The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actor in a Television Comedy Series
How utterly surprised are you?
I couldn’t be more surprised. It is a cliché, but I forgot to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and my parents. So that’s how stressed I was. Two people who I absolutely — two things I had to say besides my wife, and I forgot. But I am stunned and extremely happy.
Where are you going to be keeping your trophy?
I don’t know. I’m going to have to build a new section of my house for it, I guess. Not a big section. It will fit pretty well.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far in your career?
I don’t know. I guess the biggest challenge for a comedian is getting anyone to know what your name is. Once that happens, I feel that I have been very fortunate. All I ever wanted to do was be on “SNL.” That happened. So everything from that point forward has been icing for me. I’ve said that a lot, but I really genuinely mean it. This is beyond my wildest expectations or dreams.
Obviously, all your roles make people laugh, but what makes you laugh? What are you watching, what do you enjoy, comedy-wise?
I love “Louie,” “South Park,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “SNL” forever, “Conan” and [Jimmy] Fallon, those guys, so many things. It is a really exciting time for comedy. I feel like the way the TV and the Internet have spread out so much, there’s so many outlets for funny people now.
There’s blogs that I go to and check in about comedy, and it sometimes can be slightly scary how many funny people there are right now, just for my own job security, but it is also really inspiring and cool. There’s so many people doing so many different kinds of comedy. It is really awesome.
How has it has been on being on a weekly prime-time show changed you as a performer and an artist?
It is very different from “SNL.” It is more of a grind, but less stressful, because it is not shooting tomorrow. I feel like doing a couple movies and now doing the first season of this show, I am getting better at acting, which is something I never really thought I would say, but it is fun to get to work with people like Andre Braugher every day and learn from other comedians on the cast and other actors and directors.
And it is such a boot camp. You really just shoot nonstop and memorize lines and keep shooting and shooting and faults and improvise. In that way, it is really interesting and exciting.
Is there any way to put into words what you learned about being an actor?
I guess move my face less. I don’t know. It works for Andre. He’s incredible.
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