Were he a product sold in stores, openly gay comedian and actor Nico Santos would be flying off the shelves today. Starring as Mateo in NBC’s hit comedy about the employees of fictitious big box retailer Cloud 9, Superstore, now in its fourth season, he received an even bigger dose of visibility in the buzzed-about, Hollywood game-changing romcom, Crazy Rich Asians.
Born in the Philippines, Santos moved to the USA as a teenager and pursued stand-up comedy in San Francisco (one of the shows he put together and fronted at SF’s Cobb’s Comedy Club was titled Fags & Hags). He appeared as a roundtable panelist on talk show Chelsea Lately, wrote for Joan Rivers’ Fashion Police on E!, and started landing roles in shows and movies 2 Broke Girls, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, and webseries Go-Go Boy Interrupted.
Shot in Singapore and Malaysia, Crazy Rich Asians, about an Asian-American millennial, Rachel, who discovers that her hunky boyfriend Henry hails from an insanely wealthy, well-known Singaporean family, co-stars Santos as Oliver, Henry’s gay cousin and Rachel’s newfound ally.
Boyfriends with Zeke Smith of Survivor fame, and currently based in Los Angeles, Santos joined us in the VIP Lounge for a chat about Crazy Rich Asians, his days working retail in real life, if he’d fare well on a season of Survivor, and, of course, travel.