Fans of MTV’s Teen Wolf know the show is about more than just shirtless werewolves. That’s certainly part of it, but it’s also a humorous and heartfelt examination of the lives of the not-quite-normal teens and their problems, both supernatural and otherwise. One important source of the humor is Coach Bobby Finstock, who’s just as likely to hurl insults as his players as he is to deadpan a one-liner. While the writers get credit for the Coach’s witticisms, actor and comedian Orny Adams is responsible for pulling them off with such endearing frustration.
Wetpaint Entertainment got the chance to talk to Orny Adams about his stand up; his podcast, My Crappy Week (check out an episode where Teen Wolf castmate Ian Bohen calls in here on HAHAJK.com); and what advice the Coach would have for the kids of America.
When do you start shooting [Season 3]?
I believe the first week in December.
And you’ll be filming in LA now?
From what I’m told. I’ll believe it when it happens.
What’s your biggest challenge working on Teen Wolf?
To be completely honest, my biggest challenge is my ego — that the show isn’t about me. When I do stand-up comedy, it’s all about me. And it’s my show, and I’m the headliner at the club that night or in the theater, and people are paying to see me. That’s what I’ve become accustomed to.
So it’s difficult to be sort this guy off on the side, albeit an important role. Just, you know, it’s really Tyler’s show, and Dylan, and whatever the hell the rest of their names are. I’m not on iMDB right now so I can’t tell you.
Colton Haynes is now gone, unfortunately.
I’ll believe it when I see it. I don’t get involved in gossip. I just show up, and I do my job. I’m as surprised when I watch the show as many of the viewers. Either I’m not reading the script, which I can’t disclose, or my reading comprehension is so horrible that I don’t even understand what’s really happening. …
Coach is sort of off in his own world and unaware of all this stuff, blissfully. And I can’t let that affect my performance. If I knew all this was really going on, I don’t think I’d be yelling at these kids like that. They could tear me apart!
Do you like the Coach in his blissful ignorance?
I’ll leave that to the wildly imaginative mind of Jeff Davis to do with me as he pleases. Jeff was a fan of my stand-up comedy and hand-picked me for this role. So I trust him when it comes to these things, to do what’s best for this show.
Jeff used to come watch me at the Improv here in Los Angeles. And one night, somebody at his table, one of his friends, was talking, and I yelled at him. And Jeff said, “That’s the Coach.” I didn’t know who Jeff was, and I didn’t know Jeff was coming to my shows. Jeff was just an audience member, and I yelled at him. At his friend.
That’s how you get work. Put that on the webpage for the kids. This is how you get work. Yell at future employers. It can be a little column that says, “Coach’s Advice.”
What would the Coach’s advice be for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez right now?
I think Selena can do better. This guy’s a little bit reckless, out there with different cars all the time and craziness. I think she needs to fall in love with somebody with less Twitter followers. That’s what I think.
Will your Teen Wolf castmates be on My Crappy Week?
I think so. I’ve got a portable recording device that I can bring right into the trailer and have people in and interview and do some play-by-plays of what’s happening on the set. Again, I’d have to check with Jeff about what he’s most comfortable with. I’m sure I’ll have those guys in the studio.
The problem is, the kid who plays the lead. What’s his name again? Tyler? Way too optimistic. Way too happy. I gotta wait ‘til he’s a little bit down, then get him in to talk about his crappy week. … He’s well-balanced. I can’t imagine if I was in his position at that age that I would be that humble.
Who would win in a coach-off? Finstock or Sue Sylvester on Glee?
I like us together more than against each other. I think our styles would mesh. Everything I’ve seen her [Jane Lynch] in, I think she’s great. I really do. I wouldn’t want to compete with her. She’s certainly top notch. I mean that. I don’t kiss anybody’s ass.
I can tell you this: I could only hope that my character on Teen Wolf achieved the notoriety and status that she has.
Have you ever had a coach like the Coach?
Coach Ferrias, Lexington High School. Something that he would do that I’ve thought about doing, is he would also whistle at us. Like, ffft, ffft. But it wasn’t like a whistle. Ffft, ffft. It would drive me nuts! He was always yelling.
What makes, I think on Teen Wolf, Coach great is, underneath it all, he has a heart that you should see. So he’s gonna yell, but it’s for the good of the players and for the good of them. And he may be irrational at times, but maybe 20 years from now, they’re gonna understand: Coach was right. And Coach has a heart, and I think we saw that in the season finale.
What do you think the Coach does when he goes home?
I would say he drinks. I think he drinks. I think there’s all sorts of stuff that goes on. He’s got a wild secret life that I can’t disclose yet, but it’s wild. I think it’d be a great storyline. You know what we haven’t seen yet is Coach in love.
Should he hook up with Scott’s mom?
Yeah. I think Scott comes running home for one those nights when everyone turns into wolves, and he runs in to tell his mom he’s had the worst night of his life. He’s like, “Mom!” And there in bed is Coach with his mom.
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