MONDO EXTRAS

Solo Talk With a Family Man

by Angel Cohn May 5, 2010
The Ty Burrell Interview

TWoP: With your leis and your luggage.
Burrell: Right, exactly, and just describe it to people. So far, on the show, if we say we're going to a basketball game or to Manny's fencing -- we go to an NBA game, even, in this season, which we went to the actual NBA game -- that was a big factor. Actually, it ended up being a big factor, because they hadn't written the Hawaiian episode when they wrote the airport episode. And after the airport episode, basically the writing staff was like, "You know what, people are going to wonder about this trip and why we're not on this trip." It's not like an old-fashioned show that way. But it's basically just another episode that happens to take place in a hotel in Hawaii.

TWoP: Are you surfing at all in the episode?
Burrell: No. I'm not in the water.

TWoP: Hmm, for some reason I just pictured you and Luke surfing together.
Burrell: Oh, that would've been good! We gotta go back!

TWoP: The Top Chef: Masters came to cook for your show. How was that? Are you a foodie?
Burrell: You know, I used to think I was a foodie, and then my wife went to culinary school and basically explained to me that I was just a guy that likes to eat. I really don't know as much about food as I thought, but I really enjoyed doing that. It was an incredible meal they made for us and the entire crew-- the dinner was for two hundred. It was just incredible, the food was wonderful, and everybody was just really great. It was fun.

TWoP: Anything else you can tease about the rest of the season? Have you finished filming yet?
Burrell: We have finished. In an upcoming episode, we go to an NBA game and, as usual, Phil is a bull in a china closet. I won't give much more away than that. But it was an incredible experience out at the Staples Center in L.A.

TWoP: Is the end a big cliffhanger?
Burrell: No, luckily. I'm really glad that we're not that kind of a show; there are no pesky, narrative through-lines. It's just the joy of simpleness week to week. I would hate that burden of having to take it too literally.

TWoP: So you've had some great guest stars on the show already. Is there any dream person you'd love to have come on?
Burrell: I'm a huge Steve Martin worshiper. If that could ever work out, my mind would be blown. He doesn't really do that sort of thing, so I can't imagine it would ever happen, but that would be great.

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