At the beginning of our careers, we’re all uncertain about what we’re doing. There’s a reason “fake it ’till you make it” is a popular catchphrase.
For actor Michael Rapaport, one of his earliest professional acting gigs guest starring on Murphy Brown was a situation rife with uncertainty. “I had no idea what I was doing when I was doing this show, like I had never done a sitcom, the audience laughing threw me off,” he told Lola Ogunnaike while sitting down for a session of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing.
It didn’t help matters that he didn’t get a lot of preparation. “They don’t explain it to you — you just get cast and you’re there, like the laughing in the audience and all that stuff. That was wild,” he remembered. “That was the third job I ever got, but it was the first sitcom guest star, not even guest star, guest spot.”
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Rapaport admits that though he’s not a viewer of the show, he was aware of its reach. “I wasn’t really a fan of the show,” he said. “I was aware of the show because it was such a big hit.”
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