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Chelsea Peretti Interviews Andy Samberg for New ‘Elle’ Column

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ stars chat it up and Peretti talks “slut shaming” Read More

By / January 28, 2014









Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Chelsea Peretti and Andy Samberg talk one-on-one in Peretti’s new Elle interview series which features the comedian’s Q&A’s with her comedy icons.

Samberg recently took home a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy, where he plays detective, Jake Peralta. Apparently Peretti and Samberg go way back–all the way back to elementary school. They were car pool buddies! Thats early suburb comedy chic for ya!

The two chatted about their mutual friend from middle school and Mr. Wong’s math class.

What do you think our mutual friend Ilan from middle school is doing right now? 

I bet he’s tending to his baby because that’s what he’s doing in all of his Facebook pics?

Do you think Ilan’s baby is cute?

When I saw the 9,000th Facebook pic, I turned a corner and decided yes!

If Ilan got busted for drugs or something in Mexico, would you fly there to bail him out, no questions asked? I would, but don’t let that influence your answer.

I’m not sure I’m as close to Ilan as you are, frankly.

Quick: 15 x 27 = ???

Mr. Wong would be so disappointed, but I just don’t feel like doin’ the math.

Chelsea was also recently interviewed for Elle and talked Samberg, her comedy idols, and slut shaming.

So the childhood photo of you and your Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Andy Samberg wenta  bit viral after your brother (BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti) tweeted it out. What was high school like for you?

Oh yeah, Jonah started a scandal. We went to a very small high school. It was like in a wooded house, it was a weird school. I hung out with a lot of guys in high school and I did theater with a few of my close girlfriends.

So this event celebrates women in TV – who are the women on TV you’ve looked up to?

So many people: Lucille Ball is the earliest incarnation of a woman I thought was funny, Joan Rivers, Roseanne, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radnor, down to current times, where you have Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Kristen Wiig. There are so many hilarious women which is why I think that whole thing where every year there’s an article like, “Can Women Be Funny?” and it’s like, ‘Wait a minute, it’s been proven!’ I just hold onto that chronology in my head and think, ‘This is ridiculous.’

Being a feminist seems pretty fraught these days.

I think it’s getting really convoluted to be a feminist now. Someone got mad at me for slut shaming when I was talking about Halloween costumes.

What did you do?

I was saying I don’t like slutty costumes. And this person was like ‘Women feel good and they like it and and you shouldn’t make them feel bad about it.’ Believe me, I want everyone to have sex and be happy, but I think, you know, guys aren’t objectifying themselves the same way… I just think women should have more variety of costumes and it shouldn’t be all about the male gaze.

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