Interview with Jonathan Mangum
I always found improv to be quite fascinating. So I reached out to American actor and comedian Jonathan Mangum. I was very pleased when he accepted the interview. Mangum started his comedy career at the SAK Comedy Lab. In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles. You have probably seen him recently in the game show ‘Let’s Make a Deal‘ or on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway‘. Before that, he appeared in many television shows including ‘Married…with Children‘, ‘Just Shoot Me‘, ‘ER‘ and ‘The Drew Carey Show‘. Appearances in films including ‘The Bucket List‘ with Jack Nicholson and ‘Imagine That‘ with Eddie Murphy. I wanted to reach out to learn more about his journey.
1. Can you tell us about your experiences on Married…with Children, Just Shoot Me, and ER? Do you have any interesting stories?
They were all super fun. The first 2 are Multicam with a live audience— always super fun and exciting with a live audience. ER was great in that it never felt like you were on a film set— It felt like you were in a real hospital with cameras around.
2. What was it like to work with Jack Nicholson in ‘The Bucket List’ and Eddie Murphy in ‘Imagine That’?
Two amazing legends. I got to sit with Jack for a while on the set. He was super nice to me.
Eddie was low key until they yelled action, then he sprang to life with incredible energy.
3. What is the funniest costume you have ever seen on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ on CBS where you co-host with Wayne Brady? Please describe.
Since it’s like Halloween every day, you become immune to it. After 1900 shows with 200+ people in each show. That’s almost 350,000 costumes… They all blend together in my mind and I can’t remember a single one.
4. When I read your bio, I noticed you are very passionate about writing. Do you have any projects coming out soon?
I am writing/producing a short animated series on Facebook called ‘Cooter’s News’
I also am the lead in a new drama movie now on-demand in iTunes or Amazon Prime called ‘A Patient Man’
Synopsis: In the aftermath of a terrible car accident, a man’s attempt to reclaim his life leads him to the perfect opportunity to enact revenge for what he lost. Terrified at the idea of getting back into a car, Tom takes the train to work. It’s there he makes a friend. But is this meeting a chance encounter? Is Tom trying to move on with his life or does he have a darker agenda in mind? Genres: Drama, Suspense; Director: Kevin Ward; Starring: Jonathan Mangum, Tate Ellington.
5. Just for fun. Have you ever pulled a prank on your fellow colleagues?
No. All of the pranks were pulled in full seriousness.