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Interview with Adam Reed and Aisha Tyler of "Archer"
on FX January 21, 2011.
FX NETWORKS: Archer
January 21, 2011/5:30 a.m. PST
I really wanted to make this one because I love Aisha
Tyler (from her time on "Ghost Whisperer") but it was 8:30 am, so....too
early for me. It is a lot of fun to read, though. Archer is a cute
cartoon that everyone should enjoy.
Scott Seomin – FX Network
Adam Reed – Creator/Executive Producer, and “Agent Ray Gillette,” Archer
Aisha Tyler – “Agent Lana Kane,” Archer
Moderator Welcome to your Archer Conference call. At this time, all
lines are in a listen-only mode. As a reminder, this program is being
recorded. I would now like to introduce Mr. Scott Seomin from FX.
S. Seomin Hey, good morning everybody. It’s Scott Seomin at FX. Thank
you for joining us this morning. I know it’s early. We have on the call
today Adam Reed who is the creator and executive producer of Archer. He
also provides the voice of “Agent Ray Gillette.” We also have the
gorgeous and hilarious Aisha Tyler who plays the voluptuous and smart as
a whip secret agent spy, secret agent lady, “Lana Kane.” Say hi, Aisha.
A. Tyler Oh, good morning, guys, hi.
A. Reed Good morning, guys.
S. Seomin Mary, do you want to give instructions on how to ask
Moderator We do have a question from Emma Loggins from FanBolt.com.
E. Loggins My first question is actually for both of you. What episode
in Season 2 are you most excited for people to see?
A. Reed I’m excited for people to see the explosive season finale, which
I’m just writing today, hopefully by lunch. Now, I’ll have my weekend
A. Tyler He’s going to bring in a team—
A. Reed I think the season opener is pretty good.
A. Tyler What’s that?
A. Reed I think the season opener is pretty good, the snowmobile one.
A. Tyler That’s fantastic.
A. Reed Then, I don’t remember any other ones until the explosive
A. Tyler Me neither. Yes, I would agree with Adam that the opening, the
season opener “Swiss Miss” is a pretty— It’s really wonderful because I
think it’s a classic Archer episode, but it’s also just
really—reminiscent is probably too light a word. It’s like smack dab in
the middle of all the great espionage movies, all the great—the whole
Bond …. It really feels very “spy-y” and it’s “action-y.” Adam, you said
something about the fact that it was great, that the show is animated,
because you know we could never afford to shoot ten seconds of this
amazing kind of … chasing in the middle of the show. You can draw trees
for days for nobody ….
A. Reed Or one tree.
A. Tyler One tree over and over again, varying heights and sizes. So,
it’s really explosive. It’s fun. It’s really funny. I think it’s a
perfect example of what we do best on the show, which is a combination
of international elegance, high intellectualism, and dirty jokes.
S. Seomin Aisha, could you tell Emma just a little bit about “Swiss
Miss” and what the gang does?
A. Tyler Yes. I never know how much I can give away, because the sniper
has got his gun in the back of my neck …. He hasn’t given instructions
about when to shoot. In “Swiss Miss,” the whole group goes to Gstaad,
ostensibly to protect the daughter of—what does he do? He’s like an
international chief … or something.
A. Reed He’s a captain of industry.
A. Tyler Captain of industry and that’s enough. He has this like
insanely precocious daughter and we’re all there to protect her. There’s
another group of evil doers from some unknown origin—maybe they’re—are
they Basque? I don’t know where Basque is.
A. Reed Their accents are a little hard to pin down.
A. Tyler Yes, they just sound mean and European, as if they drink wine
out of glasses with no stems. I mean really … lowlife. They are planning
on kidnapping this young lady, and … and maybe we all just sleep with
each other instead of— That’s the thing, there’s always time for sex on
our show, in between the high intrigue, but, this young girl who’s
underage becomes this albatross for poor Archer, who’s really not a very
disciplined guy anyway. He, for the first time, displays some
self-discipline. But, it just backfires. For once, Archer has it all
together and none of us believe him because he’s kind of a DB. His
normal MO is DB-ness. It’s hilarious. There’s a snowmobile race, dancing
monkeys, live action—
A. Reed We invent a new drink.
A. Tyler We invent a new drink, a Green Russian.
A. Reed The Green Russian, which is absinthe and milk.
A. Tyler Which seems just unacceptable as a beverage or a housecleaning
product, but wonderful things happen after people start drinking the
Green Russians, wonderful things. Malory explodes. It’s awesome. It’s
really great. Somebody catches on fire. Somebody has their wedding
jewels in their tackle boxes. That’s a line. It’s just great. There’s
nudity; there are dancing bears. Five minutes into the show, Adam Reed
does this off-shoot. It’s really good. I’ve seen it maybe four or five
times. We aired it at Comic-Con. I have never heard such thunderous
laughter except in my own head at night before I go to bed.
S. Seomin Emma, this is Scott. I want to add one thing on it about the
episode for your fans on your site. Malory and Pam bond in a very unique
A. Tyler Scott, you’re a subtle man with a light touch.
S. Seomin Not as funny as the talent.
A. Tyler It’s funny to me what you said and it will be funny when people
see it. It’s great. It’s a really great episode. It’s a really explosive
launch to the second season. I think people are going to love it.
E. Loggins One more for Adam, when I spoke with you at Comic-Con, you
said you were still trying to lure some guest actors to voice the
villains. Have you had any luck with that?
A. Reed No. We did. I’m drawing an embarrassingly huge blank on the
fantastic guest stars that we had this season. We do have some, but I
can’t remember who they are right now. I don’t know why.
A. Tyler I would Google them, but it’s so early in the morning, I forgot
how to use the computer.
A. Reed Scott, who do we have?
S. Seomin We have Jeffrey. Jeffrey is back, Jeffrey Tambor is back.
Adam, do you want to explain who he’s voicing again?
A. Reed He voices Len Trexler, who is the head of ODIN. Malory has her
ongoing financial troubles; thinks about selling ISIS to ODIN, which
doesn’t fit well with all of the other ISIS employees.
A. Tyler Oh, that’s such a great episode.
A. Reed Who else do we have?
S. Seomin We have Rachael Harris.
A. Reed Rachael Harris.
A. Tyler Oh, yes, that’s a great one.
A. Reed Rachael plays a movie star who comes to ISIS to shadow Lana to
research a role, much to the chagrin of the ISIS employees. There’s a
lot of chagrin this season.
A. Tyler A lot of group chagrin. Somehow, in Season 1, we were
chagrinless, but we’re taking—
A. Reed We really stepped up the chagrin.
A. Tyler Rife with chagrin in Season 2.
S. Seomin She’s researching a role to play a spy in a movie. It seems
that everybody is kind of wowed that she’s there because she’s a movie
star. She’s shadowing Ms. Kane, but Lana’s the one who could really give
A. Tyler Yes, Lana’s the one who’s really about the work, right. Lana’s
like, “Hey, there’s a planet to save.”
A. Reed Just like on the real show, right.
A. Tyler It does seem to be true … feel that way inside my head. But,
then she’s flattered. She’s baited. She’s baited and lured into letting
this girl shadow her. That’s another hilarious episode. I never know how
much I can say about what happens in any of the shows. But, it ends up
being mainly what you would think, which is having this young, idiotic
Hollywood numbskull bobbing around ISIS, just throwing wrenches into
everybody’s ill-formed drunken plans. Then, something else happens, too.
There’s a big twist in that episode. That’s a great episode.
E. Loggins Awesome, awesome. Well, thank you guys so much for your time.
I’m a huge, huge fan. I’m super excited for Season 2.
A. Tyler Did I say that Season 2 is awesome? It’s really funny. I need
to get out a thesaurus and look up awesome and come up with—
A. Reed I would say it’s easily 85% as good as Season 1.
A. Tyler I’m going to go you one better and say it is 89% as good as
Season 1. I actually think in some ways—
A. Reed I thought that. I didn’t want to sound braggy.
A. Tyler Okay, I’ll brag for you. Adam Reed is on fire. Because now it’s
Season 2, so we’re able to range a little bit further afield. I feel
like there are more missions this season. Is that right, Adam? Does that
feel like that to you? We have more missions. We spent a little bit more
time out in the world. There’s more—
A. Reed I feel like that.
A. Tyler There are incredibly funny historical references. We get to
learn more about the characters and their lives. Woodhouse—we learn more
about Woodhouse. How awesome is fricking Woodhouse? You never would say
that Adam Reed isn’t bold, but we’ve been emboldened by the heady
atmosphere of Season 2. Oh, we can take some risks here, not like we
held back in Season 1. But, it’s just a little bit more wide ranging and
you get to see the characters interact a little bit more.
A. Reed That one whole episode is Woodhouse’s experience in World War I.
A. Tyler That ….
A. Reed He’s pretty old.
A. Tyler I was sure it was World War II.
A. Reed It’s basically the same war.
A. Tyler Pretty much, right, same outfits. The same outfits, except I
think in World War II they didn’t have the little—what are those things
that go on your feet?—spats, they didn’t have spats. That’s the only way
you can tell. I was going to say dickies, but I think those …. I need to
study my antiquated male accessories. I think that’s something else I
need to Google today.
A. Reed Spats are coming back.
A. Tyler Yes, I think that Lindsay Lohan is designing a new line of
spats. It’s going to be her next comeback of her effort.
Moderator We do have a question from Lena Lamoray.
L. Lamoray How would you describe Lana’s relationship with Archer? Do
you really think that she’s going to … him?
A. Tyler I heard half of the question. So, how do I describe the
relationship? What was the second part?
L. Lamoray Do you think she’s ever going to tame Archer?
A. Tyler Tame Archer. Well, I can tell you what I think. I bet you Adam
will have a— Well, Adam will actually know, because he writes the show.
I just show up and look around for cookies.
So, I think if there’s anybody who can equal Archer or kind of mollify
him in any way, it’s Lana because she’s probably the only combination
of— I mean, you know Archer is so driven by libido. That’s probably
stronger than almost another impulse in his … brain. But, most of the
women that he sleeps with are kind of disposable and Lana’s the only one
who kind of knows him as a person and is also super sexy, and also does
what he does for a living and he actually can learn from. They often
operate as a team.
So, I don’t know that she can ever tame him, but I think he finds
himself drawn to her like kind of terribly, kind of this terrible
attraction that he doesn’t understand and so he mocks it and he scorns
it. The only person that can tame Archer is his terrible drunken mother,
but Lana might be somebody— But he can run from her because in the end
he doesn’t want to sleep with her.
But, Lana, there’s the lure of the … is very powerful. … strongest,
literally, there’s like planetary gravity and then there’s the kind of
invisible force that holds the atoms together. Then, there’s the lure of
… a at the top of that list in terms of powerful things in the universe.
So, I think he circles her against his will. Whereas with his mom, he
runs, he ultimately runs from her, and then spits in her drink.
But, I don’t know that he can ever be tamed. He’s just sprawling Id in a
… suit. Trying to control Id is like trying to hold water in your palm.
Why would you do that when there’s television?
A. Reed And cups.
A. Tyler And cups. They’ve been invented, and mugs, out of which I’m
drinking right now. But, yes, would they ever get back in a relation—? I
don’t think so. They might have some terrible 12-day affair at a hotel
where no one leaves and room service dishes pile up outside the door.
That could happen—Adam, pitching.
A. Reed Four days of just crying and yelling.
A. Tyler Crying and yelling, and then crazy sex that like makes all the
other people in the hotel check out, right, like a Ming vase comes
flying out the balcony. Were they fighting? Oh, no, that was sex
actually. But, yes, will they ever be together? I doubt that, I really
doubt that. I think Lana’s too smart. I think she’s the kind of woman
who also is really driven by a libido, so would sleep with him as well
because he’s pretty hot. Then wake up in the morning and slap herself
and say, “What was I thinking.” Then sleep with him again and be like
what a dumb-dumb. She’s definitely is the ying to his yang. I don’t know
which one of those is the girl, yang—I don’t know. I don’t even—
A. Reed The one with the big boobs.
A. Tyler The one with the big boobs. In the … that little Chinese
symbol, whichever one is stacked is the woman and that one is Lana.
A. Reed I always thought that was just two boobs anyway.
A. Tyler You know what, Adam, we just learned so much about you in that
A. Reed … just studied major.
A. Tyler I don’t need to hold up any … just show you—
A. Reed Those are boobs.
A. Tyler Boobs, very small boobs.
S. Seomin How well that degree has served you, Adam.
A. Reed I use it all the time.
A. Tyler Like ordering in restaurants and embarrassing yourself in
public transportation trying to speak people.
A. Reed All of those.
A. Tyler Of course, you’ve got your rusty Mandarin. Mandarin is hard to
keep polished. It’s a hard language to burnish. Adam, you and I should
just go talk in the corner like we usually do?
A. Reed I think we should be on listen-only.
A. Tyler I’m going to put that on a tee-shirt.
Moderator Our next question comes from Melissa Girimonte.
M. Girimonte Has there ever been a line that either of you has ever had
to say that you just couldn’t because of the hysterical laughing that
A. Reed Didn’t we just have one recently, Aisha where we couldn’t not
keep giggling. I forget what it was. It was something dirty/stupid.
A. Tyler Yes, it was a couple of episodes ago. I can’t remember what it
A. Reed I can’t remember what it was, but when that happens, when I’m
directing the video session, I just keep trying to make Aisha laugh
A. Tyler Yes, he’s super professional, Adam. He’s laser focused captain
of the ship.
A. Reed Stern but fair, I would say.
A. Tyler Stern, but fair, yes. If you—I went into the brig, I deserve
it. I can’t remember what it was.
A. Reed I can’t remember what the line was though, but it does happen
often that we get the giggles.
A. Tyler The show is— Can I say this Adam? Hold on for a second. The
show is so funny. Have you seen it? Oh God. I say that— I’m a fan of the
show and I would be a fan even if I wasn’t on it. The show is funny on
the page. So, it’s really—a lot of times, we are laughing all the way
through. It’s not a joyless job. It is really one where it is a blast to
make. It goes very quickly because each of us are in the booth alone.
It’s maybe about an hour. On a really slow day, it’ll be an hour and a
half. It’s just delightful, because you get to spend a bunch of time
working on the math of comedy. The lines are hilarious on the page and
then my job is to try to come in and say it in the funniest way I
So, the sessions are just play. Let’s say it like this, let’s say it
like that. My goal as a needy, laugh-starved artist is to try to crack
the guys up on the other line. You always know you nailed it when they
rail into guffaws on the other line. Then you just do a little victory
dance around the tiny carpet lined room.
We laugh constantly. That’s one thing about this show is that we are
laughing constantly. I imagine there are people who make comedy who are
joyless people who never laugh at their own jokes, but we are incredibly
self-satisfied …. We laugh at everything we do. We’re cackling
hysterically almost all the time. So, it’s a very fun time to—it’s a
really fun show to make. We’re professionals—
A. Reed … very serious about it.
A. Tyler I think everybody else is just joyless, like over at The
Simpsons. They just come in and there’s tears. There’s tears and dry
biscuits. On our show, laughter and cookies. I wish I could think of a
specific line. I can’t think of one right now.
A. Reed I can’t either, but you know if we said it, if we remembered it,
it wouldn’t be that funny now, probably.
A. Tyler Right, no it’s never that funny. Oh, it’s all right.
A. Reed I don’t know why “poop-hat” is suddenly … of comedy.
A. Tyler …. I do remember that one of my favorite lines in this season;
I call Archer a bag with which one douches. … the most arcane, obscure
thing we’ve …, no, but I really enjoy it.
A. Reed The thinking man’s douche bag.
A. Tyler Yes, it’s elevated stuff there. Those are college level jokes.
Not everybody can deliver those.
M. Girimonte As just a follow-up, one of my favorite relationships is
the verbal sparring between Lana and Malory. Are we in for any showdowns
for Season 2?
A. Reed We do have a showdown, a bit of one. There’s sort of a
two-episode arc where a character on the show deals with a devastating
illness. Malory and Lana get into a—they sort of have a showdown at the
beginning of that two-episode arc. We find that Lana’s definitely not
scared of Malory, and whatever deference she shows her is just by
choice, I think.
A. Tyler Just professional courtesy.
A. Reed Exactly.
A. Tyler One thing I like about—
A. Reed Lana’s not afraid to use her words.
A. Tyler Well, I think one other thing we learn about Lana this year is
that she thinks that she’s just kind of a pearl amongst really drunken,
irresponsible swine, and that she has professional designs of her own.
She’s very ambitious. She’s not afraid to mince words with Malory. She
thinks that Malory probably needs to be put out to pasture at some
point. You’re right. She’s respectful because she’s a professional, but
I think she envisions herself behind that large, and dinged, and
slightly damp desk at some point in her career. That happens.
Moderator Our next question comes from Jeri Jacquin.
J. Jacquin Adam, I have to ask you why every time when they speak about
Archer’s mother and her sexual habits does he throw-up. Where did you
come up with that?
A. Reed I don’t know. I think it’s so beyond his ability to process that
maturely. He regresses so hard and fast into childhood that it actually
causes a physical response, which is to ruin the carpet.
J. Jacquin Well, then, I have to ask are we going to find out who
Archer’s daddy is?
A. Reed You know, we try really hard. We keep looking.
A. Tyler … enough, Adam.
A. Reed We keep looking, but as I’m writing the explosive season finale
today by lunch, we may or may not. It’s going to depend on where the
morning takes me.
A. Tyler That is a thematic line right through the season. We keep
revisiting that particular issue. “Who am I,” Archer asks himself. “Why
am I here?” He’s having a prolonged existential moment.
A. Reed “What have I done to deserve this?”
A. Tyler Or literally, “What have I done?”
J. Jacquin One of the funniest things that we say now, because of
you—and half the time I could shoot your for it—is this group of people
that watch Archer, run around screaming “Danger Zone” all the time, and
finding different ways of saying it in different pitches. So, I have you
to thank for that.
A. Tyler Don’t feel alone in that because the number of people that
scream “Danger Zone” at me on-line. It’s literally the on-line
equivalent of somebody going up to Dave Chappelle and going “I’m Rick
James ….” It happens to me every day. Someone on Twitter or Facebook,
just yells, “Lana, Lana, Lana, Lana, Lana, danger zone.” So, you should
feel that you’re part of a very large and—
A. Reed I think that was a haiku.
A. Tyler Oh, thank you.
J. Jacquin … o’clock in the morning when I get a text and it’s all in
capitals and spelled wrong, but I know what they’re talking about.
A. Tyler Oh, yes. They’re out there. You guys are a club and you should
feel proud of yourself and maybe print up some visors or something. You
belong. Don’t feel bad about it; you belong.
J. Jacquin I finally belong. It only took me 50 years.
A. Tyler I know you’re not a joiner, but yet still you do belong, so
feel good about it.
A. Reed I wonder if sales of that song have picked up. In any
measureable way if even one person bought that single on iTunes because
A. Tyler Mulatto Butts. Can you buy Mulatto Butts now as a ringtone?
That’s the other thing people—
A. Reed I think you can get it free on the FX Archer site.
A. Tyler That’s because they’re givers. That’s something else now. You
can just diversify and people are going to start texting you Mulatto
A. Reed That’s a conversation starter.
A. Tyler “White … mama, black … daddy”. I think that’s the only lyric to
the song. Is there more? Have you written more?
A. Reed Well, just mulatto butts sung over and over.
J. Jacquin That might be enough to get everybody talking if you have
A. Tyler Right. That would be nice when you’re in an editorial meeting
at work, just ring.
J. Jacquin Ask for a raise and have that ringtone go off.
A. Tyler “I need you to take me seriously. I’m a real journalist. I was
almost nominated for a Pulitzer.” (singing) “White … mama, black …
daddy.” You can say that you hear your mom calling you.
J. Jacquin One last question before we move on, Miss Aisha. Whatever
made you decide to do this?
A. Tyler Oh, can’t you tell that I’m starkers? The way that I got
started in the entertainment business was first in high school, college
doing sketch and improve and then right after that doing stand-up
comedian. Comedy is my first love. She broke my heart and she continues
to. I love her so.
I don’t know how Adam Reed found me, but I got the script for the pilot
for Archer and I read literally maybe ten pages of it and I was like “I
have to do this show.” It is a delight to make. I sensed that when I
read the script because it was just for me such a wonderful combination
of real mature, thoughtful, smart writing that’s referential—not with a
“v”, but with an “f.” It’s definitely—there’s no “v” in that word.
It’s incredibly smart and ties in with so many things that are happening
in the world. Then, it is so delightfully bawdy and dirty. It is just a
joy. It’s just like … I can’t wait to see these words. I have so many
stories, but I only like to tell three of them because I’m trying to
burnish them to a fine hue. I’ve told this story a million times, but it
was that maybe two or three episodes into Season 1. No, it was two; it
was “Training Day.” Was that the first episode that we did or the second
one? Second one, maybe.
A. Reed I think it was the second one, but it aired first.
A. Tyler So, it was the second episode that we recorded for Season 1. It
was called “Training Day.” It’s the one where they’re trying to turn …
into more of an—trying to give him some virility by … how to be an
agent. I got to say a million amazing things in that script. I got to
say that I don’t care if there’s a million dead hookers in your trunk. I
don’t remember what the end of that line was, but million dead hookers
was all I really needed to hear. You had me at million dead hookers,
But, Adam—you know you got me right there. I ran the writers in a …, so
I like having semantic conversations about comedy. Adam and I had this
conversation for a good amount of time, cackling hysterically over
whether the word ball-slappiest or ball-slappinest was funnier. I just
thought, “Oh, I found my home. I’ve come home. This is my home.”
So, I love it. It’s just an incredibly funny, unabashedly, and
unapologetically for grown-ups, that it takes a lot of risks. Also, it
looks very elegant. It’s a beautifully drawn show. There’s nothing like
it on television. Those are all the reasons why I decided to do it. It’s
definitely not that when I visited Adam in Atlanta they had Snicker bars
in the recording studio. That didn’t have anything to do with it because
I can buy my own Snicker bars.
J. Jacquin Well, then I have to ask Adam, what goes on in that brain of
A. Reed I’m merely a vessel.
A. Tyler ….
A. Reed It’s weird, not to sound like an idiot, but basically I just try
to come up with a storyline and put the characters in a room. They just
start talking and I just start typing. It’s just basically just
eavesdropping on people being mean to each other.
A. Tyler But, also one nice thing is that we’re liberated, I think—don’t
you Adam, by the fact that the show’s animated that we are just able to
do—… able to just do and say things that might sound really unacceptable
coming out of walking person.
A. Reed I think so. I think partially because it’s animated and people
are more forgiving of a cartoon character saying or doing the things
that these people say or do. Also, I think a lot of it has to do with
the voice cast who are all so pitch perfect that they’re deliveries in I
think it helps the viewer overlook or forgive the bad things that they
do. Because when they describe what they’re doing or they say these
horrible things to each other or about each other, there’s just an
excellent note of fun buried in all of these lines, not from the
writing, but from the reads from the actors.
A. Tyler There’s also … purity. Everybody recognizes these people. This
is obviously an extreme work place with extreme conditions. These people
are extreme expressions of personalities. What everybody recognizes,
every one of these people, they recognize the kind of slack-jawed,
self-involved boss, and douche bag always seems to win. The secretary,
every time you turn away, is painting her nails or talking to her
girlfriend on the phone or updating her status update, the kind of
over-sexed inappropriate co-worker who always seems to walk in at the
wrong time and … the wrong time.
Everybody knows these people. Everybody also knows their thoughts. None
of us would ever say to each other the things that the characters on
Archer say, but we’re all thinking them. There’s just this great
liberation on the show. The reason people laugh is that (a) because the
expressions are extreme, that’s the thing about comedy. It’s really
taking reality and pulling it as far to the breaking point as you can
without actually breaking it, but also, people recognize these people.
They recognize their thoughts; they recognize their feelings. Everybody
is walking around with this big ball of disdain and desire in the pit of
his or her stomach that they can’t express. All of our characters get to
say all of those things. It’s great. One thing about Lana that I like
and that I think a lot of people see themselves in Lana, which is like
this long-suffering professional just surrounded by douche bags, who
also has her own issues and her own problems, her own—
A. Reed She’s a mess.
A. Tyler She’s a mess. She’s a total mess personally. She’s a wreck. She
also is the one who comes into work and she is like “Hey, let’s get it
done,” and everyone is like “….”
A. Reed “Let’s not get it done.”
A. Tyler Then she goes out and she tries to get it done. So, you see
these people and you think, “Well, I don’t know somebody just like this,
but I know somebody that is probably very close to this personality.”
J. Jacquin One last question then for you, Adam. Did you already know
who you wanted to voice these roles, because I’m telling you, no one
else could do Archer. No one.
A. Reed Yes, yes. We were very lucky to get all the folks that we
wanted. I think that was due in huge part to Jessica Walter agreeing to
do the show first. Because then we very haughtily said when we called
all these other fantastic people like Aisha’s manager, “Well, Jessica
Walter is attached, so pass that along to your client, Mr. Manager.” So,
I think we were very, very lucky.
Actually, in the pilot, the character of Cheryl was going to be—not
killed off, but made to disappear because Archer had gotten her
pregnant. There was this whole back story about they would just knock
out these young secretaries and dump them to Bellevue with no
identification. But, then Judy Greer read for the part and it was like
“Oh, my gosh, Judy Greer”. No, this person cannot be impregnated and
dumped in a mental hospital. We’ll keep her crazy, but she will
definitely become an important character. So, I think we were just
incredibly lucky to get all these fantastic, talented people.
A. Tyler One really great thing, too, is that her character has evolved
into just this erratically spinning dervish. I mean, she’s awesome.
She’s not at all who she first was when we met her. She’s just sprawling
and terrible. She’s awesome, and Pam, too. I’ve fallen love with them.
They were completely different people when we started the show, or at
least we didn’t know them that well. But, they’ve become—
Moderator Our next question comes from Kofi Outlaw.
K. Outlaw. The first question I’ve got to ask is what’s it like going
into Season 2 and now having established a rhythm working with this
show? More specifically, what’s it like trying to keep track of all
these running jokes that you guys wonderfully keep track of and keep
evolving throughout the show.
A. Reed My screenwriting program does that for me actually. A little
dialog window will pop up and say “Running gag?” Then I open up a little
sub-menu. It’s like “Hey, you said Danger Zone thing you been going to.”
I find it very hard to keep track of all that. I zoned out—what are we
K. Outlaw Running gags.
A. Reed Running gags. A lot of times when I’m writing, I’ll go to those
when I’m stuck. Actually, the episodes don’t necessarily air in the
order that they’re written, so sometimes a call back to another joke
will wind up seeming like some very prescient call forward to this joke
three episodes later. I have no control over that. It just makes me look
smarter than I am. As evidenced by my answer to this question.
K. Outlaw The other part, Adam, was are you into a rhythm now that we’re
into Season 2? Were you ever in a rhythm? Would you—?
A. Reed Yes, these scripts are due every three weeks. So, my rhythm is
two weeks of pacing around and not being able to come up with an idea,
and then a week of typing and no sleeping, and snapping at everybody. I
just do that 13 times. Awesome to live with am I.
A. Tyler You guys know that Adam does everything himself because (a) no
one else could write these shows, which I think was actually was
evidenced in the beginning of Season 2. We thought, “Oh, now, Season 2,
bring on the dancing girls and the bowls of money.” Some people came in
to write the show and they couldn’t write the show. The muse only visits
Adam. It’s probably because of the … drinking. The show has such a
unique voice that I think it’s been really hard for anybody else to
duplicate it. So, poor Adam is now tethered to all of us. This is a
blood marriage that will never end.
A. Reed Blood marriage.
A. Tyler That will only be escapable by funeral pyre. By …, the only way
you can get out of this is by setting yourself on fire.
K. Outlaw … Aisha, how you just named an episode for Season 3, “Blood
A. Tyler “Blood Marriage.” This would make for a good episode. That’s a
really good name for an episode. Bam, Adam, that’s like 90% of the work
right there. Just plug that into your program.
A. Reed That’s fantastic.
A. Tyler See what comes out. Just a lot of … and danger zones.
A. Reed … and danger zones.
K. Outlaw Just one last question for Adam. Let’s see, by my count from
what I’ve seen so far, spoiler alert … that we have in Season 2:
underage girls … trying to be a hero, several ISIS-ODIN showdowns, my
personal favorite, Woodhouse’s history in “The Double Deuce,” movie
stars. Could you maybe just talk a little bit about what you have
cooking for the latter half of Season 2?
A. Reed Yes, there’s a character deal with a devastating illness over
the course of a few episodes.
A. Tyler That is going to be insane.
A. Reed The body count goes way up.
A. Tyler Talk about a blood marriage.
A. Reed What else happens? Archer continues his quest to find out who
his father is. Archer falls in love for real, which leads to the
explosive season finale.
Moderator Our next question comes from the line of Lena Lamoray.
L. Lamoray Hi, again. Adam, when the episode “Tragical History” airs,
are you going to offer that pirate virus as a ringtone?
A. Reed I think so or as an actual computer virus, if FX legal will let
us do that. I think it will be available as a ringtone. If the other
ones are, which I think they are. I know we all have “Mulatto Butts” on
our phones at work. So, nobody ever knows whose phone is ringing. It’s
just this chorus of “Mulatto Butts” all the time. It’s actually a
terrible place to work.
A. Tyler And mildly, strangely kind of racialist.
A. Reed Well, slightly, yes. It leads to some interesting conversations
about race in America and technology.
A. Tyler I’m going to come in and moderate some kind of groundbreaking
…. Let’s talk about how we feel.
S. Seomin Adam, I’m not going to try and imitate it, but a ringtone I
want is—and I want you to imitate it—is Cyril when he says the word
A. Reed “Helloooo.”
A. Tyler That was nice.
A. Reed Here’s another running gag.
L. Lamoray Now, Adam, are there any characters in Archer that were
inspired by some of your real life friends?
A. Reed No. No, no, no. Well, Malory of course is exactly my mother, but
other than that, no. I was just kidding, though my mom’s actually really
awesome, and not an alcoholic.
A. Tyler She always takes a beating on these calls.
A. Reed She really does. Luckily, she doesn’t follow my career
whatsoever, so she has no idea—
A. Tyler Even where you’re living right now.
A. Reed Yes.
S. Seomin Mary, has everybody had a chance to ask a question?
Moderator Yes, sir. I’m not showing any other questions in queue.
S. Seomin Well, thank you very much. Everyone on the call, thank you for
your time. I want to remind everybody that Archer premiers next
Thursday, January 27 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific only on FX. This
season is 13 episodes. It runs on thirteen consecutive Thursday
evenings. Thank you to Adam. Thank you to Aisha.
A. Tyler Thank you.
S. Seomin If anybody on the call needs anything, I’m at 310-369-0938.
We’ll talk to all of you soon. Thank you for …
A. Tyler Thanks guys.
Moderator Thank you.
A. Reed Thank you very much. Aisha, I’ll see you in our session.
A. Tyler I’m so excited. Oh, I can’t wait. Hurry.
A. Reed It’s not going to be good.
A. Tyler No? Oh, it’s not going to be good?
A. Reed It’s a bad episode.
A. Tyler Oh, oh. Oh, no. Yes, I’ll see you in … minutes. Thanks, guys.
S. Seomin Thanks you, guys.
A. Reed Okay, thanks.
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