Ray says the cast and crew became like family and he thrived on the creativity of the show. "I was doing that for nine years, and I was doing stand-up 11 years before that. So it was 20 years of working and creating stuff," he says. "All my energy was focused on this and my passion, and overnight it was over. So all of a sudden there was this big void and what do I do next?"
Though he enjoyed his time at home, Ray says he needed another creative outlet. "I don't want to say work is who I am, but some people feel more centered and more whole when they're producing and creating," he says. "That's kind of where I felt I was."