Tituss Burgess Q&A: ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
“I had already decided that just getting there, just being in that room was winning for me,” reveals Tituss Burgess as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his first Emmy Awards experience last September. He was a rookie nominee for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and recalls, “the year before that I was nowhere near anyone’s Emmy or anyone’s TV show. Being in that room with all those people that I watched for so long and have so long admired their skill sets was what I was going to make the night about.”
Burgess contends again for Comedy Supporting Actor for his role as Titus Andromedon on the Netflix comedy produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. His character is an aspiring actor in New York City who shares an apartment with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and has been dating a construction worker (Mike Carlsen) for the first time this past season.
The actor submitted the episode “Kimmy Gives Up,” in which Titus is teaching his landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) alternate versions of old Broadway tunes, to Emmy voters. As he explains his choice, “these lyrics are just ridiculous. I was so consumed with getting it right. The trick is that you have to be sincere about the comedy. You have to be sincere, and that is the comedy. The whole Helen Keller inspired unauthorized thing was hysterical, but I have to sing it like I was doing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ or something.”
He reveals that they will start production on a third season, most likely in October. That is a few weeks behind their normal return date due to Kemper just having had a baby. Netflix has not yet announced if the show’s spring debut will also be delayed.
Burgess competes against two-time category champs Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) and Tony Hale (“Veep”), previous nominees Andre Braugher (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), and rookie nominees Louie Anderson (“Baskets”) and Matt Walsh (“Veep”). Will he be able to beat those men? Be sure to make your Emmy predictions right here. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks — $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates — a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmys). Be sure to read our contest rules.