Alan Tudyk currently stars on the ABC television series "Suburgatory." His theatrical credits include Broadway productions of "Epic Proportions," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "Spamalot." Off-Broadway, Alan has delighted audiences in "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," "Wonder of the World," "Bunny Bunny," and "Misalliance and Oedipus." Alan’s film credits include "28 Days," "3:10 to Yuma," "Dodgeball," "Hearts in Atlantis," "I Robot," "A Knight’s Tale," "Knocked Up," "Meet Market," "Serenity," "Transformers 3," "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil," "Wonder Boys," the original English production of "Death at a Funeral" and the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." His other television credits include "Arrested Development," "CSI," "Dollhouse," "Firefly" and "Strangers With Candy."
In addition to "Suburgatory," Alan can be seen in Orlando Pabotoy's "That Beautiful Laugh" at La Mama in NYC. "That Beautiful Laugh" was inspired by Orlando's nightly bedtime ritual of developing stories with his five-year-old son. This family friendly show, based on his son’s musings on different types of laughter, tells the story of a world where laughter is forgotten and rediscovered. Original music combined with new renditions of old favorites compliment this hilarious journey about the power and beauty of laughter in our lives.
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1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was always loud as a child with a lot of energy and was always drawing attention to myself. Those early outbursts would be my first performances. I built on those.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? The Cohen Brothers. They are my favorite film makers. Whatever movie they are doing it always looks like a fun place to be.
3. What attracted you to "That Beautiful Laugh"? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Orlando Pabotoy's work is inspirational to me. I saw the last clown play he directed in NYC, "Creation." It put me in a good mood for a week after seeing it. It reminded me of the fun I felt acting in the early on. Clowning is a pure form, or basic form of comedy. It makes you laugh and from that laughter comes joy. There is little humor today that is joyful. It is clever or snide or witty or cruel. Humor is often exclusive. Clowning is inclusive. Orlando Pabotoy's plays invite the audience to do just that, play. I hope people take that home with them.
4. What exites you about performing at La Mama? La Mama is a NYC institution. I have always wanted to work there since I first came to NYC in '93.
5. What do you get from performing in a theatrical show that you don't get from performing in film/television? Theater is scarier. It's like going to a zoo with no bars on the cages. I'm not sure if the bars would be there to protect the audience or the performers in that analogy. It's scarier either way.
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? I like the model of the set. It happens right in the beginning of the rehearsal process. The set designer brings in a miniature version of the set with moving parts and little cardboard actors. It's always my first job, in any play, to do a better job performing than my miniature cardboard counterpart.
7. Where is your favorite place to rehearse on your own? Anywhere the inspiration strikes. Hopefully in private.
8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? To be an actor you have to get to know yourself very well. You have to expose your weaknesses and get to the root of what makes you tick and why. No secrets. No hiding. Asking this question is like asking, "what have learned about yourself in therapy." No comment.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Try.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? All the dead people I miss...or my dog...or a sandwich.