Last night Breaking Bad won its second consecutive prize for outstanding drama series. Its star, Bryan Cranston, won his fifth Emmy. Fresh Air spoke to Cranston while he was on Broadway playing President Johnson in All the Way. In the interview, he tells Terry about his short-lived stand-up career:
"I did it for about nine months in 1981, I believe it was. I did it solely for the purpose of overcoming fear, because I looked at that and I said to myself, "Oh, my God, that’s got to be the scariest thing to do." There’s a microphone and a light on you, and that’s it. It’s all you, and so I wanted to do that. I got into the idea of going from club to club. I was never paid for it, nor should I have been, because I never rose above the level of mediocrity. But it was a great, great experience, very humbling. My respect and admiration for those who do it for a living, like Jerry [Seinfeld], was just enormous."
Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konwrath via Variety
Speaking as one who worked through a bit of terror earlier this week at Action Park (Vernon, NJ; worth googling), I value the question What can I do today that scares me (but doesn’t endanger my health)?