What's it like working with your wife? Well, anybody that gets to play opposite Megan Mullally is a lucky son of a bitch, because she's just a comedy legend comparable to Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball. There's nobody with the chops she's got and I'm such a big fan of hers that I just feel like a lucky kid when I get to work with her. She's so particularly funny when it comes to filthy humor — which is mainly what she does on our show as this sex-crazed maniacal ex wife of mine — and so it's such a pleasure, it's so fun, but it's also impossibly hard. Because if my castmates make me laugh, my wife knows all my buttons to push. So I have a really hard time getting too close to her, because she'll slay me.
What's a typical date night for you and Megan look like? We're super boring. Our ideal night is to make a fire in the fireplace and read a book. We read books together or we love to do puzzles and play cards. We do a ton of cocaine and then just put puzzles together in a very intense way.
Seems like an efficient way to do a puzzle. It is. They really go by quickly!
You and Ron have an awful lot in common, like your love of woodworking and meat. . . . The attributes of being a woodworker and enjoying meat definitely came from me, but the writers on my show have done a masterful job of sort of holding a magnifying glass up to them and making them really funny. I'm not nearly as manly as Ron Swanson. I'm much more of a mincing ninny. I'm an actor, I'm a clown. I get paid to make faces and fall down in a funny way, which is a thing that Ron would never consider. I'd say they've taken a third of my personality and written it large for comic effect.
If your acting career ever went south, would you want to — and could you — make a living off of woodworking? Well, the specific kind of fine woodworking I do is a very hard field to make a living in because it's hard in this consumerist society to find enough clients willing to pay for handmade quality. But I have found them. We get enough orders that we're turning them away these days. Its' something I'd greatly enjoy making a living at, and I'd be happy to do so if my acting dries up.
Get a lot of weird special orders? We get some, yeah. But making things by hand is not cheap, so often when people want something funny, and then get an idea of what the price might be, they say "oh geez, it's not that funny, never mind."
I saw on your site that you sell coffins with your face on them. It's actually not my face, it's a character named J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, who is the Christ figure of the Church of the SubGenius, based out of Dallas, Texas. And it's actually a coffin shaped box. For holding someone's weed. [Giggles.]