Rob Corddry Talks ‘Childrens Hospital’ & Possible ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Sequel
Can you give us any hints about what’s coming up on Childrens Hospital?
Yes…a TV first, someone dies on camera. That, and jokes.
The show started off as a web series for thewb.com, we spoke to your co-star Rob Huebel who said you guys never planned on Childrens Hospital becoming a TV series – were you happy it got picked up?
It was certainly not our plan at all. As a matter of fact I gave a lot of interviews saying I wasn’t interested [in turning it into a TV series]. But that was before I became aware of the 15 minute format and I thought that would be perfect for the show. Anything more than that would be a relentless joke barrage. So we were in a low stakes bidding war between Comedy Central and Adult Swim. [Laughs]
Do you think the show would be different if it wasn’t on Adult Swim?
Well those are the only two places a show like ours could exist. But, I definitely think Adult Swim is closer to our sensibility, that isn’t to say I wouldn’t fit with Comedy Central’s programming; however, the executive we were pitching to [at Comedy Central] started giving us notes at the pitch meeting. [Laughs] And we haven’t gotten a note from Adult Swim to this day so I think we picked the right home.
You play off a lot of medical shows on Childrens Hospital – were you a fan of medical shows before you started filming?
Not really, I was a fan of St. Elsewhere, that was one of my favorite shows of all time…and I liked M.A.S.H., but that’s about it. I was never a fan of ER, and I only sporadically watched Grey’s Anatomy, but when I started writing this show I would watch those for inspiration. Recently I started watching House, and I love that show, that’s a big inspiration for the current show, but that’s more of a procedural detective drama than anything else, so we started parodying TV drama more than just medical shows.
You have a ton of great guest stars on the show (Nick Offerman, Jon Hamm, etc.) are there any stars you’d like to work with in the future?
Yeah, I’d like to find a way to see Michael Cera rather than just hear him. Other than that, I’m sort of cutting down on guest stars in the season we’re writing now because we have a great cast and I don’t want to waste them. I only want a guest star if it’s really necessary. I’ll write a story and I say if this story can be told with the doctors in the hospital, I’d much rather do it that way. Of course, people bring their kids to a hospital, so it is conducive to hiring guest stars, so we will always be counted on for some fun cameos.
You also live-tweeted the show’s premiere, do you enjoy using that to interact with fans?
Yeah, it’s a good way to interact with fans or at least to take the temperature of the fans is to search #childrenshospital [on Twitter]. But live-tweeting the premiere was almost impossible because we were trying to figure out how many jokes per minute we could fit in… it was almost impossible. I also have almost 1.3 million followers and I’d say most of those followers do not watch Childrens Hospital. So they were mostly annoyed that I was taking up their feed.
I have to ask – everyone at Celebuzz are big Hot Tub Time Machine fans, would you ever join on for a sequel?
I would do it in a second, first of all. Second of all, I think the chances are slim to none. One, because we didn’t make a huge splash opening weekend, and that’s kind of what its all about. We were sort of the-movie-that-could after a while, and it ended up doing pretty well, but it didn’t make a huge splash. Also, our studio is bankrupt. They can’t even make a Bond movie now, I doubt that they’re angling to make a Hot Tub 2.
Watch Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim on Thursdays at midnight!