Bleacher Report Exclusive Interview with Actor/Comedian Rob Riggle

Taylor GreenContributor IMay 9, 2011

LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 27:  Comedian Rob Riggle and Saturday Night Live cast member Jason Sudeikis applaud during the game between the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 27, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rob Riggle was raised in Overland Park, Kan., is a lifelong Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals fan, and an alumni of the University of Kansas.  Rob is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Rob is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served in Liberia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Rob has referred to his military experiences while acting as the "Military Analyst" for The Daily Show.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob for Bleacher Report recently.  We talked, among other topics, about him teaming up with Axe Shower Gel, some upcoming projects he has been involved in, and his love for the Kansas City Chiefs.

TG: You recently have been shooting a pilot about an ex-football player.  What is the name of the show?

Riggle: Well, we will see.  We will see if it even comes out. We just shot the pilot last month.  Now it is being testing and all that stuff the networks do to determine whether or not the show will go.  If it goes, you could look for it hopefully next year.   

The working title of it is “Home Game,” but that title is subject to change.  It is loosely based on Mark Schlereth’s life.   It’s based on his life and his family. 

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I play a retired football player, Joe Allen, who is home, back with his family and causing all kinds of chaos and discontent while I am home.  That is it in a nutshell.  Hopefully, in the next two weeks or so we will find out if it got picked up.

TG:  Good luck with that!

Riggle: “Thanks, I hope it works.  We have a really good production team, Mark Wahlberg is producing it.”

TG: What was it like shooting a pilot about a family; while the family is on the set watching and producing while you work?

Riggle: “It was fine.  Other than their presence they didn’t give me any notes or anything. I was just trying to do the best job I could, and hopefully in the end it will work out.  (laughing) That is so funny, I just sounded like Nuke LaLoosh from Bull Durham.  ‘I am just going to do my best everyday and good lord willing it will all work out.’ (laughing) That is what I just sounded like.  It was interesting to have them on the set.”

TG: As a lifelong Chiefs fan what was it like portraying a Denver Bronco?  Did you feel like you were almost cheating on Chiefs Nation?

Riggle: “To be honest, it wasn’t easy. It was not easy. It didn’t feel right.  You know you got to make sacrifices for this craft.  So that’s what I did, my friend, I bit the bullet.  If Schlereth was a Raider, I wouldn’t have done it, period.”

TG: I know that you are a play by play analysis for the Axe Dirtcathlon, but for those who do not know anything about it, could you explain what the Axe Dirtcathlon is?

Riggle: “Absolutely.  Axe Shower Gel, which you may or may not have heard of, came up with this idea for a web series called the Axe Dirtcathlon.  I am a host, along with Owen Benjamin.  We have four couples.  Four young hot couples, who are competing with each other basically taking on these various challenges, were they are getting very dirty. 

"They are competing against each other in the hopes of ultimately winning a trip to Spain to take part in that tomato festival (La Tomatina), the one where they throw tomatoes at each other for days.  It’s a fun little way of re-launching the Axe Shower Gel.” 

“If you go to AxeDirtcathlon.com you will be able to watch these webisodes.  It’s a lot of fun and hopefully it will get people interested in it.  If you go to the website, you can win prizes and qualify to win a trip to Spain as well.”

TG: Do you ever get more involved than the play-by-play analysis and get in on the Dirtcathlon action?

Riggle: “(laughing) No no no, this particular project I am in the studio and Owen Benjamin is out in the field.  So Owen probably gets a little dirty but I manage to stay pretty dry and pretty clean.  I did enough field work when I was with The Daily Show.” 

TG: Your classroom taser scene in Hangover was one of the highlights of last year's breakout comedy, are you going to be involved in the Hangover II coming out soon?"

Riggle:  “Well first of all, thanks for saying that, and second I am not in The Hangover 2.  There is just no need for a Vegas cop in Bangkok.”

TG: Did you follow the Chiefs during the 2011 NFL Draft?

Riggle: “I wasn’t glued to the TV but I was checking in.  I love the fact that we got Baldwin in the first round because he is going to be a wonderful complement to Bowe.  That is really going to spread that defense out and give Bowe more opportunities. 

"Hopefully, Baldwin will be able to get there, learn the system, and pop early and give Cassel more weapons to choose from.  We can stretch the field out and it’s all good.”

“I liked that they got Stanzi, that Iowa quarterback.  I think he is tough so it will be fun to watch him come on board.  I liked our draft I got to say.”

“I am one of those guys that’s an optimist.  I am always optimistic. I don’t know how you can be any other way. You know these people that hem and haw and they armchair quarterback, give me a break.  That’s what these guys do for a living, it’s their profession, they know their team better than anybody.  So I trust them, I trust them.”

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