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Published On: Tue, Dec 7th, 2010

A Capicu Community Interview with Chris George!

To get to know our community members, Capicu co-founder PaPo Swiggity wanted to ask some of our Open Mic artists to give us a more thorough view of who they are and what drives their dreams everyday. PaPo's belief is that many of you will find some of yourselves in their story, and you'll come to understand that every single Open Mic in the city is driven by stories just like yours, told through poetry, comedy, music, and art. Today we get to know Chris George… I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Chris George PaPo: Introductions are in order…tell us a little bit about yourself.

Chris: My name is Chris George and I’m from Queens, New York. But while my parents are Argentine and Greek, I just consider myself mixed. A New Yorker. However, in college, I lived in a house full of Dominicans and it was thoroughly entertaining.

I did my undergrad in Film at Binghamton University where I directed some shorts, wrote some scripts and also worked as an intern/production assistant on several feature films during the summers. And it was also there that I started my company Kasparoza Productions (www.Kasparoza.com).

However, after graduating from Binghamton I did a stint in Standup Comedy—but, after getting booed off the stage one night, I decided to write a novel. Although, I wasn’t pleased with the results of that either and so I went to NYU where I studied Entertainment Law, Producing and also met 5-Time Tony Award Winner Nelle Nugent. 

I showed her a treatment I wrote for a TV-show, we signed a development deal, I completed a pilot script and right now we’re gearing up to pitch it to the networks. So stay tuned.

PaPo: Aside from all that, what is the one thing you'd like for people to remember about you?

Chris: That I never forgot where I came from. 

PaPo: What are some of the inspirations and motivations behind your creative work?

Chris: I guess I just want to tell stories that haven’t been told before. But, one of the things you’re given when you’re mixed is a second pair of eyes. It’s like, I know how white people look at lawn mowers and I know how Latinos look at crackers. 

And this project I have with Nelle right now— it’s a comedy about a group of Latinos in New York that’s going to change the way the world looks at people with brown skin. It’s going to open people’s eyes. 

But, I guess at the core of my motivation—I really just want to do something meaningful. I don’t want to waste my time here on Earth. And once I’m in a place to do it, in the next 10 years, I want to use my connections and experience, whatever, to get into teaching and put a team together—or hook up with an existing one—to build a school or community center or some type of leadership academy for at-risk youths.

But, also something fun, that they will want to go to.

PaPo:  Tell us about your first time performing… in that experience, what stood out?

Chris: The first time I did stand-up was in 2007 at The Comic Strip Live in NYC. And I still remember the feeling I had in my gut while I was sitting at the bar before I was about to go on—it was like I was about to go a beef, to fight someone 5 times my size, knowing that it was way to late to turn back. I had to do what I had to do. 

But, even though I didn’t do great—I really enjoyed it. I mean, I did some poetry slams in Binghamton, but this was different. It was a rush. So I went back the next week and the rest was history.

PaPo: How did you first hear about the Capicu Open Mic?

Chris: How else? Facebook.

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A Capicu Community Interview with Chris George!