Update

Last month we stood behind all-around badass Bryan Cranston after a video of his decision to eviscerate a dumb audience question from a young Albuquerque native at Comic-Con with a “your mom” joke and a mic drop went viral.

The Breaking Bad actor stopped by the Nerdist Podcast this week and addressed his badassery by pretty much justifying what we said. The kid had a dumb question, and Cranston didn’t want to let the moment float by with a boring answer in from of the crowd he was there to entertain, thus the “your mom” hilarity. Here’s what he told the Nerdist crew:

“This guy, this young kid, raises his hand and Zach points to him and he says, ‘Um…I’m from Albuquerque and I just think it’s cool that you shot there,’ and I knew that because he’s the only person in this room, and probably watching that podcast, that was interested in my answer. If I said, ‘Sheldon’s Pub was a great place that I frequented often to get pints of beer,’ you know, it’s like ‘Who cares?’ I knew I was going to give him a quick answer…and I don’t know what triggered it, but he just said, ‘Is there any place you liked?’ and it just came out. The place explodes, and he explodes with laughter.”

As he points out, the quip was all in good fun, but he didn’t let the darkly comedic moment slip by without a final comment: “The fact is that I did mount his mother,” he said. “Over and over.”

Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. Heisenberg, put on the black hat during the giant nerdgasm that is Comic-Con last weekend. Witness, in this clip, the actor needlessly insulting a teenager who asked him an inane question at the panel for the new Adult Swim stop-motion animated series, SuperMansion.

Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. Heisenberg, put on the black hat during the giant nerdgasm that is Comic-Con last weekend. Witness, in this clip, the actor needlessly insulting a teenager who asked him an inane question at the panel for the new Adult Swim stop-motion animated series, SuperMansion.

The kid, an admitted Albuquerqian, asked Cranston whether he had specific favorite haunts or restaurants when he was in New Mexico to film the six-season run of Breaking Bad. Then this cold-blooded shit happens:

“Yeah,” Cranston responds. “I’d go and visit your mother once in awhile.” The crowd loved it, social media loved it, I loved it. Some saps thought it was pointlessly cruel. Why did Cranston have to blow up some rando kid’s mom in front of ev-er-y-body? What if she were dead? What if she weren’t? That’s not cool. But Cranston was right. The kid had to be put down.

With that one “your mom” joke and that mic-drop, Cranston scored one for all of the people out there that have to sit through panels or press conferences with twerps hogging mic time to ask the dumbest questions imaginable. Cranston don’t pussy-foot. He took that “What do you like about Albuquerque” question by the pants and squeezed.

It wasn’t like the answer came out of nowhere. Check out the entire panel below. The squeaky-voiced teen’s idiotic question comes around 34 minutes in, but check out a few of the questions and Cranston’s answers.

For instance, in the question immediately before, a girl asks Cranston what his favorite episode of Breaking Bad was to film. He facetiously replied, “Probably when someone died,” before answering that it was the episode where Walter White robs the train with Jesse, who proceeds to murder an innocent teenage boy.

And, yeah, people laughed. They know what they’re in for. His answers are dry and darkly comedic, befitting the tantalizing attitude that made Cranston one of the best TV villains ever. The “your mom” joke was a cheap shot, but no one should expect Walter White to sing them a lullaby. And who knows — maybe he was telling the truth? Somewhere, an Albuquerque homemaker may have watched this exchange, shed a single tear, quietly changed into a faded Los Pollos Hermanos shirt, and inhaled from it deeply.