Hey Ed Begley, Jr., 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.

Ed Begley, Jr. is a delight, on screen and off. Summon a performance of his to mind—A Mighty Wind, Arrested Development, Pineapple Express, Better Call Saul, Batman freakin’ Forever, the list goes on—and odds are, your day just improved a little. An actor who somehow combines absurdity, gentleness, a world-class deadpan, and unbeatable timing with a knack for keeping even the silliest performances in the realm of the real, Begley has been a mainstay of comedic ensembles (and the odd drama, like Six Feet Under) for decades. If I didn’t have to write a second paragraph in this intro, I’d go watch one of his scenes in Pineapple Express right now.

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Aw hell, let’s do it anyway.

So good.

Now he’s returned to TV as a part of the cast of ABC’s Bless This Mess, and he (along with Pam Grier, a potential love interest!) is the standout. For more about that particular show, and for another important perspective on the issue of the age, click below for a brief conversation with his co-star.

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In short, I love Ed Begley, Jr., and so I asked him if a hot dog is a sandwich.

The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Ed Begley, Jr.: That’s a good question! Let me think.

TO: By all means.

[A brief pause. He really thinks.]

EBJ: A hot dog—a veggie dog, for me—is a sandwich because it’s a meal and it’s between two pieces of bread. Yes. I say, a hot dog is a sandwich.

TO: And whether those two pieces of bread are linked or not doesn’t matter?

EBJ: That’s interesting. No, I think if you’ve got something between two pieces of bread, linked or not, it’s a sandwich. Maybe you could call it a pita. In that case, I’m not sure.

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TO: So, maybe a pita, maybe a sandwich.

EBJ: Yes.

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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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themarvelous1310
Mister Win Blames People, Not Guns

“Does it matter if the bread is linked?”... Motherfucker, is a sub not a sandwhich? Do you get mad at the Quizno’s guy for not completely splitting up the bun on your goddamned sub?

Is a hamburger not a sandwhich if you slice it in half and put it on a hot dog bun? Does a Chicago-style hot dog or a chili dog count as a sandwhich to you? This shit is ridiculous!

IT’S A SANDWHICH! STOP CRYING!