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Friday BP, 4/6/18

In which Sami gets to write about her two favorite subjects and appeal to a very niche audience.

Yesterday, Bryan wrote about what we can learn about the Giants from the television show The Americans. Which got me thinking about my favorite ties between the Giants and pop culture. And anyone who knows me probably knows that the answer is obvious:

Celebrities: they’re just like us.

Darren Criss is an actor and singer first widely known for playing real-life Disney prince Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Glee and was most recently seen as the infamous serial killer Andrew Cunanan on FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Criss hails from San Francisco, so it should come as no surprise that he’s a Giants fan. The tweet posted above was during the Giants’ brief 2016 playoff run, during which time Criss was starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on tour in San Francisco. For those unfamiliar with the show, it is fluid; the cast mixes up the jokes and gags from city to city and show to show.

When I saw the show during the San Francisco leg of the tour, there was a door on stage that was repeatedly opened to the sounds of AT&T Park, with some mention of the team being in the playoffs, and Criss even included this in the playbill:

@samihiggins via Twitter

Criss co-founded a musical theater company called Starkid Productions with his classmates from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). This would later cause some strife in his Giants fandom, as many of his closest friends publically rooted for his, and his team’s failure during the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. But we all know who got the better of that rivalry.

Like many people, I was first introduced to Darren Criss in late 2010 when he made his debut on Glee. His first performance of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” was a one-way ticket to my heart.

Later that night, I did a Google search and found that 1.) He played Harry Potter in a YouTube parody musical called “A Very Potter Musical” (of which there are three), 2.) He wrote a love song called “Sami” and 3.) That he was from San Francisco and was a lifelong Giants fan who I had friends in common with.

Young Darren Criss in San Francisco
@DarrenCriss via Twitter

Well, friends, that pretty much sealed the deal to him becoming my favorite person in pop culture.

Criss’ star is currently on the rise again after the recent success of The Assassination of Gianni Versace and his disturbing, yet heart-wrenching portrayal as Versace’s killer, the show’s ultimate focal point.

He is also the biggest dork and has a music career as a solo artist and with his brother Chuck in the band Computer Games.

Anyway, Bryan’s tagline for his piece about The Americans was:

“Throughout the hiring process with SB Nation, nobody asked me if I’d hijack a baseball website with The Americans-related content at the first chance I got.”

Well, anyone who knows me knows better. And I couldn’t be happier to have this dude in the Giants fan family.