Bobby Moynihan knows that he left ‘Saturday Night Live’ at a great time in the show’s history.
BEVERLY HILLS — Bobby Moynihan is going from Saturday Night Live to playing Myself.
Debuting Oct. 30, CBS comedy Me, Myself & I takes a comic look at one man in three stages of his life: as a 14-year-old in 1991, at 40 in the present, and at 65 in 2042. Moynihan plays the 40-year-old myself-in-the-middle Alex, with Jack Dylan Grazer as the teenage version and Emmy-winner John Larroquette playing Alex as an older man.
Moynihan says the three actors got together early in the rehearsal process and came up with a few tics and quirks they would all use for the character. He says he’s also borrowed some line-readings from Grazer, and will steal from Larroquette any chance he gets.
“We should all aspire to be as good an actor as John Larroquette,” he told the Television Critics Association Tuesday.
Moynihan says this job “kind of came out of nowhere.” He loved being on SNL, but his life was changing, he was getting older and he felt it was time to do something else.
“The day you get SNL, you start worrying about your exit from SNL, that was always on my mind. … I was an acting major in college. I would like to show people I can play a grown man instead of just dressing up like Rosie O’Donnell.”
So now he’s sort of dressing up like John Larroquette. Which is odd, because the two actors look nothing alike — Larroquette, for instance, is eight inches taller than 5-foot-8 Moynihan. Luckily for Moynihan, producer Aaron Kaplan is confident the audience won’t mind.
For his part, as much as he loved his nine years at SNL, Moynihan won’t mind leaving the Trump-inspired craziness that both boosted and dominated it last season, as entire shows had to be rewritten on weekends to keep up with the latest headlines.
“It was a completely different ball game last year. The hardest year, but deep down one of my favorites. I’m so glad I was there for it.”
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