Tituss Burgess backed the right horse. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which Burgess made his major television debut--no shade to D'Fwan from 30 Rock--has racked up seven Emmy noms, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
Burgess himself is up for the Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Emmy for his role as wanna-be superstar Titus Andromedon.
The show can submit one episode for review and Tituss says his favorite is episode 11, the one "when I'm telling Kimmy that I'm going to watch the trial at the library so I can see it without ads," the actor tells EW. "My dishonest attempt to comfort her, to try to cover up my desire to see all the drama that was to ensue. That was my favorite."
While that may be his favorite, he thinks that the showrunners will submit a different episode. "I suspect that it'll be the episode with 'Peeno Noir,' because the fans love it so much, and who am I to say what's the funniest?!"
As you may remember, "Peeno Noir: An Ode to Black Penis" went viral after the show debuted on Netflix in March. But just because it's a fan favorite doesn't mean it's automatically going to get an Emmy performance.
"Here's what I'm going to say about that: my personal thought about the brilliance of 'Peeno Noir' as proven by the fans' appreciation is that, when watched back, what makes it so exciting is the random locations and the random costume changes and the multiple shots that we've done all over the city," he says.
"If performed in a singular outfit with an orchestra, spouting these random words, I guarantee you it will not be funny, and, as is apropos, I won't do it! It will not serve what we initially created... unless we can come up with a clever way to not replicate but to enhance the absolute ridiculousness of what we created, then I don't want to take a step backwards."