SideReel recently got to join in a Q&A with the hysterical Aisha Tyler and show creator, Adam Reed for the edgy, brand-spankin' new animated comedy premiering on FX Thursday, 1/14 at 10/9c!
Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy set at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), a spy agency where espionage and global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as suave master spy "Sterling Archer," whose less-than-masculine code name is "Duchess," Jessica Walter as his domineering mother and boss, "Malory Archer;" Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend and current co-worker, "Agent Lana Kane;" George Coe as his aging-but-loyal butler, "Woodhouse;" Chris Parnell as ISIS comptroller and Lana's new love interest, "Cyril Figgis;" Judy Greer as Malory's lovesick secretary, "Cheryl;" and Amber Nash as "Pam," the director of human resources for ISIS.
We got a sneak peek at the series as well, and I can certainly say that this is like nothing you've seen before. While animated shows like Family Guy try to be super-edgy with their over-the-top plots and agenda-pushing jokes, Archer is all about characters more isolated in this spy world of theirs and how hilarious it would be (and is for these animated characters) if spies weren't cool, clever guys, but, pardon my french, douche-bag mama's boys who think they're as suave as James Bond. And, speaking of mama's boys, this particular one, Archer's, boss is in fact his mother. And, on top of that, he works alongside his awesome, very bitingly sarcastic, super hot ex-girlfriend, as mentioned in the summary, Lana Kane, played by the hilariously funny and sarcastic Aisha Tyler.
So, show creator Adam Reed and Aisha Tyler chatted with us and other bloggers about what we can look forward to in this new original comedy. Here's what they had to say:
SideReel: Adam, in the show's promotional material, it was mentioned that you came to revelations about the show and the concept when you were traveling in Spain, so can you tell us more about that?
Adam Reed: Yeah, I took 2008 off and just traveled and for several months I just walked across Spain like 1,000 kilometers. So I had 8 hours a day just walking in the country and through farms, and your mind really spirals off into another world when you're walking all day. So, I kept coming back to the spy genre as something I wanted to try for my next show, and then I would stop in big cities and take a few days and rest then go sight-seeing. And I spent a lot of time in cafes writing in my journal surrounded by beautiful Spanish women who I was too shy and nerdy to approach and talk to. So I kept thinking, "James Bond would totally be over there with that Spanish girl right now, and they would be enjoying ceviche and laughing." But I never did that, so I guess I was sort of trying to project my own gaping inadequacies onto a character who would totally walk over to the ceviche lady.
SideReel: What has been your favorite episode to work on?
Aisha Tyler: Well, I will say Episode 102, or whatever order they're being aired in now, the Yacht episode was super fun. They've all been super fun, but the Yacht episode was super fun and then the one where I got to say "ballslapiest" was an especially fun day. I love comedy, and I love the process of creating funny things, and I am a little bit of a comedy wonk, so I loved that we had a long conversation about whether "slapenist" or "slapiest" was funnier. Like that was just the most enjoyable part of that day. When I was on Talk Soup we'd be in the writers' room for an hour arguing about whether... or abdomen was funnier. I love that part of the process. I'm not going to blame it all on me, Adam, but Adam and I end up talking for the last 10 minutes of every session and the guy in the booth is like "you know, you guys can pick up a phone, this is costing you money!" And I'm just like, "well so last night I was at this bar..."
Adam Reed: We need to just sit under a couple of hairdryers and I don't even want to know how much extra money we've spent on the video sessions because we'll finish and then just be like, "Oh my god, what is going on with Tiger??" and then just dish for 20 minutes.
Aisha Tyler: [laughs] What I've done is started to do that in the middle of a session that way like we try to end on a work note, but the process is just so, so enjoyable. So a major part of the lament is that it only takes about an hour to two hours to make an episode, for me anyway, versus spending time on a set where you're there all day every day with people. Yeah, we have a good time making that show.
If you'd like to listen to the entire Q&A, check it out here: