Sitcom stars get serious about comedy

Tue Jun 8, 2010 2:44am EDT
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By Matthew Belloni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "There's too much deconstruction and analysis of comedy," Ed Helms noted toward the end of a gathering of Emmy-worthy comedic actors (held in a bar though, sadly, nobody was drinking).

"Yeah," agreed Ty Burrell. "Like if you got together at a roundtable just to talk about comedy ..."

Helms ("The Office") and Burrell ("Modern Family") were joined by Ted Danson ("Bored to Death"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory").


Ted Danson: Chris Rock.

Neil Patrick Harris: Really? His stand-up?

Danson: He cuts real close to the bone. The scary stuff. The stuff that you shouldn't be able to say, but somehow he can.

Ty Burrell: (For his) sensibility, Bill Murray. He's not necessarily doing his own material, but I can't think of anybody else.   Continued...