Party all night: The cast of Mixology (From left): Vanessa Lengies, Adan Canto, Craig Frank, Andrew Santino, Blake Lee, Ginger Gonzaga, Kate Simses, Alexis Carra, Adam Campbell, and Sarah Bolger.
Comedic actor Andrew Santino talks about how new comedy Mixology will be mixing things up.
ONE bar. One night. Ten single people out looking for love.
That’s the simple premise upon which new comedy Mixology is based, setting its entire season in one location, one night, and how these 10 people interact with each other throughout the night.
Despite the fact that there seems to be 10 people sharing the spotlight, actor Andrew Santino says that each character gets his or her time to shine.
“The show is about 10 singles in a bar in New York City that are out to have a good time and hopefully find someone to go home with at the end of the night,” he said during a phone interview from Los Angeles. “We don’t really say there’s a lead character – the story is driven by two characters in each episode, so it’s an ensemble cast. We’re all kind of intertwined as lead (characters) – each episode focuses on two main characters, so everyone is kind of a lead in their own right.”
Santino plays the fast-talking, somewhat douchebag-y Bruce, who is at the bar to accompany his best friend Tom (Blake Lee) and try to get him back in the dating pool after his 10-year relationship ended.
Described as “crass, rude, and broke” but also “smart, funny, and brutally honest”, Santino says his character is also the “crazy animal wild man” of the show.
“I’m the guy who will go after any girl, and do anything to get the girl, and is the party guy. He pretty much has no rules, he’s off the grid, and he does whatever he wants,” Santino said, who had guest star roles in shows such as Arrested Development and The Office prior to joining Mixology.
Besides Santino and Lee, the show also stars Adam Campbell, Adan Canto, Craig Frank, Alexis Carra, Sarah Bolger, Ginger Gonzaga, Kate Simses, and Vanessa Lengies.
The show is written and produced by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also wrote the hit movie The Hangover, and Santino said that was what attracted him to it in the first place. “I read the script and thought it was extremely funny and very well done, and I wanted to be a part of that,” he said. “When I auditioned, they let me have fun and improv, so I was immediately hooked and wanted to be on it really bad.”
Although Mixology revolves around a night at the bar, Santino says that viewers will get to find out a lot more about the characters as well.
“We give you the back story of each of the characters. You get to learn who they were since birth. We give you their complete character history so you understand where they’re coming from; and give you little hints on where they are going,” he said.
According to Santino, when he first joined the show, the studio asked Lee and him to go out to a bar and have drinks. It turned out to be one of the most epic nights out he had ever had.
“We went to 10 bars, met a three-legged dog, got kicked out of a bunch of bars, took pictures with people we didn’t know, and we got kicked out of a house party because we rearranged the art on their walls. We were just having a great time. That was one of the craziest nights I ever had out,” he recalled with a laugh.
Mixology premieres on April 29 at 10.10pm on Lifetime (Astro Ch 709).