Actor Dustin Diamond, known for playing Screech on Saved by the Bell, doesn't think it's that unusual that he ran into trouble in his 20s.
Diamond, 36, admits that he had his rebellious years and I had my high drama and a lot of crazy stuff in my 20s. But he points out that he started working in show business when he was 8. So, I had to release something at some point. My rebellious teens just came a decade later, when I was in my 20s.
Now that he's in his 30s, Diamond is heading back towards more of a family man lifestyle.
I'm ready for kids and what have you, Diamond said in a phone call from Port Washington, Wis., where he lives with his wife.
A California native, Diamond has lived in Wisconsin for about 11 years. The move took place after he played bass in a band that recorded for four months in Wisconsin. After that, he decided Wisconsin felt more like home to him than California.
So I packed up shop and moved out here.
Diamond played Samuel Screech Powers for 13 years on five shows, four of which had Saved by the Bell in the title. The job lasted from 1988 to 2000.
He's glad he played Screech.
Oh yeah. Who wouldn't want to have been part of a successful show for a very long time and be able to look back and have such a well of memories and experiences
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that you can dig into? I mean, how many kids are 12 years old getting invited to the Playboy Mansion?
Diamond and his father played video games during the actor's down time on Saved by the Bell, and he's still an avid gamer. He also likes solving puzzles.
But, he said, I think that I love to laugh more than anything else.
Diamond got his first taste of stand-up comedy in 1998. But it wasn't until November 2000 that he decided he was going to get up to tell jokes as often as they'll let me.
Stand-up comedy is the most raw form of entertainment, he said.
It's you and a microphone, and you live and die by your jokes."
Public speaking, in general, a lot of people find difficult, he said.
On top of that, a comedian has to face a group of strangers. It's one thing to make your friends laugh.