In this summer’s People Who Rock series, we’re getting to know the faces behind The Rock—our editorial board! This week, it’s one of Junior Assistants, Chris!
Have you met The Rock’s funniest man (a hotly contested title, shhh) Chris Pinto? I had the privilege of interviewing him for your reading pleasure. An avid theater goer and TV watcher, Chris’s articles range from (my personal favorite) “My Favorite Christmas Movie: Die Hard” to his on-going series about the Emmys. Be sure to catch Chris in many of his on campus performances!
Obviously you have a keen interest in theatre. How and when did that start? Which is the best one you’ve seen performed?
My interest really took off around high school. I’d seen a show or two before, but in 2009 I went to see the revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, which for some reason really grabbed my attention and made me look at theatre differently. My sophomore year I was able to audition for our school’s musical, and my interest just kind of grew from there: as high school went on I would add an extra theatre class or activity every year, and I would see shows more frequently. When I got to BC, the major just seemed like it was a natural fit for my interests, and the extracurricular aspect was a perfect outlet for me.
The best show I’ve ever seen? My top performance overall is probably the revival of Pippin, which started in Boston before transferring to Broadway. It was mind-bogglingly amazing, with incredible direction and one of the best acting performances I’ve ever seen. There are a large number of other shows that stick out in my mind though: I was lucky enough to see the closing performance of Bridges of Madison County which had the best music and most energy in a building I’ve ever experienced. Once absorbed me into its story more than any other show. And of course, I love that revival of South Pacific for kicking everything off.
You’ve written many articles on TV shows for The Rock; which article has been the most fun for you to write? And one that you look forward to writing about?
I’m having a blast doing the Emmy series right now. It gives me a chance to write about a number of shows that I love, but might not be able write a full article about. Plus, there’s something fun about making predictions and getting involved in the whole mess. You know, screaming and throwing things at the television when a large group of people that don’t know you go on and vote for someone or something that you personally didn’t want to win. It’s fun!
I’ve been dying to do one on the nature of comedy in modern television. Why shock humor that should be funny once is found funny even on repeat, why nobody does farce anymore, etc. But that’s a tall order that will take a lot of prep and research, which is I have yet to actually go through with it. Also because I want to keep using the “prep and research” line to explain to my mother why watch so much television.
What is one thing you wish you had known going into your freshman year at BC?
I wish I had known to not even remotely care about what other people think. When II wish I had known to not even remotely care about what other people think. When I first got here, I spent way too much time thinking about how I’d appear to others, and it was a waste of my time. Especially this past year, whenever I’ve just been myself outright, I’ve enjoyed everything more. I think it’s made my life a little funnier, a little more easygoing, and much more awkward; and I’ve loved every second of it.
With being on the E-Board for both the Dramatics Society and The Rock, being involved in theater and improv comedy there isn’t a lot of free time, what do you do to keep sane and not overextend yourself?
I’m actually thrilled to be as busy as I am! I’m one of those people who, if they don’t do a lot, will go insane, so doing all of these activities and seeing all different kinds of people keeps me happy and together. That said, it’s very easy to become over-extended with everything going on, so there are some things I do to make sure everything gets done: I sit in sections of O’Neill where the wifi doesn’t work so I can’t get as distracted, I have to plan every little thing I do in advance and get everything in writing in eight different places, and I have to sacrifice a little sleep. I know that last one isn’t healthy or good advice; but for me, getting my work done and getting to participate in all those activities is worth having to yawn a few extra times a day.
Stay tuned for more editorial board profiles as the summer goes on!
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