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Press Tour Diary: 'Community'

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community-Cast_lWHO: Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and exec producers Dan Harmon, Joe Russo, and Anthony Russo.

PREMISE: Picture The Office in a community college setting. My second favorite new comedy after ABC’s Modern Family.

11:21 am: Doesn’t the show make fun of community college students? Exec producer Dan Harmon, a community college alum himself, insists it does not.

11:24 am: Daily Show John Oliver will return as Professor Duncan for two of the first 12 episodes.

11:31 am: McHale will continue to host The Soup on E!, but he’ll have less time to screen clips and stuff beforehand.

11:33 am: Chevy Chase just made a masturbation joke.

11:35 am: The cast loves picking Chase’s brain on the set. “He literally knows where all the bodies are buried [in Hollywood],” says Yvette Nicole Brown. Adds Ken Jeong. “I’m like Chris Farley on SNL. ‘Remember in Fletch when you… ‘” The lovefest continues. “This is the best cast… We were just hoping [co-star] Alison [Brie] would put out a little more.” Paging Human Resources…

11:41 am: On getting McHale to play the lead, e.p. Harmon deadpans, “He had a talent deal at NBC. I didn’t even like him.”

11:45 am: Danny Pudi’s character may or may not have Asperger’s Syndrome. “He’s just a unique guy,” says e.p. Harmon, “with strange social mannerisms.”

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