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Pete Gardner Interview
Jamie was lucky to have the chance to sit down and chat with Pete Gardner who studied improv under the famous Del Close and has worked as a director at Second City in Chicago. You might have seen him in his appearances in Transformers, Evan Almighty, and the Hangover. If you haven’t caught him on the big screen you may have seen him on the small screen in his recurring role on HBO’s the Brink, or currently in his series regular role on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Darryl Whitefeather.
Pete and Jamie spent much of their time speaking about Darryl’s rich history in the Improv Comedy World. Pete studies under the famous Del Close at Chicago’s Second City Improv Company. Pete rose through the ranks with the likes of Mike Myers, who he had the pleasure of performing with, and Chris Farley. Pete honed his improv skills to the point of directing his own shows and shared with Jamie some a wonderful anecdote about directing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey during their time at Second City.
Pete provides some sage advice for anyone looking to break into the entertainment industry. It is such good advice that it could be applied to anyone trying to break into any industry. The key is to always be pushing yourself to be better, know what you want, and to get it. Pete also adds that it doesn’t matter if other think if you are good, you have to feel that yourself.
Jamie and Darryl round out their conversation talking about his role on the CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, where he play Darryl Whitefeather, friend and boss to Rebecca Bunch played by one of the series creators Rachel Bloom. Pete shares his joy for playing Darryl and discusses the source of that joy, which is the many challenges that come along being in a music comedy. Pete has gone from not thinking he could sing to learning the guitar and recently singing in front of a crowd of 400 people.
To learn more about Pete Gardner you can visit petegardner.com and you can catch him on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend every Fridays at 9PM on the CW.