Raphael Bob-Waksberg Interview: ‘BoJack Horseman’
When we ask “BoJack Horseman” creator, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, if he used the death of the main character’s mother to justify doing a full-episode monologue (“Free Churro”), he tells us that we have it backwards. “We first had the idea to do a long monologue for BoJack and then we were thinking about what would justify spending that much episode time of just one person talking. That’s how we decided to do this funeral for his mother, which is how we decided to kill off the mother,” he explains adding that it’s a very common way that the writers have approached the show.
He adds that it was an episode of “Maude” where she’s speaks to her therapist for the entire episode that showed how the episode could be structured. It became one of the most memorable episodes of any series this past year. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
After five seasons, the Netflix animated comedy about a former sitcom actor battling his inner demons finally landed it’s first Emmy nomination for Best Animated Program. Bob-Waksberg uses a reference from the show to explain his reaction to the news. “In an episode back in season three he thinks he gets nominated for an Oscar and his publicist asks him, ‘How do you feel,’ and this triumphant music plays and he goes, ‘I feel… the same.’ I think I’d be lying if I didn’t say that resonated with me a little bit.” He then recalls feeling disappointment because of the lack of nominations for “Tuca & Bertie” (which he serves as an executive producer on) and Will Arnett for his voice-over performance in “Free Churro.” He adds, “After that I remembered, ‘Oh, I’m supposed to be happy. I just got nominated for an Emmy. This is good news.’ Then I got excited.”
We also press Bob-Waksberg about whether he had a favorite celebrity who voiced a version of themselves for the show. While he will not name an outright favorite, he does admit “Margo Martindale certainly holds a special place in my heart because she was the first.” Martindale portrays a version of herself who is insane to a criminal degree and is much too comfortable with going to extreme lengths to both aide BoJack in his antics and keep herself from getting caught by the cops. He recalls that she said yes to being in the fourth episode of the show before the show had made any imprint in the industry, which clarifies the fondness he has for her performance. He continues, “Margo has always been so generous and so enthusiastic and such a delight to write for and work with. So she’ll always be the original actor who played themselves.”