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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch Advises Aspiring Comedians to ‘Be Like an Octopus’

by Ashley Crossan 3:22 PM PDT, March 22, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch Advises Aspiring Comedians to ‘Be Like an Octopus’

When trying to describe Thomas Middleditch to a friend, you'll undoubtedly find yourself listing an array of projects from the 34-year-old comedian – and that's no mistake.

Middleditch has found success in a variety of works, from regular improv comedy performances, to appearances on various webseries like CollegeHumor's Jake and Amir, and a starring role on the hit HBO series, Silicon Valley.

So what's his secret? ET asked when we recently sat down with Middleditch -- and his strange metaphor is actually pretty great advice.

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"Think of yourself as an octopus. If all eight arms aren't out, hoping to suction onto something, then you're not using all your eight arms," Middleditch explained. "So that means, do everything you can. Generate content. There is no stage that you should not feel like you should be on. There's no medium that you should feel is beneath you – just be out there with all your little eight tentacles. Be an octopus."

Long before his days on HBO, Middleditch, his Silicon Valley co-star T.J. Miller, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Director, Kong: Skull Island) would stay up until 5 a.m. shooting what Middleditch describes as "the weirdest short films" in their respective apartments.

"I think no matter what 'success' comes, you should always be challenging yourself in comedy," said the actor and comedian.

In short, it's safe to say Middleditch is a figurative "octopus." You can see him in the raunchy Melissa Rauch comedy, The Bronze -- in theaters now!

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