“Let me be clear. I am a professional,” Tony nominee Andrew Rannells told Stephen Colbert when he stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert July 9. “But I like to have fun at work...and luckily for me, Jim Parsons also likes to have fun at work.”
About halfway into their run of The Boys in the Band at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, Rannells and Parsons like to see how much information they can exchange onstage without anyone knowing.
“The other day he came into my room and he said, ‘Andrew, I just heard the craziest thing on the radio. Bryce Dallas Howard is going to be on American Ninja Warrior. Is that possible? Is she competing?” And I was like, ‘Let me Google, and I'll tell you onstage,” Rannells said. “So when I walk onstage and he hugs me hello and other people are chatting and I was hugging him and I said, 'She's not a contestant. It's a cross-promotion for Jurassic Park. She’s not competing, she's hosting.'”
“We like to challenge each other,” he joked.
Colbert also asked Rannells about his upcoming memoir. “I get a lot of kids at the stage door who are asking me, ‘What’s the shortcut?’ I did not have a real ease into the business. It was a lot of years of scrapping around New York,” he explained. His memoir will explore some of the jobs and experiences he had prior to breaking big in the business as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.
“My lowest job was I was a greeter at the Warner Brothers store. I had to say, ‘Welcome to the Warner Brothers Store, eight floors of fun.’”
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