Q: What's the role?
And he's big. Like, physically big. So I'm constantly getting stuck in places, like my chair.
Q: Big how?
A: I'm about 6-foot-3. But from day one, we were eating in the writers room and Mindy said, "I encourage you to not be like every other guy on TV who, when they get a part, instantly loses 50 pounds. I encourage you to be a bigger guy and maybe look like more of a real person." And I've embraced that.
A: Oh, my wife's not thrilled.
Q: But come on, there has to be some actor's vanity preventing you from putting on too much weight.
A: My mentality is: I'm going to do it. I'm going to eat a lot of food, and then I'm going to complain about it when I see myself on camera. Looking at pictures of me and some of the other actors, one of our writers said we don't even look like we're the same species. I'm thickening out.
Q: I won't belabor this, but how many pounds do you think you've gained?
A: (Without pause) Twenty-two. I take my dog to the vet a lot because he's old and sick, and I always step on the scale when I'm there. Let's just say shirts that were once button-able are no longer. I'm constantly being roasted by my wife. I'll get out of the shower and she'll be like, "Whoa. Whoa!" She has a rule that once I double her weight, we're done. We're not there yet, but if the show is lucky enough to do to a second season, I may be single.
Q: You can always mask it doing that bit from your old "MADtv" days playing one of those shirtless Abercrombie salesman and just paint on your ab muscles.
A: I remember when we did that I thought it looked great! And then I would walk and my abs started jiggling. I don't think muscle is supposed to do that.