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For nearly 20 years, people all over the world have gotten exceedingly used to seeing Jason Sudeikis on their televisions. Thanks to his work on TV shows like Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and Ted Lasso (and movies like Horrible Bosses), Sudeikis has become one of the more ubiquitous actors in the business. But this Sunday during the Super Bowl, viewers will get to see him in a different light, as he’s set to appear in a Michelob Ultra commercial with two mountains of their respective fields.
From the commercial set, Sudeikis sat down with GQ to discuss party cities, watching his son meet maybe the greatest athlete of all-time, and all of the travel he’s experienced in a venerated comedy career.
What can you tell us about this commercial? The streets are saying some pretty big-name athletes are in it. Lionel Messi? Dan Marino?
Yeah, I would argue one of the biggest names, if not the biggest name. The GOAT—and I don’t know if it is arguable—Leo Messi, and then Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino, also the star of Ace Ventura. It was great. It’s real athletes and fake coaches (me). I’m flattered to somehow have found myself in the Venn diagram of American and world football legends. I’m the link between those two.
Messi couldn’t have been sweeter. He has boys the same age, and was very sweet with his time. My son has gotten to meet a lot of amazing folks in his short life, but he was an absolute chatterbox on the flight there and the whole day after meeting that guy. It was like he inhaled 30 Pixy Stix.
You’ve done a lot at this point of your career and enjoyed a ton of success. But does being in a Super Bowl commercial still feel like a holy shit moment?
Oh, one hundred percent. It will feel that way when it airs. You don’t know when you’re doing it in real time, and then you almost forget about it until the middle of the second quarter when your phone starts buzzing. The commercial aired! Okay, great! I was busy getting some more wings and cracking open another Michelob Ultra, and lo and behold I missed the whole thing. It’s not lost on me, none of this stuff is cynical to me quite yet.
It’s the same way I was at SNL. I’d always be like, Oh yeah! This is a television show! I’d forget until Sunday when you’re walking around Manhattan and someone goes, “Nice show last night!” In your brain you just think you’re doing it for your friends and the crew and the couple hundred people watching. But yeah, millions of folks, I think I’d get nervous and go a little crazy if I thought about that.
This was all filmed in Miami?
My portion was. It was right there on a beautiful beach during Art Basel, which brings its own vibe and energy. I hadn’t been to Miami since 1989 or 1990, whenever Notre Dame played against Colorado in the Orange Bowl. My folks flew me and my buddy Terry down. I would say Miami is a very different town from when you’re 13 to when you’re a grown ass man.
Where does Miami land in the Sudeikis power rankings of American cities?
It’s a fairly new addition, but it’s lovely! I would have it within the top 100. Nothing against them, it was just new! I was only there for about 56 hours, so I can’t say I have a good understanding of the town, but the seagulls were persistent. They really came after our food at the beach, which was thrilling for a nine-year-old boy. He was like Tippi Hedren in The Birds. It was intense! Luckily he didn’t get injured.
It’s tough to differentiate between the party cities and the “I could actually live here” cities.
I hear you. I’ve lived in two party cities—Amsterdam and Las Vegas—at different points before moving to New York. Through the virtue of working in sketch and improv comedy prior to my SNL time, I lived in Amsterdam for about five months. Vegas was supposed to be six months and I ended up staying almost three years before getting hired to write at Saturday Night Live.