Bobby Moynihan's busy post-'SNL' life
For actor and comedian Bobby Moynihan, "Saturday Night Live" was the ultimate dream. "It was all I ever wanted to do, and I loved it so much. It was a perfect nine years. It was hard to leave, but you have to at some point."
But Moynihan didn't wait long to get back in front of the camera, and lucky for him, he has a lot on his plate these days. Moynihan stopped by Build Series to promote the launch of his new CBS sitcom, "Me, Myself & I," and called us last week with an update on a few more projects he's been working on.
"Me, Myself & I" is about a man at three different stages in his life. Jack Dylan Grazer plays a young Alex Riley, John Larroquette plays a successful Alex on the cusp of retirement, and Bobby Moynihan plays Alex at age 40, just before his career takes off.
Although Moynihan may be known for his broad comedic work on "SNL," "Me, Myself & I" gives Moynihan the opportunity to show off a different side. "This is still a comedy, but I'm playing an adult man with a daughter and real problems, rather than a drunk lunatic, or some other crazy character," joked Moynihan.
"It's been nice to jump over to this side for a bit."
Meanwhile, Moynihan lends his voice to Disney XD's reboot of the classic cartoon "DuckTales." Moynihan says he's having a blast playing Scrooge McDuck's nephew, Louie, which may be because he was such a fan of the original. "Whenever I hear that 'DuckTales' theme song, I feel like I just got home from school. I just love doing it."
The show is stuffed with familiar voices from David Tennant as Scrooge, fellow "SNL" alum Beck Bennett as Launchpad, Danny Pudi as Huey, and Ben Schwartz as Dewey. "One of the best parts of doing animation is the reward you get when you get to see the finished product, and I find myself waking up early on Saturdays just to watch it!"
But Moynihan says he takes the job seriously, especially with the pressure to meet the expectations of a devoted "DuckTales" fan base:
"It's such a beloved show and we're bringing it back in a new capacity, of course you want the fans to love it. I'm a fan myself, so I was very critical from the start, and I haven't seen anything other than amazing things from these guys. They're bringing back all the characters we love, and there are all these wonderful little easter eggs in the background. The show is for the fans, but kids love it as well. They really knocked it out of the park!"
As if he weren't busy enough, Moynihan found time to appear in another "SNL" alum's directorial debut. If you're counting, that's three big projects. Taran Killam's "Killing Gunther" stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the world's greatest assassin. The mockumentary follows Killam, Moynihan, Hannah Simone, Cobie Smulders, and more as eccentric assassins trying to eliminate their competition. "My friends are all comedy nerds," said Killam when he visited Build Series, "they're not going to get to play action assassins ever, unless we do it ourselves." For Moynihan, this provided a unique comedic playground. "I tend to lean towards physical comedy, so to be able to run around, and slide on the floor, and shoot guns, that was an absolute blast! And if you're going to do something like this," laughed Moynihan, "I suggest doing it with Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Working with a legend like Schwarzenegger was an experience Moynihan won't soon forget. "I was shocked— not shocked, but I guess I just forgot how funny he is." Schwarzenegger has done his share of action movies, but he has comedy chops, too, appearing in a slew of funny films like "Twins," "Junior," and "Kindergarten Cop," to name a few. "We would be improvising," said Moynihan, "and he would say something silly and stupid, and we would all just die!"
After nine years of living his dream, Moynihan has hit the ground running in his search for what comes next. "My whole life was trying to get on 'SNL,' and I never really thought about anything past that. I'm kind of figuring that out as we speak." But Moynihan is clearly figuring it out, with a sitcom, a cartoon, and a film now in theaters, he's putting in the work, and letting the chips fall where they may. "It's kind of just seeing what comes next. That was the big question for so long, and now I'm just trying to do it."