Hey, it's Lucky Yates. I play Krieger on Archer. Ask me all the crap Amber wouldn't answer.
Okay guys, sorry if I didn't get to your questions. Hit me up on twitter @luckyyates and you'll learn more than you wanted to. Thanks so much! This has been a blast. And thanks for being the coolest fans of ever. Seriously. Krieger Army Forever!!!
Permission granted, soldier.
Lucky Yates, dude, Krieger is by far my character in Archer. So so funny. If you could get anyone to guest star on Archer, who would it be? Also, will Krieger perform some crazy experiment to bring Brett back to life next season? Brett getting shot over and over again is one of my recurring jokes, which sounds way creepier when I type it out.
Holy shit! Bionic Brett may be the best idea of all time. Brett is played by the Art Director of the show Neal Holman. Let's see if we can make that happen. And my answer to have ANYONE on the show? Willie Fuckin' Nelson, yo.
How much of you is in Doctor Krieger? (for the sake of humanity I hope not a lot)
The voice, the love of weird science and the inexplicable boners.
Do you get to ad-lib many of Krieger's lines? A lot of what I love about the character is all the hesitations and stuff, like
"And so a small power unit goes here on your... spiney... thing, which sends electical impulses to your muscles and ligaments and... stuff, which I will fuse to a vanadium alloy endoskeleton, replacing your current, uh, leg... bones."
Also, you're awesome.
Thanks! And not really. The scripts are amazing and tight.
Red Kriegtober, or Red Octkrieger?
Red Kriegtober all the way.
do you get a massive erection every time you see your name in the opening credits now?
Which button should I press?
The red button. Always the red button.
Have you mastered YYZ yet?
Neil Pert still stands alone.
Which of the Archer cast is actually the biggest drinker?
Executive producer Matt Thompson. After that, Amber Nash.
Have you thought about voice acting in video games?
I would LOVE to!
Which of the Archer cast is most like to tear up a bathroom so bad that it's unusable for the next 2 hours?
Hmmmm... a very difficult question. I'm going to go with Amber Nash because she's a vegetarian and those folks can tear up a can.
If you were Krieger for a day, what is the worst thing you would do? What would you have the most fun doing?
Worst thing? Kill hobos. Most fun? Making Robo-Hobos.
Are you doing the AMA in your van? What's the setup like?
Meticulous shag carpeting with knotty pine panelling and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.
Do any of Krieger's mannerisms come from you in real life? Also, to take a break from any Archer questions, do you have any pets?
Just "yup yup yup" comes from me. And yes, Abe Jackson is the greatest dog the world has ever known.
Are we really done with phrasing?
We are not.
Helix or Dome?
Wow! I'm actually on time for this.
Hey Lucky, huge fan of you and the show. Krieger has to be the funniest TV character of all time. What can I do to have my authority recognized in Fort Kickass?
Follow me and Krieger on twitter @luckyyates and @kriegersignals. Your authority will totally be recognized.
Thanks for doing this 1st of all, Lucky. I happen to follow you on twitter where you mentioned that Adam Reed added the "yup yup yup!" you always say because he liked it so much. Has he done this for anyone else for the cast of Archer?
I'm pretty sure Nooooooope! and Yuuuuuup! came from Aisha. And all of the daring spy stuff H. Jon really performs in real life. He is incredible.
What would you paint on your van?
And picture of the van that had a picture of the van on it and so forth. Infinity is awesome.
Hello Mr. Yates. What is your greatest personal accomplishment in your life?
My greatest personal accomplishment is raising the coolest dog on the planet. There was never, nor shall there ever be, a dog as cool as Abe Jackson.
What is the first thing you would do if you came face to face with Lucky Yates clones?
Start plotting our course for world domination, of course!
Thanks for doing this. Huge fan of you & the show. Other than Archer, what would be your dream job?
A tv puppet show. I am not kidding.
Who's a bigger Rush fan, you or Doctor Krieger?
By the way, awesome job playing Krieger...easily my favorite character on Archer!
Krieger by a landslide. I'm more of a vidiot than a music nut.
What's your favourite moment in Archer? What's your favourite line of Krieger's?
Ooooh, rampant use of the letter U. You must be from the UK or Canada. Fav moment? Archer sacrificing his life for the gang when the sea lab was flooded. Fav line? Smoke Bomb!
rumours abound of your larger than normal penis, with a special crook in it that massages the G-spot. confirm/deny?
Oh, Crad, you know it's a resounding confirm.
I was thinking of getting a full body tattoo so that I look like you. What advice would you give me so that I would also be as awesome of a person as you?
I never got anywhere based on my looks. You may want to rethink this life strategy.
He's not kidding. His Wikipedia page doesn't even have a picture.
I have a Wikipedia page?
Favorite type of cheese?
Do you ever quote Krieger at people in real life?
When you were picked up for Archer, was it because of your work on Good Eats, or just because you kick ass all the way around?
Related question: is Alton Brown as amusing in real life as he is on Good Eats?
Thanks for doing the AMA!
Fav cheese- Gorgonzola I don't think I ever quote Krieger. Unless it's a good "Me too!" Because I kick ass I guess. GE had nothing to do with it. He is even more hilarious in real life.
boxers or briefs? both for you and krieger
Well Krieger is OBVIOUSLY briefs. He's in them all the time. Me? Boxer briefs, baby! I like it all.
You do improv in Atlanta and I've been meaning to make a trip to come see you since I live just an hour and a half away. If I come down, what restaurant recommendations do you have around town?
The Vortex for the best burgers. Bone Lick BBQ and Fox Bros. BBQ if you love smoked meats.
Krieger is my favorite character! Glad you finally got your own slot in the opening sequence!
No question, just keep being awesome.
If you could have your own clone to do your bidding -- or several clones for that matter-- what nefarious schemes would you use them for?
I would develop a television show, albeit not as good as Orphan Black, that would start us all. Probably a time travel comedy that included puppets. I would try to get all of my nerd out in one big show.
Can I take you out for Mushi?
I don't know what that is, so...maybe?
Will Krieger get his own spinoff? (Please say yes...)
Man, how awesome would that be??? I wish I could say yes. Start a fan campaign.
be honest ... would you bang, marry or kill your character? what about Pam?
Marry Krieger, bang Pam.
Are you sure Krieger isn't a serial killer?
One can never be 100% on these things.
I’m a big fan – thanks for doing this ama!
What was your first reaction when you learned that Krieger would have a virtual girlfriend?
And on an unrelated note – what are some of your favorite movies?
I thought Krieger's gf was the greatest invention ever. He loves her. Fav movies? Oh boy. Start Wars, Empire Strikes Back, original Planet Of The Apes, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, probably this upcoming Godzilla...
Hi Lucky! I got to meet you a few years ago after a show at Dad's Garage (well before Archer), so very belated, thank you for being cool and sticking around and talking to fans after the show. A question, not about Archer (love the show, though) - I heard on the Alton Browncast that you're a prolific puppet maker, and made the one Alton uses in his Twitter bio pic. How does one get in that field? Where do you even start?
Atlanta has the Center For Puppetry Arts, so that's where I started. It's an amazing theater/museum/organization. But whatever city you're in, there is probably a puppet slam happening somewhere nearby. Find one, go see a show and then start coming up with ideas. The great thing about puppetry is, there are really no rules.
Any advice for a young software engineer who aspires to be as unethical as Krieger?
Keep yourself hidden.
I don't have a good question as I am always caught unawares.
That being said, what are some of your hobbies? Alternatively, what is your go-to drink to unwind?
Hobbies? My life is basically a big hobby. I quit drinking years ago, but it was bourbon on the rocks. Now I'm a big ol' pot head.
What would be the qualities of your ideal robot girlfriend?
As anyone in a relationship will tell you, the ability to shut that person's power switch off would certainly come in handy from time to time.
Did Krieger ever get more towels?
No. Poor dude.
Why did it take so long for Krieger to get a title card in the intro?
Krieger's climb to the top has been a beautifully organic rise. I would not want it to have happened any other way.
If you could make one of Krieger's inventions in real life what would you choose?
Cyborgs, for sure.
A friend of mine is a legitimate mad scientist, and Krieger is a source of great humor and enjoyment for him. So thank you for that.
My question for you is: if Krieger were to be given free reign in Alton Brown's kitchen, how long do you think it would take before FEMA and/or the CDC showed up and cordoned it off?
FEMA, the CDC, the DEA and whatever human rights organization has the best army would show up in the first hour.
Mr. Yates, I have to thank you for providing the voice to my favourite character on my favourite animated show. I have a few questions for you:
Krieger seems to get along with Archer a lot better than any other character. What do you imagine their first conversation being about/like? Why do they have such good chemistry?
If any, which other character on the show do you think you would want to portray?
Which episodes have been your favourite to voice and why?
Do you think Krieger is a good man who does some bad things, a bad man who does some good things, or neither? Why?
What does H. Jon Benjamin smell like?
Whoa man, so many questions. Okay let's see... 1) Their first conversation was probably about girls. They're both kinky bastards. 2) I have always stated that even if I was offered the lead, I wouldn't want to voice anyone but Krieger. He's my most favorite ever. 3) These latest ones with the clones have been my fave because I got to think a little differently for each one. Even if it never comes across on screen, I gave each one their own little personality. 4) I think he's basically a good guy, but he'll screw you over in a second if he can gain anything out of it. So Chaotic Neutral is his alignment. 5) Jon smells like the sunshine after a fresh summer rain.
What is your favourite season of Archer?
This one. Go vice!
Do you use your Krieger voice in real life? If so, how are people reacting?
Krieger's voice IS my real voice! I live in Atlanta where the show is made, so people are used to it.
Are there any projects that you've regretted taking? How about any projects that you've regretted passing on?
You're amazing as the face of Ray and the voice of Krieger, by the way.
I love all of the things I've done, good and bad. You learn something from every single experience. And thanks!
Is there any particular reason you chose to provide the base model for Ray's likeness but ended up voicing Krieger?
Wasn't my choice. I was asked to do them by the producers.
If you had 15 minutes left to live, what would you eat and watch?
I'd eat a man's heart while I watched the world burn. I guess I AM dark!
Thanks for doing this. Krieger's antics make me laugh more than anyone else on the show. It's like, a 100% hit rate. Do you sometimes wish you, err, Krieger had a larger part? Or do you like it how it is right now.
I love it exactly as it is. A little bit of Krieger goes a looooooong way.
Will we see a piggly 4? What was your favorite of all the "animalys"(anamalies?)
I really want Piggly 3 to stick around. I love that glowing bastard for some reason.
How goes Krieger's relationship with his waifu?
Shit, I got off track order-wise. I'm back on now. Krieger has the best relationships out of anyone on that show! So he and the little lady are doing great.
How did you survive Detroit?
Detroit is an amazing city that has unfortunately become a punch line in America. But it's about to become the coolest city in the world and everyone will want to live there. Buy now!
In "Elmo in Grouchland," were you a Grouch? If so, which one, if not, what the hell were you so we can freezeframe our DVDs? Either way, how bad do muppets smell after a day of peoples' sweaty hands stuck up their backsides?
Yeah I was many grouches. I was one of the B Team which meant we puppeteered in all the big group shots. You can actually see ME walking across Sesame Street at the beginning of the movie.
Comic Con panel this year in San Diego?
What line of yours from Archer do you wish was a meme?
Hi Lucky! What is your favorite thing about playing Krieger?
He's a weirdo scientist. He's everything I wish I was.
How did you decide on Krieger's voice?
It's really just my voice, just a hair deeper.
Have we heard the last of Conway Stern? And what is his real name?
I do not know the answer to either of these questions.
Does anyone besides me want a 5min (or more) Krieger mini-series for either online or the off seasons? I'd pay for that Netflix programming
Yes. Yes they do.
Everything I read in this thread is as brilliantly Krieger-esque in my head as can be.
Lucky, you're the man. As with most everyone else here, Krieger is probably my absolute favorite character of Archer, though it's a close race between him and Babou.
I guess my question is a bit more vague, but how did you land the role for Krieger? Do you have any idea who we might have gotten stuck with if it hadn't been you? Also, on a side note, my friends and I made a guild in WoW that is entirely Krieger based. Fister Roboto is our mascot.
That WoW Guild is an amazing thing. Thanks for doing that! I worked with Adam and Matt on Frisky Dingo so that lead to Archer. I really have no idea who else would have done it.
Who exactly is the King of Mars and what is he here to do?
The King Of Mars has successfully blended into Earth society and he will reveal his master plan when the time is right. I've said too much!
Lucky! Probably been asked but how similar are the rest of the cast to their on screen persona's? Amber said you were quite similar to Krieger so bear that in mind.
Keep being awesome.
Everybody is pretty similar. Espeically Amber to Pam. In every way.
Hi Lucky. I saw you guys at the Tabernacle the other night, and (shitty audio issues aside where me and everyone around me couldn't hear much of what anyone on stage was saying) it was great. I just wanted to pop in and say hello and thank you for indulging us Archer fans.
Here's a question I wanted to ask both you and Chris Parnell: Who's more dangerous to humanity... Krieger, or Chris's Dr. Spaceman?
Sorry about the sound. That's the venue's issue. You should complain to them.
Hey Lucky, thanks for Krieger and everything from Archer. Many laughs have been had. My question: What can we expect in the future of Krieger?
I really have no idea. I'm a surprised as anyone else every time we get a script.
Are you proud of the sacrifices you made in your lifetime?
I'm not really sure what they are, but sure.
Thanks for taking the time to do this! I'm a huge fan of your work, I absolutely love Krieger. But what is your favorite running joke on the show?
Phrasing. And this season, Archer's contempt for the lack of phrasing.
Lucky Yates, you beautiful man. Krieger is definitely the best Archer character, but which (out of the many) is your favorite Dr. Krieger line?
Are you a boss ass bitch?
Bitch? no. A BOSS? Yuuuuuup!
Hello lucky Thanks for the ama session
Do u agree with ur first name!?r u lucky? ;-)
What s the most exciting part of ur job?
To which character r u the closest?and which one did u enjoy the most to play?why?
What was the best advice u ve been given in ur entire life and career?by whom?
I am, in fact, one lucky mutha f'er. Going to big events where we get to meet the fans. Our fans all kick ass. Krieger and Krieger. Best advice- never quit. My dad.
Have you done a clone bone in real life and was it mind blowingly magical?
Also huge fan! Love the show
I haven't. I expect the first one may be at a Con when me and a bunch of Krieger's do one.
Hey Lucky. Permission to enter Fort Kick Ass.
View HistoryShare Link