Chris Jericho and Nick Mundy, stars of the Comedy Central series Nothing To Report, are the best of friends in real life. I think. They seem to like each other or it could all just be an act. At the very least, they’ve at least got each exchanged emails.
Nothing to Report follows the absurd but hilarious day-to-day police adventures of Chance Blackstreet and Moses Packard. Blackstreet and Packard are like Riggs and Murtaugh without the successful police work or Tango and Cash without all the cross dressing. Blackstreet and Packard do very little investigating and a whole lot of sitting in the car.
Jericho and Mundy took a moment from their busy schedules (Jericho was busy, I’m pretty sure Nick was sleeping before the call) to talk about the show, friendship, Trivial Pursuit and the best way to break the news to a guy that you’re banging his wife. We talked about Trivial Pursuit! Crazy, right?
Chris, I don’t know if you remember me, but I interviewed you once when you were promoting a tour for Fozzy. We actually played a game of Battleship against one another.
Chris Jericho: YESSS!!! I do remember you.
Yeah, you beat me at Battleship.
CJ: Of course I did.
Nick, you should challenge Chris to a board game. He’s intense. Do you think you could take him in anything?
Nick Mundy: Yeah, I could totally take Chris in Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Without a doubt.
CJ: Ok, ok, well I’d be willing to give it a shot with Chris Illuminati as the host.
I’d gladly host but I’ll probably butcher every Star Wars name and have every superfan up in arms. I’d probably botch Luke Skywalker’s name. I’m terrible at names.
CJ: Luk-a Sky-walcare.
NM: It’s tough to find something Chris isn’t knowledgeable in so I went with Star Wars. I think I’d at least have a shot. Maybe I have to go really obscure, like, Growing Pains Trivial Pursuit.
CJ: If it’s the original trilogy, I could hold my own. Anything else you’ll probably win.
What Trivial Pursuit do you think you could take Nick at?
CJ: Probably anything else. Anything pop culture, music, movies, television. When I play Trivial Pursuit I kill in those categories and lose because of the geography and history questions. The stuff that no one cares about.
So no one cares about history?
CJ: No, no one cares about history.
Since Chris is a musician, and into music, would you guys consider doing an all-musical episode of ‘Nothing To Report’?
CJ: Without a doubt. Here’s my feeling on the show — anything that happened on Happy Days should happen on Nothing To Report.
NM: But then that means I’ll get replaced in Season 2, or just disappear, like Richie’s brother Chuck.
CJ: I’d want to replace you with a different actor but not acknowledge it in the show…at all.
It is a cop show. His character could die.
NM: Oh, no, he will die.
CJ: Maybe we could actually get the guy who played Chuck on Happy Days. Gavan O’Herlihy is his name.
NM: I’m sure he’s incredibly busy, but we’ll try.
‘Nothing To Report’ is essentially about two buddy cops who are completely screwed up in the head. What are the best and worst buddy cop duos in pop culture history?
NM: My favorite is still Murtaugh and Riggs from Lethal Weapon. The worst has to be Tango and Cash. Although I love them, they’re imbeciles. They’re just full on hubris and all they do the entire film is yell at each other, dress up in drag and take showers together. They never do any actual cop work.
CJ: The best buddy cop movie is easily Turner and Hooch. It’s buddy cops but one cop is a dog. It’s brilliant. It’s killer stuff. Though I heard from sources that Hooch was incredibly hard to work with. He was a super prima donna. He wanted a raise the first week of shooting.
Chris, would you rather be stuck filming a show in a car with Nick or with a dog?
CJ: Well a dog probably smells better. I think if you put a dog in the passenger seat I could really do some magical work on camera. Anything is better than working with Nick. Especially at like 4am, when all you want to do is finish up and go home, and Nick just wants to chit chat and drag things on. Give me a dog.
NM: Oh yeah, well, would a dog co-star send you Paul Stanley Folgers commercials over Christmas break when you’re supposed to be spending time with your family?
CJ: That’s a good point. Alright, you’re worth it just for that.
Did you guys ever come to blows because Nick wouldn’t shut up on set?
CJ: Nah, Nick is probably one of the nicest guys on the planet. But I did find out when he was a kid, he was a bully.
NM: I wasn’t a bully. I wasn’t a bully. I was just really good at making fun at people and hurting their feelings.
CJ: Oh, ok, hang on let me grab my dictionary. Bully, bully, here we are, bully, definition, someone who makes fun of people. Nick, you were a bully.
NM: I wasn’t a bully. I was maybe a bully for like six weeks. And then I got bullied and then learned my lesson.
If you’re going to atone for your sins, now is probably the best time.
NM: Fine, fine. I was a bully for like six weeks back in 1994, and then I heard Live’s Throwing Copper and it changed my whole outlook on life. Then I became the man you see before you. Everyone is a bully at some point.
CJ: I was never a bully. I got bullied as a kid.
NM: You bully me now!
CJ: Well, because, I sniffed you out. I’m going to give it back to you tenfold for all the bullying you did as a kid.
You too seem to get along well. Did you always get along?
NM: When I first met Chris, he came in to audition, and I was with co-writers Clint Gage and Michael Ryan Truly. Chris walked in and was like “oh, I think I’m in the wrong place. I was supposed to meet with the creators of this show and instead I’m meeting with this WWE superfan.” I was a little too excited to meet him. I was incredibly overbearing and was like “OH, HI, CHRIS, I’M NICK AND I LOVE WWE AND WE’RE GONNA BE LIKE BEST FRIENDS NOW!”
CJ: I tried to escape immediately.
NM: I’m glad they stopped me from wearing my Chris Jericho t-shirt.
Was the show written with Chris Jericho in mind?
NM: We came up with the idea for the show and sold it to Comedy Central and they came to us with the idea of going with Chris Jericho. Clint and I grew up as big wrestling fans. We loved the idea because Chris has a comedy background, he’s done Groundlings, and he looks the way a cop would look. He’s built like a brick shit house and wears a lot of tight t-shirts. He’s good at playing the Alpha male, kind of screwed up person. That’s the nicest thing I can say.
What has been the most surprising part of the show?
CJ: I feel that we jelled really early on in shooting. We understood that this was really insane stuff we’re going to be discussing and the more you commit to it as a performer, the better it’s going to be. We were able to nail it. We only had three nights to shoot the six episodes. I think it came out incredibly well. I’m not just being biased. I think for the subject matter and the short amount of time it came out really well. You have these two neurotic cops talking about their lives in between gun battles. It’s the stuff you don’t see in movies or TV shows. In the typical buddy cop movie, all they do is show the cool stuff. They edit out all the conversations. We edit out all the cool stuff and only show the conversations.
Chris, you spent the first half of your career stuck in cars with people. As a wrestler, you logged a ton of miles in cars with coworkers. Which wrestlers would make the best buddy cops?
CJ: I don’t know man, I mean, that’s a much different dynamic. Driving in a car and sitting in a car are two totally different experiences. You’re just sitting there. As a cop, during a stakeout, you’re just sitting there. If you’re traveling, you know, you put some tunes on and you’re talking about things on the road and the conversation just comes naturally. If you’re just sitting in a car with someone, and you’re supposed to be paying attention, if you stop watching for a second a suspect could be gone or you could completely miss something important. So there’s talking going on but it’s very forced. These two guys in this show, they’ve already got a ton of baggage, but add into the mix that they spend most of their time sitting in a tin can doing nothing, that adds to a lot of the megalomania and psychosis. That’s what I love about this show. There’s “nothing to report” but these two guys still have to sit there. It’s enough to send anyone fucking crazy.
NM: I haven’t told Chris this yet but the next time he hits the road for a Fozzy tour I’m going with him. I’ll probably have plenty to report.
CJ: You can travel with the roadies in the station wagon that trails behind the tour bus. I’ll also be sure to play a game of oil spotting with you. That’s when a member of the band or one of the roadies gets out at a gas station and the bus just leaves him there and there’s nothing better to do but stare at the oil spots until we come back to get you.
Is breaking bad news to a friend in the car the best or worst place to break bad news?
NM: A car is no good. I suggest doing it in the middle of a shootout at a meth house. There’s so much intensity. It’s probably the best way to drop bad news or even mend a relationship with a friend or a father. Right in the middle of a shootout. It really brings people together.
CJ: Here’s what you do — get in the car and first hit the drive-thru and pick up a couple cheeseburgers, maybe find a drive-thru porn store because I’m sure those exist somewhere and then put the top down, or all the windows down if you don’t have a convertible, and pump some Van Halen and show the guy the time of his life…and then drop the bomb that you’re banging his wife.
NM: I think I like Chris’s idea better.
CJ: It’s how I’m going to break the news to Nick that he’s not coming on tour with me.
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