An all-time favorite drama, Breaking Bad continued to grow as a show and in popularity each season. Between the intense dramatic moments and the high-stakes situations there were plenty of funny moments. It should come as no surprise as many of those involved came from comedy.
Before he was laughing in crawlspaces and trying to blow up his boss, Bryan Cranston was best known for his comedic acting. Cranston’s first memorable character on a sitcom was on Seinfeld where he played dentist Timothy Whatley. A classic Whatley moment, the suspiciously friendly dentist was accused by Jerry of converting to Judaism just so he could get away with making jokes about the religion. Years later an even bigger role came along for Cranston when he was cast as the zany father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. Watching Breaking Bad, it is clear there was still a little bit of Hal in everything Walter White did, only to a much more violent degree.
Sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman had plenty of funny moments. In fact, he’s getting his own spinoff which will primarily be a comedy called Better Call Saul. Saul was played by veteran comedian Bob Odenkirk who in the 1990s was constantly involved in sketch comedy. From writing on Saturday Night Live to co-creating Mr. Show with Bob and David, the live-action version of Lionel Hutz gave us many laugh out loud moments. Coming from Odenkirk it should be no surprise.
One of Saul’s go-to guys was Patrick Kuby played by comedian Bill Burr. Burr’s role on the show grew each season and his comedy skills always shined through. Primarily a standup comedian, Burr also appeared frequently on Chappelle’s Show. You can bet his role on Breaking Bad will get him a few more acting gigs in the near future.
Laugh at Mike Ehrmantraut and you might end up dead. Laugh at another character played by Jonathan Banks and you may survive another day. In the 1980s Banks had roles in comedies Airplane!, Stir Crazy, and Beverly Hills Cop. Although his character Mike rarely cracked a joke, Banks was seen as an actor capable of being funny. Since Breaking Bad he has had guest appearances on sitcoms Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and became a regular on the fifth season of Community; a show that also had guest appearances from Banks’s Breaking Bad co-host Giancarlo Esposito.