Exclusive: We Chat With ‘Rules of Engagement’s’ Wendi McLendon-Covey

Wendi McLendon Covey Rules of EngagementI recently had the pleasure of speaking with funny lady Wendi McLendon-Covey about her experience on Bridesmaids and her upcoming TV projects, Rules of Engagement and I Hate My Teenage Daughter. You can read the first half of our interview here, but with the premiere of Rules hitting the small screen this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, we thought you might enjoy a little scooplet about what you can expect to see from this comedy queen on the CBS series, her spot on a new Fox show, and perhaps (if she gets her way) a cameo on a certain beloved, madcap sitcom over on NBC…

What’s it like on set [at Rules of Engagement]? And can you tell us about your character?

Well, I had a nice little arc last season as a former coworker of Megan Price’s character. She’s kind of a sad sack. She has seven cats, likes to talk about her lactose intolerance, and doesn’t understand why she doesn’t have a boyfriend! You know, she’s one of those. And she’s really fun, and she’s really gross. And I love it. She’s always dressed badly, and it’s always like, “Oh, what do I get to wear this week? Something hideous? Great. I love it.” My character, though, had a fling with David Spade’s character last season. There was kind of a little cliffhanger as to what would happen when the season ended. Well, it turns out, we sort of…accidentally got married. On a cruise. So this season is, do we stay married? How do we make this work? Because he hates me! I’m a real pain in the ass. But does he get on board? He keeps trying to get it annulled in the beginning, but I will have none of that. And I keep sucking him into my web. And the first episode is pretty damn funny, I’ve gotta say. October 8, they switched their night to Saturday night. So October 8, it has its season premiere, and it is hysterical. There’s pictures of it online on the CBS website. And it is [laughs] — I can’t believe it myself. Very funny.

I really look forward to that! I believe you have other TV projects coming up as well. I Hate My Teenage Daughter?

Yes. I’ll play the principal. I guess that’s a recurring role. I go in on Saturday to film my first episode on that. That’s gunna be fun. I play the principal of the teenage daughters’ school, but she used to antagonize their mothers when they were in high school.


Yeah…that’ll be fun. The summer horror that I’m imagining.

A lot of people know you from Reno 911!, sort of the mockumentary style. Is your process different, or is the experience a lot different from when you’re working on a sitcom versus something in that style?

Yeah, it is different, ‘cause you have to really hit your marks and do things the right way, whereas on Reno, it didn’t have to look good. You know, it was supposed to be shaky camerawork and whatever—that was supposed to look like Cops. So, you wouldn’t have to do multiple takes of things, because nobody cared what it looked like. It was real easy to edit that way. So yeah, the process is very different that way. And of course, as an improviser, from working on Lovespring International and Reno, of course I love to just go on my own exploration. But no, you have to memorize your lines as written. So yeah, it is a little different. But it’s fun.

Are there any shows you would want to guest star on that you haven’t yet?

Oh my gosh, if I could be on 30 Rock, my life would be made. That is my favorite show. My absolute favorite show.

Do you have a favorite Liz Lemonism?

Um…let’s see…I mostly have Tracy Morganisms. Or Tracy Jordan. “Heavy is the head that eats the crayons.” [Laughs] So good.