There are many notable stories of how celebrities got their start in Hollywood. Charlize Theron was discovered while waiting in line at the bank. Justin Bieber rocketed to fame after posting videos on YouTube. But on the order of improbability, “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard has them all beat.
Bouchard explains that in the early 1990s he was living in Boston, not doing that much with his life, when a chance encounter with his eighth grade science teacher changed everything. It just so happened that this teacher was Tom Snyder, the man who was in the process of creating the animated series “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.”
“I ran into him and he said ‘You know, we’re just getting started on these one-minute shorts for Comedy Central. Do you still draw?’,” Bouchard recalls. “I wasn’t even drawing at the time. I had no skill really to offer him. But I lied and said, ‘Yes I still draw.’ And I just knew that I was getting my lucky break.”
Bouchard continues, “This was one of those lucky breaks on the order of magnitude that I often compare to winning the lottery, but it’s actually even bigger than that. It was really a miraculous occurrence for me and I knew it too.”
Bouchard would go on to write and produce for “Dr. Katz” for more than 20 episodes before creating the animated show “Home Movies” and consulting on “The Ricky Gervais Show.” But now, he’s all about the burgers.
In the season premiere of “Bob’s Burgers,” Louise (Kristen Schaal), Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Tina (Dan Mintz) go exploring an abandoned factory because they hear that there’s hidden treasure there. If this sounds familiar, the episode drew more than just a little inspiration from the 1985 film “The Goonies.”
“We wanted to have this real kids adventure,” Bouchard explains of the episode. “It feels epic when you’re a certain age…In talking about that feeling we stumbled upon all these resonances with ‘Goonies’ and then we started admitting that we had to have a treasure hunt.”
In addition to the regular cast, the episode features the voices of Sarah Silverman and her sister Laura Silverman in their recurring roles as Ollie and Andy.
Bouchard says the season will feature a number of guest stars including Aziz Ansari (“He’s an amazingly perfect 12-year-old boy,” Bouchard says), Kevin Kline, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins and Robert Smigel. He also notes that real-life husband and wife Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will play a married couple who turn out to be pot farmers.
“Bob’s Burgers” kicks off its second season on FOX at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday (March 11).