‘Bad Judge’ Star Tone Bell On Stand-Up: “Comedy Is A Rubik’s Cube”

Being a middle-aged Generation Xer, anytime someone mentions Rubik’s Cube during an interview, they’ve definitely won me over. Comedian/writer Tone Bell co-stars with Kate Walsh in the upcoming NBC series Bad Judge as Tedward, a fellow co-worker and right hand man to wild style judge Rebecca Wright. In an interview with Yahoo! TV, Bell describes Tedward as a “smart ass fly on the wall.”

With Bad Judge as well as his work on the short-lived series Whitney, Bell’s acting career is gathering momentum. Still, much of his creative foundation lies in writing and honing his chops in stand-up comedy. I asked Bell how he responds if certain jokes don’t exactly land with the audience. “In certain moments, I hope it doesn’t work,” said the actor. “Comedy is a Rubik’s Cube – you know it can be solved, but I just haven’t figured it out yet. So when it doesn’t work, (it’s like) ‘Oh I’m not a savant, I’m not as good as I think I am’ and it makes you go back to the drawing board.”

NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- The NBC Emmy Party -- Pictured: Tone Bell, "Bad Judge" at Boa Steakhouse, West Hollywood, Calif., August 24, 2014 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS — The NBC Emmy Party — Pictured: Tone Bell, “Bad Judge” at Boa Steakhouse, West Hollywood, Calif., August 24, 2014 — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Below is Tone Bell’s full answer to the question, as he elaborates on why having a few comedic setbacks can actually improve one’s craft:

Bad Judge premieres October 2 (NBC, 9 pm et/pt).

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