Now that the season has wrapped, what are you working on?
It’s strange, you don’t know if the show’s getting picked up or not, so there’s a staffing season where you kind of just go out for all these meetings, where everyone’s like, “Hey, you kind of have a job already, but we just wanted to say ‘Hi,’” and you meet with them. It’s very odd…I’m also going to try to write something, I think, an original script, just because I think it’s about that time. I think it’s probably just for me because I think you have to get a bad one out of your system first before you do something good. And I’ve never written an original pilot before, so I’m going to try to make something happen there.
Do you have a favorite running gag on the show?
I have a couple. I really like the rhyming — “Well, well, well Harvey Keitel,” “Well, what do you know, Henry David Thoreau?” This season, I really like that everybody is humming that “Daybreak” song. We keep putting it in because everyone in the office kept humming it. I also really like, which we did more last year, people saying, “Let him finish” when people are giving speeches. I do that to Dan a lot when he’s going off on some tear.
Last question: who comes up with the episode course titles?
Dan comes up with most of them, I’d say, but people obviously pitch ideas for their own scripts. The overarching rule is supposed to be that when people read it, they should immediately be able to remember what episode it is. But it’s so funny that that’s the only rule because I feel like with so many, that’s not true about so many of the episodes. Like the “Law & Order” one is “Basic Lupine Urology,” which you only get if you know about Dick Wolf.