Strangers With Candy follows the misadventures of 46 year old high school
dropout Jerri Blank and her self centered teachers at Flatpoint High. Read
the transcript below as the cast describes not only how the show started,
but also where it's going.
HOST: Hi everyone, welcome to Comedy Central's live chat with cast of Strangers With Candy. Can everyone introduce themselves?

AMY SEDARIS: Hello! I'm Amy Sedaris!

PAUL DINELLO: Hi. Paul Dinello.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And Stephen Colbert.

HOST: What was the inspiration for Strangers With Candy?

PAUL DINELLO: Our adolescence.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Amy's been wanting to do an after school special for years. Dinello found this documentary about this woman who was out of jail and went to high schools and gave speeches...scared the shit out of kids. You can say "shit" on the web, right?

HOST: Now you can.

STEPHEN COLBERT: He found a great character for Amy to do. Then they called me and said, "Can you make it work?"

PAUL DINELLO: "Can you finance it?"

STEPHEN COLBERT: And I said, yeah, I'll see what I can do with this diamond in the rough.

HOST: So you guys clearly have known each other for a long time. How did you get your start?

AMY SEDARIS: We met at Second City, we've known each other for 12 years.

STEPHEN COLBERT: In Chicago - Second City Chicago

PAUL DINELLO: We all got hired on the same day.

STEPHEN COLBERT: All hired on the same day.

AMY SEDARIS: We hated Steven, remember? Paul hated Steven.

STEPHEN COLBERT: I though Paul was a Neanderthal.

PAUL DINELLO: Stephen was pretentious.

AMY SEDARIS: Yeah, he came across arrogant.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Paul came across as barely literate.

HOST: Well if that was the case, why did you start working together after your tenure at Second City?

PAUL DINELLO: When we got hired by Second City we were forced to ride around in a van for two years...

STEPHEN COLBERT: That really separates the men from the boys.

PAUL DINELLO: It was either kill each other or forge some sort of bond.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We found out we had a lot in common.

AMY SEDARIS: We both loved Paul.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We are both madly in love with Paul, and we've all been deeply wounded in such tragic ways.

HOST: And where are you all from, originally?

AMY SEDARIS: I am originally from Raleigh, North Carolina.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Stephen is from Charleston, South Carolina.

PAUL DINELLO: I'm from Chicago.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Oh yeah...Oak Park.

PAUL DINELLO: Oak Park, Illinois.

HOST: And you guys did Exit 57 together at Comedy Central.


HOST: What was that like?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Comedy central was a cable company and a storm door store. We had no budget whatsoever. We once wrote a scene with a jackhammer, and our producers said to us, "That's great, I don't have a jackhammer, do you? Looks like we're not going to use a jackhammer."

STEPHEN COLBERT: They left us alone for 4 months at a time to write. Then we would come back and use what ever we had come up with. A lot of freedom.

PAUL DINELLO: It was always a substitute teacher on the show.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Because there was no cast, just mice.

JWILLMON: Is there any truth to the rumor of a Strangers with Candy Movie?


AMY SEDARIS: No one ever told me about a movie!

STEPHEN COLBERT: It's very secretive. Does that person have some funding?

HOST: No that was just a drive-by question -- that was it.

PAUL DINELLO: We're always talking about it. There's nothing actually in the works right now.

JWILLMON: Does anyone in the cast have any plans for projects other than strangers?

HOST: I know that Stephen's a correspondent on The Daily Show-- what is everyone else up to?

AMY SEDARIS: I'll be doing a play when I wrap up this season, a play my brother and I are going to write.

PAUL DINELLO: Stephen and I are writing a film for Miramax.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We are in negotiations right now.

PAUL DINELLO: Then we're considering doing a film we wrote two years ago. We're planning to shoot in early Spring.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Spring, 2001.

HOST: What's it about?

PAUL DINELLO: It's about two brothers who are planning to steal an ATM machine. Oddly enough we keep finding little stories where people steal ATM machines. It seems like a natural thing to try to steal.

STEPHEN COLBERT: All they need is something they can lift and get away quickly so they soup up a forklift.

HOST: How long did it take for Strangers to take off?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Has it taken off? - We are running down the runway.

PAUL DINELLO: At 50 miles per hour.

HOST: You have quite the cult following.

AMY SEDARIS: We get recognized a lot more and get a lot of mail.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Mostly by people in cults.

PAUL DINELLO: It seems like it's been sort of a short build. We've only had 20 episodes on the air, so far.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Actually, only 17!


STEPHEN COLBERT: We've had the same response on the 17th episode as we did the first one. And we're carving a niche...of whom, Amy?

AMY SEDARIS: Homosexuals and 14-year-olds and farmers and ghosts.

HOST: Well that's a nice, diverse audience -- covering everything but the 18-34 white male demographic.

PAUL DINELLO: Our audience has a big crush on Matt Damon.

HOST: Where did Jerri Blank come from?

AMY SEDARIS: Well the character is one that my brother and I worked on 10 years ago, and Paul came up with a character based on that woman we talked about before.

STEPHEN COLBERT: The three of us are sort of piecing her together. Amy's voice is so strong, it's easy to imagine how she got that voice.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And we realized Jerri Blank isn't just somebody who was in jail, she probably ran guns for some Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka

STEPHEN COLBERT: She worked for the mob - implicated in the Martin Luther King assassination. It is easy to imagine who she is.

AMY SEDARIS: Oh yeah...we are all Jerri Blank.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Aren't all of us?

HOST: Isn't everyone just a little Jerri Blank? How about her appearance, where did that come from?

PAUL DINELLO: We just take the makeup off Amy and turn the camera on.

AMY SEDARIS: I wanted her to came from her thinking that she was really pretty. Jerri thinks she's very attractive. It's easy to play pretty when you don't look pretty, know what I mean?

HOST: How long does it take you to start to look like her?

AMY SEDARIS: A minute...

STEPHEN COLBERT: One of the things that I know was important to Amy was that no one on the show be pretty except for the pretty young girls. Actual high schoolers can be attractive, but in real life people just aren't that good looking. And Jerri is the epitome of that.

PAUL DINELLO: I think that all of the characters are a bit like that.

AMY SEDARIS: Right now, Paul and Steve are sporting really bad canker sores cause we're shooting the STD episode. They have these giant pencil eraser things on their faces. Steven's got two...

STEPHEN COLBERT: In case one blows out.

HOST: What were the inspirations for Noblet and Jellineck?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Noblet is just the what I perceived when I was in high school as the ice-cold attitude of my teachers - who hated their jobs, didn't give a damn about anything.

AMY SEDARIS: Hated their job.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Just wanted to do anything other than teach.

PAUL DINELLO: And Jellineck is based on...there was a teacher when I was in high school who used to dress like a student and go to parties and stuff. He used to think he was one of us, but we used to just laugh at him behind his back. It made us all really uncomfortable, but he thought it was the coolest thing in the world that a teacher would hang out with the kids and try to be like one of them.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Jellineck also thinks he is an artist. He chose teaching to continue his art but still have a safety net.

PAUL DINELLO: And a little bit of a paycheck.

HOST: He'll just teach until the art thing kicks in, right? Did you enjoy any other coming of age type shows?


PAUL DINELLO: Well one thing we watched was the Claire Danes' show...

AMY SEDARIS: My So Called Life.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We loved that. I watched the after school specials when I was a kid.

PAUL DINELLO: We were really influenced by those after school specials.

STEPHEN COLBERT: When I was a child, I had to turn them off because I was so embarrassed for the kids. I was so embarrassed for the actors, having to say those words.

AMY SEDARIS: It's like Lifetime now, it's embarrassing, you can't believe the dialogue. Lifetime movies are the best.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Lifetime is also very inspiring... "Her husband...she never knew her husband."

HOST: What was your favorite episode from the series so far?

STEPHEN COLBERT: We each have our own. I like "Bogey Nights," when she finds out the boy she has a crush on is her son.

AMY SEDARIS: I still like, maybe because it's our first episode, "Dealing with Racism."

PAUL DINELLO: I like the illiteracy episode a lot.

HOST: Are there plots or fantasy episodes that you'd like to do that are even too outrageous for cable?

PAUL DINELLO: We're fantasizing now about a musical. It's not outrageous. But it's something that we'd really like to do.

STEPHEN COLBERT: The only thing to hold us back is our lack of talent! But really, we are stunned at what we get away with. We are walking further and further out on the ledge waiting for someone to call us back from the window and no one does.

PAUL DINELLO: We did write this episode where Jerri finds out she's adopted and finds out she's a full blooded Indian. That was the first episode that Comedy Central actually had problems with. We had to write that one a couple of times, which is pretty unusual.

HOST: It eventually worked out, I hope?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Yeah absolutely - it is actually better.

JWILLMON: About how long does it take to complete a show?



STEPHEN COLBERT: 5 long days - 15 hours days

AMY SEDARIS: Today, 16 or 17 hours....

STEPHEN COLBERT: It's hard work. We're not denying that.

HOST: Who's the alpha dog in your writing team?

STEPHEN COLBERT: I think we are all betas. We switch off - Paul is the only one who knows how to type, so he's gotten de facto editorial power. It's rapidly going to his head.

AMY SEDARIS: I'll add the verbs...

STEPHEN COLBERT: No one calls the shots - we all do.

HOST: Ooh, we got our first dramaturgical question, I suppose:

MRS. JELLINECK: In an early episode, Chuck said his wife died but in later episodes, you get to see Chuck's wife. What's up with that?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Jellineck and Noblet role play. Also, Jellineck says he was once married and had a boy. The boy never shows up they're pretty much alone. What happens is they pretend their wives are dead. Every time they have sex they play widowers...if they're playing that game. Sometimes they're the warden and the death row prisoner, or submarine captains shooting their missiles at each other. But in this one, they met in the bathroom and pretend their both widowers.

PAUL DINELLO: ...And their boys were playing together. We wrote a lot of episodes that didn't make the screen, like this one: They ram each other with their cars and then come to each others aid and end up having sex in the back of their car.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And in that episode they tell how their wives die. It's very family friendly and you can get your kids into the room to watch the show.

UPPITYWOMAN: Where is Flat Point High supposed to be?

STEPHEN COLBERT: About 20 miles west of Carlot

AMY SEDARIS: Coolin' by the lake...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Between the mountains and the sea.

MIKEFJ13: Near the end of an episode, why doesn't Jerri say "I have something to say" anymore?

PAUL DINELLO: Because she had less to say.

AMY SEDARIS: I don't got nothing to say!

STEPHEN COLBERT: That was season 1.

AMY SEDARIS: We go back and forth, like the pet thing, we try to shake things up a little bit, you know.

STEPHEN COLBERT: She is saying it this year. In the first season she had a pet that dies in the majority of the episodes. That didn't happen the second season, either.

MEDIUMARMADILLO: Who would you love to see guest star on your show?

AMY SEDARIS: Johnny Depp!

PAUL DINELLO: We do have some guests this season: Will Farrel.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Tom Everett Scott.

AMY SEDARIS: We have some good people, super secret, I promised we wouldn't...David Cross...

HOST: David Cross from "Mr. Show."

STEPHEN COLBERT: Someone else,'s not official yet, but he is a super huge star.

PAUL DINELLO:'s not official yet.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Initials ARE TC and movie is MI2.

PAUL DINELLO: We used to be in negotiation with Wynona Ryder, but she seems to have cooled.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Maybe Matt Damon was a fan. Now that that's over, she's changed her mind.

AMY SEDARIS: That's funny!

PAUL DINELLO: A couple of good people on our next episode.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Super secret.

SCABBY: Ever consider guest appearances? John Waters would make a great substitute.

PAUL DINELLO: We love John Waters. If he's listening, our number is...


HOST: You film in the NY area, right?


LAURENMAY: When and where in NY do you film?

AMY SEDARIS: We film in Westchester.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And in someplace in NJ.


HOST: Mmm, New Jersey...

PAUL DINELLO: It's cheap out here.

PAMMY-SAM: What is up with the dancing during the credits?

AMY SEDARIS: I like to watch people dance, it says so much about them...

STEPHEN COLBERT: It started as a happy accident.

PAUL DINELLO: It was sort of born out thing we liked about after school specials... No matter had bad things some things get...someone's mother has liver cancer... It's all solved in 22 minutes, then it's a big dance party.

STEPHEN COLBERT: It is like our curtain call.

HOST: Like all problems should be...everything should be solved in 22 minutes, with commercial breaks, right? Talking about fantasy episodes...

HOWMER: What do you do with the stuff that doesn't make it on the show?

STEPHEN COLBERT: We save it for another episode.

AMY SEDARIS: We force it into a huge file! Then we brush it off and use it.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Nothing gets thrown away.

UPDOWNTURNAROUND: How much of Strangers is ad-libbed?

AMY SEDARIS: Well, there's a lot.

HOST: What's the ratio between script and ad libbing?

STEPHEN COLBERT: On camera? 99 percent is scripted, I'd say.

PAUL DINELLO: Most people say exactly what we wrote. I'd say Amy usually says what we write, and then something else.

STEPHEN COLBERT: A lot of times Amy doesn't memorize her lines and so is forced to improvise.

AMY SEDARIS: That's not true!

STEPHEN COLBERT: And usually comes up with something better. In the racism episode when Tim Meadows spray paints on the wall and says, to Principal Blackman, "You recognize that color? And there's a pause for about 35 seconds. And then principle Blackman says, "I recognize it." That was a mistake.

PAUL DINELLO: We always keep our mistakes in. Typos and mistakes.

AMY SEDARIS: But we play around a lot and a lot of times we use it and a lot of times we don't, but we always have that option.

STEPHEN COLBERT: 40 percent of the show is scripted

MIKEDUBOIS: Will Jerri meet new friends this season?


HOST: Anyone we should be looking for?


STEPHEN COLBERT: She gives syphilis to a beautiful young boy.

AMY SEDARIS: Beautiful! Makes out with an Indian.

HOST: So Jerri's getting action this year...

AMY SEDARIS: Hot tub in the summer.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Track team girls in a hot tub in the summer...joins a cult.

AMY SEDARIS: Joins a cult with a couple of freaks.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Meets a charismatic leader and some sexy followers.

HOST: Given a choice, would you rather do TV or theater?

AMY SEDARIS: I like theater because you know the audience, and I like performing live. We use that when we shoot and still do that when we work in television. I like television. They are different though.

PAUL DINELLO: Both have their plusses and minuses. You don't get the immediate thrill that you do from television when you do theater, but television is sort of fun because it's like a puzzle that you put together. Theater is more...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Ephemeral. I remember it surprising me when I first did television. You shoot something, you're done, and you move on. I remember thinking, "I don't get to do that again?" When I was doing material on stage, I would literally do a scene 250 times over the course of a year, and, Man, you got that thing as sharp as a tack before it was over. It TV there is so little opportunity to discover something new.

LAURENMAY: Is the show filmed live in front of an audience?

PAUL DINELLO: No, it's not.

HOST: Was it a conscious decision not to have a live audience?

PAUL DINELLO: We're trying to capture the look of an after school special- single camera films.

STEPHEN COLBERT: It was stuff you couldn't possibly do in front of an audience.

PAUL DINELLO: We wanted to have the feel of a little movie, not a sitcom.

STEPHEN COLBERT: I would love to know what people are laughing at that's the one thing I miss - we are just guessing.

HOST: That must make it really difficult.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Like mining coal.

PAUL DINELLO: Or working in a sweatshop.

HOST: And not having the audience, do you get a sense of what's funny?

PAUL DINELLO: Well if we make each other laugh, we see that as a good sign and we consider it to be funny


NATASHA: What do you guys think about us die-hard fans?

STEPHEN COLBERT: I think you are great.

PAUL DINELLO: We think you're great!!

AMY SEDARIS: I love it when they write in and send letters. I like the people who like our show. And I'm glad not everybody likes it.

PAUL DINELLO: It's really humbling because we've been working pretty solid for a year, and we're in New York. I was in Arkansas, and you forget that it's a national show and we have fans all over the country! Same thing in Charleston. There were fans there. It's really exciting.

AMY SEDARIS: All five of them!

STEPHEN COLBERT: Come up and say you like the show in front of my mother, please.

HOST: What was it like the first time someone on the street recognized you from Strangers?

AMY SEDARIS: Well, for me, it's like, "Thank you!" and then I realize that I'm not in Jerri Blank makeup.

BLANKLOVER: Where does Amy get those clothes!?

AMY SEDARIS: Aren't they great! We have a really good wardrobe, Vicki Farrel, and Toni and Ann, they find it in thrift stores, and they make it, it's from all over. I just trust them. Everything they put on me is just perfect.

STEPHEN COLBERT: And of course in the reality of the show she gets her clothes from...

AMY SEDARIS: Comfort Zone!

PAUL DINELLO: Tell her what you wanted the look of Jerri Blank to be.

AMY SEDARIS: Originally I wanted her to look like a female golfer. Then, a woman who owns snakes. That's what I told them. They ran with it.

BLANKLOVER: Why does Jerri always have duct tape on her backpack?

AMY SEDARIS: I don't know. They write all kinds of stuff on it.

PAUL DINELLO: Blank is written on it. I don't know if you can see that on camera.

MIKEDUBOIS: Do your fans ever give you ideas?

STEPHEN COLBERT: We are hesitant for fear we will be sued.

HOST: Really?


AMY SEDARIS: They send in ideas, and we have done some ideas that people had written in...we had already done them.

PAUL DINELLO: This guy, Tony, he has this website with a contest

AMY SEDARIS: Oh right... From D.C.


PAUL DINELLO: The unofficial Jerri Blank website. He held a contest...who can write the best show idea. He wanted us to judge it, but we felt it would be inappropriate.

STEPHEN COLBERT: In case we saw something we liked and then we wrote it - and they wanted their cut. There isn't a cut to go around.

DKJ: Who is the inspiration for Jerri's step-mother?

AMY SEDARIS: Originally we were going to have a younger, 27-year-old be my mother. Someone closer to Jerri's age, fighting over liver spot cream...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Mixing up underwear.

AMY SEDARIS: Mixing up underwear, it was their idea.

PAUL DINELLO: But she's just sort of based on the cold and calculating mothers that we saw in those after school specials.

STEPHEN COLBERT: They are always so concerned with how they are perceived. "You can't do that, what would the neighbors think?" So that became her most important characteristic. Caring what people thought.

YADDLE: Which people of comedy have you been inspired by?


PAUL DINELLO: Ernie Kovax, Peter Sellers, Buster Keaton


PAUL DINELLO: Monty Python. We watched the old Saturday Night Live.

WEN DEEEEEE: So we know that Stephen's got the Daily Show and Amy's got her work in cheeseballs. What are Paul's hobbies?

HOST: Talk about your cheeseballs...

AMY SEDARIS: I make cheeseballs and I sell them to people, also cupcakes on the side. Cupcakes and cheeseballs. I am thinking of making little tombstones when people have their animals die.

HOST: That same fan wants to know what Paul's hobbies are.

AMY SEDARIS: What are your hobbies Paul? He plays guitar.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Weeping, Self-pity...

AMY SEDARIS: We'll tell them what Paul's hobbies are.

STEPHEN COLBERT: He collects dental tools

AMY SEDARIS: Dental tools.

HOST: Dental tools.

AMY SEDARIS: Old watches...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Old watches...

AMY SEDARIS: Nick-knackeries...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Nick-knackery...

AMY SEDARIS: He reads.


PAUL DINELLO: I have a dog.

AMY SEDARIS: He has a dog.

PAUL DINELLO: She's a mutt.

STEPHEN COLBERT: a full time dog

AMY SEDARIS: Airdale Shepherd.


AMY SEDARIS: She's on the set everyday...And he dances.

BLANKLOVER: What is written on Jerri's knuckles?


HOST: Got that everybody?

AMY SEDARIS: Oddly, sometimes that L is an F.

UPPITYWOMAN: What will be the major themes of the third series? Where can you go with her next?

AMY SEDARIS: Homosexuality.

PAUL DINELLO: Popularity, STD...

AMY SEDARIS: Bullies...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Sensitivity to minorities...

AMY SEDARIS: Censorship...

PAUL DINELLO: Yeah, censorship.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Steroid use in athletics...

STEPHEN COLBERT: Self respect...

AMY SEDARIS: What's the shoe one?

STEPHEN COLBERT: Money, poverty, hope...

HOST: Also a great dose of peer pressure, I'm sure.

YADDLE: Do you ever have auditions for SWC extras?

STEPHEN COLBERT: If you are interested in being an extra, write to Edna Welthorp with Strangers With Candy, c/o Comedy central 1775 Broadway...

MIKEFJ13: Amy, is their any Strangers With Candy merchandise?? If so, please send me free stuff or let me know where I can get it!

STEPHEN COLBERT: God knows! If anyone from Comedy Central is listening...

AMY SEDARIS: We want to know that too! We get a lot of requests of that and also requests for tapes of the show. We are having a meeting this week with a department...

STEPHEN COLBERT: What department is that Amy?

AMY SEDARIS: ...and hopefully we'll be able to get stuff, and you too.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We're hoping to get a bunch of back to school stuff out. Binders, notebooks...

PAUL DINELLO: Pill cases

AMY SEDARIS: Pill cases, needles!

STEPHEN COLBERT: Back to school stuff this year.

WEN DEEEEEE: Where can we get the cheeseballs?? I want traditional!!

AMY SEDARIS: They have to get in touch with me. Just figure out a way to get in touch with me.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Email the show...

AMY SEDARIS: Email the show, yes.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Work the email and homesite.

AMY SEDARIS: And if you can give me the home address I always respond. If it's the email address someone else responds.

STEPHEN COLBERT: On the website -


STEPHEN COLBERT: "Ask Jerri" and we respond to some of them if they are really clever.

HOST: Maybe the website can work out something with your cheeseballs, Amy.


STEPHIE: Can you guys publish a book on SCW because I want to know everything about it.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Absolutely! Can do - consider it done.

STEPHIE: Please make Jerri dolls.

AMY SEDARIS: Isn't somebody making them?

PAUL DINELLO: I heard someone is making counterfeit Jerri dolls.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Don't buy them we don't get a penny.

HOST: Please don't buy any counterfeit Jerri Blank dolls.

PAUL DINELLO: We're doing our best to get merchandise out.

STEPHEN COLBERT: We really want to get things out for people to have. It would thrill me to walk down the street and see someone with something with our name on it.

CAMEL TOE: Any plans for a gay wedding?

AMY SEDARIS: A gay wedding?

STEPHEN COLBERT: No immediate plans. Maybe not between Noblet and Jellineck. They keep everything under wraps. Nobody suspects.

HOST: No one has any clue -- and the cold sores won't give it away either...

JOSHORAMA: Would you ever considering publishing a "yearbook" of Flatpoint high?

AMY SEDARIS: Good idea!



STEPHEN COLBERT: Yeah, absolutely!

AMY SEDARIS: A pamphlet.

LAURENMAY: Jerri do you find it hard to get in and out of character?

AMY SEDARIS: No. I've been doing it for so long that it's not hard at all.

PAUL DINELLO: She falls into it inappropriately.


SCABBY: Okay back to the show - how many episodes will there be this season?


AMY SEDARIS: Thirteen.


HOST: And that will be starting on Monday June 19th at 10:00 PM.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Friday night 12:30 at night, or Saturday morning at 12:30am. It's a Saturday morning show.

HOST: But everybody should catch the season premiere. I want to thank Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello from Strangers with Candy.

PAUL DINELLO: Thank you!!!

STEPHEN COLBERT: It's been a pleasure.

AMY SEDARIS: Thank you!