We don’t know yet whether “Community” will be renewed next season, but as Josh warned in the last hour, if it is, it’s likely to get a shortened season. What’s also uncertain is the status of Chevy Chase’s character, Pierce Hawthorne. He gave an interview to Vulture yesterday to discuss the fate of his character and the show, although I have no idea why he’d give an interview where he insists on being a jackass and providing zero insight. Here’s some of the highlights:
Will Pierce take his “suspension” or will he give going back to school another shot?
I have no idea. I don’t even know if we’ll be picked up.
How do you think the fans of Community would react if Pierce suddenly graduated and completely left?
I don’t want to talk about that. Why would I? We don’t know if the show has been picked up. Even if it had been picked up, I haven’t made a deal. I have to go through all that stuff before I can give you my opinion on the character. It’s not easy to answer that, because I haven’t made my deal yet.
How would you change things on the show?
I’d make it funnier.
How would you make it funnier?
With my brand of humor. I’m not crazy about that character and I’m getting tired of playing him.
What don’t you like about him?
I just don’t think the writing of that character reflects what I do comedically, and I love the people I work with. They’re all good kids, and they all do very well in their parts. But I don’t think anyone has a sense of what to do with me, so I got to play some gray-haired, biased, bigoted guy. I’ve been too funny in my life to have to play a character who’s … moderately funny.
Would you say “time heals all wounds”?
I wouldn’t answer such a cliché.
What an enlightening interview. Thanks, Chevy! Thanks for being a ungrateful, out-of-touch, unresponsive, and rude dick. You know why Chevy Chase is written as a gray-haired, biased, bigoted jackass? Because that’s what Chevy Chase is: A grey-haired, biased, bigoted jackass.
What does Chase want? Really? Does he want Clark Griswold written into the study group. Actually, I have no idea why they haven’t done a Vacation genre-spoof — National Lampoon’s Spring Vacation, where Pierce drives the gang to a water park, only to discover that it’s closed, but it doesn’t stop Annie from stripping down to her skivvies and sliding down the water slide over and over and over again. That GIF would kill the Internet.
Nevertheless, pratfalls and the comedy of wrongheaded stubbornness doesn’t belong in the Greendale Universe. Chase should just be glad he’s not playing Leonard, although he is more closely aligned to Chase’s comedic style.