×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Standup Brent Morin Climbs from Conan P.A. to Center Stage

10 COMICS TO WATCH: 'Chelsea Lately' regular joins Chris D'Elia's 'Undateable' sitcom

A year ago, Brent Morin was reliving the horrors of high school as part of his New Faces set at the Just for Laughs festival. Things are definitely looking up for the comic, who serves up episodes of personal embarrassment for strangers’ amusement.

In recent months, the “Chelsea Lately” panel regular made his late-night debut on “Conan” (“where I was a P.A. for three years”) and landed a role opposite old pal Chris D’Elia in the upcoming NBC series “Undateable,” produced by Bill Lawrence.

“I play a loser bar owner,” he says, “and Bill lets us play and improvise, which I love.”

Not bad for someone who claims he “never set out to do standup.” The Connecticut native was in film school when he started hitting the comedy-club circuit, “mainly to get feedback about my writing — but then I got hooked. I’d bomb and keep going back till I slowly improved. Standup’s addicting.”

Morin, who also scored a development deal with Fox TV to write and star in a sitcom, cites Louis C.K. (“for his risk-taking”), Bill Burr (“venting his frustrations”) and Kevin Hart (“great storyteller”) as his top three influences.

“I like standup that comes from a real place, and I find I’m more confident if I’m talking about my own insecurities,” he says. “For example, I talk about how I wish I was cool sometimes — but I’m not cool, because I try to be cool, and that’s when I always mess things up, especially with girls.”

More TV

  • Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor

    Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

    Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of [...]

  • Russian Doll

    TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne's 'Russian Doll' Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO FIRST LOOKS Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars and is executive produced by Don [...]

  • Vanity Fair Review

    TV Review: 'Vanity Fair'

    There’s something comforting about the predictability of a period piece novel adaptation in the Masterpiece Theater tradition. Knowing the story, or even just the rhythms of the genre, there are rarely many surprises. The women will toss off witticisms and cry careful, pretty tears; the men will steel their jaws and declare their love, ideally [...]

  • FILE - In this April 5,

    CBS Claims Commitment to Ending Harassment. Its Actions Say Otherwise (Column)

    At this point, a new breaking sexual harassment case at CBS isn’t exactly a surprise. Over and over again, powerful CBS company men from producers to executives to the ex-CEO himself have made headlines for propagating decades of harassment and abuse, with dozens of witnesses affirming that the pattern was business as usual. But as [...]

  • Willow ShieldsVariety Portrait Studio, Beautycon Festival

    'Hunger Games' Alum Willow Shields Joins Netflix Drama Series 'Spinning Out'

    Willow Shields has been cast in a series regular role in “Spinning Out,” the upcoming ice skating drama series at Netflix. She joins a cast that also includes Kaya Scodelario, who was announced as the series lead on Thursday, taking over the role originally held by Emma Roberts. Shields will star as Serena, Kat Baker’s (Scodelario) [...]

  • Adam Levine Cardi B

    Maroon 5 and How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Became Music's Least Wanted Gig

    Who would have thought that the Super Bowl Halftime show, an American institution watched by more than 100 million people, would become the least wanted gig in music? But thanks to the ongoing controversy concerning the NFL’s stance on a player’s right to protest, brought to the forefront by football’s top conscientious objector Colin Kaepernick, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content