"Casting directors know them all," says talent agent Haas. "Whenever I go to a show there's an executive or a casting person next to me. Having Groundlings on your resume is a statement of validity of talent in the acting world. It's a blessing, but also a detriment. Most comedic guys are very unique looking. And maybe that's why they gravitate to comedy. They see the world differently from all of us."
For this reason, and others, every Groundling knows that Melrose Avenue represents more than a steppingstone. "I think about the future when I'll no longer be in the company, and I dread it," Jordan Black says. "I know that everything else will pale in comparison."
The same reluctance to let go is in evidence at the Formosa bar. it's almost 2 a.m., and Faxon, Rash and Davidson are still nursing drinks and talking about the show.
"What the hell was going on?" Davidson says of an improv sketch, with an uplifted, then furrowed, then uplifted brow.
"I was in the backseat. I couldn't see what was happening in front," says Faxon, sighing with resignation.
"You were looking in the rearview mirror," Rash says to Davidson, "and what were you--