Actor ERIC SATTERBERG will go from one extreme to the other with his two upcoming television roles. Up first, he’ll die a horrible death on the series finale of Spike TV’s “1000 Ways to Die,” scheduled to air on April 30th; and then later this year he’ll go for gut-busting laughs with an appearance on Nickelodeon’s award-winning kid favorite, “iCarly.”
I recently caught up with this hard working actor and had a chance to ask him about these roles, his favorite TV shows and more.
HOLLY: Tell us a little about your role on “1000 Ways to Die.”
ERIC: I play Ira. He is a little strange and a hypochondriac times 10. He hates germs and does everything he can to keep from being infected by anything. However he is lonely...and Jewish...so he goes on J-Date and finds a date. Meanwhile, in his brain is an organism that is nested because of not using filtered water from a Neti pot. He discovers this after...well you’ll just have to wait and see…
HOLLY: Did you have fun playing out your death? Or was it weird to fake dying?
ERIC: I had an awesome time dying. I got to lay back and just close my eyes. The only hard/strange part was the blood they injected into my nose. That felt weird.
HOLLY: Tell us a little about your role on “iCarly.”
ERIC: Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) and Sam (Jennette McCurdy) take a road-trip to Las Vegas where Sam’s saucy mother is being held in a Las Vegas jail, along with some other sketchy characters including ME. I lick a wall on the show. It’s a small role but hopefully will be a real fun moment for audiences when they see it. It’s something I don't think I have ever done before in my life!
HOLLY: Any stories you can share with us from behind the scenes?
ERIC: The cast and crew seemed very tight and fun. I did not want to leave the atmosphere. I was grateful to be a part of their team for the few days I was there.
HOLLY: Do you like comedy or drama better?
ERIC: I like comedy that is like Louis CK or Woody Allen…it’s very funny, but also very HUMAN and honest. I prefer to be a part of projects that reveal honesty and sincerity, which usually ends up being hysterical because it’s true and based in reality.
HOLLY: What’s your favorite television show?
ERIC: My current favorite TV show is “MAD MEN.” Every episode this season has been better than the last, especially the most recent episode where Roger drops LSD. What was revealed between Roger and his wife was very funny, but also very sad. Plus the style and whole attitude of the show is so arresting.
HOLLY: Do you have anything else coming soon that we can watch for you in?
ERIC: Yes…look out for my performance on TruTV's “Operation REPO” where I get my hot dog cart repossessed. And, I'll also be appearing as Garth in a Parody of “Wayne’s World.”
We’ll be keeping our eye out for you, Eric! Especially to catch you licking a jail cell wall – funny…but YUCK!