The Belchers return this Sunday, Sept. 25, for the seventh season of Bob’s Burgers. The cast joined Long Island Weekly recently to discuss the upcoming season and an already-approved eighth season slated for spring 2017.
LIW: How does it feel knowing that you get to explore your character for at least two more seasons?
Eugene Mirman (Gene): Very excited, each season there are new things to do and concepts to try and new guest stars.
Dan Mintz (Tina): It feels amazing because this is the best job ever, and I want to go on as long as possible. I would have thought after so many episodes the writers would be running out of new ideas for Tina, but they somehow keep coming up with new layers to her character and I’m excited to see where she goes next.
Kristen Schaal (Louise): It’s a huge relief! After being Louise for this long I’m quite fond of her. It’s nice to know that she’s not going away any time soon.
John Roberts (Linda): Exciting and we were all very grateful and happy to get the news we were renewed, We’re always biting our nails each season waiting to be picked up. All the scripts are excellent and we aren’t even close to running out of material. For Linda they just keep giving me great stuff. I could do this for the rest of my life and be happy.
Larry Murphy (Teddy): For Teddy, there is a lot that is still undiscovered and every so often, a little of his back story is revealed. The character is solid and the writers add elements that are just hilarious.
H. Jon Benjamin (Bob): “Exploring Bob” sounds like a 1970s pornographic movie title. I think the show is in a really confident stage now. It feels like the writers write very fluidly for the characters. Hopefully, it can live on for a long time.
LIW: What can viewers expect from your character in season 7?
Mirman: The same rambunctious fun you’ve always expected. He grows and is full of boundless love. That is what is try great about Gene—he grows but doesn’t age.
Mintz: Among other things, Tina joins the debate team, goes to school as a robot avatar when she hurts her ankle, and gets addicted to cat food.
Schaal: Expect Louise to get the flu. And then get ready for a totally rad very specific Louise fever dream.
Roberts: There’s one episode called “Grand Mama Pest Hotel” where Linda and Tina go on a trip and Linda’s rebellious teenage side comes out while Tina is being the more mature one. Some fun Linda hijinks in that one.
Murphy: This season has some high points for Teddy. In one of the episodes, Teddy brings Belchers on a boat ride and has some mysterious motives for bringing them out there.
Benjamin: Bob is heavily medicated again on Halloween due to a leg injury and Teddy has to help run the restaurant when Linda goes away to deal with Louise getting in trouble at school.
LIW: There are people out there with Bob’s Burgers tattoos. Like, someone walked into a parlor and said, “Gimme the Louise!” Why do you think the show is so popular?
Mirman: It might be as simple as good writing. And with the main cast, we’ve known each other for like 10 or 15 years and knowing each other for so long adds a lot to it.
Mintz: I think the show just feels very real in a way that’s rare for even live action TV. When you first watch it, it seems completely different form anything you’ve ever seen, yet somehow very familiar.
Schaal: I like that people relate to Louise on such a deep level, because she rules. She should be permanent on their skin and with them till they’re old! I’m also glad that the show is still on the air and getting more popular. I remember someone got a tattoo of her very early on and I was nervous that they were going to have to tell the story of how they loved a character on a prematurely canceled show. That would have been a bummer!
Roberts: The show is fun in a quirky kind of way. It’s not mean spirited and the family all have soft spots.
Murphy: I saw a Teddy tattoo and I couldn’t believe it. I think at first the audience reaction to the show was a little cool—they didn’t know the characters or what we were even doing. But it has been a slow build and now there’s a huge payoff.
Benjamin: Not entirely sure, but I think mainly because the characters are relatable, and enjoy each other, and that’s fun to watch. Despite being a cartoon, they are a reasonably real family.
LIW: When you first recorded your voice overs for the “Human Flesh” clip, did you ever think the show would turn into such a fan favorite?
Mirman: It’s very fulfilling looking back on it because Loren Bouchard [creator] let us all put our own spin on the characters.
Mintz: I had no idea. I was just excited to get paid $700 and get to meet Kristen Schaal.
Schaal: I didn’t think that it would be an actual show. We were just doing a presentation for FOX. It was just me and my stand-up buddies fooling around in a sound booth before we all grabbed a beer. I didn’t even tell my agents!
Roberts: It was just another audition. We got called in as a group of comics who loved working with each other. It all added up and snowballed from that cannibal thing and really found its footing.
Benjamin: I remember being really enamored with all the cast and the casting choices that Loren and Jim [Dauterive] made. Really funny people with funny voices seemed like a good recipe.
LIW: All of the characters on the show, from the Belchers to everyone in between, play an integral part in various story lines. Besides your character, which character’s story are you most interested in following and why?
Mirman: I adore Teddy. His attitude is extremely positive and fatalistic at the same time. He’s pessimistic and full of joy.
Mintz: Bob, because I’m a dad now, so I can see what my life will be like in eight years.
Schaal: Regular Sized Rudy. He’s just so darn wonderful!
Roberts: It rotates a lot, but I love Tina. This past season she had a long french kiss with some kid and it was just so gnarly and hysterical.
Murphy: I tend to lean towards Linda. There is so much going on with her and I feel like she has a life outside of the restaurant that we don’t even really know about.
Benjamin: Marshmallow. I think she should have her own show.