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You should be watching "The Odd Couple" because it's awesome.
In honor of tonight's triumphant all-new episode of "The Odd Couple," only on CBS at 8:30 PM (right after the Big Bang Theory), we are here at your disposal to answer your questions for as long as we can.
And neither of us are wearing pants.
Matthew had to sign off. Hope you all enjoy a hilarious episode of The Odd Couple tonight. It's one of my favorites.
Thank you very much reddit, you were great!
Thomas who do you think is being funnier on this AMA, you or me?
Seems like you, but I'M TYPING FASTER!!!! HOLY CRAP CAN FELIX TYPE FAST. And not just in ALL CAPS. I can type fast in any format. Even numbers. 12345. AND YES, I AM ACTUALLY TYPING ALL OF THIS. It's how I wrote so many shitty movies!
Thomas who's your favorite Odd Couple cast member? No pressure.
It's a tie between Matthew Perry, and Matthew Perry's stand-in ALEX. Who is an awesome bro.
If you could have a sequel to Friends, what would it be like?
Obviously it's FRIENDS 2: THE LEGEND OF CHANDLER'S GOLD.
Any chance for a Reno 911renunion special?
Recently there have been new offers to do this. At some point, it will definitley happen, in a limited run.
monica, pheobe, and joey. who would you fuck, marry, and kill?
Fuck, Fuck, Fuck. I know those aren't the rules, but those are the facts.
Thomas Lennon, who was your favorite person to go against on @Midnight and why?
Paul F. Tompkins. Stone cold genius.
Thomas as Batman's doctor maybe you can answer this, who has more money: Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne?
Just ran the numbers and it SEEMS like Stark. But only because I looked up both of their mansions, and Tony's seems to cost way more than stately Wayne Manor. Also Alfred gets paid less than Pepper. But I'm just going off of tax returns.
My question is for Mr. Lennon (sorry Mr. Perry, no hard feelings.)
My friend went to high school with you. I won't say his full name, but his last name is Gerber in case that rings a bell. He said his impression, from afar, is that you did a lot of theatre and the ladies loved you. How accurate is this?
Super accurate. I did a ton of plays. And I found out sophomore year that you could take DANCE instead of regular P.E. So I was the only male in a class of a dozen young women who were amazing dancers. It was a good ratio. If you're looking to meet ladies with issues -- stick to the drama and dance departments!! :)
I still don't know whether Thomas Lennon is acting like Felix or is exactly Felix, but Felix drives Oscar crazy and Thomas does not drive me crazy.
Typo: Matthew meant to say I don't drive him THAT crazy.
Mr. Perry, big fan - I'm currently re-watching the second season of Friends and love Chandler to death - he's the sarcastic brother I never had!
Mr. Lennon, 2 questions:
First - Love Reno 911: mustache, or no mustache?
Second - @Midnight, I always get a huge laugh when you're on. My question: I tried about a month ago to get in touch with Chris Hardwick via the Nerdist website but unfortunately came up short. Would you be able to do me a huge favor and see if he'd be interested in doing me the honor of helping asking my girlfriend to marry me when he comes to Milwaukee on May 8th?? We're a nerd-couple forever and I'd kick myself if I didn't take advantage of this opportunity to speak with someone who knows him directly. Even if it's a polite "Hell no!" I know I've tried and that's all I can do :)
Anyway, thank you and I hope you both have a great run with The Odd Couple!
First- people treat me quite well when I have the moustache.
Second- I can ask, but I can't promise anything. But I can ask, yes.
He also said you would smoke cigarettes between classes and that added to your James Dean appeal.
This is very accurate. Don't smoke. It's almost impossible to quit.
Do you guys have $240 worth of pudding?
In today's dollars, it's like 790 dollars. Aw yeah. Don't worry your pretty little head about it. shhhhhhh.
My own private parts.
I've seen them at lunch together. This is true.
I agree! Any chance we'll hear you on the Comedy Bang Bang Podcast in the future?
I just filmed the Comedy Bang Bang tv show, an episode that's all done in 4 shots. Like Birdman.
Thomas, who owns the home video rights to Viva Variety, and why hasn't it gotten a DVD release like The State or Reno 911?
I think it has to do with all the amazing music we had on the show. It's the same thing that kept THE STATE off of DVD for years. I would love for it to come out. I have all the episodes. If they don't release it at some point, I just sell the DVD's at a Comic Con booth.
I did create a show, it's called The Odd Couple. Well, I developed it.
I'd create The State, Viva Variety, and Reno 911. But they'd probably all just get cancelled anyway. :(
Wooo! Love when comedy geniuses share work together. Such a great time for comedy! Thank you Mr. Lennon.
My pleasure. (Which is what you say when you work at a fancy restaurant instead of "you're welcome.")
Matthew, was Chandler's distinct way of saying words like be and not your own inflection?
Tom: you called Billy Crystal a dick in your book, how was he a dick to you?
He actually wasn't a dick to me. But he made fun of my writing partner's accent, and his tie. The tie was a gift from his dead grandfather, and the accent is his Tennessee accent. So, I had no issue, but it did not go well.
Matthew, how did you keep your composure around somebody as mind-bogglingly handsome as David Schwimmer?
Just saying, I feel like Schwimmer is a solid 7 to my 9, so... obviously Matty can keep his act together around TOTAL DREAMBOATS.
Does your relationship on The Odd Couple at all reflect your relationship in real life?
It's basically identical. I lint roll him, he glares at me. Biggest difference is we have the same car.
Can I get a hi?
Sorry, I would love to have time to send a "hi." But these reddits are TIME CONSUMING, so it's best to keep answers short and sweet, and if I wrote a "hi" all the time, it would become a mobius of saying "hi." That said, I can send a GOOD EVENING! or a GUTEN ABEND! OR A BUONA SERA! But apologies if I can't send a "hi." I'm afraid there's just not enough hours in the day. Oh, how I wish there were.
What does your typical breakfast consist of?
Tom here. I eat a whole mess of egg whites and a pile of beans. It's called "slow carbs." And it's boring as hell.
To whoever wants to answer:
1)Favourite line from 'The Odd Couple' movie?
2)If you woke tomorrow and found you were now Bruce Willis, what's the first thing you would do?
If I woke up and found out I was Bruce Willis, the first thing I would do is probably whatever model he is dating.
We got along right away, we also get together every week to watch the show, it's kind of disgusting it would make you throw up.
What almost makes us throw up is the amount of Chin Chin and donuts we consume at these get togethers.
Has the power ever gone out while you were taking a shower?
Yes. Also I had to give the heimlich manouvre to a massuesse. Yes, so many typos, but I gave a nude heimlich to a Canadian lady.
Since we're both enjoying this exchange can i ask if there is a good amount of improv between the Odd Couple cast? I'm sure your writers are great but I can only imagine some fun things are said when you and Matthew get together.
The writing staff is LEGENDARY, so... we improvise a bit, but the scripts are usually crazy good.
Mr. Lennon, how much of Night at the Museum did you write? Also, what is it like knowing that Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson are your sisters in some fictional universe?
All of the first movie. About 60% of the 2nd movie. Zero of the third movie. I get fired off those movies A LOT. And yes, those are some hot sisters to have.
Matthew, did you ever hire that topless maid service that drives around in LA?
Tom here. It's awkward because I moonlight for that service. And yes, he has. And then he wanted to "act like we had never met" because it was ruining it for him. But I did an AMAZING job cleaning.
Do you have any funny story from Friends you haven't told anyone yet?
Yes. I got to have Matt LeBlanc show me his brand new, pimped out JAGUAR at the time. It was bad ass.
Are you the guy from Reno 911?
If you mean the guy in the shorts, yes. If you mean the tall black guy, no.
Mr. Lennon, I grew up watching you and your crew on The State, Viva Variety, and Reno (all funny). Was there a character you would have enjoyed creating that you didn't get a chance to?
Mr. Perry, I apologize I was not a fan of friends, though the "Yards" movies had some great moments.
I wrote a State sketch called "The Little Gnome who Punches People in the Nuts." I would have liked to have done it, but the group nixed it. Probably for good reason.
Thanks for doing this AMA, Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. I love watching your new show, and look forward to a new episode tonight!
My question to Matthew: What was your favorite moment on Friends?
And, my question to Thomas: What was your favorite moment on How I Met Your Mother?
Being naked with the ferret and Ashley Williams was a pretty fun day at work. A lot of people work in coal mines every day.
Thomas, other than The Odd Couple do you have a favorite show that is currently on tv?
Thomas, what will be Monster Trucks about? And how did you enjoy the voice-acting?
It's actually a live action movie. With monsters. But I am the voice of the shipboard computer in Hitchhiker's Guide
If you could go back with all you know now and tell your 18 year old self one thing, what would it be?
also, what are your favourite Beatles songs?
Quit Smoking. And Across the Universe.
Favorite pizza topping?
Spinach pizza at Tomasso's in San Francisco. Very specifically.
Wheres your favorite place to eat?
Entrecote, Paris. Try the fries. And the steak. Which are the only two things they make.
Thomas, was it irony or foreshadowing that on How I Met Your Mother, your character, Klaus was watching the Odd Couple?
He was watching "STRANGE COMPATRIOTS!"
One is neat... one is very, very neat!!!
For Thomas and Matthew; which television show(s) would you love to guest star on??
Tom: Portlandia. Silicon Valley. Real Sex.
Hey! Thomas Lennon, have there ever been talks about a televised Viva Variety reunion? What about The State?
We did a Viva Variety reunion in San Francisco a few years back. Robin Williams was there, and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. Also my son got to meet Robin, which I just reminded him today. I would love to do one. Nobody remembers that show except for geniuses.
I'm bored and have no dinner plans tonight. What should I do?
Start a JUG BAND, motherfucker! Everything you need is at the Home Depot. JUG. BAND! Go...
Hi Mr. Perry. I have two questions of equal importance.
What is your favorite sandwich? Do you like to pee in the shower?
It's odd Matthew is avoiding this question, because I made him my famous "Golden Shower" sandwich recently, which is golden onion rings, wasabe peas, single origin ham, and a gentle shower of Parrano cheese.
My question is for the Perr tree. What are the odds of The Whole Eleven Yards happening?
Somebody once gave me a Partridge in a Perr tree, and then a bunch of golden rings. Then we broke up.
How do you feel you are doing with the show as compared to Walter and Jack?
I feel like we're bringing a lot of ourselves, and a lot of new aspects to the classic characters. I wouldn't have done it otherwise.
How long do you both hope that the show continues for?
365 episodes. Enough that in the future you can watch one every day for a year. Except leap years.
Who are main writers for The Odd Couple?
Bob Daly. Emily Cutler. Dan O'Shannon. Tucker Cawley
Hi Thomas. I loved your role on How I Met Your Mother, how was it like working with the crew on that show?
I was naked for a long time on it so, kind of fun?