Chris Jericho On If He Watches The Current WWE Product, Which Stars He Likes, His Web Series, More
Source: The Rack
How is his show different from other web series: "Well, it's about me, let's be honest. (Laughter) Yeah, I think one of the things we really worked out and focused on was what you said earlier and that was each show is 8 minutes, 7 minutes long and we did that on purpose because you really have to focus when you're doing a show like that, with a shorter amount of time and it's almost like being in a jazz trio: everybody has to be good, every line has to make sense; there can't be any filler. There can't be any 'oh well the first ten minutes were great and the last 10 minutes were great but the rest is just taking up time between commercials; we couldn't do that. Everything had to be meticulously well written and all the characters had to be good. So, it made a better show for us with those clarifications on us for having a shorter timeframe."
"When you're doing a comedy, you have to have no inhibitions and have no second thoughts about going all the way. And that's always something that I take great pride in; and that's I don't have any problem taking the piss out of myself. I'm my own easiest target, so when I can go in there and wear a French maid's outfit or wrestle with a naked man or you'll see in some of the more ridiculous stuff that I do as the series progresses. That's the fun part of it because I think that a lot of times that because I worked in wrestling for so long that people have this misconception that I'm just having to play mr. macho all the time and that's not what I've really ever felt comfortable playing. I like this, I like being kind of the butt of the jokes, I like doing things like putting on the French maid's outfit and posting it on Twitter; where people are like 'What the hell are you doing? Why would you do that?' And then, when you watch the show, you realize why I'm doing it; it's pretty funny circumstances as to why. So that's another reason why I really enjoyed doing the show, is because it's so outlandish in a lot of ways, it's broad comedy and we have all sides of the coin, of the comedy spectrum involved in 'But I'm Chris Jericho' and it's on purpose, you know? We wrote it that way."
What part he'd love to possibly tackle in the future: "I don't know; it's funny because I've done a lot of work in Hollywood over the years but never really got, kind of, the part that I really fell like I could gel, like a comedic part or something. So, you know the saying, 'When you don't get invited to the party, start your own party and that's why 'But I'm Chris Jericho' is the perfect outlet for me, because this is what I do best. And now I have the perfect calling card, to say 'Here I am! Here's my thing!' If you think Chris Jericho can do comedy, well, there's the perfect example of it.
"And the fact that it's loosely based on my own life made it that much more fun to do and if you saw the episode 'Pirates', that came out last week; that is a legitimate, honest-to-God, true story. 85% of that episode is exactly true and really happened to me about 6 years ago where I was doing this very serious audition for one of those Lifetime movies of the week, like 'Jenny, Your Mother is Dying' starring Mary Tyler Moore and I was doing this very serious read and next door they were auditioning pirates for a pirate movie and it just went completely ridiculous because all I could hear when I was delivering all these sad, heart-wrenching lines was pirates going 'Arrrr! Walk the plank matey!' and it was just like 'What are you guys doing?!Visit WrestlingInc. Can you not hear these pirate noises coming from the next room?' and the casting director was mad at me and was saying 'You're blowing this audition! You've got to pay attention and drop in' and I said 'I can't drop in when there are pirates next door!' And so I thought this was one on the worst experiences ever but, man, is that ever going to make a funny episode of a TV show one day, and seven years, we got it and we did it."
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