David Harbour’s Theatre Troupe Received an Abysmal Review from The New York Times
-How are you? -I’m good, man. I’m good. -You’re in the building
for “SNL.” -I am, yes.
-First time hosting. -Yes, yes.
-You were saying backstage, “dream come true.”
How are your nerves? -Uh… [ Laughter ] I’m terrified.
-Yeah. -It’s a lot of risk
with, um, some reward. -Yeah. No, I think you land it,
people will — You’ll hear about it
for a long time. -But if you don’t land it, I think you’ll hear about it
for a long time. -Yeah. Well, the worst that can
happen is people come up to you and say, “Hey,
I saw you hosted ‘SNL.'” [ Laughter ] And then that’s it.
That’s like the end of it. -I used to get that
’cause I do — I do plays in New York
and you get — If you get a good review in
the “Times,” you get voicemails. 15 voicemails, you know? Or you get one voicemail. And it would be, “Hey, dude. There’s a picture of you
in ‘The New York Times.'” [ Laughter ] -You — You said
you started out here. You had an early theater troop
in New York City when you were a very, very young
actor, yeah? -Yes, I did. -What was the name
of your first — -Clearly, you’ve done
some research. -Well — -This is not exciting
to talk about. Fantastic.
-We found out about it ’cause you’ve talked about it
in the past. This was not
a hit theater troop? -No. This was not
the rise to fame and fortune. It was called
the Eyases Ensemble. -Uh-huh. Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -It a very — It’s got
a very pretentious etymology. In “Hamlet,”
there is a line where — Yes, thank you. You’re welcome. There is a line where they say,
“There is an eyrie of children, sir, which cry on the top
of question, little eyases.” -Uh-huh.
-And so we were like, “We’re young.”
-Yeah. -“We do plays.” -It’s such a bummer
’cause eyases sounds like you’re saying something wrong. You know, it doesn’t, like,
roll off the tongue. It’s like, what were you guys
trying to say? -Yeah.
-And you — Did you not get reviewed well
at Eyases? -We, um — We did not get reviewed
at all until — until we got one abysmal review
from “The New York Times.” -Wow.
-Which trampled all of our hopes about the geniuses
that we thought we were. -Yeah. That’s rough. -And then I went to a life
of, uh, soap opera after that. -You did.
-I went to “As the World Turns” right after that. -How many years
were you on “As the World –” -3, 3 1/2 years. I played a cop.
Surprise, surprise. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-My career has really changed. The roles —
-They were, like, “Hamlet” and then just cops,
cops, cops, cops, cops. -Yeah, exactly.
[ Laughter ]