If you get ever get called in for questioning by the FBI, you probably figure that you've been framed for a crime, or you forgot about all those times you hung out with a Russian ambassador. But that wasn't the case for Kal Penn. The 'Harold and Kumar' star got questioned by the FBI for something far more embarrassing.
He had to explain why he was fired for being unfunny. The situation went down when Penn had to fill out forms to work at the White House as the Obama administration's Associate Director of Public Engagement. "I had to fill out a security clearance form," he told Seth Meyers yesterday. "One of the questions is, 'Have you ever been fired from a job?' So I said yes. And it says, 'Why were you fired?' I was fired from a sitcom pilot for not being funny enough."
That question came back to haunt him later on when the FBI had to interview Penn about the form before giving him clearance.
"The FBI guys were like snickering quietly. 'So, um, sir, we have to ask you about not being funny enough.' Yeah, that was a real thing."
Luckily they had a sense of humor. As did members of the outgoing administration. When Penn ran into one of President George W. Bush's senior advisers in Washington, DC, they got into chatting about 'Harold and Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay.'
"He pulled me aside and said, 'Just so you know, that Guantanamo movie is hilarious.' And I said, 'Well, you know we smoke weed with your boss in the movie.' And they thought it was hilarious. This is why I love what we do. You should be able to enjoy it."
Check out the full interview and the scene with the fake Buch below.