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Yvette Nicole Brown on the Disney+ Game Show ‘The Big Fib’ and How the ‘Community’ Reunion Happened

Craig Smith



Hosted by actress Yvette Nicole Brown and that includes child contestants, the Disney+ comedy recreation present The Big Fib shares fibs and details on quite a lot of topics with its viewers, whereas encouraging its younger visitors to simply have enjoyable. Every episode options an interesting matter and people who’re both specialists or fibbers, as the youngsters make the most of visible clues, props, rapid-fire questions and their very own instincts to unmask the skilled.

Throughout this 1-on-1 telephone interview with Collider, Yvette Nicole Brown talked about talked about her need to assist create one thing that households can watch collectively, the podcast that impressed the sequence, her robotic sidekick C.L.I.V.E. (delivered to life by Rhys Darby), why she didn’t wish to be let in on who was the skilled and who was the fibber, what she most enjoys about guiding the child contestants by way of all of it, and the matters that she discovered most attention-grabbing. She additionally talked about the latest Group reunion and the way it took place, what the likelihood is that they’ll get to do a film, the TV exhibits she’d like to do a visitor spot on, and what attracted her to the Disney+ authentic sequence Big Shot, which they had been capturing when TV productions had been shut down resulting from COVID-19.


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Collider: This recreation present is so candy and enjoyable and pleasant.

YVETTE NICOLE BROWN: Thanks a lot. We labored actually laborious to create one thing that households can watch collectively. It’s been in my coronary heart and thoughts, and it’s been an extended anticipate it to come back out, however I’m so excited that it’s lastly popping out and that you simply loved it.

When and how did this concept come your approach? How did this occur and what was the enchantment of doing one thing like this, for you?

BROWN: The Big Fib relies on an exquisite podcast, known as Pants on Hearth, and Deborah Goldstein created that. Haymaker Productions, working with Deborah, known as me and stated, “So, we’re gonna flip this into a child’s recreation present,” and earlier than they might say, “Do you suppose you’d wanna?,” I used to be like, “Sure! Sure, please! Can I?” I really like youngsters. I really like Disney. I really like training. If I wasn’t an actress, I’d have been a trainer. So, every little thing about this rings my bell. I got here on board, additionally, as a producer, and we determined to make it as playful, enjoyable, and colourful as attainable. After which, you add in Rhys Darby as C.L.I.V.E., and you actually have a playground of foolishness and training that I believe youngsters and dad and mom will get pleasure from.

I really like that not solely are you the host of this present, however you even have this actually odd sidekick. How did that entire thought come about, having him be a robotic, and what does that add to the vibe of the present?

BROWN: It’s really a take on what’s in the Pants on Hearth podcast. Their robotic is LISA. We’ve C.L.I.V.E., however nobody else has Rhys Darby. That’s an entire different stage of foolishness. Anybody that’s seen Jumanji is aware of that there’s no joke that he gained’t go for and no bit that he gained’t play, and after I say that he absolutely commits, he absolutely commits. I’d come on the market and discuss to him as Rhys, and he would solely reply me as C.L.I.V.E., so he was in it to win it. It provides one other stage of one thing attention-grabbing to the present as a result of he brings plenty of the info and plenty of the jokes. Anytime we’ve a visible assist for the youngsters, and for the skilled and the fibber, it often comes from C.L.I.V.E. He’s the cruise director, so to talk, which is absolutely plenty of enjoyable. The make-up staff and the hair staff did an incredible job. For the first time, a person was in hair and make-up longer than me. That has by no means occurred earlier than.


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Have been there ever occasions when it was laborious to look over at him and not crack up?

BROWN: No as a result of I leaned into the cracking up. I get pleasure from Rhys, as a human being, however I actually get pleasure from him as a robotic, so I simply let the enjoyable reside. The wonderful thing about The Big Fib is that I performed alongside. I didn’t know who the skilled was, I didn’t know who the fibber was, and I didn’t know what C.L.I.V.E. was gonna give me. I used to be in the identical place as all the infants, who had been guiding the ship. It was an immersive expertise for me. I’m internet hosting it, but additionally attending to play and have time, as nicely. It was nice.

Was there a dialog about whether or not or to not allow you to in on it, or was it an intentional selection for you to not know?

BROWN: They requested if I wished to know and, as a producer, I felt that it will be a greater present if I didn’t. Additionally, I don’t belief myself sufficient. If I actually was rooting for one in all the youngsters, I didn’t belief that I wouldn’t give one thing away. I do know that I wouldn’t, in my coronary heart, however I simply wished to be protected and not even threat it. So, it was a simple determination for me to say, “I’d slightly play alongside.”

What’s the share of what number of occasions you guessed proper versus guessed flawed?

BROWN: Oh, I’m 99.7% flawed. That’s not a scientific quantity, however I do know that when the foam fell, I used to be all the time like, “Actually? Oh!” I used to be by no means proper. Certainly one of our producers was with me, giving me the playing cards between every section, and proper earlier than the final section, each time, she would come up and go, “Are you aware who it’s? Who do you suppose it’s?” And I used to be like, “No thought,” or I’d say, “It’s individual A,” and she’d simply smile and go, “Oh,” and I’d be flawed once more. So, I can’t do what youngsters can do. For the individuals and households enjoying at residence, I hope that will probably be one other layer to the recreation. Apart from studying issues, you additionally get to determine whether or not you may inform a fibber.

I used to be so dangerous at it that I puzzled if the youngsters had some trick for all of it.


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BROWN: They’re simply newer on the planet. They simply don’t have all of the stuff clouding them, that we do. Throughout the recreation, I requested them, “Do you suppose you may spot a fibber?,” and they had been all like, “Completely!” I used to be like, “How do you?” And most of them stated issues like, “They fidget. They are saying um quite a bit. They don’t take a look at you.” There are little issues that we come right here realizing and, as we grow old, we neglect. Should you ask somebody a query and they avert their eyes, 9 occasions out of ten, they don’t wanna reply as a result of what they’re gonna say just isn’t precisely the reality. Youngsters can see that, however as adults, we miss it.

I really like how empowered and in management the youngsters on this present really feel. They simply appear snug enjoying the recreation, asking their questions, and coming to their conclusion, with out being judged for getting the reply flawed. What did you most get pleasure from about guiding them by way of the expertise and simply ensuring that that they had enjoyable?

BROWN: I really like youngsters. That’s the very first thing. I used to be so glad that they introduced this to me as a result of I knew that I may very well be a protected place for the infants. Each time I walked out, I’d go, “How are you doing? How are you feeling? Are you excited?” They had been like, “I’m!” I used to be like, “So, what do you suppose you’re gonna do?” We’d simply have a pleasant little dialog, earlier than the present even began. So, by the time the present began, we had been buddies. They knew that I didn’t know who the individual was both, so there was no approach I may choose them as a result of I didn’t know both. Additionally, in case you observed, and that is by design, I don’t have a chair. Everybody else is sitting, however I’m leaning on a stool subsequent to the youngsters, and that lets them know that they’re the chief and that is their expertise. I’m simply there to assist them by way of it, but it surely’s all about them. It was essential for us by no means to make it about whether or not they bought it proper or not. Life just isn’t like that. Life is a journey. You be taught issues, and you develop. So, my hope for all of the youngsters was that, once they left, whether or not they gained or not, they realized one thing, they had fun, and they felt empowered. That’s what you may take with you, for the remainder of my life. Whether or not you win or lose is completely out of your fingers, most of the time.

I additionally love that this has an academic factor to it, as nicely. I felt like I used to be studying a lot about the matters that I didn’t know something about. Have been there any matters that you simply discovered most attention-grabbing?

BROWN: Anytime we handled something that was sports-related or underneath the sea. I’ll by no means have something to do with the ocean. It is going to by no means occur. I’ve heard there’s a factor known as the seashore. I’ve heard individuals go in the water. I do know nothing about it. I don’t wish to know something about it. I’ll by no means scuba dive. I’ve taken one cruise, in my life, and that was underneath duress. Water and me won’t ever occur. So, anytime they had been speaking about an undersea creature, a shark, or the rest, that was actually thrilling to me ‘trigger I’ll by no means see it for myself. And I don’t know something about sports activities, so it was all the time attention-grabbing to search out out one thing a few explicit coach or participant, or the recreation itself.


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What was it prefer to even have the Group reunion that you simply simply had? It looks as if you guys have stored in contact and that a minimum of a few of you might be on a gaggle chat collectively, however that’s not the identical as seeing everybody and speaking to them, all of sudden. What was that like?

BROWN: It was superb. All of us laughed at how rapidly we fell again into doing bits and stuff. From our 80-hour work weeks and our 16-hour days, we’ve so many inside jokes and so many bits. Each time we’re collectively, we instantly fall again into that rhythm of ending one another’s sentences. It’s simply the luck of the draw that folks which are put collectively are literally suitable and like one another. It doesn’t all the time work out that approach. I’ve labored on a lot of units, in my profession. I’ve labored with fantastic individuals, however there’s been occasions when not everyone was fantastic, or not everyone vibes with one another, in the approach that we did on Group. We did that The Darkest Timeline podcast for Joel [McHale] and Ken [Jeong], and you bought to see slightly little bit of what it’s like after we’re collectively. It’s actually mayhem, in the finest approach.

It’s simply so pleasant to observe you all collectively. At the identical time that we’re going by way of all of this craziness proper now, it’s additionally permitting for issues that by no means would have or may have occurred as a result of everyone would have been too busy. Whose thought was it to do the reunion and who selected the episode to learn?

BROWN: The reunion determination was Jim Rash. He and Danny [Pudi] have the greatest hearts. As a result of Group is on Netflix now, he was like, “There’s a approach that we are able to use the new followers that we’re attending to rejoice the present, at the identical time that we do good. Would you guys wish to?” It went from that query in the group chat, to Jim reaching out to Sony, to everyone getting collectively, and it’s simply change into a giant factor. It was so simple as him saying, “Would you wanna?,” and all of us saying, “Completely!”

Group was the little present that might, because it continued, season after season, and it bought to that time the place it lastly fulfilled the six seasons. So, what are the probabilities of ever really getting that film?

BROWN: I believe it’s one hundred percent that we’ll do the film. The query has all the time been when. When can we? Now, we’ve the pandemic, however I don’t know a solid member that will not say sure, from Joel McHale all the way down to Luke Youngblood, who performed Magnitude. All people I do know, that was on the present, is like, “Sure, please. I’d like to.” I don’t know the way it doesn’t occur, finally. I simply don’t know when, both.


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You’ve additionally beforehand talked about how proficient you suppose Donald Glover is. Have you ever ever tried to trace at him to repay these type phrases that you simply’ve stated about him with a task on Atlanta?

BROWN: You understand what’s so humorous? I’m so busy begging Dan Harmon to let me do Rick & Morty that I didn’t even take into consideration begging Donald to be on Atlanta. I’ve missed out on my begging. With that suggestion, I’m on it. I’ll do this now. I by no means have requested. It by no means crossed my thoughts. Rick & Morty was the nut I used to be attempting to crack. However now, Donald’s in hassle. I’m coming for him. I’d find it irresistible. I’m gonna ask them. I all the time ask to be on his albums. He all the time says, “Okay,” and then I by no means hear from him and the album comes out. So, I’m gonna push for Atlanta. I like Donald. It was so humorous, the group chat snafu. That’s such a me factor to do. Donald is really easy going. He made it appear as if he was extra offended than he really was. He completely will get it. It was hilarious. He could also be in the group chat now. I apparently am not the one which was know as a result of I assumed he was in it earlier than.

As a giant fan your self, is there a present TV present that you simply watch that you’d like to do a visitor spot on, other than the ones of your former Group household?

BROWN: Oh, that’s good. I really like Insecure on HBO, so I’d like to pop over there. I’d like to play a trainer on Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Collection on Disney+. I can sing slightly bit. I can do some ditty and rise up in there, and be a drama trainer, or one thing. Greater than something, I’d love to simply return and end my season of Big Shot with John Stamos, for Disney+. We had been midway by way of our order when the pandemic occurred, so I’d love to complete my very own present on Disney+. That may be superior.

What made you wish to do Big Shot and who’re you enjoying on that?

BROWN: It’s John Stamos, and Invoice D’Elia is our director, and David E. Kelly, Brad Garrett and Dean Lorey are our producers Everybody concerned is at the high of their recreation. It’s set in an elite lady’s college. I play the headmistress, Sherilyn, and John performs a hot-headed basketball coach. We butt heads as a result of the approach he desires to issues at my college, I don’t like. That’s Big Shot, in a nutshell. We’ve 5 superb younger ladies, who play the basketball staff. They’re all proficient, stunning, humorous, and nice actresses. And we’ve one other nice actress that performs John’s daughter on the present. It’s an incredible group of individuals. Jessalyn Gilsig from Glee is on the present. She performs Holly, the assistant coach. Big Shot is humorous and heartwarming. It’s bought sports activities, which I’ve already stated that I don’t perceive, however as the headmistress, I’m behind my desk, simply cracking whips. That’s all it takes for me, on this one.

The Big Fib is on the market to stream at Disney+ on Could 22nd.

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