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Jay Mohr: Life on the Road is Better With Baby (and Wife Nikki Cox) On Board

Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr is finding life on the road a whole different experience with wife Nikki Cox and their baby son along for the trek.  “It’s a lot better with them here than without them,” declares the comic-actor-author, who’s been doing a string of standup dates.  “I don’t have to worry about waking up early for radio interviews.  With a seven-month-old along, I’m already up.”

But he works nights.  When does he sleep?  “I’m a great napper.  I never mind getting up early, because I know I’ll be able to knock down an hour and a half in the afternoon,” says Mohr.  He’s also big on snoozing during flights.  “My wife said if I ever get insomnia, she’s going to put an airline seat in the bedroom.  I never understand people being awake on planes.  Why? We’re in a tube!  It’s made for sleeping.  Why are you reading?!  Close your eyes!”

He’s done four episodes of ABC’s hit “Suburgatory” so far, playing the wealthy, usually-absent husband of Cheryl Hines’ character.  “I would love it if that was my job, if they had me every week, that would make me very happy,” he says.  “It’s a ridiculously well-written show.  I’d love it if it went the same way as ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ where I burrow in and end up on the show.”

He compares his character to Eric Bana’s in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” — the kind of guy who’d grab another guy to do bench presses together and is “way too comfortable being naked in the locker room.”  He muses about working in a shoe fetish.  We’ll see!

Mohr wonders, in fact, when he’ll get the chance to work his comedic chops on the big screen in something by Apatow or another funny filmmaker.  Despite the many non-comedic characters on his film resume (who could forget his backstabbing creep of a sports agent in “Jerry Maguire”?), curiously, “I never really got to play a comedy role on film.  I’ve never been the wacky surf instructor in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,'” points out Mohr, who rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live.”

Nikki's and Jay's doggie counterparts

Mohr and Cox will be heard as the voices of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle who fall in love — and then conspire to get their owners together — in this Saturday’s (11/19) made-for-television movie, “A Christmas Wedding Tail.”  Jennie Garth, Tom Arnold and Brad Rowe also star in the fun Hallmark Channel movie that will be released on DVD as of Dec. 6. 

Of course, one day it’s bound to be highly entertaining to seven-month-old Meredith Daniel Mohr to see his mom and dad as dogs in love .  “That’s one of the reasons to do a movie like this — it’s something your kids will be able to watch,” says Mohr, who also has a nine-year-old son.  “If I was a swinging bachelor, I wouldn’t have been as excited about it.  You also want to be in Hallmark’s Rollidex.  Their quality control is exceptional; they’re going to make sure you’re protected.”

With two successful books behind him (Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live  and No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad), Mohr says he’s thinking of a third.  “It would be 18 Big Breaks: Failing Upwards for 20 Years.  I don’t know of anybody who’s had one big break that’s set them up for 20 years.  If you’re lucky, you have about 20 big breaks.  I’m still waiting for a successful show.”

But he’s done so many, varied things.

Replies Mohr:  “I’ve only done so much because so many things haven’t worked out.”

Krause, Nealon, Hunt Among Stars Going Green


Sure, everyone’s heard the stories about Hollywood sensitive types who talk a great game about preserving the environment – but squander resources at their homes and and stomp carbon footprints all over the globe in their travels.  The flap over Laurie David’s being cited last year for violating the Wetlands Protection Act when she added a tennis court with a wood and stone path to her Martha’s Vineyard home comes to mind.  Also the fact she was cited in 2005, when she reportedly built a stone fire pit, a barbeque area and a children’s theater stage in a wetlands area without a permit.  That’s Laurie David as in the executive producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” Laurie David who was on the road with Sheryl Crow, stumping for the environment on Crow’s Stop Global Warming College Tour, Laurie David as in married to Larry “Curb Your Enthusiasm” David.  Ouch.

But the fact is, countless celebrities are doing their parts in big and small ways to conserve.  For instance:

Peter Krause notes that, “You don’t see as many plastic water bottles around the sound stages, and they recycle scripts and rewrites.  I can see a definite change.”  Personally, “I’ve had redwoods and maples and cherry trees planted all over my property.  Not only because of their beauty, but because trees store more carbon than other plants.”

Jay Mohr of ‘Gary Unmarried” reports that his show and all Disney-produced shows have environmentally-conscious sets.  “We have no bottled water because of the plastic. The water is put in five gallon tanks and you drink it out of a tin cup.”

Erica Durance of “Smallville” says,  “Being up in VC, it’s been like that for quite some time – with people into recycling, having organic vegetable gardens in their back yards and such.  Everyone makes their individual efforts.  We bring our own plates to the set so that we don’t use paper plates.  We don’t use all paper cups and throw things away.  We leave our lights off and fans off when we leave our trailers.  We all try in our own little ways to do something.”

“We definitely do recycle here,” says Bonnie Hunt, speaking of her talk show set.  “We have a lot of kids working here who are in their twenties and are really conscientious about it.  Everyone’s got those new aluminum bottles to reuse.  We separate all our stuff for recycling.”

Kevin Nealon of “Weeds” drove an experimental electric car from Saturn for three years.  Now he drives a hybrid.  He also recycles.

Alfre Woodard and her family drive hybrid cars and they’ve had their home outfitted with solar power.  She says it cost “a couple of thousand dollars to install, but the last couple of months our energy bill was like $1.85.”  According to Woodard, her teenage son and daughter lead the way when it comes to things like turning off the water when they brush their teeth.  It’s been easier for them to grasp the whole idea that we’d got to stop strangling the earth, have to help the earth help itself.”

Tony Shalhoub Already Nostalgic For Monk

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub reports that his “Monk” series troupe is just passing “the half-way point of the season” – in production of the eighth and final season for the USA Network show that’s earned him three Emmys for his portrayal of obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk.  And, he says, “We’re already getting nostalgic for it.  People are already looking at me with puppy dog eyes.”

He admits, “We all love to work, and we all love to have work, so to step away from something so strong and successful – of course there’s a risk involved.”  Still, “I’ve spoken with the writers and I think we’ve all agreed there’s only so much you can mine out of this character.  Nobody wants to move into the area where it starts to feel stale, or the quality starts to drop.  Since everything does have to come to an end, we want it to happen in the right way, where we’re in control of it, not a situation where the plug gets pulled.  I think it honors the audience this way.”

The eighth season premiere is coming up Aug. 7 and Season 7 will be released on DVD July 21.  Among the highlights ahead, he says, is an episode featuring Elizabeth Perkins, “Mr. Monk’s Favorite Show.”  “She plays a woman who was a child actor on Monk’s favorite series he watched when he was a child – the only series he watched, a ‘Brady Bunch’ kind of show.  As an adult, she’s written a tell-all book that is not at all flattering, and Monk’s image of her is destroyed.”  Also, they’ve just finished shooting “Mr. Monk Takes the Stand,” an episode in which Jay Mohr guests as a “super, super strong savvy defense attorney who’s never lost a case, who is defending a criminal Monk knows is guilty.”

MEANWHILE: Shalhoub tells us he’s too “invested and immersed in ‘Monk’ to think much about life after ‘Monk,'” and he’s keeping his options open.  But what about reports that have him involved in a possible revival of “Lend Me a Tenor” with Stanley Tucci directing, and T.R. Knight and Alfred Molina in the cast?  Their reading of the show awhile back was supposed to be hush-hush, but “Grey’s Anatomy” followers keeping abreast of developments in Knight’s departure from that show made it public knowledge.

Notes Tony, “It really is a funny play.  We’re going to be doing another reading of it in a few weeks in NY.  We’re all taking a hard look at it.  No one knows if it’s going to happen for sure.  Everyone tiptoes around it for awhile.”