EXCLUSIVE: NICK KROLL JOKES WITH AUDIENCE, TEASES PORTLAND CULTURE FOR ADULT BEGINNERS Q&A
Appearing at 2 sold out shows, Nick Kroll was his usual hilarious self in answering audience member’s questions. Nick picked his first audience member and immediately asked, “are you vegan?” teasing Portland’s hipster food habits.
Nick shared that he really wants to do everything: produce, act, television, film, whatever. He said he was both too insecure but also filled with too much hubris to wait around for something to come along.
So with ADULT BEGINNERS it was a project he believed in and called in as many favors as he could. Joel McHale, Mike Birbiglia, Bobby Moynihan and others all had worked with Nick before and wanted to help.
But the biggest aid to the project was Nick’s co-star from THE LEAGUE, Mark Duplass. “I was shopping the script around to several producers and I realized the best producer in world for indie comedies was in the trailer next door.” With the Duplass brother’s help they were able to get the film going and with the casting of Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, they were able to get fully funded and start shooting.
Nick enjoyed working with Byrne and Cannavale, saying that almost every scene has some improvisation from every actor, but said Cannavale took their dramatic scenes very seriously, always wanting to work with the written material, which Nick really appreciated.
Nick also discussed the future of his Kroll show characters, “they’ll show up in some form or another, maybe live, maybe somewhere else on TV.” Several audience members shouted out the characters they wanted to see the most, which Nick really enjoyed hearing.
When asked if there were any projects he wanted to do with girlfriend, Amy Poehler, he immediately joked “A reality show!” but elaborated that he doesn’t see any major projects with her, but does enjoy exchanging ideas and feedback with her.
The last question of the evening posed to Nick was how satisfied he was with his work in ADULT BEGINNERS compared to everything else he’s done. He replied that he rarely thinks any work he’s done is perfect. “I know everything I do could be better, I’m pleased with what I learned– this’ll help in doing more stuff, so I guess I’ll give myself a ‘B.’ But for a first film, yeah, I’m incredibly happy with what we got.”
ADULT BEGINNERS opened at Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland on Friday, May 1st.