OF ‘TACOMA FD’ ON TRUTV
When did you realize that you really needed a woman firefighter to stir up more humor?
Well, you know, originally when we conceived of the show, one of the ideas was kind of
exploring the gender issues that are in the fire station in a funny way. You know, as we talked to firefighters we found out that about three percent of all firefighters in the U.S. are women, and if you do the math that means 97 percent are men . ... And so, it’s a world that’s still kind of a boys club, and the idea was that we would have some fun exploring that.
And so, I think when we originally made the pilot it was the story of Lucy (played by Hassie Harrison) joining the fire station, and then the idea was ... if we’re going to have to puncture the boys club why don’t we do an episode or two where we establish the boys club, so you see what it’s like to puncture it. So that was the idea. But it was about the very strong kind of woman character at the center of the show, always, for us.
What is the significance of the mustache? Is that just a “Super Troopers” connection or is that how you guys just normally go about your day?
When we did it for “Super Troopers” (the 2001 comedy movie that he wrote and starred in) we realized TV’s different. Like “Super Troopers,” you grew a mustache and then you shaved it after a couple weeks. I’m stuck with this sucker now. I’m stuck with this thing for a while, and my kids don’t like it, and my wife doesn’t like it, and now it’s become part of me.