Tituss Burgess (128467)

Thank you, Netflix, for connecting me with Tituss Burgess. He is the very one who turned Broaday on its head, making a huge splash on Broadway in “Guys and Dolls” and “The Little Mermaid.”

In the new Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” his character, Titus Andromedon—the sublimely divine, attention-grabbing, “gayer-than-gay” musical theater hopeful—is flat broke and dreaming of seemingly unattainable Broadway stardom.

The comedy follows perky Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who reinvents her life in New York after escaping from a doomsday cult. Her luck is strong when she connects with Titus and becomes his roommate, living—happily—in a closet.

It’s a homecoming for Burgess, who reunites with co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, after his turn on “30 Rock” as D’Fwan.

AmNews: How did you get this juicy role, and why did the show creators call the character Titus?

TB: I don’t know why they called the character Titus, minus the “s.” It’s an usual name. I’m the only one with that name that I know of. I am blessed that Tina and Robert were even thinking about me in the interim. [That] blows my mind … I was just as shocked as everyone else.

Do you improvise those lush, one-line zingers?

No. Tina and Robert are some of the most thorough people I’ve ever met. Very little is improvised. Every subject and predicate has been thought through fervently. The only thing that I do is make my character three-dimensional.

How much of you, Tituss Burgess, is part of Titus Andromedon ?

I’d say very little. I do enjoy the fact that he [Titus] seizes every opportunity to make it about himself. He manages to do it with charm, and I think that he can’t help himself. Which, in the weirdest way, is his most redeeming quality.

The rumor is that you live in Harlem?

TB: I do live in Harlem. The rumor is true.

Do you #Binge Watch?

TB: OMG, yes! It’s “House of Cards.” I lock the doors, order in and watch them back-to-back and fall into that world. It is compelling, and then when it’s over [deep sigh] … my life is empty.