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.”
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).