on something you said about winging it by
playing yourself. Can you describe the process of actually
portraying Jim Jefferies in a TV show reenacting stories
youíve already told in stand-ups?
Jim The way to do it is you just have to act like a bit of a
prick. Thatís the only way to do it. Also, you have to have
a false sense of confidence where you think youíre cool and
the rest of the world doesnít think youíre as cool as you
think you are.
Peter Ö I think is a really great thing to say. Weíve had a
couple of people say it was really great but it wasnít as
funny as his stand-up. The thing about that was so important
what Jim said is that a stand-up isóyou tell them Jim.
Jim Itís pretty bizarre that people go your stand-up is way
funnier than the show. Iím like I hope so. Stand-up is just
me trying to be as funny as possible in the most
concentrated hour with me standing on stage with no
storyline, no plot line, and no character development. Doing
the TV show, you have to have the characters. We want you to
root for them. We want you to have emotions for these
people. It used to be people that I just explained on stage.
So, obviously, itís slower and itís not quite as funny. But
I hope the TV show leaves you a little bit more fulfilled
than the stand-up does. Does that make sense?
Aaron So far, in the first season, weíre seeing stories from
your life off stage. Will see any of Jim Jefferies, the
professional comedian, also?
Jim I never really do stand-up on stage, at least in this
season. Youíll see me a couple of times in clubs. We were
really conscious. We didnít want to be compared to Louie, so
we thought weíd end up doing stand-up on the show.
Peter And also I believeóand itís just my own little
parameters I want to put inóone of the things that is easy
about being able to do the stand-up is that you canówe used
to call it the Wonder Years trick where at the end you say
what we learned today was. By not being able to go to a
stand-up and have us explain or tell the joke or try to
illiterate the story, it makes our job a little bit harder,
but I think it makes it ultimately hopefully a more
What weíre trying to do is make little mini moviesólittle
23-minute movies. If you notice, there are no titles. The
titles just come on. There is no theme song. There is no
music going out to commercial or music coming in to
commercial. The only music we use is needle drops. Every
show is a little bit different. Every show there is no real
pattern. One of the hardest things weíve had marketing the
show is whatís the show about. Well, itís about Jim trying
to become legit. So the good news about that is it opens up
so much more for us.
Moderator The next question comes from the line of Earl
Earl Itís Earl Dittman from Digital Journal & Wireless
Magazine. I have to say I have seen you, Jim, do the
stand-up, and I have to say I actually almost prefer the
show better because, like youíre right, youíre doing the
whole story and you have the whole time to actually relax
and do the whole story. Although I love them both, I think
this show is really a great vehicle for youóa wonderful
vehicle. I think itís incredible. Of course, Peter, youíve
done like a lexicon of everything Iíve ever loved from The
Riches on down way back to Party of Five and Northern
Exposure. Youíre quite a prolific guy.
Peter One of the things that has been interesting about my
career, and itís a thing that has only existed, I think, in
the last few years is I always try to go for things that I
find interesting. I did the first two episodes after the
pilots of Northern Exposure. My agent sent it to me and she
said youíll love this because itís weird. We went up there
and we did it. I donít know if you heard the whole story
about Northern Exposure years ago about how everybody hated
it. The network buried it in the summer, and so we did
whatever we wanted to, which was great.
In that kind of freedom, the first show I ever did was
Thirtysomething and that show as like graduate film-making
school. After that I did American Gothic and a bunch of
other shows like that wereóall throughout my career The
Riches were like independent films for television. Itís been
really great and wonderful. Iíve really enjoyed it, maybe
not as much financially as I could have, but creatively itís
Earl Jim, when you first started talking to Peter, did you
have a rough idea that this was something you did want to do
or did he have to talk you into it?
Jim Iíve sold a lot of sitcom premises and scripts over the
years, which were always like Iím a taxi driver or Iím in a
boy band. Actually there was one that I was the manager of
the Thunder from Down Under in ĎVegas, which wasnít a bad
one, believe it or not. In the end, I kept selling these
scripts and I was like I have these stories in my stand-up
and we can just do them. Originally, the concept was that
from my standup weíd do these stories and then maybe the D.J.
character would be in for three or four episodes. Then FX
like it so much, they wanted him to be in the series
regular. At first, I was a little bit apprehensive about
that. But now Iím glad. Itís given us a definite B story or
sometimes an A story that we always have to write through.
Having to care for this character in a wheel chair and still
make it funny is a nice little challenge weekly.
Earl It really is. It really adds a whole lot. I just want
to say the series just opens you up to so many different
things. Before I let you go, you mentioned that 10% we donít
see. Is that 10% that you edit out because you think itís
not interesting or stuff you just donít want to talk about?
Jim No, no. Itís illegal. Obviously, Iím not allowed to say
Earl There is no edit button on you.
Peter Jim lives his life like most people live 90%. I donít
know if you heard that other commentóthe life underneath. I
have found pretty much across the board Jim lives his life
pretty much wide open.
Moderator Our next question is from the line of Cody Powell.
Cody This is Cody Powell from TV Guide Canada calling. How
are you doing? So this question is for both you guys. What
has been your favorite part of working on this show or your
most memorable moment on set thus far?
Peter Can I take that one? You guys met Rodney last week. He
has become a great friend of Jim and me. His name is Nick
Daley, and heís an actor with special needs. On our final
episodeóhe absolutely loves fire trucks. So he came out at
lunchtime and gave us this great speech telling us how
special it was for him to be here. Our medic, who has worked
with the LAFD, got the fire truck to show up at lunch and
two fire trucks showed up. They dressed him all up. He got
to drive around with the fire truck and do the hose and all
that kind of stuff. It was just a really killer moment
because it was so great for him because he kept bugging
because I kept telling him weíre going to take you to the
firehouse. For me that was really great.
Jim For me, Iíll have to say meeting my girlfriend in the
Peter There you go.
Cody I heard she played one of the hookers, right?
Jim No, no, no. She was Nick Daley, the mentally challenged
guy on the fire truck. I just said girlfriend very loosely.
Cody So the second question is there anything you guys can
tease about the upcoming episodesómaybe some guest stars
that are going to be dropping by or anything?
Jim We can tell you guest stars, I think.
Peter We have Andy Dick.
Jim Andy Dick. We have Marlon Waynans.
Peter John Ratzenberger.
Jim Verne Troyer.
Peter Well, we have Brad.
Jim Brad Williams. Eddy Ifft from my podcast will be making
Peter We have some really crazy, crazy story lines coming
Jim What about girls? Rachelówe have some pretty girls
Peter Somebody sent me an e-mailósomebody online, which, by
the way, you guys are the key to our hopeful successful. I
think itís because of you guys we bumped up last week.
Please keep the buzz out. I donít want to call us an
underdog, but FXís modelóthis actually comes from one of the
guys at FX is they take their chickens, the make them, and
then they throw them out of the nest and see what flies. As
youíve noticed, itís mainly built on this whole concept of
whether people like it or not. Right now Ö. The buzz on the
internet has been great. The comments I getóall this stuff
Iíve been getting has been really fun. The thing that I
really enjoy about you guys, and I have to be honest with
you, and, again, Iím not blowing smoke, is you guys get it.
Really, itís been encouraging and very fun for me to read a
lot of these reviews where people say I was surprised by the
heart. I always get scared by calling it the heart because
it really isnít heart, but whatever it is, I appreciate it.
Itís really great.
Cody I love the show so Iíll do whatever I can.
Peter Anything we can for you, let us know. Call us anytime.
Jim Do they include Canadian ratings in our little rating
pack we get?
Cody No. I think Canadian ratings are done separately. What
you see is just American.
Jim Oh, bloody.
Peter I did a show up there in Canada for a couple of years.
It was great.
Jim My girlfriendís Canadian. Iím Australian. Sheís
Canadian. We have an American baby.
Peter And weíre pretty upset about you guys taking out jobs.
Cody Alright. Thanks, guys.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Stephanie
Stephanie Iím actually asking this on behalf of a journalist
who couldnít be on the callóCurt Wagner from Tribuneís Red
Eye. He was asking it seems to me that you guys are
exploring how close being selfless is to being selfish. Was
that on your minds when creating the show and how do you
keep that balance?
Jim Actually, I donít think anyone has said it more
succinctly as that.
Peter That was very well put. In my career, what Iíve always
tried to do, even like I made a movie a long time
agoóSuicide Kings. I always canít stand movie or anything
that happens. In Suicide Kings, itís quite violent. What I
have the people do is when the violence happens, they all
freak out and go crazy like we all wouldólike normal people
would. The thing that weíre trying to do in this show is the
same kind of thing. How do you react? It is funny, but it is
also a difficult situationówith Billy in the wheelchair and
Dan having trouble with work, all those kinds of things.
There is just a hint of reality.
So one of the things we love about the show is that somebody
called it a bromance, which I think it kind of is. I think
thinks itís a really good analogyóselfless and selfish.
Actually, that came from Jim, in my mind. After watching all
of the stand-up and sitting down with him, itís the same
struggle I think we all have is how much are we out for
ourselves and how much are we out for other people?
Stephanie That makes sense. The follow-up to that kind of
goes along those lines -how do you balance the sweetness
with the crudeness on show? He loves both but he wonders how
you strike that balance?
Jim I think Iíve struck that balance my whole career with my
stand-up so to me, it feels like a fairly natural way of
telling jokes. I donít see any other way to tell jokes, to
be honest with you.
Peter I think what I was saying a minute agoówith Jim and
IóI think that is one of the things that has been a nice
marriage for us is I believe that itís really important to
show, for lack of a better term, the consequences of your
actions, even if theyíre emotional or theyíre simple little
things in life. The thing that I think weíre hopefully doing
well on this show right now is the crude and terrible humor
but then the reality of life comes in. Thatís where I hope
that our plan is to make it funny as Ö and then suddenly
surprise you with life, more so than heart. This is a real
situation with a guy in a wheelchair. Itís really funny, but
he still has to wipe his Ö which hopefully will work.
Moderator The next question comes from Kyle Nolan.
Kyle This is Kyle Nolan from Noreruns.net. So you guys both
wear so many hats on the production of the show. What do you
find are the challenges or benefits in being involved in so
Peter Do you want me to take that, Jim?
Peter The challenges are obviously I work myself to
deathóseven days a week and that kind of stuff because as I
think we mentioned earlier, there is not a lot of money in
the show. But the positive aspect is the ability to have one
vision so that it ends up being pretty much what you want.
Itís the amazing thing, again, about FX. I cannot say enough
good things about them. Everything that has been on the air
so far, Jim and I, hopefully also, are very proud of. Itís
pretty much what we wantó98% of what we want. The 2% may
have been places where we crossed the line maybe too far,
but, in general, itís been really rewarding to, like I said
a minute ago, to make these little mini movies every week.
As a filmmaker, one of the things that Iím trying to do is
Iím primarily known as the director. Iíve written a couple
of movies in the past and I did my own series about 10 years
ago, but one of the things that I always wanted as kind of a
fantasy of mine was to try to make television a bit more of
a film-makerís medium. I have been able to do that with this
one. Itís been really greatóreally fun.
Kyle You had mentioned some of the guest stars. Could you
talk a little bit about how you go about casting the series
and getting D.J. and some of the other main cast?
Jim D.J. auditioned for us like a regular person. It was
quite the prize when he walked in. I think it was just luck.
I think Memphis had just been canceled that day.
Peter We have this wonderful tracking agent.
Jim Wendy OíBrien is very good.
Peter Another Canadian.
Jim Apart from that, we got John Ratzenberger because I do
John Ratzenberger impersonations. When we wrote that
character, whenever I would table read, I would say Iíll
take Walter and then Iíd just do a John Ratzenberger And
then we were why donít we just ask if we can get him. And
then lo and behold, we got him.
Peter D.J. is another great example. He came in and
auditioned. Like I said, it was a bit of luck. And then he
got cold feet. We were up in Portland and we shot the pilot
in Portland and his manager called me up and said I think
you may need to talk D.J. into this. So I got on the phone
with D.J. and talked to him. I first started out with the
obvious questionóreally, D.J., you donít want to play a guy
in a wheelchair? Thatís what everybody gets awards for. And
then after that, he was just worried and nervous about what
he could do. Now, if you talk to him, he loves the choice he
made. Again, heís the hub we wheel around because the other
people are more improv and comedy centered and D.J. is a
really solid actor. Because heís stuck to a chair and only
can express with his face, itís critical he is as good as he
is and obviously is.
Then we have Andy Dick, a good friend of Jimís. He came in
and he killed it. We have a show coming up youíre just going
to love. Heís outrageous. He talks about his troubles and
his issues that heís had and talks about being sober and not
being sober and itís really quite funny.
Jim When we want someone like Andy Dick who is playing
themselves, we wanted them to be portrayed as they actually
are, you know what I mean, rather than a glossy version of
Moderator We have a question from the line of Earl Dittman.
Earl Quick question for you, Jim. I didnít ask youóhow did
you originally get started in comedy? What was your calling?
Did you always know you wanted to be a comedian?
Jim I wanted to be a stand-up comedian since I was about 14.
I started watching stand-up comedy on TV. I did some open
spots when I was 17. The first one went rather well. Then
they found out I was 17. In Australia, you have to be 18 to
go to a bar. They said if I wanted to come back, I had to
bring a parent. So I told my dad that I went off and did
this. And my dad said alright, Iíll come out with you. I
remember it was hailing and it was really bad. I went on
stage and I bombed in front of about seven people. Just died
on my Ö My dad was there. I was doing a lot of jokes about
you know when youíre in school and this happens and that
happens. My dad, in the car ride home, said I donít think
this is for you, mate. It broke my little 17-year-old heart.
I went out and did it one more time and it just didnít go
well. I didnít do it again until I was 23. Then I got up on
stage. Iím 35 now. Itís been my occupation since I was 23
Peter When I asked him the same question at first, what did
your mother call youóThe King of the Ö.
Jim The Kind of the Idiots.
Earl Is that an appropriate term?
Jim I think itís appropriate. Iíve never been the type of
guy that had a lot of friends or was part of the cool group.
If I have got friends, I seem to be running the show.
Peter As his mom used to say, theyíre all a bunch of idiots.
Weíre just continuing that now with the show. Jim calls it
the ugliest show on television.
Earl I hope you feel better. You have the flu, rightónot
that new neural virus from Australia?
Jim I donít know what Iíve got. I had the flu shot.
Yesterday it got bad and this morning, itís really bad. I
donít know what Iím sick with.
Earl Youíre not throwing up or anything?
Earl Okay. Thatís that new virus from Australia that theyíre
scaring Americans with.
Jim Itís like a committee off a kangaroo.
Earl You all have a great day and thanks again.
Moderator We have a question from the line of Jeri Jaquin.
Jeri Military Press. Hi guys. Sorry to hear youíre sick,
Jeri We Americans didnít mean to bring you down a little
bit. You talk a lot about your family in your performances.
Are you going to be bringing in family for yourself on the
Jim Thatís the plan I have at the moment for Season Two is
to bring my parents over for maybe three episodes.
Jeri Your mother sounds hilarious.
Jim A lot of stuff in Mindy Sterlingís character, which is
lifted directly from my mother. Obviously, Mindy is not
morbidly obese, but my motherís a hoarder and Mindyís
character is a hoarder. There are a few lines where Iíve had
arguments with my mother that I put straight into this
script. I have an idea of a few actors Iíd like to play my
mom and dad that would be my dream cast. Theyíll definitely
be in the next season.
Jeri How do they feel about the show? Have they seen a lot
Jim No. Iíve shown some episodes to my brother because I
like to get his feedback but not to my parents. They can
watch it if it ever gets to Australian television. Theyíve
never laughed at anything Iíve ever said. I donít think
theyíre going to start laughing now.
Jeri So is all the cast from Legitóis that your new family,
Jim I hate to get mushy and say something like that, but I
do believe weíre all friends. This is the first set that
Iíve ever been on. I hear thatís a rarity. We allóme, D.J.,
Dan, and Mindyóhave all been calling each other after each
episode airs and see how we all feel. Weíve all remained
Peter One of the things, from my point of view, is Iíve been
doing this a long time and one of the things I told John
Landgraf and FX when I wanted to do thisóone of the reasons
I wanted all the freedom that FX gives you is that part of
the problems with studios and networks and all that good
stuff is they tend to oftentimes make things to be
difficult. I try to go out of my way on this show to do
everything that Iíve seen that there have been problems in
the past to try to make it really fun and to try to have a
good time. As we discussed, weíre on a fairly low budget.
Iím making a tenth or whatever of what I usually make, but
the idea is that you pay for it, hopefully, with fun. Part
of that fun is the more fun you have, the more it becomes a
group of peopleólike in a perfect world, what I would like
to do is like make a troupe, like we could all go together
and have more and more fun. So far, itís been really great.
Jeri Peter, do you feel like FX is the perfect place for
you? I think it is, but do you think itís perfect place for
a jumping board for this show?
Peter Absolutely. I have no question.
Jim Iíve said before that I like that they like their
comedies as edgy as possible, but there are still some
restrictions. I canít say Ö, right?
Jeri I miss that.
Jim If I had a show on HBO, it would just be a naked girl
sitting on a chair saying Ö over and over.
Peter Jim has a good point. Even though there are very few
rules, and you will see one coming up here next week is
about Jim in an airplane where he calls the guy a Ö, and we
beep it out. We beep it out in a really great way. Itís very
obvious what he said. In some ways, itís almost funnier that
he actually said it and that we have to beep it out. One of
the things that has been kind of nice about it is it does
give us rules like a basketball court where youíre inside
the court and you have to play within those rules. In some
ways, itís an odd way to say it, but I think it actually
helps the stories. I think FX is also the perfect place for
a number of reasons but also for the fact that they areóas I
said earlier, this book editor thing. There are occasional
times when it feels like weíre on our own for a second and
then they come in and say I think this is working and you
Jeri I think the show is going to be amazing. There are some
students at UCSD, especially one named Brad, who is so
thrilled that you are on TV, Jim.
Peter Tell Brad to tell all his friends in Tweet and
Facebook and Reddit and all the other stuff you guys do
because itís all good. Itís all working.
Jeri We absolutely will. Thank you, guys.
Peter Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
Moderator There are no further questions at this time.
Stephanie I just wanted to thank everyone again for
participating in the call with Jim and Peter. As a reminder,
Legit airs Thursday night at 10:30 only on FX. Thanks so
much to Jim and Peter for participating and the transcript
will be sent out within the next 72 hours.
Moderator That does conclude our conference for today. Thank
you for your participation and for using AT&T executive
teleconference. You may now disconnect.
Here is a link to the official LEGIT blog
where you can find behind the scenes videos and updates from
the cast and crew:
Legit Episode 3 Ė ďLoveĒ
Description: Billy decides he wants to have a real
relationship, so Jim and Steve create a fake online dating
profile to help him meet girls. Steve goes to a bar and
tests out Jimís pick-up strategies on a co-worker and
returns home to find Billy in a compromising position.
Written by Peter O'Fallon & Jim Jefferies & Rick Cleveland;
directed by Peter OíFallon. Link:
my Review of Legit
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