Jason Mantzoukas is a cohost of the very funny podcast How Did This Get Made? on which he, Paul Scheer, and June Diane Raphael, lampoon terrible and/or entertaining, berserk movies. But he is also a much in-demand actor whose TV and film credits include The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Kroll Show, Dirty Grandpa, The Dictator, and new comedy The House (out June 30). So, has Mantzoukas ever found himself in an embarrassing situation working with, or just bumping into, people who appeared in a movie he trashed on the HDTGM??
“No, never,” he says. “It’s the opposite. I’ve met a lot of people in the business who are fans of the show and are like, ‘Oh my God, you guys talked about that movie I was in!’ Or, what happens more frequently is that I’ll meet actors, or even writers or directors who will be like, ‘I want to come on your show and talk about—’ whatever movie they were in that they think is terrible. I do feel we try to celebrate the crazy or silly things that happen in these movies in a positive way, rather than tearing apart anything.”
About which of his own films does Mantzoukas most often wonder, How did that get made?
“I mean, without naming any names, there’s certainly been projects I’ve been a part of that weren’t great,” he says. “But I also do understand how they got made.”
Would Mantzoukas mind if we wrote that his answer was simply, “Dirty Grandpa“?
“I would mind,” laughs the comedian. “How dare you! How dare you, Clark!”