Daniel Radcliffe Gives Hints to Find the Funniest Jokes in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Interactive Special ‘Kimmy vs. The Reverend’

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is returning to Netflix for a one time only special. Kimmy Vs. the Reverend is an interactive special, like Black Mirror’s “Bandersnatch” episode where viewers can choose different outcomes for each scene. That meant regulars Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski, and guest star Daniel Radcliffe filmed multiple versions of every scene.

Daniel Radcliffe and Ellie Kemper
Daniel Radcliffe and Ellie Kemper | Netflix

Radcliffe and Krakowski were guests on The Kelly Clarkson Show on May 7 to discuss Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend. They each connected with Clarkson via video chat from their separate homes. Kimmy vs. the Reverend premieres May 12 on Netflix.

Daniel Radcliffe got anxiety over ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ continuity 

Radcliffe plays Kimmy (Kemper)’s fiance Frederick. On the way to their wedding, any number of different events could occur that stand in their way. Radcliffe, normally a tad antsy over continuity, felt it on an exponential level filming multiple versions of scenes for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Daniel Radcliffe in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Daniel Radcliffe | Netflix

“There’s a person’s job on set, the script supervisor, who has to keep that all separate,” Radcliffe told Clarkson. “You deserve some sort of Purple Heart. Under the best of circumstances, that job is the hardest, one of the most thankless jobs on set. On this particular thing, I don’t even know. Equally, I don’t know how you write something like this. It was very, very nice to be able to come in and do the simple acting part and get to say funny things.”

The plot of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend’

Krakowski explained the plot of the special and how it sets up multiple choices. Even though Kimmy escaped Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) at the beginning of the series, they have unfinished business. Radcliffe let Krakowski explain.

Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski
L-R: Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski | Netflix

“We pick up with our characters a few years later,” Krakowski told Clarkson. “Their lives are sort of moved on to where they are successful in their careers. Kimmy goes on a quest to settle the score with the Reverend so to speak or to learn why it all happened. Then she finds out that there are more women that have been kidnapped. She goes down sort of this whole path to ultimately end up at her wedding if you so choose.”

Daniel Radcliffe makes a good case for sabotaging Kimmy Schmidt’s wedding

There are so many different choices in Kimmy vs. the Reverend, and only one of those might be Kimmy and Frederick wind up happily married. Radcliffe suggested you might have more fun sabotaging them. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe | Netflix

“There’s a vague theme in that if you keep making choices that are kind of like the obviously wrong or bad choices, or immoral choices, I think bad things start happening to the characters,” Radcliffe said. “I think also depending on which route, the wedding scene itself, if you get to that, is always with me and Ellie, Frederick and Kimmy. Depending on what route you go down, I potentially get married to four or five different characters I think.”

All the ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ jokes you never got to see

As complicated as it was to film Kimmy vs. the Reverend, Krakowski said it gave the show a chance to show off the writers. Most viewers never knew what brilliant jokes didn’t make the final cut. Now they can play through all the options.

“Our writing team is so hilarious and they have so many jokes that never actually make it into the episodes or even onto the page,” Krakowski said. “This is like a chance, I think, for them to literally film every joke they ever came up with for our characters down every different path.”