Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions with COMMUNITY stars Donald Glover and Danny Pudi

If for no other reason that we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to remind you that COMMUNITY — also known as the best show you’re still not watching — airs tonight at 8PM on NBC (CityTV in Canada), we thought now might be as good a time as any to share with you some snappy answers to stupid questions courtesy of the dynamic duo that is Donald Glover (Troy) and Danny Pudi (Abed).

Is there any feeling of accomplishment knowing COMMUNITY has survived for three whole seasons?
Danny Pudi: We still are kind of an under-the-radar show. I fee like my friends watch our show, my parents watch our show and critics like it, so it’s hard to feel like we’ve kind of broken free. We’re still kinda subversive kind a thing like, “Really it’s been out for two years already?” Which I love because going into this third season we’ve already done 49 episodes and I feel like we’ve really gone to some crazy places. We all know each other now, we all bounce of each other chemistry wise. We all fear Chevy Chase/Love him! Actually I don’t really fear him. What’s funny about working with him is that I can definitely say I’m in a select group of people that have worked with Chevy Chase for two years. How many people can say they’ve worked for Chevy Chase for 2 and a half years.
Donald Glover:: No one! He left SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE after a year.
Danny Pudi: And Beverly D’angelo is missing!
Donald Glover:: We’re the only ones.

Since COMMUNITY hasn’t become as mainstream as we’d like to believe, what can you tell fans — actually make that non-fans — to possibly entice them to tune into an episode this season?
Danny Pudi: Panty Raids!
Donald Glover:: You want to hear some fake guest stars? Joshua Jackson, Ben Weber, Donatello from the Ninja Turtles, Luigi, not Mario.
Danny Pudi: The Mona Lisa Painting.
Donald Glover:: Just the painting, Debra Messing.
Danny Pudi: Iqbal Theba, as his character from GLEE, not as my dad!
Donald Glover:: Prince, the re-animated corpse of Michael Jackson… what, too soon?
Danny Pudi: Moon rocks.
Donald Glover:: Bobby Brown. Did I already say Joshua Jackson?

What was your first reaction upon learning John Goodman was joining the show?
Donald Glover:: Well, okay. Someone established like me!
Danny Pudi: I want to be there when Chevy meets him.
Donald Glover:: Also the Big Lebowski, ROSEANNE, every time he’s on SNL, so good.
Danny Pudi: He’s just a beast of an actor. So intense, so strong, it’s going to be a fun dynamic to bounce off of.

Do you have a favorite supporting character on the show?
Danny Pudi: Anytime Starburns is on screen it makes me laugh.
Donald Glover:: Fat Neal is really funny.
Danny Pudi: Dean Pelton is a series regular now and that’s great for us. I feel like he’s sort of a secret weapon on our show.
Donald Glover:: He’s so funny.

GLEE recently made headlines by discussing which students may-or-may-not be graduating. Do you fear for your livelihood knowing that creator Dan Harmon can graduate your characters at any time!
Danny Pudi: No!
Donald Glover:: No, Dan [COMMUNITY creator Dan Harmon] already talked about the fact that we would graduate and it would still be the same. The good thing about this show now is that I think it lives beyond the Greendale walls. The third episode takes place at our house.
Danny Pudi: The writers are very aware of our audience.
Donald Glover:: The audience is super smart, they’re not going to reject the show because it doesn’t take place in study hall, they just want to hang out with the characters.
Danny Pudi: I trust the writers will figure it out because they’re awesome.

COMMUNITY airs Thursdays at 8PM on NBC (CityTV in Canada) and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash. Catch up on past episodes you may have missed for free online at

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  • Anonymous

    As a devoted Community fan, I’m ready to call time of death on it.  Last season was one of the funniest seasons any show has ever had.  This year is painful to watch.  I don’t know what changed behind the scenes, but it all falls flat.
    And the less the Chang, the better.

  • While I’m not quite ready to call COMMUNITY’s time of death, I will agree that something has been a bit off about this season. Aside from being in total agreement in terms of the less Chang the better, Thursday’s episode felt almost like a repeat with the gang once again arguing about the pecking order of the group.

  • i can’t believe the talent this guy has! writer for shows such as funny as hell and 30 rock… star actor in the hit show Community, and now a media-propelled hip hop artist! The amazing thing is that he is so incredibly talented in each field. Check out his rap project: Childish Gambino… believe me you will be blown away! Then get psyched… cause his full length comes out in just a month!