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Tim Meadows

Interview with Tim Meadows of "Glory Daze" November 3, 2010.

Moderator:  Tim Meadows
November 3, 2010 2:40 pm CT

Operator:    Good day and welcome to the Turner Entertainment Tim Meadows, Glory Daze conference call. Todayís call is being recorded.

At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Kristina Stafford. Please go ahead.

Kristina Stafford:    Good afternoon. Thank you for joining the Tim Meadows Glory Daze conference call. Glory Daze premiers Tuesday, November 16 at 10:   00, 9:   00 central on TBS.

The conference call is now open for questions. Please press star 1 to ask a question. Thank you.

Operator:    Okay and again, ladies and gentlemen, if youíd like to ask a question, you may do so by pressing star 1 on your telephone key pad.

Our first question comes from Anthony Jones from All Headline News.

Tim Meadows:    ((inaudible)) typing. Hello?

Anthony Jones:    Hi. Thank you for talking with us today.

Tim Meadows:    Sure no problem. Thank you.

Anthony Jones:    Well, you know, one of the last times we saw you on a school campus was in Mean Girls where you were hilarious as the principal there. And people still call me and Anfrony because one of your lines in that and...

Tim Meadows:    They call you what?

Anthony Jones:    Anfrony because of your line in the movie about your nephew.

Tim Meadows:    Yes.

Anthony Jones:    And now in Glory Daze, you play the professor and, you know, are you playing more the straight man in this or do you get some really funny lines in this as well?

Tim Meadows:    I get some really funny lines in this as well and heís different from the principal character in Mean Girls. And I think that character was more - I sort of remember that character as being done, sort of done with the whole job and sort of not really feeling it anymore and just wanting the year to end.

And this character is, heís different in that heís going through a divorce and heís much more liberal, much more angrier and you kind of feel like heís sort of lost in the first couple episodes.

I donít know how much you guys have seen but like in the second episode we find out that heís not living at home anymore and he becomes - he actually needs to get advice from the kids at the school. So itís a little bit different from the Mean Girls character.

Anthony Jones:    Yeah. What Iíve seen of the show so far like it looks hilarious but I was also surprised to find that itís not a 30 minute sitcom, itís actually a one hour comedy and, you know, thereís not too many on television right now.

And itís also got a little more heart than you would think a show about, you know, four college freshmen would be. So how did you find that Glory Daze was different than some of the comedies that are on TV right now?

Tim Meadows:    Well I donít, you know, the main thing that I would say that is different is the time, you know, itís an hour-long comedy. And I really donít know what other hour long comedies are on television right now off the top of my head.

But - and also the other thing I liked about it is it felt cinematic. It felt like we were doing a short college film every week but that there was a different dramatic or comedic aspect to the story.

So itís been interesting as we, you know, like weíre shooting episode 8 and 9 right now. So itís great and what has been great is finding out what my characterís going to do in the next episodes and finding out, you know, all these different aspects of his divorce. This week I get to meet my ex-wife for the first time. I see her for the last time but I get to meet her for the first time in this show so itíll be interesting.

Anthony Jones:    All right. All right. Well good luck with that and Iím look forward to seeing it. Thank you so much.

Tim Meadows:    Thanks for having me on the phone.

Operator:    Our next question comes from Jamie Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine.

Jamie Steinberg:    Hi. Itís a pleasure to speak with you.

Tim Meadows:    Thank you. Itís a pleasure to speak with you too. Star Constellation sounds spooky almost.

Jamie Steinberg:    Itís about the stars one of which you are.

Tim Meadows:    Oh thank you. I thought it was maybe about a witch or warlock also which I am.

Jamie Steinberg:    Youíre worried because Halloween is over, donít worry.

Tim Meadows:    Okay Iím safe. Whatís happening?

Jamie Steinberg:    Thereís got to be some really memorable moments you had from filming this show centering around four men so thereís got to be a bunch of testosterone building up in all of you. What have you enjoyed most about working on the show?

Tim Meadows:    Well what Iíve worked - enjoyed the most is the, you know, actually working with new people. And these guys are really nice and they - like the first big job for some of them and so itís fun to see them enjoying the work and stuff.

I mean I think we all can agree that we feel very lucky doing this show because we all actually enjoy doing the scripts and we feel like weíre being part of a good, you know, production. So thatís been fun.

So yeah itís been - working in general is just fun. I mean my job is not like the, you know, those guys that were in the coal mine in Chile, you know, itís not that hard. So anytime I go to work Iím pretty happy, you know?

Jamie Steinberg:    Are there any fun almost inappropriate stories maybe you could share with us of your working on the show?

Tim Meadows:    Not inappropriate. I would never be telling an inappropriate story. But I think, you know, well, you know, itís a little - I donít know. Well thereís been one, couple episodes where the - people have had to be shirtless or in their underwear and that can be a little bit uncomfortable when youíre the oldest guy in the cast. So Iíve been in my boxer shorts a couple times. But thereís no testosterone thing of us challenging each other to a fight or anything.

Jamie Steinberg:    No wrestling matches?

Tim Meadows:    No. And I think partly - I think everybody would agree that (Hartley) is probably the guy, the strongest and most athletic of all of us so...

Jamie Steinberg:    Why do you think people will want to tune in the watch Glory Daze?

Tim Meadows:    Well itís funny and itís - we sort of capture a, you know, a near bygone era. I think people who have gone to colleges, you know, I think if youíve gone to a college youíve experienced some of this, these emotional relationships and trying to fit in and, you know, trying - and growing up, you know, and becoming an adult.

You know, so thereís a lot of things I think people will, should, would make people watch it in addition just to that itís funny and thereís a lot of great cameos and other actors appearing on the show. So I think itíll - I think thatís why they should watch it.

Jamie Steinberg:    Great. Thank you so much.

Tim Meadows:    Thank you. Nice to meet you.

Operator:    Our next question comes from Sylvia Franklin from

Sylvia Franklin:    Hello.

Tim Meadows:    Hello.

Sylvia Franklin:    How are you?

Tim Meadows:    Iím excellent how are you?

Sylvia Franklin:    Very well thank you. I just wanted to know how much has your background shaped your professional choices. Did you ever want to do anything else besides comedy?

Tim Meadows:    My background meaning...

Sylvia Franklin:    How you grew up and...

Tim Meadows:    Oh.

Sylvia Franklin:    ...just how you formulated, you know, your personality so to speak.

Tim Meadows:    Yeah. So give me that question one more time and I can answer it I think.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay. How much has your background shaped your professional choices?

Tim Meadows:    It has shaped every professional choice that Iíve every made. You know, I didnít grow up wealthy; I grew up sort of poor. So, you know, I know when, you know, I know what itís like to have to make hard choices and have to make sacrifices in order to like get something what you want. Or, you know, I understand the idea behind delayed gratification, you know, from an early age.

I think, you know, also growing up in the family with a lot of kids Iím just, you know, itís naturally made me want to stand out more. So it probably, you know, shaped my personality that, you know, instead of being athletic or, you know, smart I was funny.

And, you know, so I think that shaped or affected me getting into comedy and wanting to, you know, do this job. You know, I think my background has affected the choices and the roles that Iíve taken because, you know, Iím from Detroit and, you know, we have a very strong work ethic from, you know, itís just naturally something thatís instilled in you.

And so I try to work all the time and I donít make - I donít sweat a lot over thinking about a job, you know, if Iím going do something or not, you know. You know, I always think if itís going to be fun or not and will the check clear or not.

Sylvia Franklin:    Oh yes.

Tim Meadows:    So.

Sylvia Franklin:    Did you ever want to do anything else besides comedy?

Tim Meadows:    Well I wanted to be a doctor for a long time but it was still because of comedy that I wanted to be a doctor. Because I used to watch MASH as a kid and I wanted to be like Alan Alda.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay.

Tim Meadows:    And so for a long time my mother encouraged me, you know, to want to be a doctor and I did, I wanted to be a doctor. And then after I failed science about four times I realized I wasnít going to be a doctor and, you know, I thought maybe I would go into advertising. When I was in - during high school, college I started thinking maybe I could go into advertising or journalism or something like that.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay.

Tim Meadows:    And I thought maybe, you know, Iíd - for awhile, you know, I thought Iíd be a musician because I had played saxophone and wood wind instruments pretty much all my life. And then one day my father gave me a album by Charlie Parker and then I realized Iíd never be half that good so I wasnít going to be doing that much longer.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay.

Tim Meadows:    So those are the only other things I think Iíve ever wanted to really be.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay and one more. You received an Emmy nomination for writing while, sorry, for writing during your SNL days are you interested in creating and writing your own sort of TV vehicle now like sort of what Tina Fey is doing?

Tim Meadows:    Not what Tina Fey is doing because sheís not successful at all.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay.

Tim Meadows:    No. Yes I would love to do something like that. And, you know, what sort of happens I donít know from my sort of side of the story is that in the beginning of the year around pilot season I will formulate ideas that Iíd like, you know, will want to go out and pitch to do a show.

And then either I will get a job or Iíll be offered a job and then it sort of takes the steam out of me going out and pitching the show that I want to do. So that has been what has happened to me over the past I donít know like five or six years.

But yes Iíd love to be able to do that. Iíd love to be able to, you know, direct a movie and, you know, I enjoy writing and everything. And now Iím basically now the writing that I do is just basically for my standup and the show that I do when Iím out on the road.

Sylvia Franklin:    Okay. Thank you very much.

Tim Meadows:    Thank you.

Operator:    Our next question comes from Daniel Malen with

Daniel Malen:    Hey Tim thank you for taking the time.

Tim Meadows:    Excellent. No problem. Thank you.

Daniel Malen:    I kind of have a quick question about kind of the genesis of the show. It seems that it will fit really perfectly with Conan coming in November. Kind of like the, you know, like the college male demo. Was that something that - do you think the show was green lit like specially to do that or was this in development long before?

Tim Meadows:    Well I - well if my memory serves correct we shot the show before Conan went to TBS. I think he was still doing the Tonight Show actually when we shot it. So - and I think it was green lit around the same time but I canít answer if that was the intention or - but my business savvy would say yes that probably had a big - something to do with it. That, you know, Conan would bring in college demographic or that age and the show would be suited for that audience. Yeah.

Daniel Malen:    And Iím just curious has there been any talk of him possibly guesting on the show?

Tim Meadows:    Not that I know of. We did have Andy Richter. He did an episode on the show where he plays a priest, an advisor to one of the students. And itís a really, really funny scene. So - and we have a lot of other guest appearances by other comedic actors I think people will be, are going to be very happy about.

Daniel Malen:    And have you been asked to be on Conanís show yet?

Tim Meadows:    I have been. I was actually, they asked me to come and do one of the test shows but I couldnít do it because I was working. But I know that I am on the board somewhere in December I believe.

Daniel Malen:    I look forward to seeing it. Thank you so much.

Tim Meadows:    Yes definitely.

Operator:    Our next question comes from Earl Dittman from Wireless Magazines & Digital Journal.

Earl Dittman:    Tim how you doing?

Tim Meadows:    Iím good. How are you?

Earl Dittman:    Iím doing great. First of all you - this is kind of a two-part question. Do you ever think or being the older gentleman of the set do you sometimes feel like the mentor to some of these younger guys? Do you feel like helping out sometimes and do they come to you with questions or...

Tim Meadows:    No.

Earl Dittman: they look at you that way?

Tim Meadows:    You know, just recently we did a press thing where they were, we were all sitting around being asked questions and they began to talk about that yeah they do watch me working on the show and that they, you know, that they are learning stuff.

And - but, you know, and I just felt really embarrassed by it and I was flattered also I should say that, you know, and, you know, and I mean you realize that yeah that they were kids when I was on Saturday Night Live and, you know, and they are just now becoming adults, you know. But as an advisor, excuse me, no I donít advise them on anything unless, you know, itís - or nothing really.

Earl Dittman:    Unless they ask.

Tim Meadows:    Yeah unless they ask. I mean I donít advise anybody on anything unless they ask.

Earl Dittman:    Yeah.

Tim Meadows:    So - but I think that the, yeah so thatís a question youíd probably have to ask them, you know, but theyíre - I donít know theyíre good people. I like them.

Earl Dittman:    Well, you know, looking at it from I guess looking at them where theyíre at in their career does it sometimes you look at them thinking, ďWow I remember where I was at itís going to be quite a roller coaster ride for them.Ē I mean are you sometimes envious of where theyíre at? And if you knew then what you knew now, then, would you change much?

Tim Meadows:    Yeah. Well I if I knew what I knew now yes I would change a lot.

Earl Dittman:    A lot. Anything in particular? I mean anything that stands out that...

Tim Meadows:    Well some things I canít talk about.

Earl Dittman:    Well of course, of course.

Tim Meadows:    But, you know, and some choices I wouldnít make because the results are better that I made the bad choice.

Earl Dittman:    Yeah.

Tim Meadow:    You know what Iím saying?

Earl Dittman:    Yeah.

Tim Meadows:    But - and...

Earl Dittman:    Is there one big movie role that you passed on that afterwards you went, ďOh my God that was one of the biggest films of the year.Ē

Tim Meadows:    You know, no - well there was an opportunity because I knew John Favreau from Chicago and there was a chance that I could have done Swingers, his first movie.

Earl Dittman:    Oh.

Tim Meadows:    And I couldnít do it because of the SNL schedule.

Earl Dittman:    Yeah.

Tim Meadows:    So - but I didnít pass on it I just couldnít do it and I regretted that I didnít do it after I saw the movie. Even though the part was small I still regret that I didnít get to work with him for the first movie.

Earl Dittman:    Yeah. Well thank you so much for your time and...

Tim Meadows:    Yes.

Earl Dittman: of luck and weíre going to be rooting for the show.

Tim Meadows:    Thank you very much.

Earl Dittman:    Thanks a lot.

Operator:    And at this time Iím showing no additional questions in queue so I would like to turn the conference back over to Kristina Stafford.

Kristina Stafford:    Thank you for joining todayís call. As a reminder Glory Daze premiers Tuesday, November 16 at 10:   00, 9:   00 central on TBS.

A transcript of this call will be available within 24 hours. Please check with your respective TBS publicist. Thank you, Tim and thank you all for participating.

Operator:    That concludes todayís conference call. Thank you for your participation.

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