Off Script: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's 'Oh, Hello' Alter Egos on Broadway Ticket Prices and Audience Annoyances (Q&A)
After their Broadway run, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will be watching TV: "We love to binge watch. We watch one episode, and then we wait a week, and then we binge watch another episode."
In Oh, Hello, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, a pair of elderly men from the Upper West Side who favor tuna, pranks and NY1. They’re characters that the comedians have played for more than a decade in sketches, in Funny or Die clips and even on Kroll's former Comedy Central series. “They might be the funniest comic duo of their generation,” reads The Hollywood Reporter’s review of their Los Angeles show in March. “If laughter is the best medicine, Kroll and Mulaney are peddling an overdose.”
Directed by Alex Timbers, the 100-minute show at the Lyceum Theatre (running through Jan. 8) includes a different special guest each night; previews have already featured Bobby Cannavale, Seth Meyers, Josh Groban, Aziz Ansari, Paul Sorvino, Fred Savage and Rebel Wilson.
Ahead of Oh, Hello’s Broadway opening on Monday night, The Hollywood Reporter goes Off Script with Faizon and St. Geegland about audience pet peeves, high ticket prices and, of course, hummus baths and cuh-caine.
What's your favorite thing about working in the theater district?
Gil Faizon I like all the authentic New York restaurants, whether it’s Red Lobster, Planet Hollywood or Buca di Beppo with all their perverted murals.
George St. Geegland I like being close to the McGraw-Hill building, which is sadly not owned by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
What's a special preshow ritual that each of you have?
Faizon I try to take at least one hummus bath a day.
St. Geegland I do an exercise where I try to name everyone I’ve ever met. It’s a silent meditation but I also yell the names out loud, and I struggle with most of them.
What should audiences know before seeing your show?
Faizon Know a cuh-caine dealer and do at least a gram of cuh-caine.
St. Geegland You should know that there are no werewolves in the play, so if you see one of these walking wolves you’ve got to run, these guys are not a part of the show.
What's your Broadway audience pet peeve?
St. Geegland This is just me, but I wish everyone in the crowd was smoking.
Faizon I agree. I miss leaving a show and feeling like you’ve just been in a closed garage with a car on for three hours.
St. Geegland Bloomberg changed all that. He thought he was powerful just because he had all the money and ran everything.
Favorite thing to do in NYC on your day off?
Faizon An early doctor’s appointment.
St. Geegland I like to open the blinds so that the sun hits the TV. I turn on NY1 and hopefully it’s an open forum of transit workers.
Some attendees might say that the ticket price is pretty expensive for a show just featuring the two of you. What would you say to them?
St. Geegland With all love and respect, get bent and die.
Faizon I would just add, get stuffed. And also, what are you gonna go spend your money on? Watching a bunch of animals fly around or some a dead guy talk about getting shot?
St. Geegland What? Are you going to buy your stepmom a L'Occitane gift card with your money because you don’t know what she likes?
What are you most looking forward to doing, once the show's run is over?
Faizon Going to the tropics, getting Zika and bringing it to New York.
St. Geegland I’m finally going to watch all those Sopranos.
Faizon We’re going to binge watch all the shows. We love to binge watch. We watch one episode, and then we wait a week, and then we binge watch another episode.
St. Geegland The new thing is binge watch.