Robert Allen "Rob" Riggle, Jr. is an American actor, comedian and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show from 2006 to 2008, as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2004–2005, and for his comedic roles in films such as The Hangover, The Other Guys, Let's Be Cops, Dumb & Dumber To, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and Step Brothers. He has also co-starred in the Adult Swim comedy-action series NTSF:SD:SUV::. In 2012, Riggle replaced Frank Caliendo for the comedy skit and prognostication portions of Fox NFL Sunday.
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It's Rob Riggle here to answer all of your questions for the next two hours or so. Also, I have a new movie opening this Friday. Maybe you've heard of it?
We can talk about that or anything else you guys have for me!
EDIT: Thanks for a fun couple of hours guys! It was a real pleasure answering your questions. Have a great November and go see Dumb and Dumber To!
Easy there Rob, I already called dibs on this one.
Hey man...she approached me....
Listen, you're doing great man, this is an awesome AMA. We're having a great time and everybody's having fun. You pulled it off, but if you don't change your face, I'm gonna change it for you.
Are we in international waters yet?!
Rob Riggle. You and I are going on a date. Where do you take me and what do we do?
Not 100% sure but probably.... Drinks, dinner, Hollywood party, then off to a cock fight or some other blood sport that involves high stakes gambling...then some more drinks and we'll call it a night!
What does Channing Tatum smell like? Asking for a friend.
He smells like winning and freshly cut grass in June, somewhere in the mountains near Aspen...
Fuck, marry, kill: Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson?
Marry Strahan, F Bradshaw and K Jimmy... No justifications
How did you celebrate Veteran's day?
I went to my daughter's school Veteran's Day assembly, then did press for "Dumb & Dumber To" then did @midnight on Comedy Central, then took my family out for dinner. I also reached out to many of my friends from the Marines and wished them well. Semper Fi everyone!
2 questions for you Mr. Riggle....1.) would you of sent Alex Gordon if you were the Royals 3rd base coach? 2.) Which one of the players on the Giants team has a punch able face? POWWWW
Sending Alex Gordon will be debated for years to come in KC....however, a couple thoughts... I would have loved to see Alex get the go-a-head and head for homeplate on that play...odds are he would have got picked off at home...but maybe, just maybe he gets in safe... however, if he was sent and did get nailed, people would have pouted and complained that we should have "never" sent him.... There's no way to know. 2) No punches for the Giants...they played a great series and had a great victory.
Are you friends with fellow Overland Park guys Paul Rudd and Jason Sudekis?
Yes! I'm friends with both Paul and Jason! In fact, we do a charity event every year back in KC called the "Big Slick!"
What was the transition from Marine to comedian like?
You kick ass. POW!
1) Thanks! 2) It wasn't hard, that's who I am... The work, grinding it out for years trying to catch a break and develop as an actor and comedian while all your friends and family quietly judge your choices and it feels like everyone around you is moving forward in their lives and you're not getting anywhere... that's the hard part... Pardon the run-on sentence, I'm trying to answer a lot of questions here, no time for proper grammar!
Have you ever done full frontal nudity? Would you be willing to do a Buffalo Bill in a movie?
Not yet! Keep looking for the right script...but alas it just hasn't appeared yet... I would probably do a "Buffalo Bill" (let's call it the "Tuck Dance") in a movie, but I'm afraid it would be TOO sexy!
In your opinion, who is the funniest actor or comedian that you have ever worked with?
That's truly tough to say... I love so many different comedians/actors that I've worked with... I can't say there is "a" favorite, but some of my favorites have been... Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr. and Channing TatYUM.
How did it feel getting shot in the dick?
You realize of course, that was a scene from a movie... It was make believe. That didn't really happen....
Hey Rob Riggle! Thank you so much for giving us this chance
What was it like working with the cast and crew of Dumb and Dumber To?
Do you have any off camera memories from SNL?
Thank you again for giving us this opportunity, on behalf of this AMA I'd like to commend you on your talents and wish you luck on your current and future projects
It was surreal working with "Harry" and "Lloyd" I remember my first day of shooting was just the three of us in a hearse rolling down the highway and I remember thinking "this is crazy! I can't believe I'm doing a scene with "Harry" & "Lloyd!" I just wanted to text all my friends.... It was a total honor to work with these guys and to be part of this movie!
Also, SNL... my second show ever was the show where Ashlee Simpson walked off the stage during her second song... I was standing right next to the stage and I couldn't believe what I was seeing... I was totally shocked. I remember saying to one of the writers who was standing next to me, "...does she know this is a live show?" and he could only muster a response of "Holy shit..." There's one memory....
McRob Sandwich! Do you hold in farts around your wife or do you let em rip? Seriously man.
I hold my farts....and I expect the same from others. It's the death of romance for couples.
What is the most interesting thing no one knows about you?
I love all music genres! ....but sometimes when I'm rolling down the highway, I will sing the shit out of some Avril Lavigne. What?!
Hey Rob! It looks like you guys had a ball filming "21 Jump street". Were Jonah and Channing great guys to work with? I need me some Doug McQuade.
Honestly.... it was a dream shoot! Jonah and Channing are both incredible guys. Jonah is so generous and funny....he's an amazing writer and producer...like one of the best I've ever worked with...and Channing is a total stud. He's funny, clever and almost as cut as me....
What's your best hangover cure?
Two bottles of water right away. Then a bloody-mary made with Loaded Vodka! It's called a "Re-Load"
This is in no way an endorsement of Loaded Vodka, which you can find more information about here...
Be sure to ask your local bartender for Loaded Vodka!
Your picks have been top notch this year, what's the secret? You like the Chiefs vs the Hawks this week?
Thank you blueschooler! No secret here, just straight up gut feeling calls and I ALWAYS pick the Chiefs.
Hey Rob. Louisville native here. When was the last time you were here to visit? What's your favorite thing to do here? (I just assume you still affiliate from here since you are from here.)
Holy moly!! It's my Cake Day!!
I was born in Louisville. I was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. I went back to Louisville to perform stand up at the "Lebowski Festival" and it went terribly wrong. It was the wrong venue for stand up, I was fairly new to stand up and the crowd didn't want stand up...they wanted the "Big Lebowski" film to start and I was in the way.... I went down to 4th street and had a several "pity" drinks and haven't been back since.
Hey Rob, two questions
1.) What event(s) occurred in flight school that made you decide to pursue a career in comedy?
2.) What actor/actress came across as extremely intimidating but turned out to be a cool dude/chick once you started working with them?
1) There was no "event" that occurred... I just knew that if I pinned on those wings, my future was determined and there wouldn't be any going back. I knew that I had to try comedy and acting... I had to give it a shot. I could live with not succeeding, but I couldn't live with not knowing what could have been.
2) Dermot Mulroney is an actor I have so much respect for... I've been a fan for years, I just love his style.... I got to work with him on "Big Miracle" and he was AWESOME!
What's up with the art behind you in your proof picture?
What? This is my African Art / Scary Masks room... Everybody has a room like this, right?
Loved your 30-minute standup on Comedy Central several years ago. Any chance of seeing more routines, or are you strictly doing movies now? I hate Cotton-Tops.
I loved doing stand up! I'm really more of an improviser though.... I haven't done stand up since I hosted the ESPY's, so it's been a couple years. I would love to build a new set and get back out there, but right now, I'm focused on acting. Thanks!
How do you feel about playing characters that can be jerks?
Well.... I've known some jerks in my life, so I'm aware of how they behave. I think, comedically speaking, playing a jerk is the most fun an actor can have. I would love to play a different type of character, however it's not that easy to find the opportunities...
Hey Rob, thank you for your service even if it was an O type in the Marines (GO ARMY). My question is about when you did the bit on Berkeley for the daily show. Did any of them know who you were? The one hippie that you interviewed had to know something right?
I don't think anyone in that segment knew I was a Marine. The gentlemen I did the sit down interview with knew we were doing some kind of "bit" (it was The Daily Show after all) but he didn't know I was a Marine...nor did he know what the "bit" was....
I played at the last Big Slick KC (sat next to Eric Stonestreet) & had a blast. Why did they switch to Bowling this year?
Unfortunately, the Missouri Gaming commission made it impossible for us to continue with a charity poker tournament. Therefore, we had to switch to bowling.