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LAist Interview: John Lehr, Co-Creator & Star of '10 Items or Less'

John Lehr from TBS' "10 Items or Less"
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John Lehr is the co-creator and star of TBS' "10 Items or Less" which airs at 11:00pm on TBS (tonight!). Lehr has been a comedian, improv actor, a writer for several TV shows, a regular on Christina Applegate's "Jesse", and one of the original GEICO cavemen (see his transformation to caveman on his website). "10 Items or Less" was first broadcast as a five-episode "demo" last year but was picked up for a full season this year. We had a chance to talk to Lehr as he traversed the country promoting the show.

Listen to the entire interview with John Lehr:

LAist: Did you have a viewing party for the start of the new season of "10 Items or Less"?

John Lehr: No, I was on a plane to do a promotional tour for the show, but you know, when I had my first gig on TV, I thought it would be fun to watch it with all my friends, and you know.... it just isn't what you think it would be. As self-obsessed as I am, it was a little too much for me. to watch people watch me watching people watch me. I just worry about how the show is doing and so far [this season] it does appear to be doing well.

LAist: The show is on a really interesting time at night. Past the prime time and on during the 11 o'clock news. Other than "The Daily Show" there really nothing else on during that slot, at least original comedy on at that time.

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John Lehr: When TBS first told us when they were thinking of putting it on, I wasn't so sure about it but over time I have since seen their wisdom in placing it then because there is an audience looking for something at that hour. You have "The Daily Show" I guess, but that's a different thing, and not really an escape. The good news is that people are checking our "10 Items or Less" and our audience is growing. Season 1 we only did 5 episodes, TBS wasn't sure how it would play but we did increase by double digits during that demo period. We weren't sure we would get the pickup but things worked out and here we are.