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Megan Mullally is the better half to her comedic husband Nick Offerman and together they make one of Hollywood’s funniest couples. Megan and Nick are currently on tour with their show, “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe,” which is heading to the Wilbur theatre.
SD: When did you realize you were funny and that you could capitalize on it?
MM: Honestly, I always did a lot of musical comedy, but it wasn’t until “Will & Grace” that I realized that I was funny. While working on “Will & Grace,” I started trusting in myself instead of trying to be someone else. I guess I was a comedic late bloomer.
SD: What can the audience expect at your show, “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.”
MM: Well, it is both filthy and wrong. Don’t bring your children! We do a lot of comedy and singing. Nick plays his guitar and I play the ukulele. It has been a lot of fun. We have rewritten the show from last year’s tour. We have about 50% new material. I never want the audience to get bored and I don’t want to get bored, so new material helps keep it fresh.
SD: How did you come up with the idea for the show?
MM: It stared because I have a band named “Nancy and Beth” www.nancyandbeth.com. We would open for Nick while he was touring and he would do the same for us. Nick made the suggestion that we do our own show. It reduces our overhead and we get to spend more time together, so it is a win-win.
SD: Whether you are doing television or stage, what’s your philosophy on taking work?
MM: It is always changing depending on what I am doing in life. Early on, I would say “yes” to things that were weird just to experience different things. I haven’t really done anything high profile since “Will & Grace,” but I have been working like crazy. Right now, Nick and I are trying to scale back on our work so we can be home more.
SD: You have a new film coming out in December, “Why Him.” What can you tell me about your character, Barb Fleming?
MM: I was really excited to get the part. It’s a comedy from one of my favorite directors, John Hamburg. He directed one of my favorite movies, “I Love You, Man.” I play Bryan Cranston’s wife and our daughter is dating a gaming billionaire. We go pay them a visit and it turns into a big rivalry between Bryan and James Franco. I love that my character, Barb, has some awakenings of her own with James. It opens on Christmas Day, so it is the perfect Christmas gift.