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I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star - Judy Greer

Where do you know her from?

Actress Judy Greer has been in, well, everything (seriously, check her IMDB, which she's pretty obsessed with- it's kind of staggering). This, of course, is the point of her book (or at least its title, I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star) — chances are, you recognize her, but there's also a pretty good chance you don't know from where, and, more likely than not, don't know her name (especially since, in her post-book career, she's often seen in Sprint commercials with a hamster voiced by Andrew Dice Clay, but I digress).

 

I, on the other hand, definitely know her name (it's Judy Greer, in case you didn't catch on) from watching the opening credits to every single episode of Archer (more times than I should admit in public) in which Greer voices Carol/Cheryl/Cherlene Tunt — railroad tycoon, and First Lady of the government-in-exile of La Rapública de San Marcos (and also Country Music).

 

Cheryl Tunt Judy Greer Archer

 

Judy has become become pretty adept at fan profiling in order to answering the implied titular question. If you're reading this, my next best guess(es) (after Archer, duh) would be Arrested Development (Kitty Sanchez - below), or maybe It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Fatty McGoo).

 

George Bluth and Kitty Sanchez

 

What about the book?

Oh yeah, the book. It was ok (I gave it three stars because it was probably a bad choice on my part). Judy's not a comedy writer (à la Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling etc.), she's an actress. I laughed out loud a time or two while listening, but this wasn't a gut-buster. Her life anecdotes are humorous, but no funnier than emails from my (admittedly hilarious) friends. 

 

This also wasn't a tell all book about the stars with whom she's worked, which is probably a good career move for her, but a let down for me. I knew it wasn't going to be the behind the scenes all Archer all the time show, but it (and Arrested Development, IASIP etc.) was only mentioned once in passing. It's possible that they don't record together or whatever, but look at these people! I wanted something about at least one of them (e.g. why is Lucky Yates wearing those amazing glasses and a track suit?).

 

Archer Cast 2014 Television Critics Association Press Tour

 

What I knew it wasn't going to be, but still secretly wished it was:

You're Not My Supervisor: Growing Up Tunt (With My Stupid Brother Cecil). Obviously Adam Reed would have to write that book, and even though I knew that wasn't what this was, I guess I was hoping for at least a mention of her thoughts on being the voice of Cheryl. (I was trying to be realistic, and knew Cherlene probably wasn't feasible). 

 

Yes, I've used this gif before, but who wouldn't want to know what was going on in that devious little mind?

 

Little Cheryl Tunt and the Gazebo

 

I know, I know, you just crave attention. But what about therapy cranes, Grandpapa dressing up like a ghost to scare black people, the train dwarf looking right at you with his dwarfy eyeballs? Give a girl SOMETHING! 

 

Cherlene slapping Juliana

 

Your point? Unless Pam ate it.

I could go on all day with Archer greatness (and also gifs), but that would be off-topic to say the least. If you're curious about the life of a co-star (a successful one at that), time off "on location," step-parenting after marrying Dean Johnson (I love that she first name/last names her husband all the time) and why it actually sucks to go to the Oscars sometimes, then you'll like this book. I recently heard Judy talking audiobook recording with Gary Dell'Abate, and they both agreed that reading back your own words, you start to think "Who cares?!?" So, it's not like she was unaware that it felt padded. That said, I'm not looking for the five hours of my life back either.