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Actor / EntertainerMy name is Scott Michael Foster and I like to pretend. AMA!

Oct 13th 2017 by SMF2017 • 25 Questions • 109 Points

Hey Reddit, I'm here again!

After starting standup at 19, I wrote, starred, and produced my own television show TITUS from 2000-2002. After I pissed off the Network President and the show got canned I've done seven 90 minute comedy specials and I'm working on my eighth called Amerigeddon, which is touring now.

I also just finished my first feature film called Special Unit, a cop movie starring actors with real disabilities and my emotional ones. We used handicapped actors in a way that has never been done before, in a balls out comedy that is as if Mel Brooks made Lethal Weapon with retards. You can check out the movie below.

Special Unit:
Available Here
And on iTunes

No I have not heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise, and one more thing...catapults, no question.

My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/KLw0j
Tweet at me: https://twitter.com/titusnation
Instagram me: @TitusNation

Bring it!

EDIT: I need to jet people! Thanks so much for the questions and some of your hilarious responses. If I get some time later I'll come back and answer a few more! And guys, PLEASE see the movie, no bullshit you'll laugh your ass off. If you don't want to give the corporate overlords at Apple any money you can get it on my website Until we meet again Reddit!

Q:

Scott Michael, do you ever pretend to be... Michael Scott?

A:

I just wanted to say how much I miss your show. It seems like after it was cancelled all television kind of went to hell. Any chance we'll ever get to see another sitcom from you?


Q:

I definitely quote that show a ton.

A:

Yeah, I was in charge of all of it and when I went away everything just sucked. Except for Breaking Bad. Honestly I am working on a new show for me and Billy Gardell and another one called "Devils Music." It's all a crap shoot though.


Q:

What's your favorite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song that you WEREN'T a part of?

A:

Is there any you will ever come back to Montreal ?? I would love to see you live


Q:

I was sort of a part of "Man Nap" but I wish I could've been on stage in the 80's glam rock get up with the rest of the guys.

A:

I love the festival I want to go back but Canada needs to have real money first. I love the monopoly aspect of it but it makes me uneasy.


Q:

Listen up Rachel and Aline! We gotta get this man in some spandex and hairspray this season!!

A:

Will the stand up routine you did In Minneapolis last year be coming to video or audio recording at any point? It was my favorite one of yours next to norman Rockwell!


Q:

I was sort of a part of "Man Nap" but I wish I could've been on stage in the 80's glam rock get up with the rest of the guys.

A:

I think we are going to shoot Amerigeddon in February. Unless the nukes drop then I will do it around a campfire while we eat the vanquished.


Q:

How much of an effort did it take before you could perform Let's Have Intercourse with a straight face?

A:

First off, I’m a big fan!

Your comedy has always been extremely personal in subject matter. This may seem like an obvious question, but has making light of those events in your life made things, for lack of a better word, easier to cope with and process?


Q:

Thanks for all the great questions! Don't forget to tune in tonight to watch the season premiere of Crazy-Ex Girlfriend on the CW @ 9/8C Bye for now!

A:

Yep, stopped me from killing a bunch of people in a KFC. ( I used to work there) Once I put all the pain and bull in joke form it became absurd, funny and easier to deal with. My family won't talk to me though... because I have shredded them. I understand.


Q:

What characteristic of Nathaniel's do you relate to the most? The least?

A:

Hello Mr. Titus! What's the most rewarding thing about a career in comedy?


Q:

the most: I'd like to say fitness...

the least: probably fitness..

A:

Bitches! Seriously from "Please welcome" To "Thank you goodnight" All the other stuff, travel, hotel beds that 30000 people have slept in and soiled, shitty food. It's all work but the heroin of laughter is the best.


Q:

If you could make your bway debut in any show, what would it be? Also, if you could play any other Crazy Ex-Girlfriend character which one would it be?

A:

Bitches love heroin.


Q:

That's a great question.. probably The Last 5 Years since I know it backwards and forwards. But I like so many plays and musicals!

A:

Word.


Q:

Nathaniel seems to be coming around to Rebecca, do you think this is an organic thing (like would the character actually do that) or a plot device?

A:

Always a fan, just want to thank you for coming to South Florida again.

What is one joke that you thought was funny as hell, but every time you told it, never got the reaction you wanted?


Q:

Oh absolutely! Rebecca brings something out of all the characters on the show and I think they like that about her. It's only natural for Nathaniel to want to understand her.

A:

Every show has one or two of those. Sometime I just let them die and sometime I beat them to death and punish the audience with something I love and they don't get. You gotta save a couple for yourself.


Q:

Do you have any exercises or rituals you have to get in character?

Do you just slip right into it easily?

A:

Any chance of you doing a show far up North in Alaska?


Q:

The writing on this show makes it pretty easy to get into character so I have to credit the writers.

A:

Once Trump acknowledges Alaska is part of the US I will perform there.


Q:

Hey Scott!

What was the audition process like for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? Did you have to sing for your audition, and if so, what was it?

Btw, love the show and can’t wait to see it tonight!

A:

what's the skeeviest thing you've witnessed fellow comics, network execs or military personnel do?


Q:

Hey thanks! I had to do a scene and sing a song. I sang fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra.

A:

Comics : Sleeping with the skanky waitress. (guilty when I was younger) Network execs : Telling a comic what they think is funny without ever writing or telling a joke. Two exceptions Jon Landgraf and Doug Herzog. Both great execs. Military: Honestly the whole time the only thing that happened was an Air Force pilot refused to fly us to a show for the troops in Iraq because he was "Tired." Everlast lost his shit about that, me too.


Q:

Favorite song to sing along to in the car?

A:

So you have mentioned some of the people that inspired you to do comedy (Carlin, Cosby, Robin, etc.), but are there any comedians today that make you laugh like that?


Q:

Mr. Blue Sky

A:

Most everybody has something that cracks me up. I love standups. Ralphie was a great comic. I can watch John Mullany and Mike Birbiglia all day. They are masters.


Q:

Cappie was a character that changed with the shows needs but if you had to give him a hypothetical future, what direction do you see that person going in life?

A:

I notice a lot of comedians, yourself included, voicing strong opinions about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and rape on twitter, but most comedians are mum on a certain fat ginger with a goatee whose harassment is an open secret.

Do you think it's hypocritical to be outraged over Weinstein but quiet about about a sexual predator inside your inner circles?

I'm not saying that you necessarily know about the man, but Tig Notaro is the only big name I see addressing the issue at all.


Q:

Running a taco stand on the beach in Spain.

A:

Usually it gets around if its a problem. I heard about Cosby when I started. Louie has been around forever and I never heard weirdness. Not questioning Tig, she's nothing but honest. It was just never talked about inside until lately. I still haven't heard but then again i'm a bit of a loner.


Q:

Who would win in a fight: a Godzilla-sized pug, a million pug-sized Godzillas, or Kevin McCallister from Home Alone?

A:

what would you say has been your best and worst fan interactions?


Q:

Kevin, duh.

A:

My people are usually thinkers. I don't know why. They have usually been through some shit in their life and are always cool. I did get attacked once in Austin but that was because a dude heckled because his girl was into the show. They had to break us up in the Merch line.


Q:

Do you feel like you could've brought something different to the character Greg?

A:

Hey Titus! My question is how true to life was your show? Was it based on your life growing up at all? Do you hate to be called Titus?


Q:

Haven't ever thought about that..

A:

Almost every story on the show was based on a real story from my life. A few we manufactured and those have a ring of fake. I prefer Titus and will respond faster. Also Numbnuts...I miss my dad


Q:

Hi Scott. What was your favorite moment on set with Elizabeth Lail?

A:

Titus given how everythign turned out with your ex-wife, do you l ever watch the old show and think god was I naieve?

Also given how many issues of yourwith your ex-wife mirror wat happened between your father and your mother, did that give you empathy and a closer relationship with your father? Did he see it coming and help you through it or just let you figure it out.

BTW. I loved your show. I wish there cold be a miniseries intersplicing clips of your old show with you talkign to yourself knowing what you know now.


Q:

The trunk scene! we couldn't stop laughing.

A:

No, I knew at the time but I was always trying to placate her. I've learned now that life is to short to be with a Life Vampire. My life has paralleled my Dad's in a bunch of ways. My kids even did the same thing to me I did to him. Great idea for a show. If I could tell myself what I know know when I was 12, I would be John Titor.


Q:

Can you recommend me some musicals?

A:

The only question I have is, how's Foxy doing?


Q:

Well, I just saw Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen on B'way and they were incredible!

A:

If you are talking about Bombshell her chick pimp name is "Bootsy Badde."


Q:

I love your character on Crazy Ex girlfriend. How did you prepare for that character compared to the other characters that you have played?

A:

You've had a show, comedy specials, you're own company, a podcast and a movie. What's next for you? What's left on your list of things to do?


Q:

Talking with the writers and Rachel about what they wanted! They write Nathaniel so well they make my job easy.

A:

MAKE ENOUGH ON THIS MOVIE TO MAKE MORE! Making this film was the most fun I've had outside of standup. It was making funny on a much bigger scale. Many more pieces, like going from making lego rockets to building real rockets. Not trying to piss off the lego people.


Q:

Bang, marry, kill: Rebecca, Karen, Maya

Unrelated, If it were up to you, what would Nathaniel's outcome be?

A:

Is the reason you and RaeRae are not doing stand up in Canada is because you are worried that if you leave the US, Trump won't allow you back in?


Q:

Pretty sure I don't want to piss any of these ladies off.

A:

Or he might bomb Canada because your President is so much cooler.


Q:

What do you think Nathaniel's issues are?

A:

We don't hav- Okay, funny!!! LOL


Q:

They definitely stem from his parents during childhood.

A:

Prime Minister, which is a great wrestler name.


Q:

Scott,

I thought the scene where Calvin came out to Cappie and Co. in GREEK was very powerful. Did it feel powerful at the time that you were shooting it or was it just another scene?

A:

Chris, big fan since the TV show. I frequently use the line "Dune Buggggieesss" and get blank stares from my friends.

I know you had said there were talks of a Titus 2.0 a few years back, are those talks over or still on the back burner?


Q:

It's always awesome to deal with great content like that. Knowing that somewhere someone is going through that in real life and might be struggling, it's good to know that you might be helping in a way.

A:

FOX flat out said we couldn't use any of the characters or names. FOX owns my family now. I miss them.


Q:

I absolutely adored you on Greek! It’s one of my favorite shows and Cappie was my favorite character. What is your favorite memory from being on set?

A:

Titus, thanks to your specials, I learned that it's okay to make jokes to get through dark times. We enjoyed your show last week in Boise! Please keep coming back! Any idea when you'll tape Amerigeddon?


Q:

Thanks! I have so many but my favorite times were when we were all together in big scenes. Those were the best.

A:

February!


Q:

Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

A:

Huge fan. Any idea if and when you may be coming back to Des Moines? Also, will there be a hard copy release of Special Unit?


Q:

Not really, no. I think we are the masters of our own destiny. But we can learn from our experiences to better prepare us for the future.

A:

No and Yes


Q:

I've never got to participate in one of these so hey!! Haha. But what was your favorite part of working on Once Upon a Time and as such an iconic character?

A:

Hi Titus,

I am excited to watch Special Unit! Thank you for using actors with diabilites! (I have mild CP) What was the spark that lead to you writing your unsual but greatly needed script?


Q:

It was a lot to live up to for sure. My favorite part was getting to know Georgina and Elizabeth who played Elsa and Anna!

A:

My buddy Mike Aronin. I saw how people treated him all the time. Either they treat him like a toddler or ignored him. I wanted it to be balls out funny and show people that the disability is the last thing Mike was. It was just something he lives with like my oddly shaped left testicle. There you go reddit.


Q:

If you were to make your TV show now, would you do it the same way, with the look of a traditional sitcom, or would you go for something more modern and/or experimental?

A:

I'd really always like to try to just be laugh out loud funny. If something crazy adds to that then hell yeaH. If it detracts, nope.


Q:

If you decide not to do a sequel to Special Unit, what Genre 'Musical, Film Noir...' would you think of for your next movie?

A:

I wrote a script called Curly and Mo' that will stop racism. So yeah. I have a buddy action suicide comedy called FUN that is my dream. I'm a huge Mel Brooks fan and if you are gonna pick a genre you have to do it better than Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie or High Anxiety. Special Unit is a cop genre buddy film. I kinda used 48 hours as the template. The premise is so weird in this movie that I wanted to ground it in something people were comfortable with, the cop genre, so the disabled angle didn't rattle.


Q:

Due to the fairness in disabilities act the Van Nuys PD is forced to hire four handicapped undercover detectives and their training officer happens to be the worst cop in L.A.

If I knew nothing about you and read the abstract, there is no reason to watch the movie. What reason can you give me to watch?

A:

You have never seen a movie like it and you will laugh out loud. No bullshit.