Kristin Chenoweth singing about crystal meth, dirty sex and uncontrollable bowel movements?
It's not exactly what one expects from the perky Tony-winning actress and singer, but that's what she's doing in a new Funny or Die musical spoof of the very serious A&E series Intervention.
I just got off the phone with Ms. Chenoweth, so read on to get all the high hilarious details about her latest musical endeavor.
When the Funny or Die people first approached the Emmy-nominated Pushing Daisies star about working with them, she suggested she play a toothy fairy or princess-like character having some sort of meltdown.
However, they wanted her singing Broadway-style while heading up an intervention of a gay man with a crystal meth addiction. "Honestly, I love Intervention," Chenoweth said. "I watch it all the time. I love seeing the updates and how people are doing."
But then she read the lyrics for the Funny or Die ditty.
"I was a little nervous at first, to be honest with you," Chenoweth admitted. "With the subject matter and singing, 'You make cash giving head, and you use it to buy Sudafed,' did I really want my young fans hearing me say that?"
The nervousness didn't last too long. The five-hour shoot took place in a Hilton hotel room. "The air conditioning broke in that room, and we were dying from the heat," Chenoweth remembered with a laugh. "I was like, 'It's come to this, kids. Welcome to the glamorous life of Kristin Chenoweth.' "
Despite the hijinks, Chenoweth thinks there's a serious side to the video. "I do find the video so funny. I'm sorry, but I do have that sense of humor," she explained. "But I also think it's a really great message."
She's not sure if she'll be including the tune on an upcoming album, but "you never know," she said. "I may have to include it as a bonus track."
When I suggested she save it for a comedy album, she laughed, "You think? A comedy album? Actually, that's a good idea."