September 22nd, 2011
05:42 PM ET
While Roseanne Barr is making noise about possibly running for the highest office in the land, her onetime on-screen husband is starting a guest stint on one of the most buzzworthy sitcoms on TV.
John Goodman, who hasn't done a TV comedy since 2004 (he's best known lately for "Treme" and "Damages"), has a role on the season premiere of "Community," which looks to be memorable one.
"[I've] got his privates in a vice, Dean Pelton," Goodman told reporters about his character Vice Dean Laybourne, head of the air conditioning repair school at Greendale. "He’s an unseen, unknown force on campus and Dean Pelton was feeling his oats and now he’s having his oats fed to him."
"Community" star Joel McHale also spoke to reporters about how ambitious the show has been lately, including a musical number that kicks off Thursday night's premiere. "Let's just say that I did pull a couple of hamstrings and was hoarse afterward," McHale says.
"[The days shooting] are action packed and it’s like we are making a movie every week," he went on. "There’s so much stuff to shoot and film - many specialty shots, and it’s great, it’s as densely packed as a wonderful lasagna."
Goodman chimed in with his own food imagery. "It’s like a huge fruitcake over there. It’s very layered and it’s like there’s two features going on at the same time on the same stage."
As for more comedy, Goodman – who feels "a little long in the tooth" to return as an "SNL" host – says he would be up for starring in his own series again in the future.
"I’ve done two failed sitcoms since 'Roseanne' and they’re no fun if they’re not right," he said. "You’re trying to be funny and [sometimes] it just doesn’t work."
But in the short term, he has five more episodes of "Community" to shoot, "unless they can get rid of me more cheaply."
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