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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Daniel Student

Posted August 23rd, 2010

Name: Daniel Student.

Age: 28.

Where do you live now?
Queen Village. South Philly when I want to sound cooler, and South Street area when I am explaining where to go to my friends.

Where were you born?
Baltimore, which for a while had the unfortunate slogan of “The Greatest City In America.” But I do actually love it.

What’s your show title?
Super Heroes Who Are Super!

What was the first thing you stole?
Your mom. No, but really, I was and am a goody two shoes. I once was simply approached on the street by two cops whose profile I fit for some guy who was spray-painting buildings and I nearly shit my pants and talked about it for months.

What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Beer mostly, but to sound more interesting I will go with my second favorite, mojitos. And mention that I first had them while in Cuba. Yes, I’ve been to Cuba. Now I am cooler.

After the jump: Super Claudio beats up on Super Heroes, America-haters hate America, and porn doppelgangers.

What was the last performance you saw?
I saw Super Claudio Bros. in the Capital Fringe, where Super Heroes Who Are Super! performed this summer. It was a musical based on Super Mario Bros. Really funny and smart—and man they were sold out every night. So I am jealous. So I am going to say that it sucked. Just to be petty.

What’s your favorite Philly intersection?
Any intersection that includes my favorite two people in the city. That lady who must be in her 70s who still dresses like a Barbie doll with makeup to Joker-like excesses and a mini-skirt that would make Twiggy blush. The other is the other older lady who literally walks with her head at her feet, folded in half like a tortilla. Her right hand is always held out to the side, with a cigarette in it. Every so often she stops at a trash can, pulls herself up to get her bearings and takes a drag. I think these two people personify all that is amazing about the human spirit—the excesses we will go for aesthetic pleasure and our amazing fight for survival. If either of those people are reading this, I am sorry I have never stopped to say hello, but I am too busy being a gawking onlooker.

If you are looking for an awesome intersection though you can’t get much better than right outside my front door on 4th and Bainbridge. Four corners of bliss – a candy store, a bodega, Famous 4th, and Southwark. And the street suddenly becomes British for two blocks with the cars on the wrong sides of the street. AND every few months there is a huge skateboard gathering on my block.

What’s the worst thing you ever did for money?
Hands down, selling credit cards at the airport. Not only do you spend your whole day trying to rip people off, but instead of offering a team cap at the ballpark or something, you are offering a stuffed toy airplane to people who have just had to deal with the horror of going through security and are awaiting to board their life threatening airplane with their overpriced ticket. And just to add insult to injury you have to add a half hour each way to your day to park in the satellite lot and get through airport security yourself.

Who’s your favorite Phillies player?
Listen, I know its lame, but Chase Utley. He is just an amazing athlete to watch, and he brings it to every play every day. He is definitely emerged at the top of his craft through hard work and effort. Someone to model yourself after. He is also the only current Philly on my fantasy baseball team.

Do you have relatives more famous than you? Who are they?
No famous relatives, really, but the other guy with the name Daniel Student is a gay porn star. Google it.

What’s your least favorite country, and why?
Man, I just watched Michael Moore’s Sicko again the other day, so I am tempted to say the United States. Actually, yes I am going to say that. And I know, the very fact I can say this and not get arrested is what makes our country great, yadda yadda. But seriously, we really are the only country that thinks we are better than everyone else. And that alone means we suck.

Oh man, I hope we don’t lose the Captain America readers over that one.

Do you own a gun? If so, have you fired it in anger?
No. Are you going to get a lot of responses yes to this one? If so, can you like send a list of their names out over email so we can all know what shows not to go to? I mean, I want to support my fellow artists, but not if they are armed and angry.

Do you have pets? If so, what are their names?
A cat named Mia. I wanted to name by first daughter Mia. It’s an anagram of my brother’s name (Ami), and I had a really good friend named Mia growing up. Then my girlfriend pointed out an issue . . . Mia Student. ME-A-STUDENT. Sigh. So I decided to just name my cat Mia.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your job be?
An arts administrator, which I did for a living until I quit at the end of January. So yes, I am now a full time artist. But I do quite enjoy marketing, though I don’t enjoy it at the expense of producing my own art. And I do strategic planning, in case anyone wants a consultant who hates America.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA?
Vomit. And people who don’t attend the fringe! So disgusting.

Super Heroes Who Are Super! runs every weekend during Philly Fringe, Skinner Studio at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Times vary, $10. For details and tickets, click here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo of Daniel Student as William Shakespeare in William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, a play about zombies attacking the Globe Theater, courtesy Daniel Student.