Another year, another celebrating of the small screen's most outrageous TV ads. Tonight at 9 pm/ET, TBS welcomes back Saturday Night Live alum turned Weeds star Kevin Nealon as host of the newest Funniest Commercials of the Year special. TVGuide.com spoke with Nealon about his annual "ad-ulation" gig, as well as his dream casting wish for Weeds. (Hint: She has 42-inch legs.)
TVGuide.com: If I recall, you appeared to be freezing your butt off taping your Funniest Commercials segment in Times Square last year.
Kevin Nealon: Yeah, it's always freezing in New York City when we do this, and this year was no different. And this time, we were also on the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, which is an open observation deck, so it was really windy and cold. But I had, like, double layers of long underwear on, and a hat and a scarf, so it wasn't too bad.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any favorites among this year's new batch of ads? [Some can be previewed at VeryFunnyAds.com.]
Nealon: I have several that I like. One of them is for Smirnoff, where all these WASPy guys are having a tea "par-tay," rapping and doing the hip-hop thing. And then there's the one for Yahoo, where the little pet dog comes running out of the grave....
TVGuide.com: I like the one where the school girl shows up at her own vigil.
Nealon: Yeah, that's a good one. I also like the shark-cage one, where the guy's spear gun misfires and it hits the boat above him, and the boat sinks — along with the shark cage.
TVGuide.com: Was doing commercial parodies one of your favorite parts of your SNL days?
Nealon: It was fun seeing them, but it was kind of a drag shooting them, because you were gone for the whole day and you didn't really have a chance to work on sketches for the show. The director shot them like a real commercial, so lighting was very important, they were done out of town.... It was a lot of waiting around.
TVGuide.com: Do you have a viewpoint on the digital-shorts rage going on these days at SNL?
Nealon: I haven't really seen any of them.....
TVGuide.com: What about YouTube? Do you ever surf around there?
Nealon: I like YouTube, it's really entertaining. A lot of it is crappy stuff, but there are a couple diamonds in the rough there.
TVGuide.com: Congratulations on Weeds' four Golden Globe nominations.
Nealon: Thank you!
TVGuide.com: Did you, as I did, sense that the early part of this past season was ramping up to Doug-Celia coitus?
Nealon: [Laughs] I had no idea, because they were arch enemies, after all. I think it was a nice surprise for a lot of people.
TVGuide.com: Doug, though, can't seem to shake Dana, that strip aerobics-obsessed wife of his, can he?
Nealon: I know! He's a nice guy, but he's a weak man, kind of a wimp at heart. When he has to choose between doing the right thing and the thing he wants to do, typically he chooses what he wants to do.
TVGuide.com: Then again, with Dana being strip aerobics-obsessed, who could blame him?
Nealon: That's true, that's true.... But he's not getting any from her.
TVGuide.com: Do you think that in Season 3, we might finally see Dana? Do you have any dream casting?
Nealon: Let's see.... You know what, I think that girl from Dancing with the Stars, from Season 2... what was her name?
TVGuide.com: Stacy Keibler?
Nealon: Yeah. Yeah, she would be good. In fact, I might have to throw her name in the hat.
TVGuide.com: Let's do it! Let's lobby for it together.
Nealon: I can't think of anyone else, can you?
TVGuide.com: No, that's a good call there. What was your favorite episode of the past season? Was it the marijuana convention, the comical romps with Elizabeth Perkins....?
Nealon: I did love the romps with Elizabeth, but I think the Mohasky Cup was the most amusing episode for me.
TVGuide.com: In blogging about Weeds, I did some research and confirmed that the Mohasky Cup is real, though it goes by a different name.
Nealon: There's also marijuana medical stores [as featured in Season 1], too. We went to a real one on Sunset Boulevard. It's just amazing, how it's set up like a little store.
TVGuide.com: What's the bullet on that? You're playing a late-night talk-show host?
Nealon: Yeah, and I'm losing ratings, so in an attempt to make ends meet, I start booking these novelty acts like the Mini Kiss [a little-peopled version of the rock band]. But the ratings go further south, so the young network guy pulls the plug on the show and I fake my own death. I then reemerge, like, three months later to get my show back.
TVGuide.com: Who commands your late-night TV viewership?
Nealon: You know what? I'm kind of a fair-weather viewer. It depends on which guest is on which show. But I do like Conan a lot, and Kimmel, Ferguson....
TVGuide.com: Do you get into the "fake news" thing at all, with Colbert or Jon Stewart?
Nealon: Believe it or not, I just don't tend to watch a lot of that. I TiVo'd it for a while, because I wanted to, but I run out of time, and TiVo starts deleting it on me!
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