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How do you balance comedy and drama?

Welcome back to our exclusive wikiDeeks video series with Eric Christian Olsen! This week Eric shares more about his craft, discussing how he approaches the comedic aspects of his role, how they support the dramatic moments, and the ongoing effort to balance the two.

And as Eric suggested, if you want to check out our interview with Frank Military, it can be found here.

As always, if you also have a question for Eric leave it below in the Comments and we will pass it along to him. #askECO

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11 Comments on How do you balance comedy and drama?

  1. sassyzazzi // March 3, 2019 at 5:35 PM // Reply

    Thanks to ECO for taking the time to do this and of course, thanks to wikiDeeks.

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  2. Thank you Eric, for taking time to share your thoughts with us, and thanks to Wikideeks for making it happen.

    I totally understand what ECO says about using comedy to diffuse tense situations. As a former Emergency Room nurse, I can certainly vouch that this occurs very often, and usually smack in the middle of the most dramatic of times. When you are dealing with gang fights, shootings, stabbings, overdoses, and other life and death situations on a daily basis, you will often hear someone joking or cracking wise. To a bystander it would probably seem totally inappropriate, maybe even cruel. But I call it a form of self preservation. While irreverent, it is never, ever disrespectful. There is a fine line between irreverence and disrespect, and it is never crossed. But humor is a way to vent, blow off some steam, to shake off some of the horror that comes in our line of work. I am sure it is the same with police, firefighters, and military personnel, etc. If you didn’t laugh, one could quickly go mad.

    I appreciate that ECO, the NCIS-LA cast, writers and producers recognize this, and take such a careful, thoughtful, and sensitive approach to combining drama and comedy. For me, it is what sets this show apart from all of the other procedurals. This show has a heart and it shows.

    Speaking of heart, now on to the wedding. I am so excited!


  3. Ask deeks whene hetti is coming back

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  4. maria luisa illarnizzi // March 4, 2019 at 8:31 AM // Reply

    Thank you so much Eric for your thoughtful reply and thank you wikideeks for all your remarkable work.
    #AskECO How did you and Dani prepare for the wedding ceremony? Was it all scripted? Can’t wait to see the wedding episode. Season 10 is fantastic!👏👏💕

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  5. Thanks Eric and WikiDeeks staff for another great video! I enjoyed it so much since I have often wondered myself how it is possible in some scenes for the actors/actresses to balance comedy and drama. I think Eric is a master at it and this is also one of the many reasons I fell in love with Deeks and his extraordinary way to use humor to defuse tension.
    My question this week is about the long-awaited wedding episode:
    #askECO Despite the many bumps in the road Deeks and Kensi had to face for nine years, can you remember the precise moment in which you realized these two characters were not only meant to be together but would also get married for real one day?
    Thanks again everyone here at WikiDeeks and Eric for his time and for always being so kind and making our Sunday better.

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  6. Thank you so very much wikiDeeks and Eric C.Olsen for the latest video! As Cladani so adequately put above thank you for making our Sundays better.

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  7. mariamunoz976 // March 5, 2019 at 10:09 AM // Reply

    Que. Pasara. Después. De. La. Bosacc seguirá. #deeks como. Policía. O. Que. Va. A pasa? Con. #deeks

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  8. Will we c Monty again I hope we do luv tht doggie #ECO

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  9. Valentina Vella // March 18, 2019 at 2:22 PM // Reply

    Thank wikideeks for this beautiful video! loved every word of it! Eric is amazing!


  10. Hi all I’m new to the series and can honestly say I have never gone through so many emotions in anyone series except NCIS LA. I would like to ask Eric Do you base your character on anyone in particular you have met in your life or have you taken parts of yourself and incorporated them into the character Marty Deeks x PS Am binge watching in the UK x love to you all stay safe x


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