Rob Riggle discusses his new movie ‘Cursed Friends’

Comedy Central’s latest movie, cursed friends, is billed as “The Scariest Movie Ever…on Comedy Central” and features a fantastic ensemble cast of comedians like Rob Riggle. Joining him in the cast are Kathy Griffin, Jessica Lowe, Nicole Byer, Nikki Glaser, and Will Arnett, along with some special “celebrity” cameos like Nicole Richie and Joey Fatone.

Riggle’s comedy career spans over two decades and includes his tenure on shows like Saturday Night Live and daily broadcast, as well as starring alongside comedy legends like Jim Carrey and Kevin Hart in blockbuster films. Now he and the rest of the hilarious cast are forced to face a menacing spirit that curses groups of friends into living randomly chosen lives in the popular children’s game, MASH. Riggle speaks with Digital Trends about horror, comedy, and what it was like to work with so many funny people.

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Digital trends: what attracted you? cursed friends? What made you want to join the project?

Rob Riggle: The people! Everyone involved was really talented and really funny. For me these days it’s all about the people involved. I had a feeling making this movie was going to be a lot of fun, and it totally was.

The film has a talented cast. There’s you, Kathy Griffin, Nicole Byer, Nikki Glaser and Will Arnett, to name a few. Was there ever a time when the whole cast was together?

Not the full cast, but we had a few scenes where a good chunk of us were all together, which was awesome. I had a lot of scenes with Harvey Guillén and I loved every minute of it. When I had the chance to be with the biggest group, we just had a blast. We sat and told stories. Many of us had always admired each other from afar but had never had the chance to work together, so it was a great opportunity to meet people we had always wanted to work with.

Your character is an overly nice and optimistic teacher. Have you ever had a teacher like this who helped mentor your character?

I think we all had a range of teachers…the really tough ones, the tough ones, and then also the really nice, super positive, really happy ones. I had a carpentry shop teacher who was very energetic and always had music playing and seemed to really enjoy his life. His attitude was a little contagious. You would walk into his room and the music was playing, and he would greet you with a “Hey, come in!” Grab your safety glasses and let’s get to work!

A group of friends go to see a medium (Will Arnett) to help them with the curse
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Did you ab-lib your lines, or were they all in the script?

It’s always a combination, so I never know what makes the final edit. There’s always a solid script, plus the writers for cursed friends Were good. But you always end up adding things yourself. You find little moments where you make it your own, so it’s still a good hybrid of the two.

cursed friends is a comedy, but it really is a comedy inspired by horror. What are some of your favorite horror movies?

As a child, I loved thrillers. I know Jaws doesn’t technically qualify, but when a movie can screw you up for life and make you fear the ocean, I think it qualifies, so it’s on the list. Also, The Exorcist. I know a lot of people watch it now and laugh, but back then this stuff was terrifying. And of course, I always liked slasher movies, like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers. There are so many good ones.

There is also one that I find really fascinating: Others with Nicole Kidman. I liked this movie for some reason. It was weird and it was scary, but not in a scary way. The jump scares agitate me endlessly, because they catch me every time. I’m an easy target for that sort of thing.

Imagine they will Cursed Friends 2. Give me some comedians you’d like to cast with you.

Oh man, well, we have to have Paul Scheer, Owen Burke, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Melissa McCarthy and Jessica St. Clair. I think that would be a good start, but I could go on listing comedians I love, like Heidi Gardner, Jason Sudeikis and Paul Rudd.

If someone changes the channel and comes across cursed friendswhat would you say to make them want to see the film?

I would say if you want to see the funniest horror movie ever made, stop channel surfing and tune in. Be sure to bring a friend and keep your phone in your hand in case the movie gets too long and you need to call for help.

cursed friends premieres Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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