Life is weird. One day, you can be a New York alt comedian, working mainly out of UCB, staging strange stunts as part of your monthly show. The next day, you find yourself cast in the lead of an upcoming Comedy Central sitcom. At least that's what happened to Chris Gethard. In this interview with New York Magazine, Gethard talks about his whirlwind week.
It was kind of this crazy turnaround. Last Tuesday my agent called me and said she had an audition for me. She was like, "I know you get nervous, but this is kind of a big one." A spot opened up on this show and they weren't auditioning too many people. So I stayed up all night with a friend, another actor, running lines, and he kind of pumped me up for the audition. Wednesday was the audition and Thursday I got a callback, and I was there with Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell and I was like, "What am I doing here?" I was supposed to go on a trip to L.A. last week and my agent called and said, "You should cancel that," because things were starting to move. Wednesday it was looking good enough that I called my parents. Then Thursday I found out that it was 100 percent definite, and Friday was my first day of work.
It just goes to show you, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know when you will be cast as the lead in a sitcom on basic cable television.