Hey Will! Three years ago after the Betty White SNL taping, my friends and I enticed you over our way with a box of cupcakes. You ran over and began punching the cupcakes in anger. You called us muffin poisoners and immediately regretted punching them as you had a lot of icing on your fist. Three years later, I was wondering if you still regret this decision and if you’ve ever been able to look at cupcakes the same way again.
Also, what was your inspiration behind your SNL character Clancy T. Bachleratt?
P.S. Tell me which movie studio I need to entice with cupcakes to get them to make “MacGruber 2: Grube Harder” and/or the prequel to the Brothers Solomon
I am still very sorry about the cupcakes situation. I absolutely remember destroying them. I do not regret it though.
As for Clancy T. Bachleratt -- I don't even remember how we came up with that stuff. It just kinda happened. We originally tried to write a sketch using "model t cars, jars of beer, toddlers and spaceships" in existing songs like Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone but it would have been too expensive to produce so we just made up original songs. And Jonah Hill was really good about championing the sketch after the table read. Thanks for liking that one -- it's one of my favorites I ever got to do at SNL.
And no need for cupcakes, we're gonna make MacGruber 2 -- somehow, somewhere, sometime!
Sorry again about punching the cupcakes!
Did you get to meet Aubrey Plaza when you did that guest spot on Parks and Rec? Was she awesome? Did she do anything weird?
Also, what's your favorite Christmas song?
I did get hang out with Aubrey at Parks and Rec, but I had known her for years. She used to be a photo intern at SNL before she got her big break so we were buddies back then. She's awesome and incredibly funny!
My favorite xmas song is White Christmas or Silent Night -- actually, I love all xmas songs. Oh, Blue Christmas by Elvis too!
Will there be any more Cunth pounding in the MacGruber sequel?
It is not a MacGruber movie if we don't pound some Cunth. It would likely be ghost Cunth but we'll figure something out!
Who's truly your best friend, Nick Mcilwain or Steve Morrison?
You will not get me to crack on this one. I love Nick and Steve equally. And nothing will ever change that!
What is the status of the MacGruber sequel? Also have you considered calling it MoreGruber or MacTwober?
Val wants us to call it MacGruber Also which I really like.
Status: In the writing process but Jorma, John Solomon and I are all so damn busy, it's been hard to get together. It is a priority though and we will write it soon!
I just had to tell you what an epic fucking masterpiece MacGruber was, and I will rip the throat out of anyone who says otherwise.
You are a boobieaficianado of great taste and I appreciate the compliment and the support!
Hey Will! I was that girl who screamed "YOU WERE AMAZING" while you were crossing the street outside the New Beverly last month. I wanted to talk to you after the Q&A for Nebraska but chickened out like I often do.
If it's not too personal, I'm interested in knowing if your role in Nebraska impacted the relationship between you and your own father at all. After watching the film, I certainly felt like giving a call to my dad (who's about as stubborn as Bruce Dern's character) just to see how he was doing.
Big fan of your SNL work and appearances on Tim & Eric Awesome Show too!
Thank you for the "You were amazing" -- I absolutely remember that. That was a really fun night with Bob Odenkirk.
I have an awesome relationship with my Dad but the movie made me realize that I can be an even better son to both parents. Call your Dad -- you will not regret it!
Will, who was your favorite SNL host to work with?
Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Betty White, Josh Brolin, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin (my number one hero). So many wonderful people and wonderful memories!
Hi Will!! You're f'ing fantastic. Rewatching old SNL's, I noticed that you frequently did a lot of funny singing - and you're quite good at it too! I loved your mother's day song. Aside from comedy-singing, do you enjoy singing?
I love singing so much. Jason Sudeikis and I go do karaoke about 90% of the time that we hang out. Just the two of us usually, doing deep cuts.
What's the hardest part about being an actor?
All the free shit!
hi forte. which cast members did you like working with the most on SNL? and who made you laugh the hardest?
I loved everyone there -- everyone had the ability to make you laugh your balls off. It really was the best job of all time to be in that kind of situation for your job
Sorry for not naming anyone specific, but these are all my buddies and I don't want to exclude anyone
WILL!! I love your SNL characters! What's one of the hardest times you've had to keep your composure for a skit?
The hardest probably was when Bill Hader and I did a sketch with Josh Brolin called Fartface. It bombed so hard so it was tough to mentally stay in it. But we plowed through it!
What's your favorite holiday movie?
Probably The Year Without a Santa Claus. Huge fan of the Heat Miser
How much fun is it to do Drunk History?
It's so damn fun. I love Derek Waters. Would love to be the drunk person telling the story at some point too
What was your favorite part of filming MacGruber? Or your favorite gag/joke in it? Will there be a sequel? Whichever question, or all!
Personally, the coffee shop scene between Kristen Wiig and yourself is one of my favorite clips of all time.
I love that coffee shop scene too!
My favorite joke is one our buddy Chris McKenna gave us -- he runs Community with Dan Harmon. It's the joke where MacGruber says something like "If ripping throats gets us back that X5, I'll suck as many dicks.. er, rip as many throats as it takes."
Who do you admire most out of everyone you've worked with and why?
Steve Martin is my all time favorite performer. And so to get to work with him at SNL was a very special experience with me.
David Letterman is another hero of mine and I got to write for his show for about a year way back in 1997-8. What an amazing honor to work on your hero's show!
Are you at all related to Buck Medley from Animal Planet? He's the most fabulous man with a bow and arrow i've ever seen.
I don't think I'm related to him which is awesome because that means I can have sex with him!
I love and miss Senator Tim Calhoun so, so much. I also annually rewatch your Women's Herstory song (see what I did there?). If you had to pick, what was your favorite character you got to play on your Weekend Update slots?
I think I would have to say Jon Bovi was my favorite. So fun to do that with Sudsy. And I don't think we ever got to say this, but our character's names were Dick Thickness and Girth Evans. Now you know!
Hey Will big fan of your work on SNL. Is there any chance of you returning as host? Hope to hear an answer from you if you can
That would be a dream! I would do anything that SNL would ask me to do. Hang in there bigsherm59 -- you are 10 away from the perfect name -- and thanks for the compliment!
I was MacGruber for Halloween and I compiled two turkeys that night. I just want to say thank you.
Ah man, one turkey away from a turkey of turkeys! Thanks for being MacGruber on Halloween -- that's really cool to hear!
Personal hero Will Forte.
The Brothers Solomon is one of the most underrated comedies of the past 20 years (I have a Brothers Solomon tattoo that only people who saw the movie would get). In the DVD commentary, you mention you have a 'we need black baby' story about the casting and I sometimes lay at wake at night thinking about this. Can you please share?
I wish I could, but only in person -- if you ever see me on the street or something, please come ask. I even give you permission to interrupt my dinner and ask. Even if I'm eating with the President!
Who are your favorite bands? You have to have good taste in music...
Led Zeppelin is my number one. But I love the Beatles, Doors, Deerhoof, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Pavement, Funkadelic, Black Keys (I even got to officiate Pat's wedding)
Most recent discovery -- George Harrison album "Early Takes Volume One" -- you gotta get this!
MacGruber is an underrated masterpiece. Did you have any regrets about the way it was marketed?
I love that movie with all my heart. I place no blame on marketing. Hopefully if we get to make a second one, people outside of you and my family will go see it.
Thanks for your support pharbero! KFBR392!
Macgruber is an under appreciated masterpiece and the stuff you did with Tim And Eric is some of the funniest stuff I've seen, along with snl stuff like the falconer and tim calhoun. My question is how do you get so worked up in sketches like forting with will and lazy horse mattress?
I don't know! They write amazing stuff that's easy to get worked up doing. It's so fun to work with Tim and Eric -- with the crazy stuff they do, you would think that they would be way more weird. But when you meet them, they're just two nice normal dudes. I hope you get to meet them so you can verify this!
That's freaky that we both called Macgruber an under appreciated/rated masterpiece within 1 second of each other. Are we... best friends now?
Oo, seems like pharbero and thebaselines might be going on a date. Could this be the first reddit wedding? I'm so honored to instigate this union!
I really don't have a question. I just think you're wonderful.
Thanks for putting a smile on my face. You're wonderful too!
Did you know Nebraska would be in black-and-white and does that knowledge change anything about how you act on film?
I found out from Alexander pretty early on in the process that it would be in black and white. It didn't really change anything about the way we acted in the movie. We did however at times wear some pretty weird color combos that would register better in black and white -- undershirts that were neon orange -- that kind of thing. If you were to watch a color version of the movie, you would think, what the hell are these guys wearing? But I can't imagine the movie in anything but black and white now -- I think it's so beautiful! Alexander Payne is amazing!
Hi Will, at Doug Loves Movies, what "spoke" to you with the Children of Ben poster?
Or in other words, why didn't you pick my Blake Placid poster? :)
Blake! I am so sorry. It was just because I saw his first. But I lost the contest anyway. Next time, I will pick yours and lose for you!
What did you do for your SNL audition?
Were there any sketches during your time there that you were completely surprised went to air?
For my audition, I did Tim Calhoun, a speed reader, a prison guard that yelled at people and another thing I used to do at the Groundlings Theater (perhaps my favorite sketch I've ever done) called the Gold Man -- I'm one of those Gold Men on the streets that moves when people put money in their bowl -- I get my money stolen and then sing a sweet song about the hard life of a Gold Man that ends in the reveal that I suck cock for my facepaint. From there on out, most of the rest of the song is about cock and facepaint -- in fact, those are the only two words I use for the final two minutes of the song -- I must have sang the word cock like 200 times by the end of it. As I walked out of the audition, Lorne thanked me for coming and I shook his hand and said "Sorry for all the cocks." The next day, I found out I got the job. I guess it was the perfect amount of cocks!
Hey Will! How did you mentally prepare for the celery scene in MacGruber?
The hardest part of that scene was the fact that my mom was visiting the set that day with her friends. I should have told her to go to Santa Fe that day (we made the movie in Albuquerque). But we got past it as a family
How often are people naked behind the scenes of SNL?
Every second of every day.
What is your social security number Will?
Hi Will, You are one of the people who made me realize I want to be a comedy writer and I am unbelievably grateful for that. That said, I have two questions.
What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little boy?
Also, my username comes from MacGruber! How perfect.
That is so cool to hear! Good luck to you, VickyStElmo!
Advice: do what YOU think is funny at every step of the way. A lot of times, people try to talk you into doing stuff that makes you compromise your comedy. Do not EVER let that happen. Believe in yourself to the hilt!
I wanted to be a football player for the Oakland Raiders when I grew up, then a guitarist, then a history professor and then I found comedy.
Good luck again -- you are wonderful!
The Falconer - anyone in particular inspire this character? How could you guys keep a straight face writing these sketches? You were one of my favourite members on SNL and your appearances on 30 Rock were always fantastic!
Thanks very much!
Eric Slovin from the comedy team Slovin and Allen came up with the Falconer idea. I had nothing and he said that he was gonna say five words and we were gonna write a sketch about one of them. And then he said: "dental hygienist... construction worker... falconer... tennis player... chef." and we all agreed that a Falconer was the way to go and the three of us went to work coming up with the idea. It was very late at night -- or morning -- like 5:00am when we started it. Thanks so much for liking it!
Hey will! You're honestly one of my favorite comedians!! What was it like filming on How I Met Your Mother? And do you ever drink a wharmpess ;)
Thanks very much! How I Met Your Mother was an amazing experience. I wrote at Letterman with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas who created the show, so I had known them forever. They're wonderful guys. So it was a very comfortable experience working on the show. The director Pam Fryman is AWESOME and the whole cast is so talented and so damn nice -- it really was a great experience! And I didn't ever get to drink a Wharmpess but I bet it tastes like it sounds.
Hey Will! I know you love karaoke- what's your go-to karaoke song?
I love "Just Once" by James Ingram. "War Pigs" or "Faeries Wear Boots" by Black Sabbath.
With Sudeikis who I usually do karaoke with, our go-to's are: "I Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon, "Always and Forever" by Luther Vandross, "Heart of the Matter" by Don Henley, and "Falling Slowly" from "Once" -- I love singing with that dude. And then Olivia Wilde took him away from me! (She's so amazingly awesome and I'm so happy for both of them)
Have you ever wondered if a clown has ever affixed one of those cherry red noses to the end of his dingdong? These are the questions that matter.
I don't think there's any question that that scenario has befallen every clown that has ever existed
Colgate, Crest, or other? Could you please tell us how you finally came to that decision? Had you had problems with other toothpastes in the past?
Loved you in Macgruber!
Thanks for liking MacGruber!
As for toothpaste, Arm and Hammer PeroxiCare -- that baking soda and peroxide combo makes my mouth clean as a museum floor at the beginning of the day.
Remember to brush your effing tongue!
I love that you don't get mad when people call you Will Arnett.
Sincerely, Also Not Will Arnett.
It is an honor to be called Will Arnett -- that happens all the time. He's one of my favorite comedians and also a very good friend. And what a bod on that guy!
With christmas and all, whats the best anti gift you can give? I would love to surprise my spouse with something she will never forget. And now i can blame you.
A gift certificate to the gym? That would be the worst gift to give your spouse that I can think of. And please blame me.
Go see Nebraska and tell your friends to see it too! (I answered your question, it's only fair)
"After MacGruber's theatrical release, Forte left SNL for personal and professional reasons, although he has returned as a guest performer. "
May I ask what the personal reasons were for leaving?
Wanted to be closer to my little niece Laney and nephew Alden who live in SF. And also all my friends on the west coast. It was a really tough decision -- SNL was an amazing experience. I still miss it!
hey will!!! i a big fan from the uk! love you in SNL and 30 Rock!! my question is why is Nebraska only showing in cinemas in London, rather than the whole UK? cause i love to see it but i don't live near London :(
They've been stepping it out slowly -- it's the same thing out here in the US. They opened in only four theaters (two in NY, two in LA) and have been slowly expanding. I think it's gonna be in like 250 theaters this weekend out here. I assume it'll expand in the UK as well.
I would make up a cereal, but you cannot improve upon Fruity Pebbles. I think they should market Fruity Pebbles milk -- just milk that's been sitting in Fruity Pebbles for a long time and then strained into a bottle. And why? Because I would like to be cereal perfection -- I'm not there yet, but it's something to strive for!
Are you doing anything special for the holidays?
Hanging out with the wonderful Forte family in SF. We just hang around and watch movies all day. It's the best. If you're in SF for the holidays, I hope to se you there!
Hey Will, I remember flipping through the channels one night and seeing your SNL sketch of "Herstory" in which you sang a song about the history of women. It is honestly one of the funniest sketches I've seen on SNL, so thanks!
Thank you very much for the compliment!
Hi Will! I really loved Nebraska and can't wait to see you in Run and Jump. As a fan of your earlier works as well, I was wondering what type of parts should we expect to see you in from now on?
I have no idea! I don't really plan things out. Nebraska came out of nowhere for me -- it's been such an amazing experience and has been so exciting, but it was about as unexpected as you can get. As for the future, I would love to try a little bit of everything! And I would also like to try to make MacGruber 2 (but don't tell my parents that -- I think they think I've moved through that phase)
So happy you liked Nebraska -- please spread the word -- and I look forward to hearing what you think about Run and Jump -- really proud of that one too!
Hey will, fellow acalanes alumnus here. What was your senior prank? Also, good job getting the fuck out of lafayette and becoming a legend. You rule
Go Dons! Our senior prank was throwing a bunch of paint around the school and writing dirty words on the walls -- like half of my friends got permanently kicked out of school for that one. I did not participate in the prank -- I have too much respect for Acalanes and the Dons that walk those halls. Again, go Dons!
I've never seen a character quite as..."emotionally troubled" as Will Grello. How did you manage to tap into that level of emotional instability? Also, how did the kids in the "Fortin' with Will" sketch react to such a convincing display of rage? Love your work, brother. Keep it up.
Tim and Eric get you there very quickly -- they create such a fun environment in which to go crazy. As for Fortin with Will, I was really concerned about the kids, so I spent a great deal of time in between takes becoming friends with them and letting them know that what I was about to do was all just make believe -- those kids are so awesome in that -- they really make that sketch! Thanks for the compliment!
On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about Nebraska and working with Bruce Dern?
You have to get a new scale because your scale just broke because the thing shot through the ten mark so hard. Every part of the Nebraska experience was amazing. Bruce could not have been better to me -- what a great friend and guide through the whole process. And I got to watch an amazing actor who has given hundreds of amazing performances, give the best performance of his lifetime -- and I got to watch it from like a foot away. To say it was an incredibly special experience would be the biggest understatement of all time.
What was your favorite part of filming Macgruber?
All the off screen sex with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Powers Boothe
What was your platform as high school class president?
I can't remember but whatever it was, I didn't deliver on any of it! I was such a bad president! And I'm a hard working person -- I just was not good at it. I would be a better freshman class president now. Sorry Acalanes Class of '88
No question here, but Clone High is one of the most under-rated/under appreciated shows out there. I appreciated your work in it!
Thanks very much! Did you know that the guys who did Clone High also did Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and the soon-to-come 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie? And they let me reprise my role as Abe Lincoln in the Lego Movie -- it's a tiny part, but it was really fun to work with those guys again -- they're amazing!
Hi Will, I love you - do you love me?
I DO love you! But that train has sailed, ThatTrainHasSailed! Or has it?
Are you a demon?
I guess that depends on what your definition of a demon is. But in a Lazy Horse Mattress setting, all signs are pointing to a heavy yes.
what were you like as a kid?
I was loud and obnoxious but very considerate. I spent a lot of time in my room for misbehaving but it drove my mom crazy because I would have just as much fun hanging out in my room alone as I would out of my room.
You're into sports, right? Are you into betting on your teams and charity?
/r/CharitableBets might interest you.
I'm gonna have to check this out. I don't do a lot of betting but I am a fan of charity. I shall check it out at once!
How is it working on Gravity Falls and what is your all-time favorite SNL skit?
It's really fun working on Gravity Falls -- love those guys!
And my all-time favorite SNL sketch of my own is the basketball coach who gives Peyton Manning a motivational speech at half time and plays the inspirational song "Casino Royale" by Herb Alpert that gets him so fired up, he starts dancing.
As for my favorite SNL sketch from other people, it is a tie between a million things. The ones that jump to mind are More Cowbell and the Synchronized Swimmers short film
It's simple genetics!
As for recent SNL, I have been watching and I love the new cast. It's more and more fun every week as I get to know them. But I think the show is in really good shape for the future. Don't you agree?
Are you ticklish? If so where? :)
I really have a hard time having anyone touch me right above the knee - a tap there won't do much, but an upper knee grab will make my balls go up into my stomach. Self-preservation!
Just saw the NEBRASKA and absolutely love it!!!!! Your first non-comedic role was incredible. Do you plan on doing any more roles like this?
Thanks very much! I'm so happy you liked it! This has been such an amazing experience -- I would love to do more stuff like it if someone was willing to give me that chance. I can't thank Alexander Payne enough for letting me be a part of this wonderful movie that I'm so proud of! Sorry, of which I am so proud -- sorry Mrs. Whyte (high school English teacher)
--Did you actually have to stick the celery up your butt?
--Who had to write the KFBR392 in the note book repeatedly?
The celery was more in the taint area -- it did not travel into the hole.
And I wrote every K, every F, every B, every R, every 3, every 9 and every 2. And I drew those disgusting pictures too. I still have the notebook. It's one of the two mementos I asked to keep. The notebook and the Miata. Don't rob me!
When will "Fortin' with Will" get picked up as its own series?
I would sign onto that in a heartbeat!
Hey Will, gotta say you are my idol and total man-crush. One question:
"Lettuce" is my pretty much my favorite thing ever, whose idea was it? And also what was your favorite sketch to do on SNL
Darn that was two questions...
Lettuce came from a thing I used to do at the Groundlings. Akiva, Andy and Jorma came to me and asked if I had any ideas for shorts. I told them about this and then we wrote it together. Really happy that you liked it!
Hey Will, gotta say you are my idol and total man-crush. One question:
"Lettuce" is my pretty much my favorite thing ever, whose idea was it? And also what was your favorite sketch to do on SNL
Darn that was two questions...
Oh, and forgot the second question! My favorite things to do on SNL -- the dancing coach sketch with Peyton Manning -- all the Clancy T. Bachleratt and Jackie Snad songs about Model T Cars, Jars of Beer, Toddlers and Spaceships -- the ESPN Classic sketches -- MacGruber -- Jon Bovi -- and Potato Chip!
I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff but those are some of my favorites.
Oh, Tim Calhoun and The Falconer!
Hi Will! Did you know that you were a better Jenna Maroney than the real Jenna Maroney?
Bite your tongue! Jane is an amazing actress. I always had respect for her, but getting to work with her, my respect grew even more. What she does is really hard to do but she makes it look effortless! What an honor to be a part of that show -- thanks Tina!
And thanks for the compliment!
How many stalks of celery can you fit in your butt at any one given point in time?
Is infinity a valid answer?
Anything, huh? INCOMING HIGHLY PERSONAL QUESTIONS
What was your most embarrassing injury?
How did you lose your virginity?
Do you think Abe and Joan ever get unfrozen and hook up, or will their heartbreak remain frozen in time... just like them?
Iiiiiiiierrrrraaaaaahhhhhhh... that's all I've got for now.
Wow -- these are all good questions. My most embarrassing injury? I broke my dick in front of the President and the First Lady -- that was embarrassing!
How did I lose my virginity? Very carefully. (and quickly)
As for Abe and Joan, I hope one day we'll get another crack at Clone High so we can answer these unresolved questions. I loved that show and thought it ended too soon!
Hi Will, you were my favorite character in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar movie as the Alan, the owner of E-Z Swords. Just wanted to ask, is there any reason you seem to have always played the most neurotic characters on the Awesome Show, and how was your experience working with Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker?
I don't know why that is! I just do what they ask me to do. I love working with those guys so much. They are surprisingly normal guys for the crazy stuff they do. I hope you get a chance to meet them one day -- you'll see!
And thanks! So happy you liked Allan Bishopman! There is a commercial for E-Z Swords that for some reason didn't make the final cut of the movie. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out. I love it!
First off, please do what's in your power to make Greg Stink an official Olympics correspondent this year.
But I need to know. In the sketch where you are in a spelling bee and take 2 minutes to spell Business, were all of those letters written exactly on the cue card, or did you make them up as you went along? This has been keeping me up at night for years. And also, days.
Thanks! only link available
Thanks for your Greg Stink support! I have booked a flight to the Olympics just in case.
As for Spelling Bee, that's one I used to do when I was at the Groundlings (a sketch/improv comedy theater in LA). I used to go on forever with the letters -- sometimes like double the SNL version of the sketch. I was really nervous because it was the last sketch of the night before Neil Young played and I was scared that he wouldn't have enough time to do his song so I did it a little shorter than I normally would have. In hindsight, I should have just kept saying letters until they hauled me off the stage. But it was so fun to get to do that one at SNL -- that's one that's really close to my heart!
How big is your dick? Post pic.
Edit: He answered. I am 200% satisfied.
Shoot, my dick pic camera broke (I have a special one for dick pics) But it is huge! (please don't verify this with any of my ex-girlfriends)
What is the best way to cook a dog?
I like to ice brew them. The flavor comes out more bold. The heating process kills a lot of the natural flavor
Hi Mr. Forte. Can I call you Will?
Will, I love you. Now that that is out of the way, I would like you to know how much I appreciate you and your fantastically bizarre sense of humour. I have yet to watch you in something that I don't find gut-bustingly hilarious, so thank you for providing me with so many funny things to show other people.
What I really came here to ask is who did Abe choose? Cleo or Joan? The question has been eating away at me for nigh a decade. I will always lament the second season that never was, but at least give us some closure!
First of all, thank you so much for the nice things you said in there!
And I cannot answer your Clone High question. I'm hoping that one day the series will resume and if that happens I would hate to spoil it for you. Also, I have no idea!
Go see Nebraska!
Will you sit in gum for me one more time?
Is the gum in your mouth?
Is the gum in your mouth?
Ew, that's gross sorry. Yes I will.. if it's in your mouth.
Ew, that's gross sorry. Yes I will.. if it's in your mouth.
Ew, again! Sorry, I can't stop myself!
How much fun was it to be in Beerfest?
It was such a blast. I love the Broken Lizard guys so much. They're really great guys. I hope they get to make Super Troopers 2 one of these days!
But sorry for my horrible German accent in Beerfest. I worked on that thing for so long and that's the best I could come up with!
What advice would you give someone who wants to be an SNL cast member? What should someone be doing to work towards those goals?
I am a huge fan and am so happy for all your success!
Thanks very much!
There are so many things you can do! I usually say that you should either go to The Groundlings in LA, UCB in NY or Second City in Chicago and start working your way through the system. They always look for people in those places. But there are so many other wonderful theaters and I'm kinda out of the loop now. There are also so many ways that you can get noticed on the internet too. Old Man Forte wishes he could give you better advice, but that's the best he can do. Best of luck to you. Work your ass off and work with as many people as you can -- you never know who is gonna make it to the next level and then take you with them! Or maybe you're the person who makes it and takes them along.
Good luck and thanks again!
Hello Will, you've been amazing in your cameo's on all the Tim and Eric stuff you've done. Do you know if you will be rocking on anything else of their's? love all your work! Hope all is well, I can't wait to watch Nebraska, haven't found the time yet.
Find the time Cinco420! I can't wait for you to see Nebraska!
As for Tim and Eric, I can't wait to work with them again. I always have the best time with them. They let me go nuts -- it's so much fun and very therapeutic!
But thanks very much for the nice words!
"My name is Will Forte and I will answer ANYTHING you ask me."
What was your highest annual salary from SNL, base before any taxes, agent fees, etc? And just from SNL nothing else.
Oh no. You got me! That counts as answering, right?
Do your parents know your gay? its a yes or no question.
Yes and no, but mainly no
How did you keep the celery in your butt cheeks during the MacGruber scene? Intense butt strength or was it pretty far up there?
It was more of a butt strength thing. It actually wasn't in the hole, but rather in the taint.
Hey Will! Thanks for running in the Santa Monica Sports Club's #TreadmillMarathon on Nov. 17th. You are really fast and kind to donate your time and running skills! What got you into running?
I gained 40 pounds my freshman year at UCLA and started running that summer. And it was my pleasure to participate in the TreadmillMarathon -- wish I could have done the whole thing but had to go to a Nebraska q&a.
Why does Kazu Nagahama hate you?
I don't know! If you find out, please let me know. I can't have this hanging over my head any longer!
OMG WILL. An open apology to mother earth is still the song I keep replaying on every Earth day. You didn't write this on your own right?
Thanks very much! I can't remember who I wrote that with but most likely with my friend John Solomon. He's one of my best friends and he writes at SNL. He and Jorma Taccone and I wrote MacGruber together too! Thanks for liking it!
That inspirational coach speech with Peyton Manning was the funniest thing I've ever seen. Where did that come from?
Thanks very much! So happy you liked it. I think that's my favorite sketch I ever got to do at SNL. That was one I wrote with John Lutz (the guy that played Lutz on 30 Rock). He came into my office with that crazy song ("Casino Royale") and I told him about an idea I had from years before in which a coach used a weird song to motivate his team and we went from there. The funny thing is that we wrote the whole thing just thinking that I would play the song and listen to it the whole time. But right as we were about to turn the sketch in, Lutz said "Why don't you dance while the song is playing or something." I can't believe we almost didn't think of that because that's the whole sketch! Thanks again for liking it!
Favorite sandwich? Go!
I sure hope a breakfast burrito counts as a sandwich because that's my answer!