Party Down is serving up the laughs this summer. Guy Davis found out more about the Hollywood comedy from star Lizzy Caplan.
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Who is your character on what is she like?
My character is Casey Klein and she is a struggling comedian … a failing comedian, really. She’s really down because her marriage is kind of going through very, very difficult times as well – her husband wants to move to another state and she’s not really ready to give up on what it is she’s trying to do. But the truth [ about Casey] is that I don’t get any of the parts I’m up for. I’m going back and forth on whether or not I think I’m a good comedian. I can’t be that good, because nobody’s really picking up what I’m putting down.
You were a late addition to the cast, joining up after the original pilot had been shot. How did you become involved?
Adam Scott [ who plays would-be actor Henry] and I have the same agent and I knew that he was doing it. I had never met him but I really respected his work and then I found out who else was involved and I was like ‘ Wait, they’re making this show with this incredible cast? I want to do this. Now!’ It was starting something like three days after I found out about it and I just gunned for it, because it’s 10 episodes with hilarious people and a whole lot of freedom. It’s the sweetest kind of gig.
You actually have a fair bit of serviceindustry experience, right?
Yeah, and when I worked in a restaurant, I always thought that someone should make a great show about waiters because they all were struggling actors and writers and comics. They were all supremely smart and funny people basically being forced to be underlings. [ Laughs] That kind of makes people a little depressed but also brings out some super self-deprecating humour. This is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to fully capturing that mentality. but this is written really, really well already. But while we get full scripts, we’re allowed to go off the page as much as we want. And they’re fearless performers, all of them – anything Jane Lynch does makes me totally crack up. She’s out there.
Breakout star: Lizzy Caplan as an actor/ waiter in
bottom right, in the 2004 comedy