Jaleel White, who was – and remains – adored by millions as uber-nerd Steve Urkel on ABC’s Family Matters, is ditching the airwaves for cyberspace.
Interviewed on TV Talk, Jaleel says it’s the sorry state of the medium that made him a star that drove him to take refuge in digitaldom.
“It was funnier than anything I’d read for TV this season,” he tells host Shaun Daily of the script for his new online sitcom, Road to the Altar, which premiered June 15.
“That’s what people don’t really understand: The material for TV is just getting watered down and watered down.
“I had to take a step back and say, ‘J, where are you getting your laughs from these days?’
“I get my laughs from stuff people forward me, or, quite honestly, cable-channel reality shows. So I realized, just with that combination in itself, that I had to do the project,” the funnyman, 32, continues.
Jaleel also applauds empowering nature of digital media.
“What we did represents the type of comedy that I would like to see more of in the future.
“The world can be our focus group in terms of the Internet. We don’t need four executives standing in the way.”
To hear Jaleel’s full interview, click here.
To watch Road to the Altar, click here.