After a decade-long run, the “Bob’s Burgers” creators and cast are more in tune with the beloved show, and each other, than ever before. Although they miss recording as an ensemble amid the pandemic, they pride themselves on their natural and learned chemistry to continue improvising the show and digging deep into the roots of their characters.
“We don’t get to improvise together anymore, and I really do miss that, but I’ve been Louise for so long now that it’s always a delight to play her, and she’s in there, and she didn’t go away,” said Kristen Schaal, who voices Louise Belcher. “She might be a little more feistier than usual because of all the pent-up angst, but the quality is still dynamite, still really good.”
Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz and Larry Murphy discussed show highlights and collaborations between the stars and creators of the Emmy Award-winning Fox animated series, as well as offered an exclusive look at the show’s upcoming 200th episode. The Q&A, part of the “Variety Streaming Room” and moderated by Variety senior editor Michael Schneider, was made in partnership with 20th Television and Fox Entertainment.
The panelists said navigating creative work from home presents its own set of challenges. Mirman, who voices the character of Gene Belcher, said, “I think the answer of how we’re doing under COVID … is it’s a totally manageable hellscape.”
At the same time, the cast has learned to anticipate each other’s thoughts as a result of spending so much time recording as an ensemble, the experience of which has helped them navigate the transition to remote recording.
“We are like a family outside and then when we’re on the mic together, too,” Roberts, who voices Linda Belcher, said. “We’re our characters and we know how to play off each other with, obviously, the writers are giving us so much to work with.”