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Terry Crews on World's Funniest, what's new for season 2: Interview

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The (other) show based on hilarious video clips first premiered in January as World’s Funniest Fails. Now, it’s returning for season 2 on Nov. 6 with a new name and a few tweaks. We caught up with host Terry Crews to talk about what’s different this season and why there’s still room for a goofy clip show in the age of YouTube.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So the show is no longer called World’s Funniest Fails. Now, it’s just World’s Funniest. Why the name change?

TERRY CREWS: There are so many other things that are just as funny, and they really weren’t considered fails. Let’s just expand this world. Let’s just keep it going. We had success with the last name, but we realized that it was too restricting, and now, we pretty much show anything that’s funny. It was a lot of liberation for us, and I think it really is a much, much better concept. It’s all about improving.

What else is different or new this season?

The big thing is that it’s all me. It’s more me! There’s no longer any nominations for the guest comedians, and the panelists don’t nominate clips anymore. It’s pretty much whatever I decide is the funniest is the funniest. It’s kind of weird because they gave me so much power. It’s like I’m the king of my own little monarchy, my own little world. I am drunk with power right now, in a major way. So the comedians will kind of say which ones they feel are the better ones and the ones I should highlight, but in the end, it’s all about me and how I get to pick ‘em.

And then the video that I choose as the world’s funniest receives the Golden Terry Award, which is an award that is carved in my likeness, muscles and everything. It fits the mood of the show. It’s just absolutely ridiculously funny. There’s no real rules, and to me, it’s the perfect Friday night show for the whole family. The kids and Grandma and everybody can just sit there and have a good time and laugh at my statue of muscles.

This season promises panel appearances by comedy heavyweights like Wayne Brady, Margaret Cho, and Natasha Leggero. Are there any panelists who haven’t been on the show who’d you really like to see stop by?

Oh man, there are so many. I’d love to see Andy on the show, Andy Samberg. My boy Rob Schneider, David Spade, I would love for the whole Happy Madison camp to come through, and we’d do a Happy Madison panel. It’d be really fun. These are all my guys … The Wayans! I have so many more people. I think as the show goes on and it keeps going, we’re just going to try to get more and more.

You do so many different things, from Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to those Old Spice commercials. What was it about this show that really attracted you?

I’ve done a lot of performing in movies and TV shows, and what happens is you have to wait for your reactions. You’ve got to wait two months for a TV show, and then in a movie, you have to wait a year. I’ll sneak in the back of a theater just to see the crowd reaction. And this way, doing this show, I get that. It’s so much fun watching people laugh and have fun with people. When a room full of people is laughing, there’s nothing that’s ever going to replace that. You can watch all the movies you want by yourself, but there’s something that comes with that group atmosphere. I love it. And I think World’s Funniest is like a big, giant party. 

World’s Funniest premieres Friday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. 

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