In Be More Chill, there’s a supercomputer that you take as a pill - a Super Quantum Intel Processor unit, aka a SQUIP. A SQUIP gives you advice to be more cool (and chill, hehe!) and it appears in any form you wish once you ingest it. In the cast of Be More Chill’s hero, Jeremy Heere, his SQUIP appears in the form of Keanu Reeves.
We asked the cast and creative team of the upcoming Broadway show: Who’s your SQUIP?
My SQUIP is Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, not because I want him to tell me how to be cool but because I just want to hear him in my head say the most ridiculously offensive stuff. I think that would be a great way to spend your day.
My SQUIP looks like a mahogany skinned goddess covered with African prints.
My SQUIP, at the moment, is Steve Carell (silverfox with a beard). It looks and sounds like Steve Carell, but he’s actually a psychic who tells me what’s inside other people’s brains so I don’t offend them.
It’s either a tree or Jada Pinkett Smith.
My SQUIP looks, sounds, and acts like Robert Downey Jr. That’s who I’d take advice from, for sure. Anything that man says I would believe!
My SQUIP keeps changing. My SQUIP was Hilary Clinton and then it wasn’t anymore and then my SQUIP was Cory Booker. I think right now my SQUIP is Anges de Mille. I think Anges de Mille is on my shoulder giving me her blessing.
My SQUIP is Gwen Stefani because she is ageless and porcelain perfection.
It looks a lot like Cate Blanchett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
My SQUIP? It’s Jenny Slate.
My SQUIP is my mom because she always gives me the best advice and I can’t get her voice out of my head even if I wanted to.
My SQUIP looks like a family man. He looks like a man who wears a lot of sweaters and gives lots of love. He looks like a comedian.
OMG RuPaul. I’m channeling her as much as I can in my life.
My SQUIP is the popstar Kim Petras.
My SQUIP is Robin Williams.
My squip is Peggy Olson from Mad Men. She’s very inspiring to me.
You know, I think it’s a merging of Britton Smith and Michelle Obama.
We just met a bioethicist who spoke about technology ethics and about how the technology in Be More Chill is creeping closer to science and so right now, he’s my SQUIP.
My SQUIP is John Goodman’s body in Michael Jackson’s soul. No, I said it wrong. Michael Jackson’s soul in John Goodman’s body!
My SQUIP looks like Will Smith in iRobot.
My SQUIP at the moment is Patti Smith, the godmother of punk.
My SQUIP is three different people: Martin Scorsese, Stephen Sondheim, and Kermit The Frog.
I feel like my SQUIP would be Jonathan van Ness from Queer Eye. I would love that guy to be around me and say, “You’re gorgeous, you’re amazing!”
Be More Chill starts on Broadway on February 13.