Interview with Rob Huebel
When did people start to recognize you from your work?
"Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" was a commercial that I did when I was in New York that used to run before movies. It was just me being a jackass, loud and obnoxious on my phone. That was the first thing I did that led people to stop me on the street.
How did you get your start in acting?
I had been performing live in New York, mostly at the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater. While I was doing that I started doing commercials, which then allowed me to quit my day job.
What was your last day job?
I used to write and produce on different shows. I worked for Michael Moore. I worked for Martha Stewart. I worked at the Daily Show. The very last job I had was writing and producing for a show called Subway Q & A on something called the Metro Channel [The contents of this destination does not reflect the opinions of HBO]. We would ride the subway and ask people really personal questions like, "How'd you lose your virginity?"
Was "Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" your first commercial?
I did a million of them. I did Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, Fed Ex, Paper Mate Pens, the works. Somewhere in the middle of that we got Human Giant, which brought me out to LA and opened a lot of doors for me.
How'd you get involved with Funny or Die Presents?
We're friends with a lot of the guys that work there from performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade. The guys that run it are Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, and we're buddies with them too. Last season they asked if we wanted to anything, and we came up with "Hold Up," an insane bank robbery story with Tom Lennon, Malin Ackerman, Ed Helms and Weird Al Yankovic.
How did they approach you?
It was very casual. They said to us, "Hey, we're doing this TV show, you guys should do something for it" So we did. It's very informal over there.
Was this season's sketch "Do You Want to See a Dead Body" also your idea?
My friend Owen Burke, who works for Adam McKay's movie division Gary Sanchez Productions , had the idea initially, and then we brainstormed about what we could do with it. It's like a scary "Stand By Me." We asked a few people and they were all interested.
How did you pick the celebrities?
We wanted to get the most random assortment of people and make it seem like we were friends with them. I don't know Deepak Chopra or Warren Sapp. We just looked for the craziest mix of people-an athlete, a philosopher, a comedian.
Why did you decide to make Ben Stiller so angry?
That was the first one we did, so we were still figuring it out. He's so good at being this put-upon character. It's fun to make him stressed-out and overwhelmed. He's really funny when he's losing his shit.
What about the other segment you're on, "Death Hunt?"
That was something the four of us came up, Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer, Owen and myself. We're all old friends from New York and thought it'd be fun to do something together. We tried to come up with the most ridiculous, violent setup we could think of. We wanted to take a familiar story-they're hunters, but also being hunted-and make it cartoonishly violent.
With all of you being friends, what is the vibe like on set?
It's always fun when you're shooting something and they let you do whatever you want. There's no one really telling us what to do. The trick is to cram in as many jokes as you can and then see what's funny later, in editing.
Are you guys ad-libbing during filming or is it all written down?
For "Death Hunt," we had a pretty tight script, but during shooting we did some improvising to try to make it funnier. For "Dead Body" we had bullet points, but it was a lot looser.
The Australian Open is going on right now, has anyone ever mentioned that you look like Andy Murray?
I've been hearing it lately, so I think he must be blowing up or something. I don't get it too much, though. People are definitely coming up to him and saying, "You are a lucky dude, you look just like Rob Huebel." Ask Andy Murray how that's working out for him.
Maybe you'll play him in a sketch.
I'll f**king play him in tennis, man. I played tennis in high school. I will destroy him.