The actors can relate and know the audience will be able to as well.
"It's not like a couple who hate each other, it is just people who were stuck in a rut," said Fey."We definitely want people to be super uncomfortable for most of it."
"That was our hope," said Carell.
The comedy duo didn't know each other well before joining forces on the big screen. But both earned their comedy stripes at Chicago's Second City, so they knew they were on solid ground.
"I had such confidence in the fact that she was so smart and so funny that I knew I didn't have to be that funny," said Carell.
There were a few scenes that were completely off the cuff.
"As written on the page it was 'And then they danced,' and so it could have been terrible or it could have been funny," said Carell. "We felt like we had to give them some options."
"We had to dive in and trust each other. We only did two long takes. Let's just do this, two times, and never talk about it again," said Fey.