It sounds like Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s daughters should have a play date with Tina Fey’s daughters, because they all sound hilarious. I mean, you would expect them to be funny since they have funny parents, but you never know when the humor gene just won’t get passed along. Good to know that didn’t happen here.
According to Melissa and Ben’s comments at last night’s premiere of The Boss, which they co-wrote together and which Ben directed, their kids are so funny that it can be hard to discipline them sometimes instead of just rewarding their funny behavior with laughter.
Ben explained to People that Vivian, 8, and Georgette, 6, use humor to their advantage:
“They get out of being disciplined because they are funny. They’ll do something [to get a laugh] and you’re like, ‘Alright, hold on, that’s not the point.’”
Melissa adds that it can be difficult not to laugh in front of them:
“‘Good bit, strong bit. However, you still have to go clean up your room.’ It’s a balancing act. Kids are really smart. They pick up on everything and then you still have to not laugh in front of them as you tell them that something’s not appropriate, or something might be too aggressive.”
Once the kids leave the room, however, it’s an entirely different story:
“Ben and I try to write it down so we don’t forget, and then laugh a lot without them seeing. It’s a system in a web of lies. That’s what it is.”
I wonder if they write down the jokes so that they can work them into future projects. After all, that’s what Tina Fey did with some of her daughter Alice’s weirdest one-liners. (“I want to go to there,” for example.) These kids should really get consulting credits. I have a feeling there are a lot of future comedians being raised in Hollywood at the moment, and I won’t lie, it gives me hope for the future of humanity.