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Cast Shares Their Favorite Season 6 Moments

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JIM PARSONS (Sheldon)


“I did really enjoy the episode where Amy was sick. Her lassoing Sheldon into taking care of her goes to my point of Sheldon doing almost anything that is justified in the name of science or reason. In that case, she was sick enough that she needed to be bathed; she needed to have something rubbed on her bare chest; and by the end, she’d done so wrong that when Sheldon found out that she’d lied that she needed to be spanked. The young lady gets exactly what she wants by a young man who’s doing it for different reasons. It’s really brilliant.”

MAYIM BIALIK (Amy)


“The spanking episode. That was fun largely because it was supposed to be off-camera, and at the last minute, Chuck Lorre decided to film it. That was really fun and awkward, right in front of the audience letting it come alive.”

JOHNNY GALECKI (Leonard)


“Penny telling Leonard she loves him is pretty big. We didn’t play it as a watershed moment. It was played as if she’s always known this. It was touching. I also love the moment when Leonard says, ‘I know I propose a lot,’ and then promises that he won’t. It’s one of my favorite Leonard lines to say. To put his own desire aside and say, ‘You tell me when you’re ready, despite what I want in my life right now and with you right now.’ That’s unconditional, selfless love.”

KALEY CUOCO (Penny)


“When Penny said, ‘I love you’ to Leonard. It took her more than five years to say it. That’s why now you know with Penny that whatever she does is real. You know when she said it she truly meant it. That’s why now Leonard is OK with going away and knowing that they’re going to be OK. We did that in one take. Steve came out and said, ‘We’re really happy with that. Do you want to do it again?’ We didn’t want to; it felt perfectly right. I told Johnny: ‘It was so weird — I became Penny in that moment.’ There was no audience, just Leonard and Penny. It was a moment I’ll definitely never forget.”

KUNAL NAYYAR (Raj)


“I’ll always remember this season. This is the season where these guys are getting to the point in their lives now where their priorities are not, ‘Let’s have video game night.’ It’s, ‘I want love. I want a family. I want a relationship. I need a partner in my life.’ That is the season for me; watching them shift from, ‘Let’s buy a time machine,’ to, ‘Am I going to get married to this girl? Am I going to ever find love? Am I ever going to find a partner?'”

SIMON HELBERG (Howard)


“Sheldon and Amy deciding to get physical — but in the context of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a really brilliantly constructed scene where they’re rolling the dice to figure out which article of armor, or clothing, comes off. It’s really an amazing moment and a microcosm of the show. It is the reality of these characters, yet it’s very universal. It’s real to them and what maybe is a small step to other people, is as big of a step to these characters as you can find.”

MELISSA RAUCH (Bernadette)

“The letter episode was so special. I really loved how they showed that aspect of Howard and Bernadette’s marriage. It showed the emotional component of marriage and how Howard was going through this really traumatic event, and they did it together. They’ve always done a good job of showing the love between Howard and Bernadette — even though they bicker and they don’t always see eye to eye at exactly the same time. I just loved how that was a dual effort of helping them come to Howard’s resolution and him talking it out with her.”

STEVE MOLARO
“I can’t pick one.

  1. Leonard and Penny saying, ‘I love you’
  2. Raj’s speech in the comic book store about how they’re all a community, if they have each other
  3. Sheldon making Amy his emergency contact
  4. Howard coming back from space. Every character has had these incredible moments this season.
  5. Raj standing in the hall convincing Lucy to go out with him because he swears he’s messed up in the head.
  6. The end of the closet episode when they all tell Howard what might be in the letter and one of them is true.”

SAG Conversations

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Jim Parsons on Live with Kelly and Michael

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Would Jim Parsons remake Harvey?

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This Morning interview

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The CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the highest-rated shows on TV. Jim Parsons, who plays the lovable genius Sheldon Cooper, talks to the “CBS This Morning” co-hosts about the show has changed his life.

The Late Show with David Letterman

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Jim visits the SiriusXM Studios

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Jim Parsons visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 24, 2013 in New York City.

Jim was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory” and his role in the upcoming HBO version of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” , and he discussed his theater work and that New York Times article…

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play, film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.”  He was soeffective – I specifically adored him in the dance competition scene.

What are you listening to right now?

“The Bridge” on Sirius XM – I love that CSNY, Carly Simon music…

What’s the last great book you read?

I have only been reading murder mysteries lately, and while I think they’re so good, I can’t call any of them “great.”

What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

Fantasy Football.  I’m considering getting into Fantasy Baseball, but I think it may be too time consuming.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Chicken fried steak w/ cream gravy and mashed potatoes.

Jim Parson will have few interviews this week

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Jim is a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday,  11:35 pm ET-CBS.

And Friday 26th will be a bissy day, because he will be at 8am on This Morning-CBS, and at 9am on Live with Kelly and Michael- ABC .

 

The Big Bang Theory At PaleyFest

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The cast and creators behind CBS’ The Big Bang Theory used their platform at PaleyFest on Wednesday night to offer a peek behind the curtain of the ratings behemoth, answering trivia about the geeky comedy and offering a window into what goes on behind the scenes.

Who came up with Sheldon’s feel-good tune “Soft Kitty,” the origins of Jim Parsons’ alter-ego’s catchphrase “bazinga!” and who had a major problem with the Smurf makeup? Plus how many takes didKaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki need to nail Penny and Leonard’s historic “I love you”? Here are the 15 things you may not know about the series.

1. It took only one take for Cuoco and Galecki to film Penny professing her love for Leonard. “Kaley said to Johnny, ‘I don’t know about you but when we started the scene, the cameras and the live audience all went away and it was just us,’ ” new showrunnerSteve Molaro recalled, noting he told both actors that the shot was beautiful and he knew they’d never get anything better.

2. Co-star Melissa Rauch, whose spot-on Mrs. Wolowitz voice was again present (as it is every year at Comic-Con) isn’t the only impression she does on the show. Turns out Bernadette’s actual voice is based on her mother. “Only without the Jersey! Tonally, it’s very similar,” she said. 

3. Kunal Nayyar has his fingers crossed for Lucy (Kate Micucci) and Raj but no matter what happens, he’s glad to see his character evolve. “It’s lovely to see him get to explore that side to himself, which as been amiss for so long,” he said. “We can joke and laugh but ultimately for him he really wants this. It’s fun to see him vulnerable and to drop false sense of bravado. I don’t know if he’ll succeed but it’s really sweet.”

4. When Sheldon punishes Amy (Mayim Bialik) with a spanking for faking illness in order to enjoy the ointment rub, it wasn’t in the original script and was supposed to be off-screen. Parsons shared that there were three jokes — a hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil string of monkey scenes — that were ultimately trimmed from the script one by one. “It was one of the hardest things we ever had to do because I found it tremendously amusing!” Parsons confessed, revealing that he had issues containing his laughter during production. “All week I was slapping that ass!” he joked. The bashful Bialik revealed that yep, her dairy aire was, indeed, red at the end of the taping. “There was some redness!” she confessed. Added Parsons of his willing co-star: “You have no idea how game this one is for that!”

5. Sheldon’s trademark “Bazinga!” originated with Molaro, who would set up playful practical jokes around the writers’ room, including putting together a grapefruit with tape. “I’d open it up and Steve would say, ‘Bazinga,’ ” executive producer Bill Prady recalled. “It was Steve’s word for ‘gotcha.’ ” 

6. After featuring Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking, the producers joked that their next dream guest star may be a bit too busy to make time for the CBS hit. “We’ve done some episodes about religion and science and we thought Pope Francis might be good!” Prady joked of Wednesday’s newly elected pope. “He’s probably too busy now!” 

7. The cast really is musically inclined. Bialik learned how to play the harp after it was decided that it was Amy’s instrument of choice; and Parsons learned how to play the theremin, so when scenes call for them to play, they actually are. As for their skill levels, Parsons joked his inability brought him to tears. For his part, Galecki also plays the piano. Chimed in Cuoco: “And when Penny drinks, she’s really drinking!”

8. Cuoco’s sister, Bri, choreographed the cast’s surprise flash mob to “Call Me Maybe” — and it earned her a job on two of co-creator Chuck Lorre’s shows. Bri Cuoco played the woman who earns a marriage proposal in the background of Big Bang’s recent Valentine’s Day episode and choreographed a scene with 50 dancers on Two and a Half Men.

9. Origins of “Soft Kitty” revealed! After struggling to find the perfect song for neurotic Sheldon’s healing ritual, it was Prady who came up with the ditty. “It’s from my daughter’s preschool in Sherman Oaks,” he revealed. “It was from Australia and one of the teachers heard it there.”

10. After going as Smurfs for Halloween, Rauch shared the lengthy, painful — and humiliating — experience of having the blue makeup removed. Her regular makeup artist and two assistants were helping to remove the Smurf from her body using hot towels. “It was getting late and I’m starting to fall asleep … and I lifted my legs up to get the rest of the makeup off and heard the guy laugh and thought, ‘Oh, they’re just telling jokes’ and I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘What’s that?! Dear lord Jesus, that’s my business!’ I had totally exposed myself! I put my legs down and just said to them, ‘Long night!’ ” she said to laughs from the sold-out Saban Theatre. “That is the tale of my Smurfette!”

11. Lorre is the brains behind evil Wil Wheaton, but it was Star Trek fan Prady who had to make the call and break the news to the actor. “I didn’t know this guy and I had to call him and say, ‘So you’re playing yourself … but you’re a real dick!’ ” he said. “Will loved it.”

12. That wasn’t the only embarrassing conversation Prady had to have with a Star Trekalum. During a scene when Howard (Simon Helberg) has a dream about Katee Sackhoff, producers toyed with the idea of having George Takai do some voice work. “We wrote line of Howard saying, ‘I’m so confused,’ and thought it’d be really funny if George Takei said, ‘Confused? Perhaps I can help.’ ” Prady revealed. “How do I say to this guy that he’s a possible homosexual fantasy? Finally I said, ‘So you know you’re gay, right?!’ and he said, ‘That’s news I’ll tell my husband!’ “

13. Sheldon’s Meemaw (his maternal grandmother) could show up. “We’ve talked about it and I certainly wouldn’t rule it out,” Molaro said. “I don’t know how she’d feel about Amy.”

14. What has Helberg learned from playing the lovable but style-challenged Howard? “I’ve learned the smallest pants size I can squeeze into!” he joked of Howard’s colorful skinny jeans. As for his favorite belt buckle, it’s anything that isn’t sharp in the southern section that won’t stab him when he sits down. “Sitting down is painful!” he joked.

15. When a nerdy fan in the audience asked the cast for dating advice, Cuoco spoke from Leonard and Penny’s experience. “Keep knocking on your neighbor’s door because eventually she’s going to open it,” she said to Parsons’ immediate disapproval. “That’s terrible advice!” he deadpanned.

Taken from http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

New interview with Jim Parsons

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The two-time Emmy-winning star of The Big Bang Theory talks about pilot season, Spalding Gray, and solar brain power.

My first time in L.A. was in 1987, when I was 14 and my parents took me and my younger sister to Disneyland. I’m from Houston, and the only thing I remember is that the phrase “horrible traffic” was already in my head. Unluckily enough, coming back from Disneyland we indeed sat bumper to bumper, not moving for hours. I will never forget the feeling ofliving in that traffic. When I came back home, I don’t think I even talked about Disneyland, but I remember talking about the horrible traffic.

In 2001, I moved to New York after graduating from a theater master’s program at the University of San Diego. I was new to the concept of pilot season. I would trek from one casting office in New York to another, where they would put my auditions on tape and send them out to casting agents in L.A. You tape about 15 or 30 or 50 of these things without hearing back before you begin to wonder if anyone in California is actually watching any of them.  I remember thinking, If they had two people they equally liked, one in New York and one nearby, why would they spend all that money to fly me out and put me up? Looking back, I do think that’s what kept me from getting too many pie-in-the-sky dreams. There’s just no telling when or if your number will be called. So when I was flown out to L.A. to audition for several pilots, I was shocked and I was frightened, but most important, I was dirt-poor.

Jim Parsons

Ultimately, moving to West Hollywood and being cast on The Big Bang Theory changed my life. I’ve spent little time here without a purpose. L.A. is relaxing if you’re on vacation, but it’s very difficult if you’re not working. The sense of expansion, the seductive weather—you could live here forever and get nothing done. It’s like what Spalding Gray said about L.A. in his Monster in a Box monologue, which is something like, You start the day with some coffee, sit down to write, then the sun starts coming through the window, and sure enough, your day is over. It’s a city that feels like it has no boundaries, and sometimes you really need to have some goddamn boundaries, even if that means just sitting next to someone on the subway.

Which isn’t to say I don’t like riding around in my car—I love it. When I first moved here in 2004, I bought a used Jetta because I figured if The Big Bang Theory didn’t get picked up, I could still afford to pay it off. Eventually I started leasing a BMW, and it was probably the first time I enjoyed driving, so now I have a fancy car. Nothing can duplicate being in your own metal bubble with your own music. 

I don’t understand the perception that people in L.A. are dumb. There’s zero truth to that. Some of the smartest people I’ve ever met live here. If you want to find vapid, you can find it anywhere. I remember I had a good friend while I was in school in San Diego who theorized that Southern Californians are “weak” because there’s no bad weather—no snow, no hurricanes—except for earthquakes, but not as regularly. Somehow the lack of suffering makes Angelenos seem goofy or dim-witted. But I have to say you make a big mistake by underestimating the tanned brain in L.A.  

Taken from http://www.lamag.com

The No-Strings Theory- GQ March 2013

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The quickest, most stylish way out the door this spring? A pair of laceless loafers—now leaner, meaner, and dressier than ever. Follow the lead of Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory and leave the wingtip-wearers behind.

The Jim Parsons Project

With his giant eyes, vulnerable face, and noodle-thin body, Jim Parsons at first looks harmless playing scientist Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Then, on the show, he will say something like: “My father used to say a woman is like an egg-salad sandwich on a warm Texas day—full of eggs and only appealing for a short time.”

Sheldon’s a Klingon-speaking, string-theory-izing, cos-playing Archie Bunker, that too truthful crank who tickles TV viewers (of which TBBT has a gazillion), Emmy voters (he’s won twice), and melittologists (a species of Brazilian bee was named after his nonsense catchphrase “bazinga”).

“The spirit of the characters cuts them some slack. Of course, that doesn’t make what they’re saying good or right,” Parsons, 39, qualifies, as extra-polite as a graduate of Miss Porter’s in 1950.

Parsons—part of the wave of openly gay actors (Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who aren’t cagey about their sexuality—isn’t a geek, either, but a drama geek. He came up in experimental Houston theater, playing roles dark to demented, with hunches or limps, garish makeup or powdered hair; it was good training for comedically broad, emotionally detailed, acutely weird Sheldon. Parsons returns to the stage between seasons and is hopefully appearing in a film of Larry Kramer’s AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

About being a theater-firster on a mega-sitcom, he says: “You are up in the morning, done by early afternoon, and have summers off. It’s like being a schoolteacher.” After a pause, he carefully adds: “My mother and sister are schoolteachers. Of course, they work much harder.”—Mike Albo



Taken from http://www.gq.com

Jim Parsons on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Jim at SAG Awards

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Coffee Break interview with Jim Parsons

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Jim on “The Dan Patrick Show”-video

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Jim on “The Dan Patrick Show”

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Taking my account back from Jim Parsons. He did great job as a fifth Danette. Promises he won’t take my job.

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Jim on Conan O’Brien – interview

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New “The big bang theory” cast interview

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The CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” has been on the air for six seasons, enough time for the cast to develop an easy rapport that includes endless teasing. Currently, the seven main cast members are discussing how they got their SAG cards, with two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, who plays the brilliant but socially inept Sheldon, noting he got his for a commercial. “Was it the one where you became a wolf?” asks Johnny Galecki, who portrays Sheldon’s roommate and co-worker, Leonard. Parsons then has to explain, in his trademark deadpan, “It was for Quiznos. I didn’t want Quiznos, and someone asked if I was raised by wolves, and you learned I was.”

Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, is being teased by Kunal Nayyar, who plays Raj, that “she was handed her card when she came out of the womb.” Nayyar adds, “I got mine from playing a terrorist on ‘NCIS.’ I had a fake mustache. Mark Harmon punched me in the face.” Galecki can’t resist asking, “What was your mode of terror? Besides the mustache?” Galecki believes he received his card working on the film “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.” He says, “Though, considering my memory of the craft services table, I doubt that was really union.”

Mayim Bialik, who first appeared at the end of Season 3 as Amy, got hers playing an urchin on the TV show “Beauty and the Beast.” Simon Helberg, who stars as Howard, got his on “Undeclared.” He says, “I remember I couldn’t afford to pay the SAG dues because I made less on the show than the dues required.” And Melissa Rauch, who joined the show in 2009 as Bernadette, thought she hit it big when she got hers from a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial. “I thought I was going to be like the Dell Guy,” she says. “I was like, ‘How am I going to handle this?’ Then it only ended up airing regionally. I had mansions picked out.”

The seven put joking aside—mostly—to talk about chemistry, auditioning, and captive audiences.

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On the secret to building a great ensemble:

Johnny Galecki: I really don’t know. If there were ingredients for it, every cast would have it. I do remember from the first table reading I felt it, I felt how everyone’s choices served everyone else’s.

Jim Parsons: Even being part of it, you don’t feel you can identify it. Everybody does their job well, and that’s the way it’s always been.

Galecki: We’ve all seen great actors and actresses who are missing a certain chemistry. And it’s not about getting along or not getting along—

Kaley Cuoco: Or being good actors.

Galecki: I don’t think it’s necessary that we all get along; it just happened.

Simon Helberg: I think it’s also about just listening to each other—

Galecki: What?

Helberg: Never mind, I zoned out. But there is an understanding of the rhythm and the song we’re all singing.

Cuoco: Especially with this show, there is quite a rhythm. We just know how to work with each other. You kind of have to dive in.

Kunal Nayyar: We definitely got more comfortable with each other, but we knew something was special in the pilot.

Melissa Rauch: I was a fan of the show before I joined the cast, and when I came for my first episode, I remember being blown away by how everyone nailed every single word that came out of their mouth at the table read. I had never really experienced anything like that.

Galecki: Who was nicest to you?

Rauch: You all were jerks, pretty much.

Mayim Bialik: I felt the same [at my first table read], and I think I attributed it to “Oh, they’ve been doing this so long.” But now that I see more of the individual talent and professional camaraderie, I think it probably was like that from the get-go, and Melissa and I get to reap the benefits of getting to be added to such an amazing ensemble.

Helberg: But it’s a testament to you guys because you didn’t just pick up on our genius, so to speak. You were able to seamlessly enter into this while also adding a wonderful dimension to it.

On watching the show grow over six seasons:
Helberg: It’s been fun watching the growth of the characters. People were hard on us when we first premiered, sort of like, “It’s just nerds and some ditzy blonde!” I feel that’s changed.

Cuoco: It’s hard to tell what an entire series is going to be based on the first few episodes, or even on the first season. And it’s sad because you see great casts and good ideas that don’t get that opportunity to grow and show what it could turn into. We were lucky they stuck by us.

Parsons: I think the best thing that ever happened to us was not being some sort of megahit right out of the gate.

Helberg: And the [2007–2008] writers’ strike. They showed our episodes over and over during the strike.

Cuoco: I also think forcing people to watch them on planes was great. You either had to watch or jump off.

Helberg: Strikes and captive audiences were good to us.

Parsons: Our ratings weren’t remarkable at first, but we had two or three seasons under our belts, and we weren’t showing up here thrown off our mark by some sort of sudden success. We just did what we had always done, as did the writers. It was very healthy.

Galecki: There wasn’t a lot of attention paid to multicamera shows at the time.

Parsons: Other than claiming they were dead.

On what they remember most about landing their roles:

 

Galecki: I remember Jim and I did a chemistry read together.

Cuoco: Was there ever an option of you playing different roles?

Galecki: When [series creator] Chuck Lorre first called me they didn’t even have anything written yet, and he initially mentioned Sheldon. But two weeks later, he faxed me some pages, and I really liked the idea of the love story with Leonard and Penny. I hadn’t had the chance to play that as an actor.

Cuoco: I auditioned three times and got turned down three times. I’ve known Chuck for years, and initially he said, “We’ll work together eventually; I just don’t think it’s going to be this.” But a year went by, and the character changed a lot.

Nayyar: I had just moved to L.A. from England and was about to sign with an agency. As I signed the papers they said they had an audition on Monday for “The Big Bang Theory.” I joked, “I’m going to go and book that!”

Cuoco: You know, that doesn’t happen.

Rauch: Were there a bunch of guys who looked like you?

Nayyar: There were some Indians, but there were also Koreans and Asians. The guy was called Dave at the time.

Helberg: I remember going in, and I met Kaley; the next day I read that you got the part. But I hadn’t been called yet. A whole week went by where I didn’t hear anything. And I thought they clearly were scouring the country for any other option but me. In fact, the deadline passed, and it was the next morning I got the call. They said, “I know it’s past the deadline, but we want to offer Simon the part.” It was clearly an easy decision.

Cuoco: I thought for sure I didn’t have the part too. I’ve learned after so many years in this business that nothing is set in stone until you’re on set. I’ve been told I was the choice for years and never got hired. So I never go there in my mind.

Rauch: I just remember for some reason I became Canadian in the audition—I kept saying, “Aboot.” When I was done Chuck said, “Are you Canadian?” I don’t know what happened. I was sure I didn’t get it.

Bialik: I remember it came down to two of us, and the other girl was a totally different type. She was actually going back to grad school, and it was the last audition she went on, and she told me she was kind of hoping she didn’t get it—she had a whole new life planned. I was just told to mimic Jim Parsons. I said, “Who’s Jim Parsons?” So I Googled you.

Parsons: That’s fair.

Bialik: I also remember, the week they offered me a contract, I thought it was my last episode. I just thought it had come to an end, the character was done. It was Shabbat, and I was about to shut off my phone, and my manager called and said, “Here’s the best Shabbat present you ever got: They’re offering you a contract.”

Taken from http://www.backstage.com

Jim on The Tonight Show – Video

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