Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00
Danny Lippin, a W.T. Clarke High School alum, is going by a different alias these days.
Lippin, who grew up in Westbury but currently lives in Burbank, CA, is the main character in an increasingly popular Internet web-series, “The Unemployment of Danny London.” The show, which Lippin categorized as appropriate for ages 17 and up, revolves around a former public relations ace who finds himself jobless and dealing with life in the wake of unemployment.
“Doug Cwiak, the director and producer of the show, came up with the concept of the show with me in mind for the role. We had worked previously together on a short film of his called, ‘The Beginning of December.’ While this was far from a comedy, we improvised during rehearsal and these improvs were sometimes comedic. He approached me about the show, asked if I’d be interested, I said yes, immediately,” recalled Lippin, whose sister and her family still live in his childhood home in Westbury.
The show was recently nominated for two awards – best actor in a comedy and audience choice award – from Indie Intertube and took home the latter. Although he didn’t win best actor, just being considered was more than humbling.
“I did not win in the best actor category - but after realizing all the wonderful actors out there and the magnitude of shows out there – just being nominated really does feel tremendous,” he added.
It has also won the audience choice award in the Short ‘N’ Spirits Film Festival in 2010 in Los Angeles and was an audience choice selection for the New Media Film Festival 2011, also in LA. Lippin considers himself fortunate to work with a talented cast and crew.
“We were lucky to get Mark Troy to write and it’s been great ever since. The feedback has been more than expected. I never realized how big the web-series community actually was until this show aired. We’ve been lucky so far and I’m grateful for it,” he said.
Lippin has been enjoying life in California and on camera, but his fondness for his old stomping grounds has followed him west.
“I loved growing up in Westbury. I had aunts, uncles and cousins that lived in Westbury as well. I miss going to Islanders and Mets games. I remember playing street hockey until it was pitch black outside,” Lippin said.
Lippin recalled aspirations of becoming a sportscaster before finding his niche with acting.
“I wanted to be a sports announcer. Another great memory was when coach MacDonald, Clarke’s baseball coach, arranged for me to broadcast a game with another school over that school’s station. I went to Boston University to study broadcasting and film. I got more involved in the film aspect of the school and people were asking me to be involved in their student films – and I was hooked,” he recalled.
Another piece of home is close to Danny in Burbank, as he’s working – unlike his counterpart London – for a childhood friend when not behind the camera lens.
“As with a lot of actors, I also work another job to help out. I’m lucky enough to work for a childhood friend, Grant Nemirow, also from Westbury. He owns one of the top movie advertising agencies in Los Angeles, Terry Hines and Associates. I’m still in touch and very close with many friends from Westbury,” said Lippin.
While always a Clarke Ram at heart, the actor is excited about taking on new roles and unfamiliar challenges ahead.
“We begin filming new episodes in late February. I’m looking forward to it – you never know what Mark Troy will come up with next for the character and the show.”
To see Danny in action, visit www.dannylondon.com (mature audience recommended) or check him out and Twitter.