On being a dog mom
We started with three [rescue dogs] — we mostly adopt seniors. Millie, bless her heart, passed away. Now we have a black cocker spaniel named Bernice, and she's pretty old. We've had her a couple years, and she's basically deaf. And we have Rumi, a puppy. Well, we call him that, but he's 3. We found him in a canyon. He's a black cocker spaniel as well, but he's a bit of a piece of work. He's cute and sweet but kind of aggressive, and he can be mean to Bernice, so we just have to be careful about the two of them.
On being funny
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Lynch Fast Facts
Hometown: Evergreen Park, Illinois; raised in Dolton, Illinois
Current projects: Weakest Link (NBC/Peacock), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Greatest Hits: Glee; Best in Show; A Mighty Wind; For Your Consideration; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby; Role Models
Animated history: Voice roles in Space Chimps; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Shrek Forever After; Rio; Wreck-It Ralph; Ralph Breaks the Internet
Accolades: Five Primetime Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, one Golden Globe
Education: Bachelor's, Illinois State University; Master of Fine Arts, Cornell University; honorary degree in fine arts, Smith College
Pen to paper: Autobiography Happy Accidents (2011)
I studied regular acting, but I found myself in sketch comedy. I came out to L.A. with a bunch of friends, and we continued to do sketch comedy together, adding people from the Groundlings [the famed Los Angeles–based improvisation theater and school]. So when the Christopher Guest thing came along [starting with Best in Show, in 2000], it was really a real joy. Then I got to be in a bunch of really funny movies in the early aughts, if you will, with the Steve Carells and the Will Ferrells — a lot of good stuff.
Why she loves Carol Burnett
I loved that even though it was called The Carol Burnett Show, she was part of an ensemble, and she was really generous in that way, too. It didn't strike me until I was older that it could have been very much just about her. But she got the best people to surround herself. It was really egalitarian. She had these amazing people acting with her and guest stars and musical numbers, and the costumes were just amazing.
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John Mulaney is a masterful stand-up. I laugh so hard, and every moment is precise. A lot of comedians walk around on stage going, “I don't know; I don't know.” Their jokes aren't built. Every moment is choreographed for that guy. I love him. Sarah Cooper, who lip-syncs Trump on Twitter, is amazing. She takes something that he says and acts it out as herself; she doesn't wear a costume or anything. She's become a bit of a phenomenon.
Top quarantine screen binges
I watched some of Better Call Saul, probably four or five seasons of that. Maybe I watched all of that. Unfortunately, I'm a Twitter/cable-news person, and that hasn't served me very well. I follow a lot of really smart people, but I follow a lot of political people, and these are really dramatic, tough times. I also follow some really funny people, and I laugh out loud — Michael Ian Black, Rob Delaney, Andy Richter just crack me up. Sometimes I'm on there too much and I need to step away from the Twitter.