Boy Blue (Chris) Romanski (Romano)
He goes by “Romanski,” but his friends back at Nashua High School will remember him as Chris Romano (or “Big Cheese”). Attending Emerson College in Boston, Romano met Eric Falconer and a writing partnership began that led through the comedy clubs of Boston to Los Angeles, an internship with Comedy Central and jobs as production assistant on shows like “That's My Bush” and “South Park.” Writing gigs soon followed, including “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the “Sarah Silverman Program.” Now he's working for Spike TV as executive producer, writer and star of “Blue Mountain State.” Any star that rises that fast deserves a dashing name.
Do you stay in touch with the old Nashua High crowd?
Yeah, I'm still pretty good friends with people in Nashua. Just about everybody has sent me an e-mail or Facebook message to ask “What's up with ‘Romanski'?” It's a joke we did three years ago and it stuck. My agents complain, “When I pitch you, I have to say ‘Romanski'? It makes me sound like an idiot.” I tell them, “Well, that's why I pay you 10 percent. You sound however I want you to sound.”
Sounds like you are drunk with power.
I think it's more hung over with power.
You wrote yourself a role on the Sarah Silverman Show. Bold move for a writer.
I don't think she thinks anything is that bold. We were just writing and I said it would be funny if this gay cheerleader came up and assaulted Sarah. They said, “Who are picturing playing that?” And I'm like, “Me,” and they're like, “OK. If you want to play a gay cheerleader on TV then play it.”
So now you play a team mascot on your own show. Did you do a lot of research to get into the character?
I've always been interested in the whole mascot thing. You don't really have to have any credentials to be a mascot, just be willing to wear the suit in front of hundreds of thousands of people. But they are the most lovable part of the team and you don't even see who the person is. So, no. We didn't really do any research on them. There's nothing really to research.
On the Emerson College Web site, it quotes you from back when you were writing sketches for TV. You said it was your dream job. Have your dreams changed?
I think every writer wants to have their own show, but the chances for that are really hard. When Eric and I go into the editing bay we still go, “What is this we're editing today? Oh my God, this is our TV show!” So I would say this is our dream job. Spike is letting us do a lot of stuff that other networks are afraid to do, which has helped our storytelling. So hopefully people will watch it.