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article imageEntertainer Creed Bratton talks comedy tour and 'The Office' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 4, 2015 in Entertainment
Multifaceted entertainer Creed Bratton chatted with Digital Journal about his comedy tour, and he offers advice for aspiring actors.
On playing the character, "Creed" on NBC's The Office, he said, "Right place, right time. I shot my own talking head and Ken Kwapis and Greg Daniels liked it enough to give me a shot. That was the Halloween episode in Season 2. I had so much fun playing that bizarre character. It never felt like work, except when I wasn't working."
Most impressive about Bratton is that he started out as an extra. "I came from Bernie Mac where I met Ken Kwapis where he brought me on The Office and gave me a chance. Greg Daniels concurred with this decision and I'm so grateful to both of them."
Regarding his upcoming comedy tour, he said, "Well, I'll walk out on stage with my guitar and approach the mic. Placing my hands in the right position and filling my lungs with air I'll sing an original song, upon completion will then talk to the audience and hopefully get a laugh or two. Not sure how many?It varies night to night. Then I'll retreat to the shadows at the side of the stage and gauge their reaction."
He is doing a California and a Northwest tour with his music in August/September, and he is writing a few film and television scripts. "I have a pilot project called 'Feather Peak' that I'm keen on and that I'm trying to get off the ground," he said.
Each day, he is motivated by the constant barrage of voices vying for attention inside his head. "I basically try to appease them all and avoid confrontation," he said.
He listed Jane Lynch, Mary Steenburgen, Susan Sarandon and Helen Mirren as his dream female acting partners. In addition, he is involved in charity work, by giving back to veterans. "This is the first time I was invited to perform for the veterans. My father died in 1945 in Hawaii he was a Lieutenant Colonel. I had a very sad time as a young boy and so I thought if I can help now it would be a good thing. I did a tour of the Calif penitentiary system with Canned Heat after I left the Grass Roots. Also, worked with handicapped performers who were starting to act for stage. Always you get back so much more than you give. It's amazing," he said.
For aspiring comics and actors, he said, "Always know your strengths and weakness. Don't be afraid to be weak, that can be your strength sometimes. Everyone is nervous the first time they act. Only worry if you're not. I don't mean be afraid, but always there should be the chance to fail or else what's the point? It has to mean something. Every time I walk on stage I set the bar to do my very best. Never ever try to phone it in. 'That's a slippery slope my friend'," he said, quoting Kevin from The Office.
He concluded, "Well the 'Creed' character has been embraced by the fans in a cult way. This was possible because of all the other brilliant actors I had to play off of and our amazing writers from the show. He took on a mystique of his own. Never had a lot of lines or screen time, but still registered with them. I am constantly amazed and thankful that they enjoyed him so much. When fans approach me to acknowledge this, it still fills me with joy. What a lucky guy I am. Thanks everyone."
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