Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spotlight On...Christian Polanco

Name: Christian Polanco

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Education: College of Staten Island - Computer Science Major

Select Credits: Univision, MTV, Above Average

Why theater?: I was actually not very interested in theatre when I was younger. I didn't do much public performing because I was very shy, but after college, I started doing stand-up comedy and that got the ball rolling. After performing for a few years, I started acting a lot more and filming comedy sketches. It started to become a thing I didn't realize I would enjoy very much and now I jump at most opportunities to act in great projects.

Who do you play in Kyle?: I play three roles actually. Frenchy, Hector, and Chad. All people who help Jack with his cocaine addiction in different ways.

Tell us about Kyle: I am enjoying Kyle a lot! The play is really funny and interesting to me since I grew up terrified of drugs and avoided it constantly. Basically, I was not a cool kid. I think people will get to see what being a functional cocaine addict can look like and how it can effect the people around you.

What is it like being a part of Kyle?: I love working with everyone on the show. I had never met most of the cast, but after a few weeks working together, it feels like we've known each other for years. I worked with Hollis on his web series, Teachers Lounge. He's a great dude and has helped me a lot. He's like a hip older brother who knows way too much about cocaine.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I watch a lot of one-person shows, so I think those resonate with me the most since I am a stand-up comedian. I just love sincere and honest work, so any kind of production that includes that, I support.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Any role in a Tarantino film!

What’s your favorite showtune?: I don't have one. I know basically nothing about musicals, but I enjoy watching them. Am I kicked out of acting? Is "Bad & Boujee" a showtune??

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Judd Apatow

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Michael Cera in "A Boy With Very Little Confidence"

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Oh boy. Did I mention my lack of knowledge about theater?

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Lately, "The Americans."

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Binge watching any Netflix show. Imagine what I could have accomplished with that time!

What’s up next?: I do stand-up comedy regularly in NYC and I also host a comedic soccer podcast and youtube channel called The Cooligans. It's a fun project that I put a lot of time in to because soccer is the future of America and we can all use a little humor in that sport as well.

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