’Late Late Show’: Ted Danson Explains Why He’s Never Done Stand-Up

“That is the gutsiest thing I could ever think of doing,” the legendary actor says.


Don’t expect to see Ted Danson performing in any comedy clubs across America.

EVER.

The CHEERS alum and current star of the CBS drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation appeared on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON on Tuesday night. During the second half of his interview, Danson, 66, opened up about his fear of doing stand-up comedy.

“That is the gutsiest thing I could ever think of doing,” said Danson. “Too scared. Way too scary.”

He went on to say that there’s a difference between being funny as an actor on a sitcom and being a comedian.

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“I can do funny with funny words that are written for me. But you all are standing up. You come out and you know that you’re gonna be funny before you even open your mouth.”

Danson recalled that even the written words from back in the day didn’t turn out to be as comical as he anticipated.

“On Cheers, we’d have a joke that we thought was the funniest thing we’d ever heard. And we were cracking up all week during rehearsal. And then you’d say it in front of the audience, and you’d hear the pin drop. It would make us fall over laughing because it was such a shock.”

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON airs weeknights on CBS at 12:37 AM ET.


 

Chris Mannings

Chris Mannings

Reporter at TheTVPage.com
Christopher Mannings is a Mass Communications major at the University of West Georgia, with a subconcentration in Convergence Journalism. Since 2012, he has covered reality competition shows, such as AMERICAN IDOL, AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, and THE VOICE, for agtnews.com and singersandcritics.com.
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