'Miracle Workers' star Jon Bass on the joys of working on a Simon Rich project with Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi
TBS debuted its heavenly comedy 'Miracle Workers' Tuesday, February 12, and since then we have been hooked to it. From Steve Buscemi's "loser" god to Daniel Radcliffe's recluse and socially awkward angel, there is a lot to love about this show. Overflowing with talented actors, the show has many stand-out performances, including that of Jon Bass, who plays Sam, one of the very few earthlings we get to meet on the show.
Bass, who has "fond memories" of shooting for the TBS show along with his fellow-earthling Sasha Compère aka Laura, and the rest of the cast tells MEA WorldWide that being an earthling was pretty boring. "The stakes are so low for us compared to [the angels], you know, the earth exploding! The only interaction I had with the heavenly cast was cast dinners! We had a lot of fun during the weekends getting food or watching a movie," says Bass.
That being said, whether his character Sam knew it or not, he was partially responsible for earth's fate. The well-wishers at Heaven Inc. tried to nudge him and his love interest Laura in the right direction so that the destruction of the world could be avoided. Bass says, he tried to keep himself as much in the dark about the apocalyptic prospects and other potential futures of his character, so as to not take away from the performance. "I feel like the less you know about your character's circumstances, the better. So, I was really glad to keep myself sort of in the dark and let the acting and scenes inform my decisions."
Having seen the opportunity to work on this Simon Rich project as a dream come true, Bass says, viewers should definitely check it out if only for Buscemi and Radcliffe. "But if you’re not sold on that then, we’ll, firstly, you’re crazy. But Karan Soni, Geraldine Vishwanathan and Lolly Adefope as the angels are doing incredible work. It’s a show that blends potty humor with very high-end jokes and will make you laugh and feel all the feels," he says.
In fact, Bass is having a pretty good year, with another funny project with Marc Maron just on the horizon, and his short 'Eureka!' premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC this April. In 'Sword of Trust,' him - and his "ungainly facial hair" will be seen with a hilarious set of people. Calling Maron's performance "star-making," Bass reveals that working on the project was exactly what you would imagine it to be. "We just laughed the entire time and had a wonderful experience. Would recommend 10 out of 10 times."