Steve Byrne feels right at home these days.
The actor is the co-creator and star of the TBS comedy "Sullivan & Son." He plays Steve Sullivan, an attorney who ditches his buttoned-up corporate life in New York to run the family bar in his native Pittsburgh. Byrne also grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., even though the set is in Los Angeles. His real mom is Korean and his dad Irish.
We spoke to Byrne before a stand-up stint at the Miami Improv.
Q Very funny show. Will there be a Season Two of "Sullivan & Son"?
A It started out with strong ratings, so we're hoping so. We're just trying to keep momentum. We filmed 10 episodes, kind of the mozzarella sticks of the orders. We'll see if we can sustain the numbers and do well for the network.
Q How did you end up producing it with Vince Vaughn?
A We've been friends for many years. He said, "You know, you should develop something for yourself. You don't know who's going to be banging on the door for a Korean-Irish kid." He was right; it's been tough. I sat down and wrote this pilot out. Rob Long (executive producer for "Cheers") entered the project and we hit it off right away.
Q Obviously, "S&S" is getting compared to "Cheers," especially with Long on board.
A A bar is a great environment. But what stinks is that just because it takes place in a bar people are going to automatically compare to you one of the most iconic shows of all
Q You guys look like you have fun on the set.
A Since it's on cable you can get away with a lot more. The language can be a lot more colorful. It's a treat to watch all these guys. The cast really does get along. When we break for lunch no one goes to their dressing room. There's a lot of goofing off, but when push comes to shove, we all do our best.
Q How was it growing up in an Irish-Korean household?
A While serving in Korea during the Vietnam War, my dad met my mother, who was a mess hall waitress. He still likes the meat and potatoes, but he does love BBQ and kimchi. And my mom can actually make an incredible shepherd's pie.
'SULLIVAN & SON'
What: 10 p.m. Thursdays