Will Arnett: I'm just trying to make people laugh
October 6th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Will Arnett: I'm just trying to make people laugh

After three seasons of “Arrested Development,” a slew of big-screen comedies and hilarious guest spots on shows like “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation,” funnyman Will Arnett brings us “Running Wilde,” in which he plays an “insane billionaire.”

His character Steve Wilde is rich and self-absorbed, but when he’s reunited with Emmy (Keri Russell), he vows to change so that he might win back her heart.

“This is something that’s kind of new for us,” Arnett said during a conference call. “We’re telling a romantic story within a comedy. Every week we get better and better at telling the story of these two people.”

And while Arnett notes there are obvious differences between him and his character, he says, “There’s a childishness about Steve that I probably have.”

“I’m sure there are people who think I could probably grow up more,” he added. “I don’t take a lot of things all that seriously. In that way, Steve and I are very similar. I approach each day thinking I’d like it to be a fun experience.”

And fun is exactly what comes to mind when imagining life in the Arnett-Poehler household. (Arnett and his wife, actress and comedian Amy Poehler, have two children together.)

“There’s for sure a lot of joking around - just as much as anybody in any household,” he said. “But we’re a lot more boring than people think. Or, maybe it’s just as boring as people think.”

At the end of the day, though, Arnett said the main goal he has for "Running Wilde" is simply to pull off what the best comedies do: “make people laugh,” he said. “We’re not making ‘Arrested Development 2,’ we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We’re just trying to make people laugh from 9:30 to 10.”

Did you catch "Running Wilde" on Fox last night? What do you think of the series so far?

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  1. 255667

    What a lovely day for a 255667! SCK was here

    April 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Holly Golightly

    joe, that was funny...portal: hmmmm....btw Will is HOT

    October 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. portalpunk

    I'm still a useless troll with nothing better to do than attempt to sound intelligent on these boards. I'm not. I'm just a self-abusing little child that still lives with my mommy and hides in the basement to avoid real people, especially girls. I also like to be the first one to post on a story so I can say FIRST and act like a moron. It makes my tiny little weewee hard.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    "Will Arnett: I'm just trying to make people laugh"

    It would be much easier if you were actually funny.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • JoesAnIdiot

      He's a hell of alot funnier then you are Joe. Hell, my Mother's funnier then you and she's been dead for 10 years.

      October 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Have you ever seen my stand up routine?

      October 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JG

    Love love love this show!
    So fresh and funny. Will is hilarious!

    October 7, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. msjazmine-in-Ohio

    oh I've been watching. I find the show very funny. The episode with the neighbor, two small horses and the Awarde rolling by in the background was hilarious! I am still laughing about that part!!

    October 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. States

    I love the show, It reminds me of a modern day Pride and Prejudice.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pee Pee Mcgee

    he didn't guest star in Community, he was in Parks & Recreation. Unless it's some sort of upcoming episode....

    October 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |

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