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04/19/2007


Towleroad Interview: 'Bob's Burgers' Star and YouTube Sensation John Roberts

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If you only know comedian John Roberts for his YouTube holiday homage to his mother (“Make it nice around the tree! Come on, make it even! Make it nice!”), you’re missing out on some of the gifted character actor’s best work. His performance as Belcher-clan matriarch Linda is one of the best things about FOX’s brilliant series Bob’s Burgers, a show already miles ahead of its animated contemporaries.

John Roberts.credit Kate Butler.2013

Created by Loren Bouchard (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist), Bob’s follows a working-class family comprised of Linda, the titular Bob (played by venerable voice actor, H. Jon Benjamin) and their three children (voiced by comedians Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and Dan Mintz). Its IMDB page reads like a who’s-who of today’s comedy, including appearances from Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman and Megan Mullally. The show manages to blend quirky character comedy and warm-and-fuzzy family sweetness without becoming overly cloying -- or devolving into the kind of dude-humor that dominates contemporary animation. Even when Bob’s does potty humor, it’s with style. (For example, the episode “O.T.: The Outside Toilet,” is a salute to Spielberg and the toilet is voiced by Jon Hamm.)

The show is gearing up for its fourth season, kicking off Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on FOX, and a fifth season was announced yesterday. We spoke with Roberts about coming out, what his mom is really like and what makes Bob’s Burgers feel a little bit gay.

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(Inset Photo: Kate Butler)

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