If you've left this house this summer, chances are you've seen, or at least heard, Kristen Schaal in something — she has roles in Toy Story 3, Dinner for Schmucks, Get Him to the Greek and the upcoming Going the Distance — and if you haven't, you've probably seen her on The Daily Show, or if you've been catching up on your DVDs, as Flight of the Conchords' obsessed fan, Mel. Perhaps even as a switchboard operator in the Mad Men pilot. You get the point: she's all over the goddamn place. Schall's boyfriend, Rich Blomquist, is less of a household name/face, but he's got an impressive comic pedigree as well, including 5 Emmys as a Daily Show staff writer.
As you might expect, then, my joint interview with the loving couple on the subject of their jointly authored tome The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex, was a boisterous affair, made more so by the noisy postgame celebration of New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office softball team, who invaded our formerly quiet midtown bar about halfway through. (Luckily, Schall and Blomquist's end of the conversation came through loud and clear; even more so, my end was basically obliterated.) Needless to say, the conversation focused on sex — or, as Schaal put it, "twats and etcetera" — encompassing bestiality, the malodorous nature of medieval sex and the legendary baby-dragging death of Jonathan Swift. (That last part might have been a joke.) We also got into what it was like for a stand-up comedian who's used to being the sole judge of her own material and a veteran of the collective atmosphere of TV writers' rooms to collaborate on the same project, the continually dispiriting state of American politics, and the story of how they met, which is quite a sweet one despite involving a talking snake and vomiting into a trash can. More, along with the usual mix of delightfully perspicacious and deliberately idiotic comments, at the A.V. Club.