What, aside from the chance to work with your MY NAME IS EARL creator Greg Garcia attracted you to tonight’s guest spot on RAISING HOPE?
Jason Lee: Well certainly MEMPHIS BEAT has been a little bit more dramatic, so it was nice to kind of go from that, put a wig on and some make-up and just act kind of a mess. But really, It was just amazing to kind of just be done with MEMPHIS BEAT for a bit and reunite with [creator] Greg Garcia and a lot of the writers and crew members and just go and have fun and improvise and just kind of goof off. It was like kind of going back to camp and getting to play and have fun for a few days. That, and I get to make a complete ass of myself, and am actually quite proudly heavily disguised behind some pretty awesome makeup and hair. You could say its Jeff Bebe, my character from Almost Famous, in a very bizarre comedy world as seen through the eyes of somebody on acid, you might say.
What was it like working with one of the funniest ensembles on television?
They are all extremely talented. The thing that I can say the most is just how strange it was to go to a set that felt like I was on the set of EARL because so many of the crew members were the same, Greg Garcia was there everything, but it wasn’t my show. It was very strange. I’m looking around and I’m looking at the actors and it was their own well-oiled machine. It was sort of their own and to have a show that felt very much like EARL in that everybody got along. It was just good solid people, really talented actors. Everybody was very light hearted and genuinely just having a great time on set. It made me miss EARL a lot, and just really talented people and Lucas Neff, the main kid, it’s his first gig and he was very humbled by it. I just got a really good vibe. Greg surrounds himself with really good people, and I think, no pun intended, but I think RAISING HOPE has a lot of good karma.