Bob Odenkirk speaks openly about his time Saturday Night Live.
During a recent appearance on Tig Notaro’s podcast Don’t ask TigThe Better call Saul Star explained that it was difficult for him to get into comedy, especially during his time as a writer on the late-night sketch series from 1987 to 1991.
While at SNL, he said he was “unsure of myself. It was hard. It was existentially dangerous. I felt like I should erase myself.”
He continued: “I was too young when I was hired SNL. That wasn’t a good thing. That could have gone wrong. This could have gone so wrong. It came close to going so wrong so many times. You have to believe me.”
Odenkirk added that he had “no fucking idea” what he was doing and that he was genuinely “scared to death” for years. While on the show, he wrote for icons such as Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Chris Farley and Tim Meadows.
Despite his struggles, continue SNL, The actor has previously spoken about how it wasn’t all bad. In one (n Appearance on Name is In March, Odenkirk recalled his time working on Chris Farley’s Matt Foley sketches.
“I played the father in the sketch, and we played it seven times a week at Second City,” he said. “It’s always been the most fun I’ve had in show business.”
Since his time SNL, Odenkirk has had recurring roles on Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad, which led to a starring role in the spin-off Better call Saul, for which he has been nominated every year since its premiere. Most recently he starred in AMC’s Happy Hank.