OF ‘THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT’ ON ABC
What do you say to those who might liken your new 1970s-set family comedy “The Kids Are Alright” to “The Wonder Years”?
I loved “The Wonder Years.” When it’s a similar time period, of course, there’s crossover. I think one of the things I love most about this project is how personal it is. It’s his (series creator and executive producer Tim Doyle) story, and personal writing is the best writing.
What do you think about the family’s background fueling much of the show’s humor?
Irish Catholic households are usually pretty funny. I think comedy is valued (there). I know in my house, if you took the attention at the dinner table and you tried to tell a story and it was meant to be funny and wasn’t funny, you paid a price. You really thought twice about taking the mic, because you were going to get heckled hard if it did not land. They’re usually hectic, full houses and (there are) tight budgets, and you laugh about things that are painful. In Irish Catholic houses, we don’t do a lot of talking about feelings. There’s not a lot of navel-gazing. I felt love, but we didn’t do a lot of talking about love.
How is it to work with the youngsters playing your sons?
They’re all really good. It’s a sweet group. It’s a boring answer, but they’re a nice group of kids.