Wednesday nights are my favorite, since the addition of a few new shows to the line up, including Best Friends Forever, starring Lennon Parham, (as Lennon) and Jess St. Clair, (as Jess). These chicks (sorry to offend anyone, I am a lady myself, and I use the term in a most endearing way), so anyway, these chicks are HILARIOUS! Seriously.
Lennon and Jess co-created the show and improv/write the scenes together. The originality and uniqueness of their method proves to be undeniable.
Take tonight’s show for instance, Jess goes on a date with an attractive guy and calls Lennon and Joe (Luka Jones) to tell them that the date is going well. She lets them know that, although he looks much younger in the light, (um yes Jess, he is possibly almost-not-legal), he is a complete gentleman.
She continues to say that the party is being held in a beautiful mansion by the river, with a safari theme! Well, needless to say, Joe figures out that Jess is at a ‘Cougar Ball’ and will soon be in a running for Queen Cougar! Where do they come up with this? All Hail Queen Jess!
I am addicted to this type of humor, wit and self-deprecation, so I could barely contain myself while reading a recent interview/Q & A St. Clair and Parham did with TVGuide.com. I was truly Laughing out Loud and not just typing LOL on my computer or text! I have to share some of it with you, my fellow TVRagers, Enjoy!
When asked to give an equation for Best Friends Forever, they answered: Best Friends Forever equals Three's Company minus the sexual tension plus the Brooklyn neighborhood from The Cosby Show divided by the heart of The Golden Girls.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show."
St. Clair and Parham: Laughing while you're crying or crying while you're laughing.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
St. Clair and Parham: "You should watch and watch it hard."
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
St. Clair and Parham: Friendsbians.
TV Guide Magazine: Jessica and Lennon, you play "Jessica" and "Lennon." Discuss.
St. Clair and Parham: The characters Jessica and Lennon are exaggerated versions of the real Jessica and Lennon. In the show, we heighten both our strengths and weaknesses. Feel bad for our husbands.
TV Guide Magazine: Fred Savage is an executive producer. How do you resist the urge to ask about The Wonder Years?
St. Clair and Parham: We didn't have to. Fred left an autographed copy of his Tiger Beat cover in our trailers on the first day of shooting. Seriously, Fred has become like a brother to us. He is a phenomenally talented director and we were so lucky to have him.
TV Guide Magazine: Show runner battles are all the rage these days. Pick a rival show, any show, to start a fight with St. Clair and Parham: We'd challenge Glee to a chicken fight. Get Ryan Murphy up on Gwyneth Paltrow's shoulders (she's definitely got the upper body strength from all those Tracy Anderson workouts). Or maybe we could lip sync for our lives!
TV Guide Magazine: What show would you like to do a cross-over episode with — and how would that go?
St. Clair and Parham: Downton Abbey. We'd like to (A) have an excuse to get our paws on some of those olden-days outfits and (B) see Maggie Smith square off against our 9-year-old neighbor Queenetta in a sass-off.
An idea that didn’t make it? St. Clair and Parham: We had an idea for an episode where every spring, when the weather warms up, a flasher we call "Bangers and Mash" goes around our neighborhood pressing his "business" up against people's apartment windows. Jessica is offended because she is the only person she knows who this has not happened to.
TV Guide Magazine: What credit of yours would you rather we forget?
St. Clair and Parham: Jessica did a series of Wendy's commercials in which she was forced to karate chop a Chinese chicken salad. Before she turned to comedy, Lennon did a student film where she played a wayward prostitute who battled her captor with the jagged edge of a mirror.
Awesome questions and even better answers, muchos kudos!!!
Check out the all-new episode of Best Friends Forever on NBC 8:30/730c. I’ll catch you here on the flip side!