Earlier this week, I took part in a virtual press conference Q+A with some of the cast and crew of the critically-acclaimed series “DAVE” ahead of its season 2 premiere next Wednesday, June 16 at 10pm PT/ET on FXX, streaming the next day on FX on Hulu.
I had the opportunity to ask a couple of questions to Dave Burd (“Dave”/Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer), Jeff Schaffer (Co-Creator/Executive Producer), Saladin K. Patterson (Executive Producer), Taylor Misiak (“Ally”), GaTa (“GaTa”/Consultant), Andrew Santino (“Mike”), Travis Bennett (“Elz”), and Christine Ko (“Emma”) about their favorite guest stars so far, their dream guest stars, and what it’s like for Dave to separate reality from his character on the show.
MUSIC NEWS & RUMORS: This show has some incredible guest stars. Season 1 featured Justin Bieber, Young Thug, and Macklemore, and we’re getting ready for some appearances from big names like Doja Cat, Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar, and Lil Nas X. So, if you could, pick who your favorite guest star has been so far and also who you wish you could feature as a guest star in the future.
DAVE BURD: You know, I don’t want to pick favorites because, you know, but…
TAYLOR MISIAK: Kareem.
JEFF SCHAFFER: I think we should talk a little bit more about Kareem, by the way.
DAVE BURD: I’ll say this: When Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar… even when he says, like, “Hey, Dave, where’s the bathroom?” In real life, I get the goosebumps that he’s even referring to me by my name. So, like, Kareem, just being around him for three — was it three days? ‑‑ three full shoot days, you know, I feel like, by the end, he, like… at first, I didn’t know him, and by the end, he brought me gifts, and he was so sweet. He is the sweetest man. The guy has just so many life experiences, and he’s done so many things in his life beyond being the leading scorer in NBA history. I’m such a massive basketball fan. So, there’s that too. And I just think he’s such a legendary guy. I felt truly honored to be sharing scenes with him.
TAYLOR MISIAK: He introduced himself to me.
CHRISTINE KO: He did?
TAYLOR MISIAK: And I almost peed my pants.
CHRISTINA KO: Wow.
TAYLOR MISIAK: I was, like, sitting down, and then he came and sat down next to me. And I was, like, “Just keep breathing normally. It’s going to be totally fine.” And I was, like, “I’m not going to bother him.” And he went, “I’m Kareem, by the way.” And I was like, “I know! It’s such a pleasure to meet you!” But that’s wild he introduced himself to me. Who does that when you are Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar?
JEFF SCHAFFER: I don’t know about next year. I will say this about next year is that, from the very beginning, when we started talking about ideas, we threw a whole bunch… there was a whole bunch of ideas, and there were some that were just, like, “Oh, you are too unknown in Season 1. That can’t be Season 1.” And it moved to Season 2. But the show trails Dave’s life, and there’s Dave in real life, who has had so many experiences that the Dave in the show just wouldn’t be privy to yet. So, I think there’s some very big names, like, in the future just from all of the messes you’ve gotten into in your real life. So…
DAVE BURD: The Obamas.
CHRISTINE KO: Yeah. Can Obama guest star? I would love that.
DAVE BURD: That’s what we are going for. (Laughter.)
MUSIC NEWS & RUMORS: This next one is for Dave. The show is a semi‑autobiographical portrayal of your life and your career, so has it been difficult for you to separate your real‑life career from the Dave on the show?
DAVE BURD: No, it hasn’t been difficult. It is autobiographical, like, you know ‑‑ but there’s also so many different things in the character, in the plot. So, I have yet to figure ‑‑ I guess you could say it’s difficult, like, sharing the most inner personal information, I guess, on national television; but in a way, it’s actually not difficult because it’s, like, liberating because I feel like, if I share the information, then I’m an open book, you know.
Season 2 of “DAVE” premieres next Wednesday, June 16 at 10pm PT/ET on FXX, streaming the next day on FX on Hulu.