Hey Alison Brie, is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?Welcome to Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race.

Alison Brie is very good at her job. There was a period of time there, between 2007 and 2015, when she was a regular fixture on two of the best shows on television—arguably two of the best in the history of TV—at the same time (those would be Community and Mad Men). Not content to pull that off just once, she’s doing it again, killing it an an indispensable part of both BoJack Horseman and GLOW, two of the most acclaimed shows in the crowded Netflix roster. (They are good shows, you should watch them.)

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She’s a talent, is what I’m saying, and while she’s personable and generous with her time, she’s also extremely busy. She absolutely does not have time for silly questions. Luckily for us, this is not a silly question.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Alison Brie: No, not at all. Definitely not. I don’t think so. No.

TO: Why is a hot dog not a sandwich?

AB: It’s the shape of it. And it’s the the fact that the dog itself is fully intact and not sliced in any way. Not quite a sandwich to me. And it’s fully closed on one side.

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TO: So if you slice a hot dog in half—

AB: —Yes! And you slice the bun in half, then you would have something that’s like a hot dog sandwich.

TO: So a hot dog and a hot dog sandwich are different things.

AB: Yes.


The second season of GLOW premiered last month and is streaming on Netflix. BoJack Horseman returns for its fifth season on September 14.

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Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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AB: It’s the shape of it. And it’s the the fact that the dog itself is fully intact and not sliced in any way. Not quite a sandwich to me. And it’s fully closed on one side.

This seems to imply that a typical submarine/grinder/hoagie that is not sliced all the way through is not a sandwich

but if sliced all the way through it is

This doesn’t seem right