Reason #437 We Love Kimmy Schmidt: "Pinot Noir" Was Entirely Improvised

Tituss Burgess Pinot Noir

We told you so: Tina Fey and Robery Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a hit. The hilariously funny show, currently streaming on Netflix, tackles darker topics in a fresh, unexpected way, but its breakthrough character is the unique Titus Andromedon (played by Tituss Burgess), who's absolutely the best part of a very stacked cast.

Burgess's “Pinot Noir” clip from the show has gone viral, garnering more than 600,000 YouTube views. Now Tina Fey told Vulture that his incredible "ode to black penis" was entirely improvised.  

“I’m pretty sure it was at the table read," Fey said. "Tituss saw it in the script and said, 'What’s this?' And Jeff [Richmond, an executive producer on the show] said, ‘Just sing whatever.’”

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Fey wrote the character with Burgess in mind, although he wasn't guaranteed to get the part. Burgess spent several years on Broadway (he was the original Sebastian in the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid, which explains his stellar pipes) before appearing on 30 Rock as the flamboyant D’Fwan in the show's "Queen of Jordan" episode.

Watch a clip of “Pinot Noir,” below.

BONUS: Watch this special trailer for the upcoming season of Orange Is The New Black, featuring Titus' truly.

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