Leslie Jones Got Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Direct Her Comedy Special

Leslie Jones Got Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Direct Her Comedy Special

February 2, 2020 75 By Sebastian Fry


-This is such a fantastic
special. -Yeah, thank you.
-I loved watching it so much. So funny.
You wrote it together with your friend who’s a very
funny comedian as well, Lenny Marcus.
-Yes. Yes. -You’ve talked — I’ve read
articles where you’ve talked about how nice
the collaboration is to have another comedian
to bounce stuff off. -It’s always good to put one great thing and another great
thing together, because you’re going to always
make a great thing. -Yeah.
-And Lenny is just as, like, hard on comedy as much as I am. Like, he was hard on me.
-Yeah. -He was like — I think Lenny
is up there in the top coaches I’ve ever had in my life. -Well, the really nice thing
about it was, you know, and I don’t know the process,
but he got the best Leslie Jones
out of Leslie Jones, which I thought
was fun to watch. -He got me organized.
First of all, he wrote my whole — like, I had
never seen all my jokes. -Yeah.
-He wrote all my jokes out on a piece of paper and I was,
like, “Word? [ Laughter ]
How did you know I’d say that? That is crazy.
You are a nerd, dude. I love you.”
I love him. I love him.
-That’s great. You also — incredible coup,
you’re a huge fan of “Game of Thrones” and you got
the co-creators of that show, Benioff and Weiss,
to direct your special. -Isn’t that crazy?
-It’s the best. -All I could think about is
like, somebody who could catch my action.
-Yeah. -And, again.
-Yeah. -They filmed dragons and all
kinds of horses. -Yeah. I mean, they kept
the dragon in the frame. They had no trouble with you.
-I was the dragon. I keep telling y’all.
-You — We watched “Game of Thrones”
together on the show. -I know. -That was one of my favorite
things, “Game of Jones.” -I regret we didn’t do
more of those. -I know. I think we only
did five or six. -We did like —
Oh, I regret it. ‘Cause let me tell you,
I was grumpy grump. ‘Cause like, it was hard
to get me to really — because they’re
hard to do, you know, because we’re doing — I was
doing “SNL” at the same time, but now that I think about it,
wish we had did, like, at least ten.
-We should’ve done at least ten. -‘Cause very time
I watch them, I laugh so hard.
-They’re so good. -It’s so good.
-And I should stress that, you know, sometime
we should just release a full hour of it because you —
-Oh, you have to post it. -You talk for a full hour.
-‘Cause that’s — That’s when I was like, people don’t want to watch TV
with me for real. -Yeah.
-Yo, I pause it — Like, my — everybody that knows
me does not watch TV with me. -Yeah.
-I pause the TV, and I be like, look, first of all,
let me explain. And they’re like,
“Please don’t explain.” -My wife, we watched
the season — the final season premiere
together. And my wife was so mad,
she goes, “I can’t believe you watched it with Leslie
and not me.” I’m like,
“I have to watch it again. I barely heard a word
of dialogue.” -Exactly.
-Yeah. -I talked the whole time.
[ Laughter ] Oh, and I forgot about that,
so you got outtakes. Oh, my God, that’s gold.
I want to see that. -Oh, yeah.
There’s some real — -I want to see that.
-One of the nice things about this show, “Time Machine,” is you talk about how — the sort of different stages
in your life. -Yes.
-And you talk about if you had a time machine,
the things you would go back to say
to your 20-year-old self. -Oh, so much, man. Like, take better care
of yourself. Oh, stop stressing.
Go to bed. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Go to bed, Leslie. -But the real — the brilliant
twist on it, you know, I don’t want to give away
too much of the material of the special,
is you point out that the 20-year-old
Leslie Jones would not — would have a lot of doubts about
this 50-year-old version. -First of all —
-Would not trust her. -Who is you, though?
-Yeah. -But who is you, though?
But who is you, though? [ Laughter ] But who is you, though? Nah, I don’t recognize you.
Who is you, though? -Would not be a fan
of your haircut. -Like, why you look
like that, yo? [ Laughter ]
Like, this is not my future. Yo, I look like
Woody Woodpecker, son. No.