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Rob Corddry Talks 'Childrens Hospital,' 'Little In Common' & a 'Party Down' Reunion

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 16th 2011 10:00PM
Childrens HospitalAre you still not watching 'Childrens Hospital'? Seriously, how many times do we need to have this conversation? The show's third season is now in full swing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (Thursdays at midnight), and it continues to be 15 minutes of funny each week that I truly look forward to.

From the brilliantly warped mind of funnyman Rob Corddry, the former Web series-turned-live-action Adult Swim darling consistently brings the laughs, the beyond random plot lines and a cast that would look right at home in a big budget Hollywood blockbuster.

Yes, it's a sad reality that one day, the all-star 'Childrens' team -- including Megan Mullally, Ken Marino, Rob Huebel, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Malin Akerman and Henry Winkler -- could move on to other things. But could there be a day when Dr. Blake Downs hangs up his (fake) blood-stained scrubs, too?

I caught up with Corddry, who will soon be swapping his TV hospital duties and clown makeup -- watch the show! -- for a more normal role ("I play the white guy, basically.") in a new Fox comedy from Rob Thomas called 'Little in Common.' And speaking of Thomas, Corddry also teased what sounds like an epic 'Party Down' reunion on 'Childrens Hospital.'

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If you could tell people only one episode to watch to get to know the show, which one would it be?
I'm not sure which one it is from the second season, but the one where the two guys are impaled on the same pole. Yeah, I would say that's probably a very quintessential 'Childrens Hospital' episode. Ernie Hudson ... he was such a trooper. He was on that pole rig for like 14 hours, in that steaming hot operating room, and just the politest, coolest, most patient man in the world. It was probably the most awful day for him. One of the woman on our show said, "So how did they get you to do this?" and he said, "I don't know. My agent said it's hip." [Laughs]

Awesome. Yeah, it's not a very glamorous set.
Oh yeah, it's a terrible place. But we just got picked up for another season, so there'll be plenty more of that.

What's different about this season?
This is really what we have been wanting to make the last few years. This season I feel like we've got our legs, everything has congealed and this is exactly the show that I wanted to make. I think it's only downhill from this season.

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And you have another new castmember.
We do have a new castmember! There are a couple of people on sort of the 'Childrens Hospital' farm team ... I'm under no illusion that anybody watches this show for anything other than the cast. [Laughs] I realize our seconds are numbered with these guys, because they're just all superstars. It's not gonna last forever. So I've definitely got some people waiting in the wings to take over, and one of them this season is is Jordan Peele. He was in one episode last season -- he was on our 'NewsReaders' episode playing Dr. Brian, who was supposedly on the show in the '70s. According to our timeline, that's 15 years ago in the '70s. Don't try to do the math ... it'll just give you a headache. But he's back -- he returns to 'Childrens Hospital' and is still Dr. Brian, just with a smaller afro.

Henry Winkler was an awesome addition to an already great cast. Was that just dumb luck?
My manager represents his son, so he called me and was like, "I think I might represent Henry Winkler too now -- want me to see if I can get him on your show?" Like, no. [Laughs] So we had the conversation with Henry, and he has lived up to his reputation as the sweetest guy in the world.

Already in the first two episodes of the new season you've had Jon Hamm back, Sarah Silverman as your old clown girlfriend ... will Paul Scheer be back as your clown brother?
Oh yeah, Paul's back, of course. We've also got Alicia Silverstone, Bruce Davidson, who's the bad guy from 'X-Men,' Stephen Root ... lots of people.

Last year was the year of 'Party Down' -- they were all on.
Well now is probably the best time to announce that there may or may not be a complete 'Party Down' reunion on this season of 'Childrens Hospital,' as their 'Party Down' characters. I don't want to give it all away, but enjoy.

You're in a new show, 'Little in Common,' premiering midseason on Fox. Does that mean you'll have less time to play at 'Childrens Hospital'?
No. It'll mean that our schedule gets screwed up a bit, and it might be a bit longer until Season 4, but this is my baby. If anything ... I sort of did 'Little in Common' not just because it's a great script, but because I'm just an actor on it. It's an ensemble, so I have tons of time in my trailer to work on 'Childrens Hospital.' But sure, as the show goes on in years, I'm sure there'll be less involvement from some people, and more from others. Like Lake Bell was replaced by Malin Akerman in Season 2, but now we've got both of them back, so it all works out.

We know a little about 'Little in Common' -- like that it's a single-camera comedy from Rob Thomas, who also created 'Party Down.' What's it about?
It's just kind of a sweet family comedy. It's kind of like nothing I've ever done. I play the white guy, basically. I relate to it because it's about parents that have "little in common" but their kids. You know? It's pretty much the story of my mornings dropping my daughters off at school. I think a lot of parents will relate to it.

So you have high hopes for the show?
No, I don't. I have just hopes for it, you know what I mean? I've definitely learned to not expect anything, so if it has any sort of success whatsoever, it's a nice little treat.

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