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The Michael Showalter Interview

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MS: No.

LB: Your shoes aren't J. Crew.

MS: No, they are Adidas. These are the Kareem Abdul Jabbars. Pretty dope, right? I have two pairs.

LB: Yes, they are very nice. Do you always wear Adidas?

MS: Yes. I have one, two, three, four, five, six pairs. Seven. I have seven pairs of Adidas. Those are just the ones I have right now.

LB: I have one pair, because theoretically I am joining the gym.

MS: [lighting a cigarette] There is nothing athletic about these. They are just comfortable. Just comfortable.

LB: They look comfortable.

MS: Big fan. Big fan.

LB: So is this what life is like on strike? Lots of time for coffee in the afternoon?

MS: Pretty much, yeah.

LB: Well, I'll try not to be happy about benefiting from it, then.

MS: Yeah, this is definitely what life is like on strike.

LB: How do you feel about all the talk shows and late-night shows coming back?

MS: In what sense? Am I against it?

LB: Yeah.

MS: No.

LB: Have you watched it at all?

MS: Yeah. I'm not a big watcher of those shows anyway. But all of the hosts of those shows have a responsibility to their network. To their audience. As well as to their writers. So I think they are making the most of a very difficult situation and I don't fault any of them for coming back and making jokes. I think that...I don't know. I can't really speak past that. I know there are the issues about Jay Leno writing his monologue, but I know the other hosts are writing jokes too.

LB: Yeah, I watched The Colbert Report.

MS: And they are calling "The" Daily Show "A" Daily Show now.

LB: Which I'm sure makes the writers feel better in some way.

MS: It does. I'm sure it does. They are writing jokes, but they have to.

LB: Are you allowed to write your own jokes? If it's in the line of your hosting duties?

MS: They aren't supposed to write. No one is supposed to write.

LB: So do you think it is all ad-libbed?

MS: No, I don't think it is ad-libbed. I think maybe...I don't know. But I watched the Jon Stewart show and he was making lots of jokes.

LB: And you don't think he's ad-libbing.

MS: Doubt it.

LB: You do a lot of ad-libbing in your shows.

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Mondo Extra
The Michael Showalter Interview

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Showalter Explains It All

MS: No, they are Adidas. These are the Kareem Abdul Jabbars. Pretty dope, right? I have two pairs.

LB: Yes, they are very nice. Do you always wear Adidas?

MS: Yes. I have one, two, three, four, five, six pairs. Seven. I have seven pairs of Adidas. Those are just the ones I have right now.

LB: I have one pair, because theoretically I am joining the gym.

MS: [lighting a cigarette] There is nothing athletic about these. They are just comfortable. Just comfortable.

LB: They look comfortable.

MS: Big fan. Big fan.

LB: So is this what life is like on strike? Lots of time for coffee in the afternoon?

MS: Pretty much, yeah.

LB: Well, I'll try not to be happy about benefiting from it, then.

MS: Yeah, this is definitely what life is like on strike.

LB: How do you feel about all the talk shows and late-night shows coming back?

MS: In what sense? Am I against it?

LB: Yeah.

MS: No.

LB: Have you watched it at all?

MS: Yeah. I'm not a big watcher of those shows anyway. But all of the hosts of those shows have a responsibility to their network. To their audience. As well as to their writers. So I think they are making the most of a very difficult situation and I don't fault any of them for coming back and making jokes. I think that...I don't know. I can't really speak past that. I know there are the issues about Jay Leno writing his monologue, but I know the other hosts are writing jokes too.

LB: Yeah, I watched The Colbert Report.

MS: And they are calling "The" Daily Show "A" Daily Show now.

LB: Which I'm sure makes the writers feel better in some way.

MS: It does. I'm sure it does. They are writing jokes, but they have to.

LB: Are you allowed to write your own jokes? If it's in the line of your hosting duties?

MS: They aren't supposed to write. No one is supposed to write.

LB: So do you think it is all ad-libbed?

MS: No, I don't think it is ad-libbed. I think maybe...I don't know. But I watched the Jon Stewart show and he was making lots of jokes.

LB: And you don't think he's ad-libbing.

MS: Doubt it.

LB: You do a lot of ad-libbing in your shows.

MS: He had jokes with photos.

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