SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, Acting Coach

By Jarrett Bellini, Cnn | St. Joseph News-Press, March 12, 2012 | Go to article overview

SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, Acting Coach


Jarrett Bellini, Cnn, St. Joseph News-Press


(CNN) -- At South By Southwest in Austin, the bulk of my time has been spent downstairs at the CNN SXSW Grill, working in a dark, cement-walled basement. (I've grown fond of my captors -- they give me Sun Chips and Diet Coke.)

But I do have a platinum SXSW badge hanging from my neck, which allows me access to various panels and events at the interactive/ music/film festival.

Sunday afternoon, I decided to actually put this undeserved badge to use and casually strolled into the convention center with the goal of taking in a panel. Any panel. I was literally looking for an open door and a chair.

As I walked rather aimlessly through the halls searching for said open door and chair, I overheard a festival volunteer call out, "Room 18 is this way!"

When I got there, I checked out the schedule of events outside the door:

12:30 PM Jeffrey Tambor's Acting Workshop

I'll admit that I didn't recognize the name - but a quick Interweb search revealed that he's the guy from "Arrested Development." Score! He was somebody!

Tambor soon took the stage, joined by two budding actors -- a woman and man. For the next hour, these actors passionately acted out a simple scene for the audience while an affable Tambor told them how much he hated their performances.

The scene began with the male actor repeatedly saying "No," and his companion taking the side of "Yes. …

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