Daily Show Vet Gets Animated
, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
, follows in the footsteps of such comedic peers as Conan O'Brien
and Saturday Night Live
's Amy Poehler
when he lends his voice to The N's O'Grady
(Fridays at 9:30 pm/ET) this week. Here's what he had to tell us about his animated gig, advising Jon Stewart
on the Oscars and more.
TVGuide.com: On O'Grady, who or what are you voicing? A news reporter, perhaps?
Rob Corddry: No, actually it's a real departure. I'm sort of a con man working for a Habitat for Humanity-type of place.
TVGuide.com: What's the con? Is he stealing lumber?
Corddry: He's stealing lumber, basically, smuggling it in his a--. No, not true. Not true.
TVGuide.com: Now, this isn't your first time at voice work, right?
Corddry: I did a couple of episodes of American Dad, and I did this little interstitial thing for a show called Sunday Pants, where Ed Helms (The Daily Show) and I played an angel and a devil. I was also the voice of Bambi — not a lot of people know that.
TVGuide.com: You were The Daily Show's "vice-presidential firearms mishaps expert" when Dick Cheney shot his hunting buddy, Harry Whittington. When something like that happens, do you get goose bumps?
Corddry: [Laughs] It would have been a lot better, a lot funnier, if he had died. I was sitting in my office with my fingers crossed.
TVGuide.com: Is The Daily Show now just a big fat ol' queue for "the next Steve Carell"?
Corddry: That's what you people are saying. So keep saying that!
TVGuide.com: Tell me about your sitcom pilot, Becoming Glen.
Corddry: I am Glen. I am Glen. Glen, who's about 45, looks back on when he was a 32-year-old slacker.
TVGuide.com: But will "young Glen" still be you in, like, pancake makeup and a wig?
Corddry: It would be just narration, so it's either me or Morgan Freeman. Julie Hagerty is playing my mom, which is terrifying. Who didn't watch Airplane! and say, "I want her to play my mom someday"?
TVGuide.com: I just stumbled across Airplane! the other day and TiVo'd it.
Corddry: It's on all the time and when you find it, it takes your breath away. "What a lucky, lucky day!" Such a great movie.
TVGuide.com: Becoming Glen sounds How I Met Your Mother-esque.
TVGuide.com: You've never seen it. Bob Saget is so going to give you a beat-down now.
Corddry: I haven't seen it. And usually I'm a fan of Bob Saget's work! He's one of the funniest stand-ups working.
TVGuide.com: You were in Old School... but had no lines.
Corddry: I hosted a stand-up show in Telluride last week, and I introduced Eddie Pepitone, who played Archer in that movie. He had one line — "You already work at Red Lobster!" — so I introduced him as "the guy that actually had a line in Old School." To be fair, they didn't tell me it was a talkie.
TVGuide.com: What can you tell me about the film The Pleasure of Your Company?
Corddry: I just finished shooting it. It's Michael Ian Black's writing and directing debut, and it is hilarious. Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher play complete strangers who decide to get married. I play a cop running away from himself. No, make that "a cop on the run... from himself." My little brother actually took over for the guy who took over for Jason when [Broadway's] The Graduate started to tour, so Jason is like my Graduate-in-law once removed.
TVGuide.com: You cofounded the comedy troupe Naked Babies. Is it true there really is no bad name for an improv group?
Corddry: [Laughs] If you have "improv" in it somewhere, it's a bad name. Or if you have "nuts" in it. Like, "Improv Nuts" is the epitome of a bad sketch-group name.
TVGuide.com: What advice did you have for Jon Stewart before his Oscars gig?
Corddry: When I first heard he'd be hosting, I went to his office and held him while he cried. And we have a ritual every day where I brush his hair, and as I was doing that, I was just giving him pointers. Like, "If you can, introduce Uma to Oprah. And if you can't do that, try to be either Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg, because no one else can do that job!"