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Actor / EntertainerIamA Musician, Actor and Comedian Danny Tamberelli AMA!

Sep 6th 2017 by dannytamberelli • 47 Questions • 378 Points

Forgive me reddit for I have sinned... It has been 5 years since my last AMA.

Reddit sucked me back in when people couldn't get over that I was Arnold on the Magic School Bus and Jizzle from GTAV. Some of you scolded the newbies for not knowing about Pete and Pete and All That. Some of you liked my band, Jounce. Thank you. I am here to set the record straight and chat about whatever you want that pertains to my experiences as a child actor who didn't get an E! True Hollywood Story. I am without Colorado Kool-aid, so I might have to take a break to go get some.

EDIT1 It's 5:30, gonna go take that break and come back later. Thanks for your questions and hanging with me this afternoon! I'll pop back in later tonight and answer any other questions you kids wanna know.

EDIT 2 Im back poking around again at 835pm

EDIT 3 its 1135 and im gonna call it. Thanks for an excellent day! I will see your posts as they are linked to my normal reddit account so I will get back with answers to any further questions.

*My Proof: https://twitter.com/dtamberelli/status/905476648975392769

Q:

I loved watching you on "Figure It Out" as a kid. What's one of your fondest memories from that show? What's Summer Sanders up to these days?

A:

many times at lunch, bc we had access to Universal, we would sneak on a few rides in between filming. I also had a stalker once that used to come to Universal every day to see me. She sent me a vhs video professing her love...She ended up befriending a student at my school and ended up coming to my high school. I freaked out when I saw her while I was in gym class.


Q:

Was the VHS creepy or sweet in retrospect?

A:

i dont still have it to gauge. As a 16 yr old kid, I think I took it a little overboard. I did have her kicked out of going to the Figure it Out tapings, which i feel like was mean now. She did come to my school though and befriend someone who I was friends with who never told me beforehand so...I dont feel that bad. I do remember her saying God told her we were going to be together. so theres that


Q:

Did you meet Stick Stickly and do you remember his address?

A:

PO Box 963 NY NY


Q:

If there was a cocktail called The Mighty Duck what would the ingredients be?

A:

4 oz Canadian Club dash of bitters soda water garnish with duck jerky


Q:

I want that now... I wonder how many bars would make it.

A:

there should be something else but if its mighty, it better be strong.


Q:

Do you think Arnold ever got to have a normal field trip?

A:

i'd like to think so. He complained about those too.


Q:

Thanks for doing this for us, Danny. My wife and I were actually watching Pete & Pete the other day, reminiscing about being 90's kids. The good ol days. Anywho, flash forward to being older (but not necessarily grown ups) What's your favorite mixed drink these days? Or are you more of a beer guy?

A:

the good old days indeed. Im 35, feeling pretty grown up these days. I am an equal opportunity drinker. I drink gin and sodas with bitters if they got any at the bar. Bourbon, Rye and Irish Whisky neat or on the rocks. Beer is good. IPAs, Reds and beer flavored beer mostly. I have an untappd account if that helps. Cheers!


Q:

Holy shit I have to reply to this. I LOVED Pete and Pete as a kid, and looking back on it now it's crazy to think you're only 3 years older than me. I have to admit I was giddy with laughter when I realized you were the voice of Jizzle too. I gotta ask for your Untappd name... I'd love to say I recommended my childhood TV hero an IPA...

Sorry if that comes off as weird, man. But thank you for being such a huge influence on my childhood.

A:

I appreciate the nice words. I laugh too when I think about that little prick Jimmy too. Search my name, I will pop up with a pic of me and my baby, Blondie. She's my bass.


Q:

Pete and Pete is one of my favorite shows from childhood. I'm rewatching it with my daughter now. What show today do you think is the most like Pete and Pete?

A:

I love hearing that people are showing their kids the show! It makes me very happy. There really isnt too much like it out there. There are shows that have DP's and directors from Pete and Pete that give me that vibe like Scrubs and Mindy Project. Malcolm in the Middle was more of a contemporary. Will Mc Robb, a co creator has a pilot on Amazon called, A Kid Called Mayonnaise which gives me a lot of the feeling and sensibility of Pete and Pete. Worth a watch for sure!


Q:

Yo what up Pete! Or, are you Pete? Anywho, I would like to know, what was some of the juicy drama behind the scenes of All That?

A:

I got Josh in trouble with the producers because he was being a dick about something and it really upset 15yr old me. I was the youngest older kid and the oldest younger kid. I was the little sis from West Side Story just hanging around the older kids until they HAD to let me in. After my first season though, we were all cool. Kenan and I had known each other for years, he was my sherpa into the older kids hangout


Q:

Hey Danny, as a 28 year old, your nickelodeon shows were a big part of my upbringing.

Years ago, I facebook messaged you and asked if you would wish me a happy birthday on my profile page. To my surprise, you responded and actually wished me a happy birthday. I still reminisce about that with friends and pretend like we're buds. Anyway, I just thought that was really cool/hope you don't think I'm a weirdo. Could you wish me happy birthday this year? I'll send you a message the day of.

-Chad

A:

I think that can be arranged. We are all a bunch of weirdos, you're in good company.


Q:

Yo Danny! Thanks for doing this AMA! Pete and Pete has always been one of my favorite shows and young Pete's insults have helped to shape me as a grownup. Were any of those your own improvisations or were they all scripted? How much leeway did you and the cast have to improvise? Thanks again!

A:

I was able to spew out some of my own insults but to be honest, I can't remember which ones were mine and which ones were written. Once you were given carte blanche to say these insults, they just flew out. Chunderhead, Chowderhead, jerkweed, etc. I know that I got in trouble for calling someone a dillhole in 6th grade. That might have been a beavis and Butthead reference...Damn you Joe Stillman! Writer for Pete and Pete and B&B


Q:

What is your favourite line from Jimmy on GTA V?

And how much did you get to know the other cast and how much did you get along?

A:

the cast got along just fine! I did put the call sheet in my pants when we filmed the teabagging scene so everyone in the crew got to teabag Michael, Ned Luke.

"thats nuclear fusion bitch, lets blow shit up"


Q:

Favorite NJ diner? Also, is it pork roll or Taylor ham?

A:

I was a Skyline Diner fan and its Taylor Ham. Just like they are band aids, not adhesive bandages.


Q:

/r/newjersey welcomes you with open arms!

A:

nothing but all the love for NJ


Q:

Just wanted to say thank you to you and Mike for making my childhood. I even flew up to Chicago from Atlanta a couple of years ago to see you guys record a podcast and watch Polaris play. I love listening to the podcast cause it feels like hanging out with old friends (highly recommended for those of you who don't know about it).

I guess my question is if Mike is as much of a villain in real life as he is on the podcast? It's hilarious. He's got a sharp wit.

Anyway, take it easy and have an awesome day!

A:

Mike is the most cynical, dry and biting guy I have ever met. He's a good dude and a groomsman in my wedding. I mean it with all sincerity, yes, he's a villain. He's a bigger pot stirrer than my 3rd grade principal Mr. Buffington told my parents i'd be. HE TOLD MY PARENTS...IN 3RD GRADE.


Q:

What is your favorite kind of sandwich?

And also, of course, thank you for the years of entertainment. Pete & Pete was one of my favorite shoes while growing up, and now with your podcast (which I happened to find through my favorite band Tera Melos) you just keep killin' it. And congrats on the engagement!

If you ever find yourself back in Detroit, hit up Sgt. Pepperoni's for a slice. I think even the Pizza King would approve.

A:

Favorite sandwich in all the world is a prosciutto, mozz, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, oil, vinegar, long roll.

Thanks for all the kudos and glad you're digging the podcast through the TM guys! For a big guy like me, you'd always think I could house the skinnier, lighter fake tv brother...but alas, I do have a gag reflex. Mike doesn't.


Q:

How are you doing today? You've brought me a lot of joy over the years and I hope you're doing well since I don't think there is much I can do to repay you.

A:

Im doing fine, thanks. Your kind words are enough. I aim to please!


Q:

Do you still talk to a lot of your Nickelodeon co-stars? Which cast member on All That was the funniest, and why was it Lori Beth Denberg?

A:

I still talk to: Pete and Pete: Mike, Toby, Dave Martel, Will and Chris, Katherine All That: Josh, Kenan, Kel, LB, Mark Saul, Alisa, maybe Amanda Bynes???(not sure if i am being catfished on twitter)

LB was the best! Nothing else to say


Q:

You enjoy voice acting for GTA V? Any more video games in your future?

Also I always died laughing when, on Figure It Out, to get slimed was just being Danny Tamberelli.

A:

GTA V was the coolest because I had played video games my whole life including previous GTA's so to be in an actual game was pretty surreal. Nothing in the pipeline, but i'm always auditioning.

And yes, whatever they could do to slime me at least 3 times a day. We would shoot 4 shows a day, I was taking at least 3 showers a day.


Q:

Hola Dañiel! I randomly brought up Pete and Pete last week to this girl, and she didn't know what it was. I believe she was one of those Disney kids. What should I do? This is highly unacceptable.

A:

oof, gotta be careful with those disney kids...Could go 1 of two ways. She watches Pete and Pete with you and she digs it. You become an influencer. She watches it and decides right there that there that you are a weirdo who might have done weed in highschool and she ghosts you.

I believe its totally worth finding out


Q:

Lifelong fan here. It's my birthday so this is pretty cool you chose today!

As a Jounce and overall music fan who's taste was heavily influenced by Pete and Pete; I'm curious as to what you are currently listening to or a fan of?

A:

Happy Birthday duder! Thanks for digging the Jounce! Currently i'm listening to a bunch of stuff. I do a lot of listening to old stuff(early punk, reggae, GBV) that i've been listening to forever but I am in a recent kick of newer bands and tunes in no particular order that are pretty great: Sheer Mag Hop Along Wavves Tera Melos New Mark Mulcahy record, I have not been able to take it out of my car, its so good


Q:

Danny! Seen you with Jounce a couple times as we've worked together with Shady Street Show Band and Swift Technique. Ever think of doing something awesome this fall/winter in Asbury Park, NJ? Cause you totallllyyyyyy shoulddd dudeee

A:

duly noted. Love Asbury Park NJ to death. I'd be down. Been playing in a group called Middle Blue that has Mike Clark from the Headhunters on occasion. Maybe we could make a night of funk?


Q:

Hey bud did you do any of the bakers dozen shows?

A:

Lemon #10 It restored a lot of faith in the music that I had lost a while ago. I had a tremendous time and Phish made me a believer again.


Q:

I apologise for adding to the 99% of comments pertaining to Pete and Pete, but I've been in love with the show since I was a kid; even recently, I dropped about $200 to purchase a crew jacket that originated from the filming of Season 3.

That aside, my question is: What was, hands down, your favorite episode, and why? From what I'd imagine, "Apocalypse Pete" seems like it'd be the most entertaining, or maybe even "Halloweenie", but that's just me surmising.

A:

wow, serious coinage to drop. Is that the black Wellsville Electric and Gas Carhart? If so, I still got mine too and I rock it in the winter because its a fine coat. Worth the $200 now that I think about it.

I think Last Laugh might have been the most fun episode for me to play aside from Hard Days Pete. I got a bass on that episode and music really became my life after that. Last Laugh though was great because I was a good guy and bad guy and even at a young age, I thought that it was pretty badass to play those 2 kinds of roles in one character. Working with Batman was a highlight of my life for sure. I love your picks too btw. We just went back to Halloweenie haunted house and season 2 Wrigley house in South Orange NJ. The street was basically the same and the lady who owned the haunted house was still there and the house is just as creepy and old as I remembered it. Hard to beat any of those episode picks


Q:

I was a huge fan of yours as a kid and was convinced you or Davy Jones would be my future ex-husband. Needless to say that never panned out ha!

Did you have one "bad guy" or neighbor character or sub-plot in Pete & Pete that you wish there had been more of? I was a fan of pit-stain for some odd reason and wish we got more backstory on some of your nemeses.

I sent a lameass question to your last AMA and got looked over, so maybe this time I'll try to not be as lame? Thanks for hopefully answering this one :)

A:

I thought I was pretty good on that last one, sorry I missed you! I would have to agree that there really wasn't much backstory on any of my arch enemies like papercut and pitstain beyond maybe why they had that nickname. Papercut was always my favorite so maybe he should have got more attention. I mean he sliced the brim off my cap...thats some serious shit right there. He had to be juicing.


Q:

hey Danny! Big fan. What was one of your favorite memories from filming Pete and Pete? Do you have a personal favorite episode?

A:

my first kiss was on the set, so that was prolly my favorite memory, cameras weren't rolling though. Favorite episode was Hard Days Pete


Q:

Do you miss the Ramapo Valley Brewery as much as I do?

A:

Many an epic night in that bar. I was once outside of that place smoking and a cop pulled around. My buddy who I was with starts to bolt and causes the cop to come right to us. I had a bag of weed in one of my cargo pants pockets and the officer grabbed the other pocket and not the one with the herbs in it. I then told him I was in the band and we started talking about his obsession with Rush. I had a rush of adrenaline thinking I was gonna get popped. Also saw a guy try to stab someone ( owner possibly?) with a pool cue. Rowdy spot, solid beer. Ooooh damn, last tidbit from that joint, Jounce's old drummer had a birthday there adn we got him so trashed that he was literally falling asleep playing Mississippi Half Step by the Dead...Miss that place


Q:

Danny, is Anders really your cousin or is he a total bullshitter?

A:

Anders is my cousin. He's not a shitter. He used to run around a relative's pool as a little kid yelling the words "shit 'and "fuck" It might have only been once but I will never let him forget it. He messaged me on here too and I forgot to respond. im a dick.


Q:

After running around said pool he was also thrown in said pool.

Source: I am the shit fuck yeller

A:

i remember all of that.


Q:

Hi! What was your favorite stunt to perform on Pete and Pete? Like, in "Dance Fever", did they really throw wax all over you?

A:

there were a couple solid stunts that I had to have a stunt person supervise and teach me how to do things. 1st one was falling through a trap door in my principal's office, the late great Adam West. We shot it in a school gym and I had to actually fall from a story up to make it look real. They made a chute that I had to learn how to fall backwards down. They created a tower at the top of the gym and sent me down it a few times. As a 12yr old, that was pretty rad.

Dance Fever slime was the same slime from Alien, or so they told me. I had a small plank with ball bearings attached to the bottom so they could attach an invisible string to hurl me through the halls.


Q:

Same slime from Alien? That would by KY Jelly....

A:

uh oh... that explains a lot


Q:

If Blues Legend Johnny Stevens produced a Johnny & friend's album, would you play on a track?

A:

I spent some formative years studying under Johnny Stevens blues and soul techniques, aka The Harp and Amherst Zoo House. I wish him nothing but the best and I sure as shit would play a track on whatever he asks of me.


Q:

Danny, any plans to play down in Richmond, VA, or tour down towards the mid-atlantic? We have a venue called the Camel that Jounce could easily fill up and they mainly book bands of your style. I'd love to put a show together down here for ya!

A:

I know the Camel, haven't been there in a while. We would always love to hit up Richmond. I love that town. Is the Canal Club or Alley Katz still there? Those were the venues Jounce used to play down there.


Q:

I love everything you have done, but I tell ya I knew that was you in GTA and I was so happy. They should give your character a spin off.

What's an average day in the life of you?

A:

Thanks for not thinking I was Jonah Hill...

My day is filled with 9am smoothies, my stint as a personal chauffeur starts at 925am and ends at 945am. I handle any voice over auditions in my closet soundbooth, I practice bass, I write songs, I write comedy, I look at reddit, I eat my premade veggies and quinoa my fiance steamed the night before for lunch. I go back into chauffeur mode at 550 and off again depending on the grocery store run for dinner options. I make the food, I eat the food, I veg out a bit, brush teeth and hit the sheets. Theres a ton of variables though including recording music, podcasts, shooting manboobs videos, freelance work like bass lessons, writing articles etc. I am a freelancer who still gets to do what I want...getting married though so this lifestyle is TBD


Q:

Hey Danny, Which Skit on All That still cracks you up till this day?

A:

anything with Kenan as Ms. Pidlin or Principal William Baynes Pimpell


Q:

Hey man, I grew up watching Nick and the magic schoolbus and got to play with you in Nyack Ny around Halloween maybe 2? Years ago. I remember it being super normal once I got over the trip of it actually being you around the show, but do you ever get people who freak out and pester the hell out of you when you're just trying to play some music?

A:

right on! That Halloween show was LATE...We got the shaft pretty good that night, it was fun until 1am...Yeah, it happens sometimes. People will yell Pete at me during a song or ask me to play Hey Sandy. I've been at it long enough where it doesn't really phase me. It's the tapping on the shoulder when my eyes are closed thats the real pet peeve. Fucking amateurs...


Q:

What was Toby Huss like while the cameras were off? Artie was by far my favorite character and I remember the directors commentary on one episode talking about how the other child actors' parents seemed uncomfortable with him around their kids. Did he stay in character most of time? Ever serve as your superhero for off-set antics?

And I'd just like to say thanks - As a weird kid growing up, Pete & Pete was one of my favorite shows, and it really helped me with the recurring theme of encouraging kids to be yourself, however weird that may be.

Also, with how often an attempt at a "tough little kid" role comes off as awkward and stupid, I gotta give you props for how much of a badass Little Pete was. Your interrogation of Lou the Barber in "Saturday" was absolute gold.

A:

Toby was a good man. Certainly an adult hanging around with kids. There was cursing and some blue humor and cigarettes. I may have taken some of his while he wasn't looking. My mom and dad loved Toby and I don't think anyones parents were really scared, just made for good commentary. Thanks for the kudis man, playing a little badass was my jam. Perhaps bc there was a little pete inside of me the whole time Blowhole. Im glad you turned out alright. And that grilling scene was one of my favorites too!


Q:

Hello Danny!

Did you ever get any feedback on how Pete & Pete was received in the UK and did you ever get a chance to visit? Also, ever thought about taking your sketch group to the Edinburgh Fringe one year?

Thanks!

A:

We were told people really dug Pete and Pete in the UK, my sketch group MAnboobs Comedy made a joint video with a UK comedy group called Bishop and Douche (pronounced Dowch). We have never explored the overseas comedy scene but I am quite familiar with Fringe. Would be happy to inquire.


Q:

What was it like voicing Jimmy DeSanta?

A:

it was a lot of fun, but the VO days were the hardest. You try screaming lines for 4 hours and your throat starts to hate you. I did get a lot of choice stupid lines from a real piece of shit kid, so I enjoyed it. Where else can you steal a boat, get saved, steal money, sell weed and drug your dad and kick him out of his own car. Brutal.


Q:

Danny! I've been trying to get an answer to this for years- a friend of my father who worked for P&P gave us a bootleg tape of the minute long vignettes and Summer Vacation & Valentine's Day Massacre. Not exactly sure of the timeline but it has to be 1990 or 91. Anyway- the credit song in VDay Massacre is different than what was used for the show when it actually aired. Upbeat folk song, two? female vocalists and the chorus was something like 'Give all of my lovin' to you'. Do you know the artist/song title or have any leads? I guess if you don't my leads are practically exhausted!

Ps- favorite jamband aside from Phish? You should sit in with Dopapod!

A:

Oh man, I have no idea! I will check back with someone and get back to you on it. I am very curious now. Magnetic Fields possibly?

I know those dudes, Boston right?


Q:

H Mr. Tamberelli. Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? thanks! :~)

A:

Be a down to earth person who can clearly convey what they are trying to accomplish. That and a good musical taste. Directing is super hard and finding that sweet spot between being comfortable with giving direction and also letting the actor do their thing. I like a hands on director more than a hands off if they can articulate the ideas they see in their head.


Q:

What did you first think when you read the GTAV script? Being a video game, how was it physically different from tv and movie scripts?

A:

I was sent on that audition as a movie role and the script was no different than that. The big difference is in the scripts they send for the vo recordings which were more yelling things, phrases and motivations for in-game play.


Q:

What was your favorite ride at Universal Florida? When was the last time you visited there?

A:

Hannah Barbera ride and Jaws...Both gone now I would imagine. Been a long time, prolly 2000


Q:

Yep. Jaws/Amity was replaced by Gringotts/Diagon Alley. Hannah Barbera was replaced by Jimmy Neutron/Nicktoons then that was replaced by Despicable Me.

I have an annual pass and go all the time. At least ET is still there, Kong is gone, Earthquake/Disaster is gone, production is gone. So sad man. Seeing production there is one of the things that made me want to work in the industry. I’m the script supervisor that tweeted you and Mike 2 years ago because I script supervised for Maggie Greenwald.

A:

Maggie is the best! Please send her my best if you are still working with her! Thanks for the Universal update!


Q:

I haven’t seen her since the premiere. She’s gotten to direct some more TV lately so that’s super awesome for her. I’m just glad I had a chance to talk to her about some of the best episodes of the best show... sick day and inspector 34!?

A:

both great episodes!


Q:

I saw you at the Lincoln Hall Pete & Pete reunion and we did shots of Malort, which I remember drunkenly framing as a follow up to the time you did your first(?) Malort shot with me and my buddy after Jounce played at Quencher's a year or so prior.

If you come back to Chicago and fate aligns us at the same bar again, I owe you a nice, enjoyable drink. Malort is actual trash and I'm a bad man for having you drink it twice.

A:

you sonofabitch...Its gross but I always drink it. I will hold you to that. A nice rye will do