To those who enjoyed the recent “Community” episode “Conventions of Space and Time” – in which Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is mistaken for the actor who plays a green monster named Thoraxis on a fictional sci-fi series entitled “Inspector Spacetime” – this one’s for you.
“Jeff Thoraxis! Jeff Thoraxis! Chink! Chink! Chink! Chink!” cried out Alison Brie on the PaleyFest 2013 red carpet, simultaneously coming up behind co-star Danny Pudi and carving out imaginary abs on his stomach.
It was but a momentary interlude in my brief chat with the latter actor, who held forth on the show’s “full-throttle” Season 4 and also voiced his appreciation for departed showrunner Dan Harmon:
“I think when the show first started, I had no idea that this was gonna happen with our show,” Pudi told me. “I think we all kinda figured that Abed would be sort of the weird one in the group, and there would be this dynamic where it’s sort of the B-story. …[What] we owe to Dan is that [Abed has] never been taken for granted. …His journey’s been just as important, equally as important, as Jeff Winger’s and everybody else.”
You can check out the full interview in the video above. After viewing, click on over to Daniel Fienberg’s wrap-up of last night’s panel discussion.