The year's most talked about talent open up about creating critically acclaimed series and performances.

Episode 4: Comedy Actors


Six of television's kings of comedy divulge dream collaborators and where funny comes from.

Photo by Meredith Jenks


Two sketch performers, an Oscar nominee, an awards-emcee instigator, a Canadian import turned American geek icon and a Saturday Night Live alum who somehow persuaded a broadcast network to do a comedy about the apocalypse, walk into a studio… The punchline? There are many in this no-holds-barred discussion among six top actors in comedy. Fred Armisen (Portlandia), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), Ricky Gervais (Derek), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) and Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) explore the merits of comedy critics (consensus: no merit), where the funny really comes from, the mastery of Louis C.K. and their dream collaborators (dead or alive).