Snappy Answers to Silly Questions with RAISING HOPE Star Lucas Neff

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If for no other reason than to remind you that — despite tonight’s second Presidential debate — RAISING HOPE is airing a new episode on FOX at 8PM (CityTV in Canada), proudly presents some Snappy Answers to Silly Questions with series star Lucas Neff.

Last May’s finale that saw Jimmy’s baby momma Lucy attempt to do in Sabrina Dexter Morgan style was one of the funniest and craziest things I’ve ever seen a comedy attempt to pull off.
Lucas Neff: [Laughs] This is accurate and I’m not refuting any of it. Greg [RAISING HOPE creator Greg Garcia] likes to take chances [Editor's Note: No Pun intended!] and kind of has a dark sense of humor sometimes [Editor’s Note: Sometimes?]. One of the things that’s great about him is that he’s ready to go places that maybe not everybody would be willing to go as a sitcom creator.

Do you really think we’ve seen the last of Lucy.
I’m in a cloud of unknowingness! Sh*t man, I don’t know if she’s dead, let’s be real, this is television and anyone can come back. I mean how many Halloweens have they made? How many “Jasons” are there? She could be clawing her way out of a storm drain right now.

Wouldn’t it be great if she came back every season finale, but with fewer and fewer appendages?
Yes! By the end of season six she’s just a real funny torso! [Editor's Note: We're all for RAISING HOPE: THE ZOMBIE SEASON if it helps improve the show's ratings!]

On a happier note, it would appear that Jimmy and Sabrina have taken some fairly momentous steps forward lately, anything fun you can tease?
Without spoiling anything, I think we have some real interesting turns in the road for Jimmy and Sabrina this season and I’ll be excited to see what people think. I was really happy they got together last year and it will be fun to see what kind of mess they can get into a couple this season.

How do you think Sabrina is going to deal with being somewhat of a surrogate mother to baby Hope?
She seems to be more sane and grounded than the Chance family…

… Although she does have a bit of a crazy side to her.
Come to think of it, you’re right. She’s a lunatic and can’t be trusted!

Well, she voluntarily works out a grocery store and rejects her father’s money.
She’s all out of whack, but this family’s slightly out of whack so maybe she’ll fit right in. It will be interesting because now that the babies [who play Hope] are turning into humans, they talk. They do everything humans do except work. Wait, they actually do work, they pay taxes, they just don’t vote! [Editor’s Note: You can follow Baylie & Rylie on Twitter!]

Putting on your writer’s cap for a moment, is there anything you’d like to see Jimmy experience this season?
I don’t know. I’d love to meet more famous comedians that I’ve admired for years, but I guess that’s sort of a Lucas Neff actor thing and not a Jimmy Chance thing. So just funny stuff I suppose. I’d like to get funny things to do, that’s also a Lucas Neff thing I guess. But for Jimmy I hope things go terribly wrong, I think that will be better for the show.

It’s strange that as a fan of the show I’m rooting for the Hope family to do well, yet a family doing well doesn’t usually make for good television.
No, if things work out we don’t have a show. Look at ROSEANNE. Anytime a family does well, it’s the death of comedy. So hopefully, we’ll keep our fingers crossed that real spectacularly tragic things befall the Chances this year.

This year is your third season on the show, is it still as exciting as when you started?
More so! I get to relax and have more fun every year, every episode, I keep learning stuff. It helps that I really like my castmates and this job pays me more than it should. Actually, strike that, I want Fox to pay more money, they don’t need to think that I’m over compensated. Seriously, this is a great job and I sure as heck don’t want to go back to my old one.

Which was?
Menial labor, busboy, doorman, I cleaned a house the week before I auditioned for RAISING HOPE. Scrubbed a couple of toilets. I really don’t want to go back to that!

New episodes of RAISING HOPE air Tuesdays at 8PM on FOX (CityTV in Canada) and stars Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward and Cloris Leachman. Catch up on past episodes you may have missed for free online at

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