Now’s your chance to look like Walter White.
White, played by actor Bryan Cranston, has captivated imaginations as the teacher-turned-mastermind meth dealer on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” for the past five seasons.
Cranston will be the guest on the 100th episode of “The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada” on Tuesday at the YDI Wool Warehouse. The actor will also judge a Walter White look-a-like contest on the show.
|If you go
WHAT: “The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada”
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4; contest begins at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: YDI Wool Warehouse, 518 First NW
HOW MUCH: Free
“All of this was Bryan’s idea,” said Quezada, the show’s host. “He came over on Sunday, and while we were eating enchiladas and posole, we got to talking about making the 100th episode special. Bryan said ‘Why not have a contest?’ And we went from there.”
Quezada, who plays DEA agent Steve Gomez on “Breaking Bad,” says Cranston’s appearance on the late-night variety show will be his second time on the show. The first time Cranston appeared was in 2011, and Quezada and crew shaved the actor’s head – giving him White’s signature look.
“On the show, he tried stand-up comedy for the first time and was a real sport,” he explained. “Bryan has always supported the show, and we’re grateful that he’s giving his time to be a guest and judge the contest.”
The TV show has been taping for two years.
“I can’t believe that we’ve done that many shows,” Quezada said. “On those shows, we’ve featured about 90 percent of local musicians and tons of New Mexican talent.”
The weekly episodes air at midnight Saturdays on NBC, 2 a.m. Saturdays on CW and on AskMilton.tv, Tuff TV and My Family TV.
The show’s ratings have grown to 2.2 million viewers per week, and Quezada says he’s looking to its being syndicated.
“It’s been amazing to see the show grow and all of our workers get experience,” Quezada said. “This show started off as a way to showcase the talent in New Mexico, and we’ve gotten so much support from the entire community. We see people in our audience who have been there for the majority of the 100 shows.”
The 99th and 100th episodes will begin taping at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wool Warehouse. Quezada said contestants for the White look-a-like contest should show up at 5:30 p.m. before the show, and staff will choose 10 contestants to appear on the show.
He said contestants will get “Breaking Bad” memorabilia, and the winner will have lunch on the set of “Breaking Bad.”
“Bryan has given back to the community while he’s been in Albuquerque,” he said. “We’re very fortunate that the entire ‘Breaking Bad’ cast has supported the show. This contest is sure to draw some die-hard fans out to see Bryan.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal