If you missed the latest episode of “Up All Night” (“Working Late and Working It”) on Wednesday, Will Forte played Chris’ new friend Reed, a guy tasked with the responsibility of bringing the sexy back into Chris and Reagan’s bedroom.
On a Tuesday conference call, Will talked about his guest turn on “Up All Night,” as well as his successful career in comedy. During that time, he explained his love for shows like “Louie” and “Breaking Bad.”
During the call, I asked Will to talk about his enjoyment of watching entertainment on TV despite his job of creating it for a living. Will also went into detail about what makes comedic acting so challenging.
MICHAEL LANGSTON MOORE: As an actor, are you able to get immersed in TV shows like a typical fan, or because you’re so connected to the process of creating shows, you watch entertainment with a more critical eye?
WILL FORTE: I feel like it’s easier to watch dramas without getting caught up in my head about stuff. That’s why I’m loving “Louie” so much because most of the time when I’m watching a comedy, I’m dissecting it. With “Louie,” I just get sucked in. It’s so different. It’s got such a different tone.
I usually will go out with friends to movies. Most of the time with movies, you know, I have one friend who will rip apart all the dramas. And dramas I just love. I get sucked into them. And then I’ll kind of dissect all of the comedies and my friend will just love all those.
There are some people out there who might not think creating comedy and making people laugh is easy. Can you talk about the challenges you face of being funny for a living?
Well it’s not easy. It’s not easy at all. With any type of acting, there are so many different possibilities out there and you have to figure out the one that’s the most believable that’s going to sell the humor the best. And it’s, God, it’s very, very difficult in some scenarios.
That’s why doing “Up All Night” was so much fun because these were people I had worked with so many times in the past that it was easy to quickly get on the same page. But sometimes that’s not the case. Sometimes you’ll be working with somebody you’ve never worked with before. And you might not be doing what they want you to do so they’ll be reluctant to come right out and say what they want you to do because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. So it can be quite difficult.
But that wasn’t the case with this one. This was just pure fun. But no, it is not easy at all to do comedy. But it’s not easy to do most jobs.
But you do them for a while and you get a little better at them. A lot of it is just confidence and making a choice and going for it. And if you have enough confidence in that choice then it’ll turn out well.
To the left, check out more pictures from “Up All Night” in the photo slideshow.
In Boston, “Up All Night” airs on Wednesday nights on NBC.
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