|David Alan Basche gives a live chat for AOLive!|
AOLiveMC2: Welcome to AOL Live, David Alan Basche!
David Alan Basche: I think, at this very moment, "Oh Grow Up" is airing on ABC. I hope everyone is tuning in.
AOLiveMC2: Here we go with the first question, David.
Question: How did you find the role for "Oh Grow Up"?
David Alan Basche: Well, it sort of found me. I was talking to Greenblatt Gennolari, the company that produces the show, and also was talking to Alan Ball, the show's creator, and after that meeting, I really wanted to play this role.
AOLiveMC2: Okay, here's one that you touched on when you first came in, David.
Question: Why did they schedule you online at the same time the show is airing in the East? I'm having to record it!
David Alan Basche: Congratulations on being able to program your VCR! Seriously, I haven't learned how. But this is when I was available, and I'm glad you all made yourselves available!
Question: Do you have a fan club? If so, where do we write to join?
David Alan Basche: I will be proud to say I do have a fan club. You can write to 4218 Sierra Morena Avenue, Carlsbad, California, 92008.
Question: How is the television work compared to just stage? Are you more nervous?
David Alan Basche: Oh, the president of the fan club is Carl Measer at that address. And the answer to this question is: TV is so different from theater. It is in many ways easier and more fun. And, in fact, I get less nervous. However, it can also be very difficult and challenging in some ways.
Question: How do you like working with your costars?
David Alan Basche: They put up with me so far! So, I'll let them keep their jobs. JUST KIDDING! We all get along very well. That's the most rewarding part of the job. We get along with the writers and producers. It's really fun.
AOLiveMC2: David, a lot of people have asked this question:
Question: Are you single?
David Alan Basche: Norris is single. Alas, David is not. I am married to Alysia Reiner, a beautiful, brilliant, talented actress who many of you will see as one of the new Miller Genuine Draft girls on their new commercials, and on "Law and Order" tomorrow night on NBC, 10PM Eastern.
Question: How long have you been in acting?
David Alan Basche: I'm head over heels. My first real acting job was as Tom Sawyer in the play "Tom Sawyer" in the sixth grade. Ever since then, I knew what I wanted to do, and I feel very fortunate to have found something I love to do and to be able to make a living at it. So it's been awhile now.
Question: What are your goals for the new Millennium?
David Alan Basche: To become more Internet savvy, to read more critically acclaimed literature, and to continue learning about myself and to try and stay on TV and be funny. Ha ha.
Question: How does it feel to be on a hit TV show at this point in your career?
David Alan Basche: I'm thrilled just to have a job. I suppose if anyone recognizes me and/or showered me with fame and adoration, that would be okay too.
Question: Do people compare your show to "Will and Grace" since the players are young urban professionals with a gay character as a focal point?
David Alan Basche: Yes, and we've also been compared and somewhat linked to "Spin City" as well as "Will and Grace," which is just fine with me, because they are great shows.
Question: How are you able to memorize your script so quickly?
David Alan Basche: Sorry, what was the question? I forgot. Actually, with practice, it gets easier. And, in fact, we all forget lines all the time. I think that's the studio audience’s favorite part.
Question: Do you ever watch your own show on TV?
David Alan Basche: Every chance I get. It's still pretty exciting to me. Now if only I could get a Nielsen box.
Question: What do you do on your days off from work?
David Alan Basche: Drink and smoke and throw furniture from my balcony onto [passersby]. Oh, and I like to spend time with my wife. Occasionally, I've been known to golf quite badly, and I have some plants I like to water.
Question: Has your life changed at all since you started acting?
David Alan Basche: Life as an artist is incredibly uncertain. And this is something I think takes quite awhile to get used to. At the same time, an unpredictable life is also incredibly exhilarating. Acting has taken me to both coasts and everywhere in between.
Question: Does anything give you impulse to keep going when things get really rough?
David Alan Basche: I have days when I just don't want to get out of bed and things seem very rough, yes. But I try to remember that we're all just trying to make our way through. And all I can do is be myself and trust that God has a plan and is taking care of things. Also, I like Krispy Kreme donuts a lot, so that helps!
Question: How old are you, and where do you see yourself in five years?
David Alan Basche: In five years, I see myself five years older than I am today. And hopefully, still enjoying making a living by acting. I hope that includes some feature films.
Question: How long have you been married? Does your career affect your marriage? Does your marriage affect your career?
David Alan Basche: I have been married for little over two and a half years, and yes, yes and yes. My marriage affects my career because my wife is a fellow artist and incredibly supportive and understanding. Also, my career affects my marriage because my wife is incredibly supportive and understanding.
Question: What made you want to become an actor?
David Alan Basche: That's easy. I like the attention. Ever since that first play in sixth grade, I liked the applause. I seemed to have found something I was good at. I've learned a lot about myself from my art.
Question: Was it your goal to be on a network sitcom?
David Alan Basche: As my dear friend and mentor Eli Wallach says, "You can make a killing in the theater, you just can't make a living." So yes, I've purposely planned to move into TV work for some time now. But the theater is still my first love.
AOLiveMC2: We are about out of time, so we'll close with this question:
Question: Do you like doing a sitcom, or would you rather do a drama?
David Alan Basche: "Oh Grow Up" is so much fun to do every week, I am so happy that someone is paying me to be silly and make a fool of myself almost every week. Yes, I hope to do some drama series, but "Oh Grow Up" is incredibly fulfilling for me right now. I hope it might even make a few of you laugh.
AOLiveMC2: David, it's been a pleasure having you as our guest tonight. Thanks for being here.
David Alan Basche: Thanks to all who logged on tonight and to all the viewers of "Oh Grow Up." We appreciate it, your support. Please keep watching. It was a pleasure to be here, thanks.
AOLiveMC2: Thanks to all who came and sent in their questions. We appreciate all of you. Good night, everyone!
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