Six seasons and uhhh, where’s that movie?! Recently, HelloGiggles snagged an invite to a charity livestream benefitting Donors Choose at Skybound Entertainment in partnership with Live.me, hosted by the one and only Yvette Nicole Brown with a very special guest, Gillian Jacobs. Yes, we had a firsthand seat for a mini Community reunion, and it was glorious.
After spending an hour raising money and talking diversity in media, the two lovely ladies sat down with HelloGiggles to chat and of course, we asked plenty about Community…including whether or not we can expect that movie that we’re been dying for. The prophecy has to come true one way or another.
HelloGiggles: What’s your favorite joke from Community?
Gillian Jacobs: I think I love the joke where my character said something like “row boat cop?” and they go: “Yes Britta, row boat cop.” I’m mangling the joke now, but the “row boat cop” instead of “Robocop” joke from Community still makes me laugh.
Yvette Nicole Brown: [I] don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s one that I really like when Shirley does her first keg stand. I think it’s in the first season, and she does a keg stand and she says, “I can’t feel my legs.” I thought that was really funny when I read it.
HG: What moment from Community still makes you laugh to this day?
YNB: Pretty much anything Danny [Pudi] and Donald [Glover] did as Troy and Abed can still get me. Like, anything. And it’s also, I think a lot of our funniest stuff is in outtakes. I don’t know if you’ve gone on YouTube and watched our gag reels, I think they put some of them on our DVDs in the first couple of seasons.
There’s something that Alison Brie does. [laughs] See, I’m laughing about it just thinking about it. I can’t remember the episode but I know it involved chloroform. And in the outtakes, Alison just starts chloroforming everybody. And she gets Donald first and the one thing about Donald Glover is that if it’s physical comedy, he’s all in. He leans in. So when she shakes up the chloroform and puts the rag over his face, and there’s nothing on the rag, Donald drops just like a pile of lead. He hits the ground. And then Alison just goes [on to everyone else] and it’s just hilarious. Any type of behind-the-scenes physical comedy, especially what those three did — Danny, Donald, or Alison — to this day I’m still dying over it.
GJ: Gosh, so many moments. And you know what’s funny? On set, we would quote the show to each other all the time. We would quote lines that got cut from episodes, so it wouldn’t even make sense to anyone who watched the show. We would just have this language on set that developed over the years of like inside jokes between us, things from the show, just stupid voices that we’d do. It was such a part of us that I think when we went on to other shows afterwards we had to make a conscious decision to stop quoting Community to people who weren’t involved in Community because we were like, ‘It’s going to be obnoxious.’ And also for guest stars who would come on the show. Like, we have to do them the courtesy of not just speaking in code basically all the time. We spent so much time together that it was just a constant stream of inside jokes.
HG: Will we ever get that long-promised Community movie?
GJ: I mean, there’s a possibility. A likelihood? I don’t know. I think we’re all down for it. But that would require a lot of other things that are out of my control happening. I don’t know if it will but I would certainly love to do it. It’s kinda sad to think that we’ll never play those characters again. You know, that makes me sort of sad to think about — I’d love to do another episode of Community right now. It would be wonderful if we had a chance.
HG: And television is different now. So if it were to come back in some form, the audience is different, the way they do TV is different.
GJ: Yeah! We were sort of like one foot in old TV, one foot in new TV where we had an audience that was very tech-savvy online but they weren’t recording those views as much. It was still pretty much the old school Neilsen system of ratings so I think people were watching the show but it wasn’t necessarily being recorded. So now, I think with these newer streaming platforms you would also get a much more accurate view of how many people were watching it. So yeah, it would be.
HG: So what can we as fans do to make a Community movie happen?!
YNB: Oh, I don’t know. I’m very heartened by what the fans did for Timeless [which was recently canceled, and then a day later renewed by NBC]. What I think the issue for us right now would be is that everybody’s kinda branched off and started to do their own thing. Like Donald’s in a Star Wars movie [laughs]. I’m the hugest Star Wars fan on the planet and the fact that he’s Lando Calrissian, I don’t even know what to do. So getting Donald back would probably be really hard. Everybody’s just doing well, and they’re busy. So you know, scheduling would be the bigger problem. It would never be about interest. All of us would want to do it. Even with me leaving the show, it was never about not loving the show it was, I couldn’t do the hours anymore. So if we worked out something where we know it’s only going to take two months to shoot and I’m only working 10 days out of the 60 days then that’s something I can schedule for. It’s probably the same for all of us. I definitely think it’s possible. I just don’t know that it would be soon. I think we want people to miss us a little more before we come back.
HG: Community has a really passionate fan base. What are you a passionate fan about?
GJ: RuPaul’s Drag Race.
YNB: I’m kinda into Legos right now. [laughs] It started cause I do a voice on DC Super Hero Girls. I went to [the] DC [office] — DC has this vault. Maybe I shouldn’t even be saying this publicly but they have this vault of like all these toys. So I went up to the DC offices and found all of this DC Super Hero Girls swag and a lot of them were Lego sets. And I hadn’t played with Legos since I was a kid, but I was like “Yeah, give me a couple of the sets.” I put them together in one night! I just got the Millennium Falcon and I am going to put that together on the set of [the new show] The Mayor. That’s my “happy, welcome to a new show” gift. So I’m going to take my Millennium Falcon to my trailer and leave it in my trailer and in between takes I’m going to put the Millennium Falcon together. Probably will do it in a day because that’s how geeky I am about Legos right now.