PUBLICIST FOR MARRY ME
Moderator: Leslie Schwartz
December 1, 2014
5:17 pm CT
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing
by. Welcome to the Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky Press
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As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Monday,
December 1, 2014. I would now like to turn the
conference over to Leslie Schwartz, Publicist for Marry
Me. Please go ahead, ma'am.
Thank you for joining us today, and for
your patience as Tim and Dan were still working, and
they have just been broken and arrived at the phones. So
thank you so much.
So as you know, we are joined by Tim Meadows and Dan
Bucatinsky -- also known as our Kevins. And as you may
have seen in the previous episode, the Kevins are now
officially engaged. So now, as you know, we have two
competing weddings in the works, and tomorrow night's
episode airing at 9:00 p.m. will find the Kevins and
their daughter Annie -- played by Casey Wilson --
competing for the attention of their cousin Scooby --
played by our guest star Nat Faxon. He is only able to
attend one of their weddings, so we'll have to see how
that shapes out.
Please note, we'll have a transcript available tomorrow
morning for the call, so if you need that please feel
free to email me or (Joanna Chin) if you need a copy.
And now I'd like to go ahead and open it up for
questions, and we'll take each of you one at a time with
a couple of questions.
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Our first question comes from the line of - from Jamie
Steinberg with Starry Constellation Magazine. Go ahead.
Hi, guys. It's a pleasure to get to
speak with you. Thank you for fitting us in.
Hey, thank you, Jamie.
Was there anything you guys added to
your roles as Kevins that wasn't originally scripted for
You know, it's a very collaborative and
playful environment to work on the shows -- and the
scripts are so tight -- but there's always room for us
to sort of throw in a riff and we adlib a lot. So I
think over the episodes we've done a couple of things
either from our life, or just funny details have worked
their way in. I'm wondering if any actual...
Like character stuff?
Character, you know, biographical stuff
has worked its way in.
No, I don't - well, no. Nothing that we
improvised from. You know, I mean there's been talk
about figuring out what we do for a living. But that -
because we were so wealthy. But we don't have any
explanation for how wealthy we are.
We own - together we own a stationary
store. But who knows if we - that may be many - a chain
of them is what's in my mind.
We've also all talked a lot about how
given our ages, we probably met in high school and had
Casey early on -- which in the 80s I think there was a
line of dialog about how hard it was in the 80s to be
two guys raising a daughter on our own. So I think we've
made references to the fact that we were probably among
the pioneers of two guys in the 80s raising a kid.
Raising a kid.
Well, you both are a part of social
media. Are you enjoying that instant fan feedback you
receive when the episodes premier?
Yes, it's been really fun. You know, I
mean because it's both coasts. So it's kind of fun to
talk to people on the East Coast and then, you know,
talk to people on the West Coast later. I don't know. I
mean I've never done this before where it's like, you
know, Tweeting while you're watching your own show.
Yes. It's - I was new to it until Scandal.
And Scandal of course was a huge social media experience
and responsibility. It was fun, but we really cast-wise
live Tweets on both coasts became sort of standard. And
it became a way of really interacting with an audience
that honestly when I was growing up, if you even sent a
letter to one of your stars and asked for a picture back
you'd wait six months and maybe you'd get it.
And now you're watching the show live with your favorite
actors and getting to talk to them directly -- which I
think is an amazing - it's an amazing reason for people
to watch and keep appointment television.
Agreed. Thank you guys so much again.
Our next question comes from the line of
(Paulette Khan) with American Profile. Your line is
open. Please proceed.
Thank you. Hi.
Yes, I was watching last week's
episode, and I was really struck by the fact that - God,
I'm so bad at remembering names. I'm too old.
That's all right.
But I mean that there to be
Jake, thank you...
...had to - it took him a while to
figure out that they have the same emotions just like
him. And he figured out why one of the Kevins was afraid
to commit to a marriage. Can you talk a little bit about
the importance of seeing the characters as real people?
Well, I don't know. I guess I approach
it - any kind of acting job is sort of like trying to
find out - or, you know, what's real with that person,
you know, no matter how crazy the storyline is. And I
thought it was really cool that they wrote that scene
that way where he, you know - my character wasn't even
aware that he was afraid of being - afraid of making a
commitment, or having to sign, you know, and become
married and make it all legal. I think he was, you know,
he just liked everything the way it was, and didn't want
to ruin it.
And that's like a real thing that people, you know, go
through. I remember - sure, I was married. I know I had
second thoughts about it before I did it, and then after
I did it.
Well, I think it's always a balance. It's
always a fine line between, you know, especially in a
...where the responsibility is really to
deliver funny in a constant way. It's been kind of fun
to see how -- the writers are amazing on the show -- but
also the impulse to create these opportunities -- just
the notion of an opportunity for their future son-in-law
to get to know the two dads better -- and then that
becomes a way into finding out a fear that one of them
has, and then another fear that the other one has.
And that's the way life is. It's like one opportunity to
talk to someone that's going to become family with you
opens up a door, and we realize how similar we all are
to each other -- which I think is ultimately what makes
people want to relate to characters on a show -- so I
think that balance of the funny and the outrageous, and
the primary colors and all, and rooting it all in sort
of real people.
And I also think - I also think they're
wanting to - things we were trying to do with the last
episode was, you know, was to connect these characters
together. Because, you know, as soon as we did the pilot
I think the actors, we were all getting - have gotten to
know each other a little bit better, and we've all got -
our timing with each other is a little bit better.
And so I think, you know, part of the thing they were
trying to do with that script was, you know, having us
connect with each other, you know, as it would be in
Okay. And we also - since this is a
show about love, we're doing a round up for Valentine's
Day. I was hoping that you might tell me your favorite
As characters or as human beings?
As human beings.
As real people.
As real people.
Favorite Valentine's memory. Well, I've
been with my spouse for 22 years. So I remember the
first Valentine's we went up to a ranch up in Santa
Barbara together, and I will never forget it. It was
really the first time I'd ever been with anybody where I
went away with someone for Valentine's Day. And we wound
up, you know, buying a house in Santa Barbara, and it
became the thing that really bonded us for the next 20
So that's one of my favorites.
I think that's a pretty beautiful story.
No, it is. I'm serious. I'm not being sarcastic. Did you
buy a house on Valentine's or you...
But eventually you went back up and got a
I think while we were up there we - we
had only been together for a half - less than a year.
And we started looking for fun. We
didn't buy a house for 10 more years, but...
You know, what I used to do -- this is
nothing for Valentine's Day -- but I used to date this
girl. Every Saturday we used to go to open houses, and
go make out in open houses.
Oh, my God. That is - that's romantic.
It was sexy. It was really sexy.
Yes. That was better than mine.
And she used to, like, want to. She go,
"Are we going to go look at open houses this weekend?"
I'm like, "Yeah. Are you kidding? You're going to make
out with me." It was great.
Valentine's Day -- I don't really have a Valentine's Day
story because I've never been really like much of a, you
know, holiday person. But I think my favorite was the
Saint Valentine's Day massacre. Would that count?
Wow. You're dark.
No. I don't have any Valentine's Day
Okay, thank you.
Our next question comes from the line of Jerry
Nunn with Windy City Times. Your line is open. Please
Hi, Windy City Times.
You're in Chicago. Chicago, right?
I know your paper.
I know you do. I was going to ask you
How do you know I do?
Well, I mean you spent a lot of time in
Chicago, so I was hoping you would.
Yes. You're right. I know Boystown.
So the show is set in Chicago. Did you guys
spend some time filming there, or was it - were you shot
in Chicago or in other places?
No. Everything we've done has been here in
L.A. I would hope that if we do, you know, continue to
do this show we would be able to do some exterior things
in Chicago. That would be great, you know.
I've only been once in my life, so I
would love to go. But no, it's all here.
You'd like Boystown.
It's really cool there.
Yes, I'd take you out for drinks -- the gay
Yes. Promises, promises.
And with the last episode, you know, you're
seeing some differences with the characters. I know they
seem very similar to each other -- the two Kevins. It's
not like an opposites attract kind of thing. They seem
kind of similar. Is that's what's going on in the
future? Are you guys going to see the differences
between them and how they're different?
Yes. Well, like, for the pilot one of the
things that we - I was told was that - David Caspe said
that the characters are like twins basically. And when
they met - they found that, like, they were very happy
that they found -- excuse me -- found each other because
they're exactly alike.
And then as we started doing, you know, these episodes,
Dan and I both - I think our personalities have
definitely affected the way they write the characters.
Dan's character is much more emotionally similar I would
To Casey, and to you. And I think the
writers kind of start playing on that more.
Yes, I think that as time went on we - I
think you're right. And I think at the beginning we were
much more kind of interchangeable in terms of, like, you
know, insert gay dad here, in a way. But I think that
now we really are emerging as two very different
Even in the last episode, just the notion of Kevin --
him -- you know, longing for his motorcycle days, and my
Kevin being more the worrier, more of the anxious,
nervous. And for lack of a better phrase, I think you're
going to see us emerge more a real maternal side to the
Kevin, too -- my character -- which is kind of true of
me in life, too. But I do think that we're starting to
find our differences. And it's been really fun to play
those differences as well as the similarities.
Awesome. Well, I look forward to seeing
more, and come visit in Chicago. And congrats on the
Thank you. Thank you.
Great. Thank you.
And our next question comes from the line of
Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite. Your line is open.
Hi. Hi, (Christie).
Hi. Suzanne? Sorry. Hi, Suzanne.
Sorry, I accidentally hung up on you.
Yes, Dan, I just read an article. It was actually a
transcript of a speech you gave in September about
coming out, and about when you used to play - be a gay
actor playing a straight actor playing straight
characters. And I was wondering, when you talk about the
differences between the two Kevins and how you're sort
of emerging as different, is that have anything to do
with one of you being a straight person playing a gay
person, and one of you being a gay person playing a gay
That's a really good question. You know,
part of what I was talking about in that speech was how
if you really - I think as you become a better and
better actor -- I'm not just talking about - I'm just
talking in general, I'm not talking about myself
necessarily -- but I certainly feel like the more
authentic and the more honest I was with the kind of
person I am in life, in my roles, the better I was as an
So I feel like at a certain point, regardless of who you
are -- and of course I feel like certainly straight
actors can play gay roles, and gay actors can play
straight roles, and we have for years, and years, and
years -- but there is something about the essence of who
you are that you cannot possibly extricate from the
roles you're playing.
So in a kind of delightful way, I think Tim's
straightness maybe has worked its way into the kind of
gay character that he is, and my gayness has worked into
the gay character that I'm playing. And I don't know, it
kind of compliments, I think, each other.
And I found that - we've never met even before doing the
show, and I feel like we instantly fell into a kind of
chemistry that is one of those things that you can't
really predict or count on, but it just happens. And I
can't say for sure that that has anything to do with our
true sexualities, but I don't think you can really
extricate any of those things from who you are.
Just like I'm a white Jewish guy from New York, and Tim
is black and from Detroit -- like, these are all parts
of who we are, and they all work into playing sort of
funny, authentic characters. So I don't know if that
answers it, but I do think the more authentic you are as
a person, and you bring that to your role, the better it
winds up playing.
Well, I - you know, I agree. That's a good
question, and it's hard for me to answer. I'll do my
best. I sort of just - I don't really - I don't know.
When I took this part, I mean I never even thought of -
I didn't think about this guy, he's a gay character and
he is this lifestyle, and it's different from what I do
or live my life.
But the things that I thought was, like, well, what
things do I have in common with this guy? And I thought,
well, I'm a father, I have kids, I know what that's
like. I know what it's like to be in love with somebody,
I know what it's like to live with somebody, and I know
what it's like to really share your life with somebody.
And so I figured if I use those things as, like, the -
as sort of a ground, you know, foundation for who my
character is, then it wouldn't matter if he was gay or
straight or black or white or whatever. I would just be
playing a relationship basically by, you know, a
relationship with two people who are - two people who
are in love, and so much in love that they have, like,
gone through a lot of obvious problems in their lives,
because they were gay at a young age, and they adopted a
kid at a young age.
So I kind of, you know, sort of just take stuff from my
own life, and just try to make it, you know, adapt it to
who this character is.
But I think as funny as this show is,
like, it's kind of ground breaking. This is the first
time there's been a show, A, where three of the seven
main characters are gay, B, where two of them are a
married couple with a grown child, and it's an
interracial couple, and it treats it like - as well it
should in 2015 -- just two people who share their lives
with each other. And we're not playing our attraction
for the male form every week.
We're playing being parents, and being
funny, and, you know, Thanksgiving, and engagements, and
weddings, and marriage. And I think you'll see in
tomorrow's episode -- which is a bride war situation --
aspects of our relationship, and the upcoming engagement
that are sort of unique to a gay couple, and ones that
are absolutely relatable to anybody who has a kid
All right, thanks very much.
Our next question comes from the line of (Ben
Ly) with Spoiler TV. Your line is open. Please proceed.
Goodness gracious. I'm so happy to be talking
with you guys. And I've been a huge fan of you since
Scandal. Thank you so much for doing this today.
And Tim, I've been a huge fan of you since the
90s. Thank you so much for doing this.
Thank - yes, no problem. So you liked me
longer than you liked Dan though, right?
I love you guys very - both. I like everybody
All right. I just want to clarify. We have
a longer relationship than you and Dan though.
But we have a more intense relationship,
you and I, because you love Scandal.
Okay, my - my question to both of you is how
does it feel to work with two of the funniest stars on
network TV -- Casey Wilson from Happy Endings, and Ken
That's who you're talking about?
I thought you were...
Two of the funniest.
How is it working with them?
Are you still there?
Okay. You go first, Dan.
It's great. I mean, listen, I'm a fan -
I'm a huge fan of David Caspe and his writing, but I'm
also a huge fan of Casey Wilson and her unique,
creative, comedic improvisational - like, she is one of
the great, unique comedies - comediennes -- female
comedians -- and I love working with her. I love
watching her work.
Ken Marino and I were in acting class together 20 years
ago, and it's been so lovely to -- A, to become friends
with him again -- but to watch his brain working all the
time. Casey is a screenwriter and a writer, and Tim's a
writer and an actor, and I'm a writer and an actor, and
Ken is too, and I learn so much watching the two of them
constantly trying to up their game. And I feel like
you're only as good as your co-stars, and they always
make us better. So I love working with people who are
Yes. I agree. I agree totally. And one of
the things that I love about working on this show is
that I've been in jobs in the past where I was the
hardest working person on the set. And on this show, I'm
probably the least hardest working person on the set.
Like everybody works really hard here.
Except me. I'm the slowest...
You never - you don't even - no, that's
I'm always late.
Not true. Not true.
But no, but it's really - and it's one
things I really admire about Ken and Casey is that they
both have - they carry a lot of the work on this show.
They have a lot of scenes and it's a lot of dialog, and
you know, they both do extremely well.
And I agree with Dan too, is like I enjoy watching them
work because it's a different, you know, it's just fun
to watch. Because I've seen the product before. Like,
I've seen Ken's show. I actually did a show with Ken
called Leap of Faith years ago, and I did - and I've
done improv with Casey at Upright Citizens Brigade. And
so I've got to work with them both, but I've never got
to work with them like this where you see the whole
And we all help each other too. Like,
everybody being comedic writers -- at least in our
brains -- and some of us are actually writers, if you
come up with a line - it's like in this show everybody
believes that funny wins regardless of who has the line.
So I'll pitch a funny line to Ken, Ken
will pitch a funny line to me, I'll pitch a line to
Kevin - to Tim all the time, and vice versa. It really
feels like a group of people that we all - we've become
good friends, but good collaborators.
And even today, like, we were working and
Dan gave me a very funny line that, you know, we were
trying to think of something, and he gave me a line. And
at one point earlier I gave Ken and Casey a joke.
And you know, and like most of the time you
work with people it's like they come up with jokes for
themselves. They're not going to give you any comedy.
You know, but in this show it's like people
are generous, and like you said, funny is the number one
thing, you know -- whatever is the funniest.
Well, thank you so much for doing this. I
really appreciate it.
Good. Thanks for coming.
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