NCIS: The Humor Behind The Hit Show
NCIS fans, this is article is just for you! Join us as we look at the NCIS cast members and the funny things that get up to on and off-screen. It’s no secret that Tony DiNozzo is an on-screen funny man, but he’s just as hilarious offscreen! We've got the top NCIS funny moments, including some awesome NCIS behind the scenes moments.
ABBY SCIUTO: A GENRE-DEFYING GOT QUEEN
Actress Pauley Perrette has to undergo quite the transformation to become the goth lab queen we know and adore. The natural blonde not only has to dye her hair to look the part, but she’s gotta have her famous neck tattoo applied every time she films. And boy does she hate it!
Despite Perrette’s repeated failed attempts to convince the show’s writers to let her get the tat removed, we can’t imagine Abby looking any other way - she’s just not the same when she’s not goth. But despite her dark and studded wardrobe, Abby may just be the happiest Goth out there.
Her bubbly personality is complemented by her love of hugs – from her farting hippo Bert, to her colleagues, she’s all about spreading the love. So apart from spending a lot of time in the hair and makeup trailer, how does Perrette prepare herself to play the macabre-looking lab nerd?
We have one word for you: OK, without context, that may be a little confusing, so allow us to demystify that cryptic little clue. Perrette admitted that when she first started playing Abby, she based many of her character’s mannerisms on her rescue dog at the time, a cute and highly alert mutt by the name of Cece.
And man does this lady love dogs, which is why it was so perfect that she got to work with one. But don’t let any of the other cast members hear that!
MCGEE IS A MANLY ELF LORD, OK?
Though he plays a super-smart computer nerd who graduated from MIT in the show, behind the scenes, actor Sean Murray is not the only one who enjoys being an Elf Lord. Sure, McGee probably isn't the first NCIS star you think of when someone talks about a handsome fella (cough, that would probably be 1….), but he has a certain appeal to the right audience.
Eek! Sure, he isn’t going to win any awards for the world’s toughest man, but McGee has a heart of gold, and with his computer-like brain, he’s a massive asset to the team, even if he’s not macho. But the actor behind the nerd is full of surprises, and one of them is that he’s quite the fashion icon in real life.
Off-screen, Murray transforms from an awkward Probie to a male model for a great cause, which deserves a round of a-paws (you see what I did there?) What a champ! He modeled some cool threads for the animal rights organization Fashion Tails.
SPECIAL AGENT GIBBS HAS A SPECIAL KIND OF HUMOR
Team leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the king of crime-solving with a caffeine addiction and a decidedly intimidating streak, which actor Mark Harmon needs to continually practice in order to perfect. Thankfully, he’s willing to do a scene until he gets it right – talk about dedication!
At least he’s not the only one who could use some practice. Despite his commitment to the navy and a bad haircut, Gibbs is known as a tough-as-nails leader and father figure, who doesn’t take any nonsense and isn’t afraid of some tough love.
But it’s not all head-slapping and stares with this guy; deep, DEEP down, he has a softer side too. But truthfully, Harmon has built a reputation for being a fun and supportive coworker, who is not nearly as serious behind the scenes as he is on screen.
In fact, the man behind Gibbs is actually quite the prankster, with a bit of a weird sense of humor. If you don’t believe us, just ask Cote de Pablo.
ZIVA DAVID WILL ALWAYS BE OUR FAVORITE BADASS
One thing we’ve always loved about Ziva is her ability to kick ass and look fabulous while she does it! But the former Mossad agent is more than just a weapon of mass destruction with enviable hair. She brings seriousness and great skills to the team and is a definite asset.
And behind the scenes, actress Cote de Pablo is just as much a team player, although she is far quirkier and quicker to laugh. So what did she think about being part of one of the most-watched shows in the world? And it’s easy to see why – Ziva’s character gets to do a little bit of everything.
From dressing up to bringing down the bad guys, she’s got it all under control. But her favorite part of the show is being undercover, and we’re pretty sure we can guess the reason. But it’s not all glamour and six-packs – being involved in a top-rated show means the actors are expected to always give their best, even if not everyone is as good as De Pablo at remembering their lines.
But don’t worry – when she’s not calling Weatherly out on his bad habits, the two have an excellent relationship, not unlike their onscreen one, and De Pablo is actually very much a fan of her colleague. And she’s not the only one. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the head honcho of hilarity; Michael Weatherly.
ANTHONY DINOZZO IS A MAN OF MANY TALENTS
NCIS’s very own Casanova has let his womanizing ways get him into some pretty awkward spots throughout the show’s history, but he never lets that dull his sparkle and has even taken this naughty little habit off-screen. Oops!
When Special Agent DiNozzo isn’t flirting, the former homicide detective is pretty great at what he does – helping his team catch the bad guys. But what does Michael Weatherly think about his character? Whether on set or off of it, Weatherly never misses a chance for a gag and has admitted that “Part of our job is to have fun, and we take our fun very seriously!”
But bringing an element of humor to the cast isn’t all that DiNozzo is known for – he’s as dedicated to solving crimes as he is to flattering his ego. So what does this actor credit as the reason for NCIS’s amazing success for nearly two decades?
Ok, but magic and good writing aside, Weatherly admits that DiNozzo’s special type of humor and amorous obsessions are just one aspect of his character. Seriously, Weatherly has no problem laughing at himself or his own shenanigans.
But regardless of what he thinks about the character, this guy knows how to have a good time and make his colleagues laugh. He’s also got a hidden talent – if his catchy theme song idea didn’t already give you an indication, he’s quite musical!
Oooooh, now we’re gonna have to demand an episode in which Weatherly can reveal this talent – watch this space! Who do you think is the funniest NCIS cast member? Let us know!