Over his acting career, Ted Danson learned somewhere along the line to “make sure you find the most creative people in the room and then ask nicely if you can be part of what they’re doing.”
In joining NBC’s “Mr. Mayor,” that room included Tina Fey.
As part of NBCUniversal’s Virtual FYC House, Fey interviewed Danson about their “Mr. Mayor” collaboration, his work on “Cheers” and making comedy in this day and age, which included Fey inquiring about why he wanted to do NBC’s newest sitcom.
“You are my boss and I am a sycophant at heart, but that is also the truth,” Danson said, “I wanted to know what it was like to be in you and Robert [Carlock’s] brain. I wanted to know what your comedy felt like to do.”
“You know, the kid in me that grew up watching ‘Cheers,’ that you just said, ‘I’m your boss,’ is preposterous,” Fey added.
Fey even incorporated a major lesson she learned from her “‘Cheers’ upbringing.” Even in a show about modern era big city government, it was essential to create an ensemble of characters that people want to spend time with.Continue Reading….