Divorce, it seems, has led Jay Mohr to seek additional television work.
"Oh, yeah. I'm all about that," laughs the punchy comic. "I need to work. My ex-wife gets all the Diet Pepsi money. That was a surprising day in the lawyer's office. 'No. That's hers.' 'Oh, really. Oh. She worked so hard for it.' Yeah. I'm ready to be a sellout."
He's referring, of course, to a series of successful ads featuring Mohr as a helpful agent repping a Pepsi can. He's also referring to ex-wife Nicole Chamberlain. What he can't refer to, at least not out loud, is the degree to which he'll go to sell out. A new sitcom? An HBO series?
"I can't tell you because then the people who might want to hire me will go, 'What? I'm a sellout? Screw him. We'll get someone else.'"
Mohr's next project, actually, is Ed Burns' ensemble indie "The Groomsmen," co-starring Burns, Donal Logue and John Leguizamo. That film goes into limited release on Friday (July 14). Mohr has also signed on for an upcoming episode of "Ghost Whisperer."
"I'm a teacher of all things occult, but I'm not a believer and Jennifer Love Hewitt comes to me because she doesn't know what to do with this one demonic spirit that's reeking havoc on Aisha Tyler's soul," Mohr explains of his visit to the CBS Friday drama.
Mohr has also had conversations about appearing with real-life fiance Nikki Cox on NBC's "Las Vegas." The problem with that cameo is that Mohr already appeared on a 2005 episode of the casino series playing a character named Martin Levson, so he may have to play himself.
He recounts the exchange, "I said, 'Why can't you give me a fictional name?' 'Well, that would be weird because you were already on playing a character. If you came on playing a different character people would get confused.' 'As opposed to me coming on as myself and falling in love with a fictional character that's my fiance in real life.' It's great."
One TV project Mohr doesn't plan on getting reacquainted with is "Last Comic Standing." The host and producer of the first three seasons of the NBC reality show, Mohr departed the series with harsh words for the network's treatment of the low-rated third season. Has he tuned in at all this year?
"No," Mohr says. "No interest. I have none."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times