Actor-comic Andrew Santino comes to Mohegan Sun
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
In the Showtime series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” actor Andrew Santino is Bill Hobbs, a caustic and cynical comic who is determined to climb to the top of the entertainment heap — at just about any cost.
As stand-up comic Andrew Santino, he is far from being Hobbs. One critic has described the Chicago born-and-raised Santino as having a “dry-yet-jovial wit” on stage.
Santino agrees with the characterization. “Yeah, I would say that is fairly accurate,” said Santino, during a recent chat from his Los Angeles home.
“I like to *&^% on everything equally,” he said, laughing, describing himself as half Irish and half Italian and someone who grew up in a “warm family that loved to tell jokes and lighthearted stories.”
Santino, a graduate of the University of Arizona at Tempe, said filming for season two of the series will begin in January, with airing planned for April or May. During the series’ hiatus, Santino enjoys touring; he is performing Thursday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 30, at Comix at Mohegan Sun.
Comix at Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 28-30. Thursday, Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 8, 10:30 p.m. $45-$15, plus service fees. $10 minimum purchase. 21 and older. 860-862-700, comixcomedy.com
“I literally love it,” said Santino about his career path. “Doing the series is monumental. Jim Carrey is executive producer; as a kid growing up, he was my acting hero. I would spend every nickle I had to see him in a movie, fascinated, enthralled, really, that he could make people laugh on film.
“To be part of an ensemble project like this is what I have always dreamed about. It is what you work and hope for.” (Fans might remember that he also starred in ABC’s “Mixology.”)
The series explores the struggles of “making it big” in the 1970s Los Angeles comedy scene. According to the series, “Every night, a group of up-and-coming comedians wait to perform at Goldie’s, the hottest stand-up club in town. But first they’ll have to win over Goldie, who rules the Sunset Strip with an iron fist.
“Stand-up is a drug for these comedians, and they’re willing to sacrifice everything to get their fix. They brave the pain of sharing their innermost thoughts and darkest secrets, hoping that someone, anyone, will laugh.”
Santino’s recent Comedy Central 30-minute special, “Homefield Advantage,” was shot at the historic Vic Theater in his hometown. It “touches on everything from growing up thinking he was black and a disgust with bachelorette parties, to his bouts with severe acne and male porn stars envy,” according to Comedy Central. It aired in tandem with his debut album, “Say No More,” on Comedy Central Records.
“I like to focus on the norms of society, goofy things, from the fun things to the monotony of life” — touching on such topics as “red-headed people,” “skydiving in California” and “translating bird calls.”
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