4 June 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Though he regularly garners laughs as Mitchell Pritchett on ABC’s “Modern Family,” Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s road to success was paved with a few awkward auditions.

The actor dished on one of his most memorable horror stories at last week’s Variety Studio, where he was joined by fellow TV funnymen Max Greenfield of “New Girl,” “Trophy Wife’s” Bradley WhitfordSimon Helberg of “The Big Bang Theory,” “House of Lies” star Ben Schwartz and Pablo Schreiber of “Orange is the New Black.”

Ferguson said he ran into some trouble while auditioning for an iteration of “Band of Brothers.”

“I’m just not comfortable saying dirty words about lady vagina parts,” Ferguson explained, adding, “I think I actually stopped myself and said ‘I’m going to leave now’ and they didn’t stop me.”

Whitford followed suit and gave his own example of an ill-fated audition for helmer Oliver Stone. »

- Andrea Seikaly

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