If you're watching AMC's Breaking Bad, or just catching up to this Emmy-winning drama, then you're well-aware of Bob Odenkirk's rascally role as attorney Saul Goodman. In season four (which premiered last night), Saul has hired himself a bodyguard, Huell, who is played by none other than stand-up comedian Lavell Crawford.
Here's a clip of their first scenes together in Breaking Bad. Not spoilery!
Crawford has been a touring stand-up for years, and finished runner-up to Jon Reep in the 2007 season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. He has a new comedy CD out this month called Can A Brother Get Some Love?, which also will debut on Comedy Central on Aug. 12, 2011.
It's always interesting to see popular comedians cast in TV dramas. Enough stand-ups have done the trick on Law & Order that you could host a full night's show and then some with them.
But how many comedians have made the successful transition from stand-up stage to small screen drama, particularly when it's a critical and commercial TV hit?
Let's take a look back...
The 92Y caught a lot of flack over its recent panel with Steve Martin because the conversation with the comedian spent more time on his love of art than it did on things that the Upper East Side venue's audience wanted to hear: Namely, things that are funny.
Comedian Judy Gold is launching a new series of interviews with comedians at the 92Y, and it kicks off Feb. 17 with Whoopi Goldberg. Future comedian-on-comedian chats with Gold will be scheduled in May, June and in the fall. The 92Y hosted/curated a similar series years ago with Joy Behar.