Every day is opening night.

John Douglas Thompson

To call John Douglas Thompson a versatile performer is a severe understatement. From vengeful father in A Time to Kill to cultured French nobleman in Cyrano with Kevin Kline, this actor is a bonafide rarity –not only playing but embodying his varied and interesting roles on and off Broadway. In Satchmo at the Waldorf, which opens Off-Broadway on March 4, Thompson plays Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong at the twilight of his legendary career. He doesn’t stop there, though. In this one man show, Thompson also tackles the roles of Armstrong’s hardheaded manager, Joe Glasser, as well as bepop’s enfant terrible, Miles Davis. As is his nature, he approaches each of these characters with an authenticity and grace. We are anxious to see John’s performance next week. In the meantime, we’ll take a few minutes to get him On the Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

My dimples.

What was your proudest moment?

The first curtain call for The Emperor Jones at the Irish Rep, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum.

What is your favorite drink?

Gin and Tonic.

What is your favorite food?

Jamaican and Thai food.

What is your favorite condiment?


What is your current obsession?

House of Cards

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

Burning the midnight oil.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

Global domination.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?


What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Listening to podcasts about the paranormal.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

My computer.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Hard work ethic.

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

My sweet tooth.

What in the world most thrills you?

A great theatrical performance.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

The selfie.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?

Calling for a cue line.

What is your favorite place in the world?

My apartment.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

An open heart.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?


What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

Complete global domination.

What is your personal motto?

“There is no substitute for hard work”