Rob Huebel on His 'Childrens Hospital' Spinoff 'Medical Police' and Getting His First Stunt Double

After starring on the comedy collection Childrens Hospital for practically a decade, actor Rob Huebel is again for a brand new journey. Huebel stars once more as Dr. Owen Maestro within the new Netflix spinoff Medical Police, teaming up along with his former co-star Erinn Hayes as Dr. Lola Spratt to strive and save the world from a world epidemic.

In the identical manner that Childrens Hospital was an absurdist spoof on medical dramas and TV exhibits, Medical Police is identical vibe, besides it takes on worldwide spy thrillers and motion exhibits. Like Childrens Hospital, Rob Corddry is a co-creator and author on the collection, and many solid members of the unique are returning for appearances, together with actors like Lake Bell, Malin Ackerman, Ken Marino, and Corddry himself.

“When Netflix came around and wanted to do a spinoff, but make it longer with a slightly different approach, it was an exciting opportunity for us,” Huebel tells Males’s Journal. “It’s an absurd comedy like Childrens, however you don’t have to have seen that collection to look at and get pleasure from this one. And there’s all this enjoyable, wild motion as we attempt to uncover this deep conspiracy.”

Medical Police is now streaming on Netflix. 

Huebel spoke with Males’s Journal concerning the new comedy collection Medical Police, juggling comedic and dramatic roles, doing improv, and extra.

Males’s Journal: How did the spinoff come collectively after Childrens Hospital? What’s thrilling so that you can play that character once more on Medical Police?

Rob Huebel: It’s truthfully essentially the most enjoyable job. Childrens Hospital was the largest blast, all of the individuals we had been already buddies and knew one another, and we did it for a very long time and nobody fucked with us once we did it. We mainly did no matter we needed and it was simply so enjoyable for us. It was actually enjoyable to return into that world and work with all these nice individuals once more.

Are you able to inform us a bit concerning the present and what your character will get into?

It begins off in the identical world as Childrens Hospital, which is in Brazil for some unusual cause—that’s all the time been a joke and it is senseless. Mainly, immediately there’s an enormous virus outbreak, and my character Owen and Erinn Hayes’ character, Lola, we get recruited by the federal government to be secret brokers to battle and comprise the virus. Now we have a race towards the clock and we grow to be motion heroes, however in fact we’re manner out of our league. And naturally, hilarity ensues.

What had been some enjoyable moments for you behind the scenes filming the collection?

We received to do a bunch of stunts and preventing, we had stunt doubles, and I haven’t actually had that earlier than. I by no means actually wanted it in Childrens, in order that was loopy. And there’s simply all this wild stuff: Erinn and me with weapons and taking pictures individuals, falling off of buildings, skydiving stuff, simply insane motion—and together with it are all these tremendous humorous moments with the outdated solid, like [Rob] Corddry, Ken Marino, Malin Ackerman, Lake Bell and Henry Winkler. It was form of humorous really, we shot quite a lot of the present in Croatia. And so the crew from Croatia, they had been from Game of Thrones and had come off of working on that. In order that they had been all used to actually loopy violence and homicide, however they had been confused by the comedy of what we had been doing as a result of it was so absurd. That was form of enjoyable to see, they had been completely thrown off by it, they clearly had been used to much more dying and stuff from Sport of Thrones [laughs].

Netflix / Medical Police
Netflix / Medical Police

Is there quite a lot of improv on the set with the solid?

For certain, however on the identical time the writers this season had all the things scripted out very particularly. We all the time give ourselves room to improvise, so if we will get 10 p.c extra jokes out of improvising, we’ll do this. We all know one another very well and know what we every discover humorous, so we attempt to mess with that once we can. And on high of that, we received so fortunate with visitors stars, guys like Craig Robinson, Joel McHale, and Jason Schwartzman, they’re all comedy professionals so if you throw these guys into the combo they know find out how to deal with all of it. It was like a dream group this season.

What’s the most effective recommendation you’ve acquired and how has it helped you in your profession?

Individuals all the time ask me for recommendation about comedy and the enterprise, and I normally inform individuals certainly one of two issues: One is ‘Move to New York and get on stage when you can.’ Shifting to New York was the most effective factor that ever occurred to me. I moved once I was 25, had no concept find out how to do something, no concept find out how to write or act or carry out in any respect. I received concerned in Upright Residents Brigade proper as they had been forming, so I received quite a lot of stage time round then, doing quite a lot of sketch comedy and writing. There are such a lot of golf equipment and open mics in New York and you may study your craft. Now, if that’s not sensible for individuals, the opposite recommendation is: ‘Just to get together with a group of friends and shoot your stuff and put it on the internet.’ Today, you don’t must go to movie faculty to study; you may simply shoot it and put it on the web. The web will let you know if it’s humorous immediately. Simply go and make your individual stuff.

What would you say to somebody who hasn’t seen Childrens Hospital earlier than about why they need to watch Medical Police?

You actually don’t have to know something about Childrens Hospital to look at this new present, and if you wish to chuckle and see some absurd stuff, Medical Police is for you. Followers of Childrens will in all probability go of their pants over this present, however even in the event you haven’t seen it, we’ve a tremendous solid, everyone seems to be hilarious, and it’s simply tremendous enjoyable and an excellent hilarious action-comedy. It unfolds rapidly and sucks you in with some absurd jokes and nice motion moments. It’s definitely worth the binge.

You’re recognized in your comedy work, however you’ve additionally accomplished Clear and another dramatic roles. Are there different initiatives that you simply haven’t accomplished but that you simply’re hoping to do?

Undoubtedly. Clear was such an journey as a result of it was one of many first form of dramatic or critical roles I had accomplished. I had beforehand accomplished the film The Descendants with George Clooney, and that had a few of these parts as nicely. I really form of wish to be the type of humorous individual inside a dramatic factor—I don’t know if I’d need to be the man who’s dying of a mind tumor, however I may very well be his humorous neighbor. I see issues like Higher Name Saul, which is dramatic however has these humorous and critical moments collectively. One cool undertaking that’s dramatic arising I received to do is the restricted collection I Know This A lot Is True, which is with Mark Ruffalo on HBO in April. Mark does the heavy lifting, all of the dramatic stuff, and I get to be his humorous greatest buddy, in order that was a blast for me.

You’ve accomplished quite a lot of memorable visitor appearances on exhibits like Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Workplace, amongst others. What’s your preparation like to return into a gaggle that’s been collectively for a spot like that for a short while?

It’s nice for me to get to leap round on different exhibits, it’s an actual deal with to have the ability to do this, nevertheless it’s additionally a fragile factor. The exhibits have already got their chemistry and you don’t need to are available tremendous cocky and mess with that. My technique is to return in a little bit underneath the radar and be appreciative and of the world they constructed, and do my very own factor. Working on The Workplace or The League, quite a lot of instances I’m already buddies with these individuals, in order that makes it simpler. It’s not like I’m coming into Breaking Unhealthy or The Sopranos the place the world of the present is tremendous excessive stakes. Fortunately in comedy you may fuck round a little bit bit and strive completely different jokes. Often, once I’m employed they need me to improvise a bit, so it’s enjoyable to get to mess around like that. After I first did Curb or among the community exhibits, I used to be a bit intimidated, however Larry David was so good and it helped me simply do my factor and be as humorous as I may very well be.

Medical Police is now streaming on Netflix. 

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