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9 Things You Didn't Know About Tituss Burgess

  • Written by  NYC Pride
  • Published in Interview
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TITUSS BURGESS WAS A SCENE-STEALER IN TINA FEY’S EMMY-WINNING NBC SERIES 30 ROCK. BURGESS PLAYED ‘D’FWAN,’ SHERRI SHEPHERD’S CHARACTER’S HAIRDRESSER COHORT, AND BECAME A FAN-FAVORITE IN THE SERIES’ FIFTH AND SIXTH SEASONS.

BURGESS HAS RE-TEAMED WITH FEY IN HER FOLLOW-UP COMEDY SERIES, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT.

SEASON 1 LAUNCHED ON NETFLIX ON MARCH 6 TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM. CO-CREATED BY ROBERT CARLOCK (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, 30 ROCK), THE SERIES ALSO STARRING ELLIE KEMPER, JANE KRAKOWSKI AND CAROL KANE HAS ALREADY BEEN PICKED UP FOR A SECOND SEASON.

1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE 90S JAM?
“Weak” by SWV

2. WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN THE PERFECT OMELET?
I hate omelets...

3. WHAT WAS THE FIRST JOKE ON UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT THAT MADE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD?
“Thank you, victims.” [“Thank you, victims!” a Today Show producer chirps at Kimmy and her three fellow “Mole Women” as they leave the studio after an interview. “Thank you, victims,” he says again, impatiently, shoving them out the door, the time he has allotted to caring about them having expired.]

4. YOU WERE IN THE LITTLE MERMAID ON BROADWAY, AND TITUS ANDROMEDON IS OBSESSED WITH THE LION KING, WHAT DISNEY MOVIE SHOULD BE TURNED INTO THE NEXT BROADWAY SHOW STARRING TITUSS BURGESS?
Hmm, something not based on a cartoon...like what they did with Aida. I love working with Disney.

5. NAME ONE PLACE YOU WILL NEVER, EVER GO.
Back to this restaurant called Sapphire in Harlem. TERRIBLE!

6. WHO SHOULD NETFLIX CAST TO PLAY TITUS ANDROMEDON’S BOYFRIEND?
Jesse Williams from Grey’s Anatomy. Yes Lord!!! Hallelujah!

7. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PRIDE EXPERIENCE?
Oh, I get sentimental about this. I was 23. I didn’t know my way around, lost the group I was with, and wound up spending the rest of the time at Dance on the Pier with strangers with whom I am still friends to this day!

8. WHAT’S IN THE MOST RECENT PICTURE SAVED ON YOUR PHONE?
Ms. Streep as The Witch in Into the Woods.

9. WHAT’S A NICKNAME SOMEONE HAS GIVEN YOU THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU SMILE?
My best friends call me "Tighty." Get your minds out of the gutter!


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Originally published in the 2015 NYC Pride Magazine. Download your copy here.
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