A Love Letter to “Breaking Bad”
We are all familiar with the gut-wrenching feeling that comes with watching the series finale of our favorite TV shows. If you watch TV, you have most likely experienced the grief that occurs when one of your favorite programs ends. “Parenthood”, anyone? “Lost”? Even the end of a season can leave one feeling bereft. (We’re looking at you, “Game of Thrones.”) So what was one to do to fill the gaping hole in their heart, say, when “Breaking Bad” ended in 2013? In the case of actor Miles Allen, the obvious solution was to start a one-man comedy show which sums up the entire show (all five seasons) in 60 minutes—“One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody.”
“After “Breaking Bad” had finished, there was a huge hole in my TV viewing experience. I felt that I could keep the “Breaking Bad” flame alive by combining my comedy and impressions ability to make what is essentially a love letter to the show.”
Of the 10 plus main characters of the show, Allen has no hesitation about who is his favorite to portray:
“Jesse Pinkman, Bitch!”
Aside from the way Jesse’s famous line rolls off the tongue, Allen finds him the easiest character to identify with.
“Not only does Jess have a lot of fun mannerisms and great “one-liners,” but as the show goes on, he’s given so much more depth as character, so much so that the audience members identify more with him than Walt towards the end of the series, myself included.”
“One Man Breaking Bad” has become a world-wide hit, with over a million hits on Youtube and sold out shows as far as Melbourne, Australia, and this year Edinburgh’s famed Fringe Festival. To Allen, the best part of the show is not how far it has taken him, rather the act itself: “taking some of the most serious moments in “Breaking Bad”, and making them gut-bustingly hilarious. I love the art of parody; it’s so fun to find comedy in dark places!”
“One Man Breaking Bad” is a show for those who have seen “Breaking Bad” and those who have not. It is a great way to quickly catch up on the main plot points, and audiences have loved the condensed format. While Allen has been a sensation, he was coy when it came to any new parodies in the works.
“Maybe a “One Man Better Call Saul” [the “Breaking Bad” spin-off] is down the road? I guess we will have to wait and see…”
Allen has managed to fill up his TV card though, naming “House of Cards”, “Game of Thrones”, “Daredevil”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, and “Wet Hot American Summer” as some of his favorite current shows. GRR Martin should watch out; we bet Allen could do a killer Khaleesi impression…
How has the original “Breaking Bad” Team responded to Allen’s take on the story?
“Bob Odenkirk (aka Saul Goodman) has expressed interest in coming to see my show. They’ll be shooting “Better Call Saul” in Albuquerque when I perform there, so I’m excited to see some of the cast and crew come and enjoy the show with me.”
One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody
WHEN: Tuesday, September 15, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox