Out of all the fresh faces featured in NBC’s newest sitcom, “Undateable,” comedian Brent Morin appears to be the break-out star of the show.
The Thursday night comedy, which revolves around a group of hopelessly single friends, has received moderate to lukewarm responses from critics since the pilot aired on May 29. But Morin, who’s set to perform at Laugh Boston this weekend, has garnered a ton of praise for his role as Justin, the adorably unhip owner of a Detroit bar.
Called “delightfully unpredictable” by the New York Times, Morin’s character is the “loveable loser” whose nice guy tendancies and various quirks are surprisingly fun to watch, especially when juxtaposed against fellow star Chris D’Elia’s womanizing Danny.
“He’s a one-woman type of guy that probably grew up watching every romantic comedy,” Morin told Boston.com in a phone interview on Wednesday. “He’s living that Disney fantasy, finding that princess. He’s so fun to play. He’s more of the sensitive one.”
While Morin believes that Justin is more “mature” than he is in real life, the comedian does see some of himself within the character. However, that’s not the only thing about “Undateable” that Morin can relate to, as he was close friends with many of the actors before the show was even created.
“I’ve known Chris since I was 19 years old. He’s like big brother, I’m like little brother. We’re best friends, pretty much,” Morin said. “It’s kind of nuts to work with him and then Rick Glassman, who on the show plays Burski. He’s my neighbor in my apartment complex. Literally we are neighbors. My home life is a sitcom.”
Before getting the chance to work on a comedy show with his pals, Morin was just a kid from South Windsor, Conn., who wanted to break into the entertainment world as a director or writer. At 18, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream and enrolled in film school at Columbia College.
Inspired by his idols Albert Brooks and Woody Allen, Morin decided to give stand-up a try, hoping that it would segue into eventual opportunities to write, act, and direct.
“I went to the Laugh Factory and I did an open mic to get some true criticism, and I bombed terribly,” Morin said. “I kept doing it and doing it, bombing and bombing, until I finally got a laugh. You think you’re getting laughs for a little bit, and once you get a real one, that’s it. I mean, there’s no better feeling.”
Once Morin started getting some success as a comedian, he always thought that he would use it as a spring board into other endeavors, but the lure of the laugh was just too strong.
“I realized that this could be my way in, I should do stand-up to try and help me get into the other stuff,” Morin said. “I always thought that once I got to this point, I’d stop doing stand-up, but I still perform every few nights. I love it!”
Morin recently went on a stand-up tour with the cast of “Undateable,” which stopped in Boston on March 3. An avid Red Sox fan, the comedian is reveling the chance to return to the city for his string of solo gigs this weekend.
“Boston is like my city. That’s the city that I always go to,” Morin said. “My brother went to school there, my best friend went to school there, my dad played there and went to school there. Every time I come home from the Bay, I go to Boston after visiting Connecticut. I’m always amped to go to Boston.”Matt can be reached at email@example.com, and on Twitter @MattchidaMMA.