Ask comedian Brad Garrett how he reduces his carbon footprint and you get a pretty hilarious answer. "I'm very green. Of course I recycle. I don't do the plastic bottles anymore. I drink out of the pool and I stopped bathing," he quips. "I have a Prius but I drive it from the back seat, they had to adjust it I'm because I'm 6'8". I carpool — I pick up little people, whether they want me to or not."
The three-time Emmy winner for "Everybody Loves Raymond" returns to TV April 3 in the comedy "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," starring Sarah Chalke as a broke single mom who goes home with her daughter, disrupting her parents' free-wheeling lifestyle.
Garrett grabbed the role for the chance to act with "funny and fearless" Chalke and Elizabeth Perkins, who plays his wife, to work in the single-camera format, and to play his character Max. "I'd never played anyone like him. He's a guy who's comfortable in his skin and happy in his life and his marriage. They've been married a long time but still dig each other. And they like their freedom." Garrett thinks the series' premise rings true and timely: "I have some really good friends whose 32-year-old son just moved back in."
In addition to his role, Garrett still does a lot of standup comedy, and performs for one week every month at his Brad Garrett Comedy Club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "I've always wanted my own comedy club," not only as a place to perform but to help out other comics. "Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson were so great to me in the beginning, helping me out when I started 25 years ago. So I opened a club and I bring in people I think are amazing."
Garrett will also voice the character of a fuel truck in the Disney animated movie "Planes," opening August 9.