'2 Broke Girls': Top 10 Revelations and Highlights From PaleyFest 2013
CBS's "Odd Couple"-esque comedy with a potty mouth, "2 Broke Girls," pairs outrageous (and often raunchy) one-liners with a nutty cast of characters. Max (played by Kat Dennings) is a sharp-tongued, street-smart woman who knows how to pull herself up by her bootstraps. When she meets Caroline (played by Beth Behrs), a one-time trust-fund baby and billionaire heiress who's now penniless, an unexpected friendship is born -- as is a fledgling cupcake business that they start as a duo. In the meantime, they both work at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, diner and share an apartment. The series also has a money-centric dynamic that is unusual; the leads are trying to earn $250,000 for their business, and there's a counter at the end of each episode that tallies the amount they've made or lost. The sitcom, which is close to wrapping up its sophomore season, has already won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy and garnered three Emmy Awards nominations (winning one for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series).
Dennings, Behrs, and the rest of the cast -- Garrett Morris (Earl), Jonathan Kite (Oleg), Matthew Moy (Han Lee), and Jennifer Coolidge (Sophie) -- gathered at PaleyFest 2013 along with creator and executive producer Michael Patrick King to chat about the ins and outs of the series.
1. An honest day's work
Because the show is based significantly on trying to earn a buck, the cast was asked about their most unusual real-life honest job -- as in, what was the craziest thing they did for work before hitting it big in Tinsel Town?
King said he was once a geriatric orderly; he literally bathed the elderly and didn't seem too thrilled to conjure up the memory. Dennings has been acting since she was 9, so she said she's never really had an "honest job." But when she was 12, she did a VHS commercial for a new drug for kids who wet the bed, playing a girl who wet the bed. According to Dennings, you can find it online. She's right! Watch the commercial here:
Behrs quit a job as a cocktail waitress without giving her two-weeks notice and was yelled at by management. She still feels bad for not giving notice, she said, but she was not willing to wear the sexy referee uniforms that they tried to put all the waitresses in.
Morris had a job in the 1940s that involved plucking chickens, and Moy made smoothies and burritos. Moy said he once made a man a burrito, and the customer put his palm on Moy's forehead, blessing him. "I got blessed that day -- it was great," Moy said.
2. Live and in person
When asked what the benefits are of shooting in front of a live audience, Kite explained the audience tells the actors and writers what's missing. The immediate response helps the cast and crew have a conversation of sorts with the audience, thus putting their performance in context -- helping to fine-tune the jokes, making them clearer and funnier.
3. From "Sex and the City" to "2 Broke Girls"
Dennings made her first big TV splash on none other than King's iconic hit "Sex and the City." You'll remember her as the filthy rich, snooty, and promiscuous 13-year-old Jenny Brier, who was planning an A-list bat mitzvah in the Season 3 episode "Hot Child in the City." The funny part is that Dennings was far from that character in real life. She was home-schooled and had very little access to TV. When she and her mom were driving home from the audition, they saw a massive "SATC" billboard and realized that the series was hugely popular. After she got the role, her family subscribed to HBO to see her episode and then canceled the subscription.