Sarah Vowell, a friend of mine and a great writer, is wonderful in this scene, playing a reporter, ostensibly doing a piece for The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" section. In addition to her amazing abilities as a writer, Sarah is a terrific actress and she's the voice behind the young girl in The Incredibles.
During this interview scene, I had George (Ted Danson) apologize for his hermaphrodite remark because I was genuinely concerned that a hermaphroditic person might be upset by George's editorial in the previous episode in which he said that Richard Antrem (Oliver Platt) had the "penis of a hermaphrodite," in addition to having a mouth like the "anus of a starfish." I don't know if anyone will be offended, but for the most part I try with my humor to not be unkind to anyone. I had noticed, though, in scientific journals that hermaphrodites seemed to have small penises - though mine is not much bigger - and so this was the basis for my potentially offensive remark, which I probably am exacerbating as I type. So if I have offended anyone, I sincerely apologize.
My inspirations for this fight business are the following: Fighting as the "Herring Wonder," I had two amateur boxing matches, one in 1999 (against a performance artist) and one in 2007 (against a writer), and a few years ago New York Press and The L Magazine, here in New York, had a boxing match to take out their animus for each other's publication in the ring. I wasn't part of that, but it set a precedent in my mind for two magazines fighting, and thus I felt it wasn't beyond the pale for Edition NY and GQ to go at it. To read about my fight experiences, I've written essays on the subject in three of my books: My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice As Good.