Greg Garcia, creator of CBS’ new fall comedy The Millers, was grilled about the rash of fart jokes in the show’s pilot Monday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
Responding to the stink, Garcia conceded that the premiere contains “a run of fart jokes” — many of which can be traced back to Margo Martindale’s matriarch character — but added, “I’ve watched it with people; people laugh at these things… Fart jokes are funny.
“I started to think about this a little bit because I was lucky enough to go to the Mel Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award [ceremony], and I’m sitting there by Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese and Morgan Freeman and just all kinds of people, and they put the Blazing Saddles farting scene on the screen — and everyone is dying laughing,” he recalled. “So, farts are funny.”
That said, Garcia insisted The Millers won’t attempt to have a gas in every episode. In fact, “In the next eight or nine scripts that we have, I don’t think a fart joke has appeared yet. I’m not saying it won’t, because fart jokes are funny… and they have their place on TV once in awhile.”
The Millers premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8:30/7:30c.