Mike & Molly's Billy Gardell on Fatherhood, the Steelers, and Acting Versus Stand-up

You likely know Billy Gardell as the Mike to Melissa McCarthy's Molly on the aptly titled CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. The very successful show is returning for its fifth season on December 8.

But before Gardell found fame on the small screen, he paid his dues traveling the country performing stand-up. Comedy is a passion which continues to fuel Gardell as he's just written and soon performing a new hour of material. He'll be taking his act to the Palm Beach Improv on December 30.

On a break from shooting Mike & Molly, Gardell phoned the New Times to discuss the differences between acting and stand-up, who inspired him to chase down a comedy career, and to talk a little football.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
Contact: David Rolland