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Interview with Jason Mantzoukas

  • What does Omar imagine Amy and Tyler are plotting this whole time?

  • He's just suspicious. He knows that something's going on, which is why he asks them first if they're having an office affair. He's just trying to put together why these two are always chatting and whispering and all that nonsense. But I don't think he suspects anything as malicious as what's actually happening.

  • So what does he think really happened to get him fired?

  • He has no idea. At the end, he's ranting and raving about them profiling him, but he's just grasping at straws. He's incredibly confused and upset, but he doesn't think at all that Amy and Tyler are behind his firing.

  • Omar's one of the more overtly comic characters on the show. Do you enjoy bringing levity to some of the show's more serious moments?

  • It's terrific fun. Mike [White] does such a good job creating that world. And it's a world full of tension and angst, so it's nice to cut through that and put something in that's funny without upsetting the balance. That's what's great about the show-it can maintain that kind of tension and pressure on its characters, but still have some pretty funny jokes land.

  • Where do you think Omar ends up after leaving Abaddonn?

  • No place good, I'm sure. I think it's only downhill for Omar after Cogentiva. He was already in dire straits. There was a scene last season in Omar's house with his three kids running around with his wife in the background and it's not a nice house. This guy lives a harrowing existence. He's probably going to be in bad shape-or, he's going to invent a software program and become a billionaire. One or the other.