On Sunday, Jan. 9, Fox premieres the animated comedy "Bob's Burgers," about Bob Belcher (voice of H. Jon Benjamin), a third-generation restaurateur running a burger joint in a seaside town, with the help of wife Linda (John Roberts), daughters Tina and Louise (Dan Mintz, Kristen Schaal), and son Gene (Eugene Mirman).
His chief competition is Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria, right across the street.
Bob takes a break from flipping patties to answer a few questions:
Q: Did you ever consider breaking away from the family's burger tradition?
A: I never thought about it like that. I've been making burgers for as long as I can remember. There are so many things I could have done. God, have I wasted my life?
Q: What makes a great burger, and what are the worst burger sins?
A: Each time I make a burger, I ask myself one question: Did I sweat, sneeze or bleed into the meat? As long as I can honestly say no, I'm pretty sure that my burgers will be great.
Q: How will you take on Jimmy Pesto's Pizzeria?
A: I'm not going to "take" on Jimmy Pesto's. This isn't some Western movie. But, OK, hypothetically, if it was a movie, I'd be Wyatt Earp, and Jimmy would be the bad guy, and I'd say, "You called down the thunder? Well, here it is!" And I'd shoot him, and that actress woman would give me a kiss and say, "Your mustache tickles," and I'd say, "Oh, stop, you know you love it." And that's my answer.
Q: What do you love most about your town?
A: The people. Well, some of the people. There are at least three or four people in this town I really like.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: People love seafood in this town much more than burgers. So if I could get rid of the ocean somehow without coming off like a supervillain, that'd be nice.
Q: Do you have a life and/or burger philosophy?
A: In the words of Coolio, "You've got to get up to get down." Except I'd reverse that to make it more relevant to me.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times