Search form

Scroll To Top

The Peeno Prince (AKA Tituss Burgess) is Back!

tituss burgess
Eric Liebowitz/Netflix

As Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns to Netflix, we catch up with the real breakout of the show.

On the Netflix hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the title heroine (Ellie Kemper) may be the one who springs from bomb-shelter captivity, but Tituss Burgess is the series' real breakout. As Kimmy's struggling, sashaying roomie, Titus Andromedon, the Emmy-nominated actor stole the show with "Peeno Noir," his cheeky ode to the black phallus. With Season 2 kicking off this month, we caught up.

How'd you feel about your Emmy nom?
I cried. I was shocked and honored, but most of all, relieved. I don't enjoy the long campaign, talking about myself for months. I could finally breathe.

Were you disappointed not to win?
No. I was there in the room. Don't you think that's winning?

What do people say when they spot you in public?
Some people get overwhelmed and they can't remember the name of the show. They're like, "Kimmy Smith!" "Andromedon!" But I'm grateful. However you want to refer to me, I'll probably respond.

What can we expect from Titus this season?
Well, he falls in love! And he's still trying to be famous. He does a one-man show based on his past lives, like when he was a geisha named Murasaki.

What else do you have coming up?
I have a small part in The Angry Birds Movie. I play one of the pigs. He's a photographer who's a mess of a person. Or, um, a pig.

Most important, will we ever see a follow-up to Titus's anthem "Peeno Noir"?
You'll see something related to that. Just not on the show. And that's all I'll tell you right now.

Like what you see here? Subscribe and be the first to receive the latest issue of OUT. Subscribe to print here and receive a complimentary digital subscription.

Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Jonathan Groff and Wayne Brady

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories Editors