This Monday, September 19, marks the premiere of the new CBS comedy, 2 Broke Girls. In anticipation of the new series, actor Jonathan Kite (who plays the role of Oleg the Russian cook) took some time to discuss his character and his interaction with the cast. The basic premise of the show, as described by CBS, is "a new comedy about two girls who form an unlikely bond over having no money and no shame". In addition to discussing the new CBS comedy, Kite provides details about his work-in-progress (as writer, producer and star) the feature film, The Walk On. I enjoyed getting a flavor of Kite's sense of humor, particularly with his last answer.
What was it about the show's script and/or its producers that prompted you to audition for the role of Oleg the Russian cook?
I have been a fan of Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings for a while, so when I found out they were doing a show together, I really focused on becoming a part of it.
How much guidance did you get from the writers and producers on how to approach Oleg, and/or were you given the freedom to shape the character somewhat?
Oleg is a good mix of incredible writing and bold choices. I’ve been given tons of freedom, which is always honed by the show’s creative teams.
What do you most appreciate about the comedic approaches of the show's two leads: Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs)?
I appreciate that they each bring something very different to the show. They are ridiculously talented and play off each other effortlessly. Effortlessness is important in the delivery of comedy and they are great examples of how to do it in different ways.