Jason Gann has been in and out of a dog suit for just about 10 years now.
The Australian actor/writer/producer and a friend, Adam Zwar, came up with the idea for
Now Gann has again donned the suit (a different one) for a new version of the show premiering at 9 p.m. June 23 on
One thing I learned about Gann during a recent phone conversation: He seems to be just as straightforward as his
There are a lot of subtle things in “Wilfred.” There’s out-and-out gross humor, but I think I laughed more at all the little things.
Yeah. We laugh sometimes and say, “This is a smart comedy. Sure, there’s a lot of fart jokes, but they’re smart fart jokes. [Laughs.]
What would you say to critics or viewers who might criticize the [defecation] and fart jokes?
I’d just say, take it out on the dog population of the world. It’s like, when dogs stop farting and [defecating] all the time and licking their own [bleeps], then we’ll stop making jokes about it. But until such time, shut the [bleep] up. [Laughs.]
How did you come up with the idea originally?
It was a fluke. A friend of mine told me about being on a date and going back to the girl’s place. Her dog was sitting on the couch and looked at him as if to say, “What are you planning on doing with my missus?” I just started acting out as this dog, just pretending I was the dog, and putting words in my mouth, like offering him a bong and interrogating him about the night out and what he proposed to do. That was Adam [Zwar], the guy that wrote the short with me. We just went, “Look, that’s hilarious, that’s a short film.”