September 22, 2011 9:30am PT by Philiana Ng
'Whitney': Whitney Cummings on Possible '2 Broke Girls' Cameo, Jane Kaczmarek and Ridiculous Banana Costumes (Videos)
Whitney Cummings has a lot on her plate.
In addition to starring in NBC's new Thursday night comedy, Whitney, the comedian also co-created CBS' rookie sensation, 2 Broke Girls with Michael Patrick King. But it's the former that will be her main focus this year.
Based on Cummings' stand-up comedy, the half-hour series -- airing in the post-The Office slot -- centers on a happily unmarried couple (Cummings and Chris D'Elia) trying to spice up their relationship. (D'Elia, Cummings' longtime friend, told The Hollywood Reporter that "everyone's working as hard as we can to keep the stakes up there" when asked about the pressure of retaining The Office's audience. Watch his full video interview below.)
"I come from a lot of divorce in my family and I have a skeptical view of relationships because of that," Cummings told THR of the genesis of the series.
One way the laughs come is from the outrageous costumes Cummings is forced to wear, including a nurse get-up in the pilot. "There's a lot of me dressing up in ridiculous costumes," she said with a laugh. "I really only have a couple of years to pull this off so I'm trying to jam as many costumes as we can in the first season. In the second episode, I'm in a slutty pop star outfit. Our Halloween episode is coming up, so I'm in a ridiculous banana costume."
Cummings was aware of the multiple screens (mobile, computer, TV) fighting for viewers' attentions. She explains, "As far as I'm concerned, television has to compete with the Internet, so we're trying to make sure we're as funny as a cat eating spaghetti. It's not easy to compete."
The addition of Jane Kaczmarek as Whitney's mother was a blessing in disguise. "I found myself scrambling to be a better actor to try to be in a scene with her. We have a real actor on set now," she deadpanned.
But how realistic is it to see Cummings drop in on 2 Broke Girls, which launched to a stunning 19.2 million on Monday, in the near future?
"Nobody's asked me to be on 2 Broke Girls. I guess I need to ask myself," she says. "I guess I'd be the one to hire myself. That's how low my self-esteem is, I don't even want myself to be in my own show."
Cummings adds, "I just don't want to be on-camera next to Kat Dennings. That's not good for anybody's self-esteem."
Watch D'Elia's full interview below: