'Community' gets a second swing at its third season
"We're in the middle of shooting our finale right now," says star
"It's an exciting time on set, stress-filled, maybe. And I'm wearing a hospital gown. Is that part of the wardrobe? Maybe. We don't know. Are we mental patients? We don't know. I don't know what's going on."
What is known is that Pudi's co-stars
"They wouldn't let me," he says. "I think they were worried that I would injure myself."
And at some point, co-star
In other words, it's just another day at fictional Greendale Community College, where Pudi and his co-stars play adult students who have little in common besides being thrown together in a study group.
Along with the aforementioned actors, rounding out the study group are
Created by Dan Harmon ('The
"It's not an easy show," Pudi says. "I think there is a place for a show on television and in the world that's experimental. There is an experimental comedic nature to this show. That's what it feels like to me, like every week, we're exploring the human psyche in some way, from a different perspective."
It's also allowed the actors to show a range, particularly McHale. Before playing the series' closest thing to a leading man, former lawyer Jeff Winger, he was known mostly for light humor and as host of "The Soup" on
"It's been a real sandbox to play in," he says, a coat thrown over his hospital gown, "from being naked playing pool to being an action star to being a vampire to who knows? It's just been great.
"I have not played an elderly Chinese woman yet. That's the one slot I've got to fill in there."
Brown appreciates the relationships around the study-room table.
"These characters," she says, "are people that you know or people that you're like in some way. What's beautiful about these people is, no matter what they do to each other, they forgive and move on, which I think is great, and the fact that we have a racist and five or six different religions, different races, all mixed together.
"You have Jeff Winger, who doesn't care about anybody, or isn't supposed to care about anyone, who doesn't believe in love, but he does. Everybody's growing beyond the person that they always were on this show. I just think it's universal in that way.
Along with laughs, "Community" can also break hearts "in a good way," says Brown, "and then put them back together at the end of the episode, because that's what life is."