Derek meets the Colonel

See Derek Houck in KFC’s new Smokey Mountain BBQ commercial featuring the amazing reactions of Trista Robinson and a Colonel Sanders that is definitely not Reba McEntire.

Interview with AADA

Derek Houck was recently interviewed by The American Academy of Dramatic Arts Academy News regarding the invasion of Amazon Prime Video by Napoleon Bon Appétit. Derek talks about the inspiration behind the series, whether there will be a third season, and more. Regarding the challenges of playing Napoleon:

The Academy: Do you and/or Katherine have any particular culinary background?

Derek: I certainly do not. Katherine was responsible for cooking all the food we used, but I don’t believe she had any special training. I also don’t speak French, and anyone who can speak French and has seen the series would certainly agree with that assertion. This naturally posed a challenge when creating the script. How do you do a cooking show with a French host when you can do neither?

My solution was to essentially make Napoleon into a culinary Charlie Chaplin. He only speaks when absolutely necessary and whenever he touches something he screws it up. It saved me from looking like a fraud and provides a lot of the comedy in the series.

You can read the full interview here: Class of 2005 Alumnus Derek Houck Conquers the Kitchen as “Napoleon Bon Appétit,” Streaming Now on Amazon

Derek returns to Community

Howdy deany! Guess who's back in Greendale.
You can see Derek Houck in episode four (“Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing”) of Community on Yahoo! Screen.

Derek a semi-finalist on The Reel Deal

Derek Houck has been selected as one of the semi-finalists for The Reel Deal! Over 27,000 actors, directors, composers, and writers auditioned for season one. Actors must now compete in the callbacks with a time-limited, video monologue.

The Reel Deal is a multi-platform, interactive Celebrity Reality Show where YOU could star in a movie with a name celebrity… if you have what it takes!

Semi-Finalists Announced!

Derek interviewed by Script Magazine

Derek Houck, along with Progress producers Nicole Wright and Armando Saldanamora, sat down with writer Rebecca Norris for an interview in Script Magazine. When asked about the challenges of playing Adam Rhett, Derek talked about the amount of homework that went into the character:

“With Progress, there are so many in-jokes, clues, and references crammed into the dialogue. You can’t just be word-perfect, you must understand the different meanings behind every word, even every syllable, that you utter. In order for Adam Rhett to mock something like the Forever Alone meme, I first had to know what the meme was about. It’s a lot of homework, but it helps create what is, hopefully, a very rich performance that conveys new info each time you watch it.”

Check out the rest of the interview below to find out the impetus behind the web series, the casting process, and even read a few questions about Napoleon Bon Appétit.

Writers on the Web: Interview with Creators of Indie Series Award and IAWTV Award-Nominated Series “Progress”