Jessica St. Clair interview in Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly April 12, 2013
Jessica St. Clair on her new pilot, prank show karma, and her 'Titanic' viewing experience
by Sarah Caldwell
This April, we decided our readers deserved a good laugh. So we interviewed five comedians with upcoming projects. Get to know them as they answer our April Questionnaire. Then check out more of their comedy online.
Get to know Jessica St. Clair:
You might remember Jessica from her time on Best Week Ever, as the concerned Sales Associate in Bridesmaids, or from her NBC show Best Friends Forever. Well she and co-writer, and BFF, Lennon Parham are teaming up again for a USA pilot also starring Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) and Zach Woods (The Office).
Do you think Lennon Parham is going to name her baby Jessica if it’s a girl? She should, you know what I mean. I feel like I’m this baby’s father. And I feel like we wrote it into existence, because our new project is she and I are childhood best friends, but she’s 8 months pregnant in it. And we wrote it before she was pregnant. I think I have more to do with this than her husband.
About the new show: BFF was about college best friends kind of reconnecting. This one we wanted to explore what it was like to be childhood best friends — so the best friend you have when you’re five years old — and how they sort of know a part of you that nobody else knows, like your true self. You know how you’re really who you are at five and then maybe life sort of takes you away from that. So that person that you know when you’re that young is the only person who can say, ”Hey you’re not really living the life you should be living.” So that’s what this new show is about. There are these two childhood best friends one of whom, Lennon, is pregnant. And we gave ourselves different names, which was hard but we got used to it. Lennon’s character’s 8 months pregnant and her husband leaves her actually in the pilot. So I end up deciding to stay and help her raise the baby. So we jokingly have been calling it Two Ladies and a Baby, but we’re going to be finding a better title.
The grossest thing she’s ever seen another comedian do (Jessica performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade): Most men that you know of my age who I came up with at the UCB, I have seen their full genitalia and not in a sexual situation. I’ve been forced to look at it onstage. I’ve felt it pressed up against me during a scene. Improv men love to show their junk whenever they can. I’ve seen it dressed up in a Santa’s hat. I think it’s kind of ruined penises for me just in general, you know, because they became a prop, a comedic prop. So I guess that’s the legacy that I’ll come away with from UCB.
Best prank you’ve ever pulled? I was on a horrible prank show pilot that Jason Mantzoukas, myself, Dannah Feinglass, and Bobby Tisdale were a part of. It was my first job ever and it was called Roommate Wanted. It was this horrible show where we pretended to live in a Tribeca, like a million dollar loft, and we were renting a room for like 400 dollars. We had all of these men come in and interview to be our roommates. Then we would slowly go more insane as it went on. But when we revealed the prank — obviously you know that finding an apartment in Manhattan is like your worst nightmare anyway. We would string them along for like two weeks and then we’d be like ”Haha this is a joke. You don’t have anywhere to live.” – Jason was designated as their friend and so they would stare at him. And literally 9 out of the 10 men started crying, saying things like ”I trusted you guys. I thought we were gonna be friends.” We renamed the show to ourselves Tears Before Bedtime. And we believe that somebody has the VHS copy of this pilot. Unless it’s destroyed like on a mountain top we will forever be paying off the karma.
Titanic Remembrance Day is in April, do you remember the first time you saw the movie Titanic? I saw it in a theater in New York. There was a lot of audience participation, like people yelling out at the screen. I actually think I saw it with an audience that was not really for it. So they were like ”We hope you drown.” It didn’t stop me from crying at all. I had my own private experience. But for some reason my specific East Village audience had turned against the film from what I remember. And I was like ”F–k everybody, I’m gonna cry as hard as I would if I was alone.” Didn’t dampen the experience at all, let’s put it that way. Only my tears did.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Uma Thurman both have birthdays in April, who do you think would win in a fight, Buffy or the Bride from Kill Bill? You know I’m gonna give it to Uma because of her long limbs. I feel like she could really roundhouse Sarah Michelle. She looking really good. I’ve seen pictures of her in St. Barth’s in US Weekly and she’s looking like she still has the stems. I’m gonna go with Uma.