‘Me, Myself & I’ Star Jaleel White Has An Idea For How His Iconic Steve Urkel Character Could Work In 2017

Imagine hearing "Did I do that?" in cartoon form.

Jaleel White may be best known for playing the suspenders-clad, thick eyeglasses-wearing, high-pitched geek/nerd named Steve Urkel on Family Matters, but in actuality he's been everywhere since the late '80s/early '90s. Now, he'll be starring alongside Saturday Night Live alum Bobby Moynihan on the new CBS sitcom Me, Myself & I this fall.


"I'll be playing Darryl, best friend to [Moynihan's character, Alex Riley] during a life meltdown that he's having at age 40," White — who recently teamed up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to share "adulting" tips he has learned since childhood — told A Plus about the new series, which premieres September 25. "He's living in my garage in a co-parenting situation with his 8-year-old daughter. The show is about 50 years in one man's life played by three different actors."

Working on the show has been great so far, White said, but it's the compliments and encouragement he receives behind the scenes for his work that mean the most to him. Being called things like "professional" by Moynihan and — maybe most importantly — "consistent" by executive producer Dan Kopelman stand out.

"For me, in my career specifically, it's always been about being consistent. That's been my challenge in my career," White said, calling himself the Samuel L. Jackson of network television because he's guested on many of them. "If you're consistent, good things will happen. That's a nice message to be able to share with people is to be consistent, consistently improving and consistently doing your job."

The 40-year-old actor — who has also voiced the beloved video game character Sonic the Hedgehog — said having appeared on TV for decades isn't all that impressive to his 8-year-old daughter, Samaya, who "could care less" because he "will never rise to the level of YouTube in her mind."

"People don't realize that you might be famous to somebody else, but to your kid you're just mom or dad. My own mother has tried countless ways to show her my work and show her episodes of Family Matters," White said. "Watching her evolution with it, she's gone from being completely disinterested and almost annoyed with somebody asking for my picture in public to photobombing those pictures now. She just doesn't get it from that standpoint — unless it benefits her."

If the show Family Matters and, with it, Urkel were to return now in 2017, White said it would have to be in a way that would work — and that won't be the standard multi-camera setup that worked for the sitcom from September 1989 until May 1997. That said, he notes, that decision would belong to Warner Bros., the studio for both Family Matters and Me, Myself & I.

"The character Steve Urkel did things that were so out there in 1992 that, in my mind right now, he really kind of only can exist as a cartoon," White explained. "I'm not sure we can even capture what his life would be like in live-action production values. That would be a $100 million film. He was inventing things that were borderline absurd in 1992. Perhaps animation would be the best way to serve that."


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