Are Mike & Molly's Fat Jokes Funny?


The creators of CBS' new romantic sitcom Mike & Molly insist that the show isn't about weight issues.


"I wanted to write a show about two people at the beginning of a relationship, and that was what intrigued me the most," says executive producer Mark Roberts (Two and a Half Men).


Still, the show's nascent courtship begins when city cop Mike (comedian Billy Gardell) meets cute with schoolteacher Molly (Samantha Who?'s Melissa McCarthy) at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. It's fair to say that much of the pilot episode's comedy stems from the poundage of the two leads. In one scene, a table collapses when Mike leans on it. "I broke a chair before I came over here," Gardell says. "I'm not kidding. It happens. I'm heavy."


Executive producer Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) is confident that any weight-related punchlines are delivered with love. "Hopefully, the humor is self-deprecating and with affection. Some of the jokes at Mike's expense that Carl [Mike's partner on the force] takes, you can see that he really does care about his partner and friend."


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