My name is Alex Falberg and when I'm not playing geniuses on TV, I'm an unemployed actor who plays the banjo with my pals in the PigPen Theatre Company! And if you like folk music, here's our album, which just turned one year old! Bremen - Ask Me Anything!

PROOF! me taking a self-shot on set -

UPDATE as of 11:24am April 23, Eastern Standard, I'm officially exhausted! Thanks for such an incredible experience. I love the REDDIT community so very much! I'll keep checking in and answering questions. It'll just be a lot slower from here on out. If you have any pressing issues or are involved with TESLA MOTORS, please PM me :)!

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-nhops-751 karma

They need to get Donald Trump off that show - he completely ruins it.

alexfalberg739 karma

I may have to give you reddit gold for that...

-nhops-273 karma

He really takes you out of the story - he's brutal.

alexfalberg467 karma

He just wants to be a man who built America I suppose...

CaptainApathy419417 karma

Have you thought about approaching Tesla Motors as a potential spokesman?

alexfalberg508 karma

Thats... an amazing idea! I haven't. Don't even know about how I would go about doing that...

MaximusTheGreat309 karma

Make a Youtube video proposing it. Ask some of your PR friends/agents (I'd imagine you have some!) if it's a good idea to post it and try to make it go viral. If yes, get a marketer who specializes in social media (there are freaking hundreds of them, if not thousands, at this point) to do all the Twitterings and Facebooks and such. Given the love people have for Nikola, it can really take off.

Make it popular enough to make Tesla Motors see it as a benefit to hire you! :) (Not sure how much you'd charge for such a job but I'd imagine if their marketing department has ANYTHING budgeted, hiring you would be good value!)

alexfalberg264 karma

This is amazing :) Thanks!!!

taylormackaffair389 karma

I just want to say, your acting is quite good. One might call it "electric"

alexfalberg225 karma

Too kind. Thank you so much!

JoshLazer329 karma

Would you say you're more into Current music, or the older stuff like AC/DC?

alexfalberg220 karma

That's a tough one. I enjoy everything.

Top three I've been listening to in the past day are Alt-J, Bela Fleck, and Chopin.

poptart2nd4 karma

One might call it "electric"


taylormackaffair4 karma

Haha that reminded me of this.

alexfalberg10 karma

If there's one thing I can't get enough of, it's Asian pop. And I'm dead serious.


You are a great actor, I loved this series.

alexfalberg255 karma

Thank you so much!

thespacecowboi288 karma

Every comment I've seen so far has at least 2 upvotes. Are you upvoting everyone who asks a question? It's not super related but I was just wondering.

alexfalberg531 karma

and now you get an upvote too!

dauntoid226 karma

Any really interesting facts on Nikola Tesla? He's my man

alexfalberg766 karma

Tesla would have mysterious parties at his house and invite Mark Twain over to play with Tesla's x-ray gun...

The two would take countless x-rays of one another and marvel at pictures of their skulls. #oldschoolinstagram

cjt09274 karma

Yup, here's a picture of Mark Twain hanging out with Tesla. A lot of Twain's interest in science and engineering manifested itself in his novel A Connecticut Yankee in King's Arthur's Court, wherein an American from the late 19th century gets transported back to 6th century Britain and hijinks ensue. It's really funny and definitely worth reading.

alexfalberg141 karma

Pretty rad!

petriflora61 karma

Tesla would have mysterious parties at his house and invite Mark Twain over to play with Tesla's x-ray gun...

sounds like the beginning of a shitty great romance novel.

alexfalberg65 karma


Shaysdays186 karma

My son is obsessed with Tesla and loves your portrayal, could you take a picture holding up a sign saying something like, "Keep up the good work, Little Dude!" (We call him that.) He wants to be an inventor before he grows up. Apparently it's an important distinction.

So far he has invented the ice cream soup bowl- it's a bowl with holes in the bottom that sits on another bowl. The melting ice cream drips through the holes, and when you're done your non-melted ice cream, you take the top bowl off and drink the ice cream soup.

(Okay, so it is his sister's three part ceramic tea strainer cup put to a different use, but the idea is sound.)

alexfalberg190 karma

That's absolutely phenomenal! I look a bit of a mess at the moment, but I did my best. If you want something a bit more official, like an autographed headshot, let me know and I'll send one!

alexfalberg344 karma

Shaysdays84 karma

LOVE IT! He is going to be so excited, he knows you are an actor and that makes it really cool to see something behind the scenes!

Tomorrow I'll sit with him and we'll watch it again (still on the DVR) and then I'll try to get a picture of his face when I give him this picture, printed out. Thanks!

(Haha, I also made chocolate sugar cookies with a mustache shape (another of his obsessions- mustachios!) this week, I'll send you some if you want!)

alexfalberg74 karma

You're the best! I am trying to stay off sugar for a bit though!!! Too many cookies for Tesla...

Shaysdays6 karma

Well, if I ever get a pigeon shaped cookie cutter, maybe I'll hit you up again. :)

Sort of random, but have you ever seen "Drunk History" featuring Edison and Tesla? It's a hoot.

alexfalberg58 karma

Quite possibly one of the funniest drunk histories...

Shaysdays36 karma

I wish they had switched the actors though.

But enough with my silliness, you have my favorite AMA ever because you will send my kid over the moon! Thank you for the picture, and your awesome portrayal, and good luck!

alexfalberg46 karma


Shaysdays6 karma

Well, if I ever get a pigeon shaped cookie cutter, maybe I'll hit you up again. :)

Sort of random, but have you ever seen "Drunk History" featuring Edison and Tesla? It's a hoot.

alexfalberg58 karma

Quite possibly one of the funniest drunk histories...

Shaysdays36 karma

I wish they had switched the actors though.

But enough with my silliness, you have my favorite AMA ever because you will send my kid over the moon! Thank you for the picture, and your awesome portrayal, and good luck!

alexfalberg46 karma


TrapperKeeperGuy156 karma

I absolutely loved these shows and the JP Morgan/Thomas Edison/Nikola Tesla one was my favorite. I thought you did an awesome job and portrayed him real well.

I'll just go ahead and ask what we're all thinking: would you rather get a handjob from a Golem or a blowjob from Charizard?

alexfalberg185 karma

Easy. Charizard.

Ole_Ship_Diversity137 karma

What's the coolest Tesla fact you've learned playing this part? Can't imagine what this guy could design with modern technology.

alexfalberg320 karma

My first day on set, I was caught in a debate between the director and the producer in regards to my hair, both on my face and on my head.

I showed up with bushy curly hair and a full grown mustache and beard so that hair-make up could groom me according to their wishes and interpretations.

The producer wanted me to look crazed... saying my current look (bushy) was great! The director insisted that I get groomed to look more like the character actually looked: prim, proper, meticulously groomed.

TL:DR I learned that Tesla had obsessive-compulsive tendencies in regards to his physical appearance.

wbeaty22 karma

More! More Tesla fact!

alexfalberg170 karma


wbeaty22 karma

More! More Tesla fact!

alexfalberg170 karma


Beginish2Finnish119 karma

Why does the history channel show the same half hours worth of footage for the entire show. The same shot sometimes gets shown about 12x a show. Is it because of low budget or directors preference?

alexfalberg161 karma

While I don't have access to production reports/decisions, it seems like they kept costs quite low all around to maximize their earnings.

DivinityCycle90 karma

How did you end up with the Tesla gig? Seems pretty good. Also, you get residuals from something like that?

alexfalberg152 karma

My representation sent me in on audition. I memorized the sides. I auditioned for the director. He asked me how quickly I can grow a mustache. I said quickly, and I got the job!

I don't get residuals no :( I should!

DivinityCycle74 karma

Hey man, a paying gig is a paying gig, plus there's gotta be a bunch of hipsters who are way into steampunk who would totally buy you a drink :)

alexfalberg69 karma

I look forward to it!

TreeManXS52 karma

Well, How quick can you grow a mustache..?

alexfalberg182 karma

... Done! Now I have to go shave again...

drowsybrowser76 karma

Hey, did we ever meet? I played Adelaide Frick!

alexfalberg48 karma

Hmm, maybe we missed one another :(

drowsybrowser38 karma

Shucks. Good work though. :)

alexfalberg39 karma

Thanks! You too!

yaroma75 karma

This is my favorite show on the history channel! Thank you for making the show what it is. I'm sure there will be many other great opportunities in line soon. You are a great actor. Did you have to over come any challenges before playing your part?

alexfalberg169 karma

That's so great to hear!

I'd say the only challenge was trying to get away with having a mustache while off-set and not getting called a hipster...

connocauseimcool42 karma

Having a mustache makes you a hipster now?

alexfalberg136 karma

I mean... I think a mustache is great! But it's the community... It's all about the community...

VictorClark63 karma

Did you base any of your character off David Bowie's portrayal from The Prestige?

alexfalberg110 karma

Not at all actually. I hadn't seen The Prestige at that point.

My family is Eastern European, so I based my voice and inflections on my grandfather who also has a mustache and is very smart... :)

Paul_Langton35 karma

What part of Eastern Europe?

alexfalberg103 karma

I was born in Kharkov, Ukraine! And we're all Jewish. So we're kind of these European Jewish mutts...

Sparked9440 karma

Fellow Urkainian Jew here-- you're totally a worthy representative.

I hope to see more of the Serbian God of Lightning on the history channel!

alexfalberg22 karma

That makes me feel damn good... thank you :)

matthewjer1863 karma

How large was your part on the program?

What do you enjoy about acting? What frustrates you about it?

alexfalberg259 karma

Sadly I didn't have anywhere as much airtime as I would have liked. In hopes of changing this, I mentioned to the director and producer that Nikola Tesla is kind of an iconic underground figure now, with a rather eclectic but loyal following.

I love acting because of the people. You just get to meet so many lovely people.

What frustrates me about acting is probably the people. You just meet so many ass-hats and weirdos who speak in contradictions.

tdkreturns47 karma

We're all wondering, are you going to keep the mustache?

alexfalberg60 karma


Should I grow it back?

tdkreturns79 karma

I'm going to go with HELL YEAH that shit kicked ass!

alexfalberg45 karma

Gee thanks!!!

NakedJenny42 karma

Umm.. is Eddie Murphy black?!

Evilsqirrel58 karma

Only when observed.

alexfalberg2 karma

He follows the rules of quantum entanglement so... yes/no.

alexfalberg2 karma

He follows the rules of quantum entanglement so... yes/no.

hicketre200644 karma

  • How long have you been in the acting field?
  • How long was your gig was the History Channel?
  • Time between filming and air?
  • Is this your biggest role?
  • Are you gaining more attention as an actor now that you've done this?

alexfalberg77 karma

  • Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University Drama program in 2011.
  • The gig was very brief. A week of shooting at most.
  • Shot in July of 2012, Premiered October 2012 -3 Months.
  • This is my first TV role! Yay!
  • It has definitely opened doors to great opportunities, but I still have a LONG way to go...

ScenesfromaCat23 karma

Carnegie Mellon University

Damn, it's all connected. That's what I love most about that show. Nobody really realizes how connected all the big money guys were back then. Morgan buys out Carnegie, Carnegie founds a university, university trains OP, OP plays Tesla. Carnegie Steel is what made Pittsburgh famous for steel, OP is probably a Steelers fan.

alexfalberg17 karma


bootsandcatsandboots32 karma

I made an account solely for this because I simply must know what the Russian bit at the end of "We Stand Alone" means. Please end my suffering!

alexfalberg47 karma

Believe it or not, it's just a translation of one of the English verses. It translates roughly to

We stand alone on the bones of our fathers breath. (also the word for breath can mean soul)

Bahet26 karma

Besides your role, what characters do you like the most, and who are the coolest actors?

alexfalberg62 karma

The guy who plays J.P. Morgan, Eric Rolland is a delight of a human being on and off set.

alexfalberg35 karma

Also Justin Morck as Edison was a blast to work with!

jvfran226 karma

Quite possibly my favorite series the History Channel ever produced. You played the role of Tesla very well.

  • I learned some really cool things from the series, what was the most interesting thing about the other characters did you learn? (Either Westinghouse, Rockefeller, or JP Morgan?

alexfalberg29 karma

I loved learning about JP Morgan's personality.

jvfran213 karma

That's very cool. I used to work for JP Morgan Chase, so when the series came on, I would think it was very interesting, then did a bit of studying on Pierpont himself. He was an interesting man.

Also, kudos on the great acting. The whole series was very awesome. Best of luck with your acting and music gigs!

alexfalberg14 karma

Thank you!

ileikboopy26 karma

When is PigPen releasing another album?? Can't get enough of Bremen :)

alexfalberg24 karma

Why thanks!!! We are developing our next EP as we speak.

justin4601725 karma

I have one question. Why weren't you in the Epic rap battles of history episode about Nikola Tesla?

alexfalberg70 karma


jas111124 karma

Do you speak Croatian or Serbian? (basically the same languages but people get upset if you don't separate them)

alexfalberg30 karma

I don't actually : /

I grew up speaking English and Russian though!

wicked2night23 karma

How much do you hate Edison?

alexfalberg58 karma

A GigaWatt's worth.

jhildreth23 karma


alexfalberg21 karma

Just my favorite...

shortstopandgo23 karma

The Show has a bunch of look-alikes - The guy playing Rockefeller looks like a young John Cleese, The guy playing JP Morgan kinda looks like a circa Magnum PI John Hillerman and you could pass for a mustachioed Orlando Bloom. Even the guy playing Edison could sorta kinda be Liev Schreiber.

alexfalberg22 karma

Wow! Good eye!

nipnip5422 karma

this is by far my favorite AMA even if it hasn't gotten much attention, you are answering practically every question you have been asked with honesty and enthusiasm

alexfalberg33 karma

thanks!! I do love Reddit...

Bparker1232122 karma

What's the weirdest gig you've ever had?

alexfalberg73 karma

I like to think I've gotten to a point in my experience where I'm able to identify a weird gig before I commit to it...

But when I was a freshman in college, I auditioned for a student director, and the audition was the weirdest/strangest.

It was just me and him in the room. And the part I was auditioning for was this bad guy character... I did a monologue. And the director stood up from his chair and approached me. He stood within arm's reach. He told me to close my eyes. I did. Then he told me to slap him in the face as hard as I could and the part would be mine. And so I did...and I got the part.

It was terrible.

a_soy_milkshake35 karma

What? I don't....? What?

alexfalberg41 karma

It really is as straight-forward as that. I don't speak to the director anymore. And I quickly learned that there is a really important balance to be struck between ambition and stupidity.

Bparker1232117 karma

How much did playing Tesla pay?

alexfalberg30 karma

Not enough!

lilshawn17 karma

Nikola Tesla is the shit man. One of the coolest dudes in science. I wish I could have lived in his time and worked with him. Congrats, you get to BE him!!!

alexfalberg18 karma

Thanks so much, it was pretty fun!

chicken_ear17 karma

what's the coolest thing on set?

alexfalberg46 karma

Probably the camera.


lamar555914 karma

Do you know the model?

alexfalberg25 karma

Unfortunately no.

But it was massive. The DP had to leave the set on several occasions due to exhaustion.

Rosetta_Toned13 karma

Not sure if you can answer this or not but what do you think about the content of the history channel? I personally am appalled at the amount of nonsense speculation that takes place on the channel. Easy example ancient aliens. I just find it odd. Otherwise, I have seen the series and your acting was fantastic. Have a nice night and welcome to reddit if this is your first time!

alexfalberg23 karma

Thanks so much!

I do think about the content sometimes. I grew up watching the History Channel and it's changed a great deal over the years. As with a lot of programming, it has to continuously change or face collapse...

If it were a publicly funded network, we might see a little more consistency and accuracy.

AloyJr10 karma

Did you see the "Epic Rap Battles" video on Youtube featuring Tesla vs Edison?

alexfalberg12 karma

I didn't actually!

AloyJr11 karma

well, why don't you look it up right now? I think you'll enjoy it!

alexfalberg17 karma


nofanofham10 karma

You guys are so talented! I date Ben's sister, and we are planning on seeing you guys this summer.

alexfalberg11 karma

Can't wait to meet ya! Thank you :)

williemcbride9 karma

Hi! My girlfriend goes to Muhlenberg and she wanted to tell you that she absolutely loves everything that you and everything else in PigPen do. She wants to know if you remember her and her friend playing the harmonica at one of your first shows?

Also, she loved The Old Man and the Old Moon soooooo much. She is so ridiculously excited about the fact that you're doing this, and she's really sad that she's not a redditor.

I personally just want to thank you for bringing so much happiness into her life. Talking about The Old Man and The Old Moon is a guaranteed way to cheer her up. Thank you.

alexfalberg10 karma

Thanks! Totally remember. Ballsy!

alecsteven69 karma

Do you have an address I can send some fanmail to? I would love to have your autograph!

alexfalberg16 karma

Oh wow! How about this, if you want to write me a message, just PM me on reddit along with your address and I'll send you an autographed headshot!

Harleysaurusrex8 karma

That Tesla photo would be fabulous (though small). You make an awesome Tesla.

alexfalberg11 karma

Why thank you :)

surelyURjoking8 karma

I've basically been stalking PigPen since I saw you guys at McKittrick Hotel one night. If the members start getting big roles like Tesla, are you going to break up the band?!

alexfalberg12 karma

Firstly, thank you!

Secondly, the group is the coolest gig to have.

Not goin anywhere!

HazzaTheAlmighty7 karma

Who played Rockefeller? You and him where the greatest on that show..

alexfalberg17 karma

Tim Getman - phenomenal actor.

HazzaTheAlmighty5 karma

Thank you :D He's got such a serious look on his face, i just love it!

alexfalberg17 karma

FYI The show was mainly NYC theater actors!

TheGreatArgos7 karma


alexfalberg16 karma

Funny you should say that! I guess I should clarify. Though an unemployed actor, I'm an employed self-starter and entrepreneur with my fellow shadow puppetteers!

I do love the music side of things. And the drummer's my best friend!

strictlyme5 karma

Hey, big fan. Nikola Tesla was definitely one of the coolest dudes in history. I plan on being an engineer(electrical or mechatronic) so he's been a pretty big influence on my life. Good luck with your future endeavors!

alexfalberg6 karma

Thanks so much. When I was at Carnegie Mellon, I had several friends who were in the electrical engineering department. Incredible field of study. You must have a lot of guts and smarts to pursue it... Take over the world!

strictlyme4 karma

I am only in high school right now, but I did get a scholarship to my school(we share a campus with the university)'s robotics camp, and I got invited to the National High School Conference of Tech and Engineering this summer at MIT. Anyway, thanks for responding, you seem like a cool dude to hang out with.

alexfalberg4 karma

Likewise! Thanks!!

kasukali4 karma

What's your favorite moment that's happened to you while acting on the show?

alexfalberg7 karma

Making up lines on the spot and them not being nonsense.

skysplitter4 karma

Damn, you've just given me a reason to watch the History Channel! Also, kudos on The Old Man and the Old Moon, it was captivating and ridiculously imaginative.

But if you're still answering questions- favorite places to eat in Pittsburgh? I'll be back there for a wedding and haven't been there since college (although I was up near Lake Erie).

alexfalberg4 karma

Ah thank you :)

If you like Thai, Bangkok Balcony in Squirrel Hill.

And a place called Pamela's - delicious diner!

Hangnail124 karma

I was interested in this serious but I didn't think Tesla was in it so I didn't bother. I'm certainly going to watch it now. Congrats on the role and keep looking for more parts! I wish all the best to you, but can you ever play another role as cool as Tesla?

alexfalberg4 karma

Definitely not as cool as Tesla!

oldwhippersnapper3 karma

I saw The Old Man and the Old Moon in December. All you PigPenners are beautiful and talented. My 17 year old daughter was in heaven. Any chance you'll come to California?

alexfalberg3 karma

Ah, thank you so much! Hopefully we'll make it out there at some point soon. We're doing a gazillion different things on the music and theater side of things... Stay in touch on our official PigPen Facebook page for updates, and drop us a line next time you're in NYC :)

LoganXup3 karma

There are theories out there that many great scientists and writers were actually just cover ups of their wives great works. I've also heard this about tesla...any insight or facts that you've heard?

alexfalberg3 karma

Fascinating theory! I haven't come across this in my research. Do you have a source?

FrostMagma3 karma

Why did you chose to attend Carnegie Melon for acting?

alexfalberg3 karma

I wanted a good kick in the butt. It was incredibly challenging.

ScottyFromScotland3 karma

If you could meet the real Nikola Tesla, what's one think you'd ask him?

alexfalberg8 karma

Probably about Tunguska!

grantkmartin3 karma

Can you send a copy of this picture to my friend Kim? She loves Tesla. She is kind of weird.


alexfalberg4 karma

Sure! Would be glad to. Should I just e-mail her or facebook?

DongofOdin3 karma

What makes you think your doing a correct Serbian accent and not a cheap Russian knock off one?

alexfalberg4 karma

(I'm doing a cheap Russian knock off one)

(How do I know this?)

(I grew up speaking Russian)

Oy Vey... I'm also Jewish!

sqrip3 karma

I love your music please tell me you guys are doing more covers

alexfalberg2 karma

Doing our best!!! Look us up on FaceBook and throw some suggestions to the group!!

sqrip3 karma

I have you on Facebook I'm a new fan after seeing "when I'm 64" and the Beatles argument from cdza. you guys are very talented and am so happy to have found you :3

alexfalberg2 karma

Ah, that just made my night! Thanks!!!

alexfalberg2 karma

Doing our best!!! Look us up on FaceBook and throw some suggestions to the group!!

sqrip3 karma

I have you on Facebook I'm a new fan after seeing "when I'm 64" and the Beatles argument from cdza. you guys are very talented and am so happy to have found you :3

alexfalberg2 karma

Ah, that just made my night! Thanks!!!

TheRustySp0rk3 karma


alexfalberg2 karma


thisismeER2 karma

What do you wear your hair like normally?

alexfalberg7 karma

it changes depending on season/mood.

at the moment, it is too long, very curly and bushy. it's a mess.

thejpn2 karma

Did you do anything special to prepare for the part?

alexfalberg7 karma

The mustache takes the kicker on this one too...

HazzaTheAlmighty2 karma

Do you still have it?

alexfalberg1 karma

Gone :(

But I think it may make a quick comeback.

slayer_of_potatoes2 karma

  • Does playing Tesla give you access to Tesla's knowledge? If so, how do you make ball lightning?
  • Do you prefer pineapple or mango?
  • Would you rather fight one Edison-sized duck or 100 duck-sized Edisons?
  • What is your opinion on potatoes?

alexfalberg4 karma

*I don't have access to Tesla's knowledge! Argh! *Mango, for sure! *Edison sized duck! *MASHED!

Bramsey892 karma

I think you're right about the same time as a result of the most important things that you have any idea how much I can do that for me and the other dev the same thing as a friend of a new job and I will be a good time with the increase risk of birth defects in children's books and in my head

alexfalberg5 karma

You might have to repeat that one more time...

JohnsHouse2 karma

The banjo, you say? You fascinate me, sir. Please elaborate*.

*Write me a song.

alexfalberg5 karma

Ooo ahhh John... Ooo ahh John...

Just a first stab at the lyrics. I'll get pickin at the banjo ASAP!

AlphaXTaco2 karma

Why are you so fortunate as to look that similar to Tesla?

alexfalberg2 karma

Great question! No idea!

VashGabriel2 karma

What is your favorite part of playing such an iconic and godlike man?

alexfalberg7 karma

I'm still going to go with the mustache on this one...

saroo872 karma

You were amazing! By far our favorite character played out. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

alexfalberg3 karma

thanks so much!

SilenceSeven2 karma

No question, just wanted to say It was an excellent series. I would like to see more like this done, maybe pick different time periods each time.

alexfalberg2 karma


ChocolateRay4222 karma

What's your favorite brand of cigarettes?

alexfalberg6 karma

Hmm.. I don't really smoke. But if I had to pick I guess I'd go with American Spirits? #hipsterwithamustache

geekmuseNU2 karma

What's your opinion on David Bowie's portrayal of Tesla in The Prestige?

alexfalberg3 karma

I mean, who doesn't love David Bowie?!

average_gilbert1 karma

Was part of the audition process to fight an Edison actor?

alexfalberg3 karma


Stegosaurus51 karma

how does it feel, portraying the smartest man maybe to ever live? hopefully fucking awesome

alexfalberg2 karma

I think I may have hit my peak...

ThaWaycoKid1 karma

How is your relationship with pigeons?

alexfalberg5 karma

Relatively distant ever since...