AL­WAYS LEAVE THEM Laugh­ing

Chris­tian Jules Leblanc (Michael) is putting a lit­tle hu­mor in his life!

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THE YOUNG & THE REST­LESS’ Michael Bald­win may be whips­mart and witty, but he’s not ex­actly Genoa City’s go-to guy when you want a good belly laugh. In fact, his­tor­i­cally, the le­gal ea­gle has been like­lier to play the straight man to the slap­stick and silli­ness of­fered by brother Kevin and mom Glo­ria. In con­trast, his por­trayer, Chris­tian Jules Leblanc, knows how to tickle the funny bone. Not only that, but he re­cently be­came in­volved in com­edy, ex­plor­ing the world of im­prov and stand- up, of­ten team­ing up with Sean Car­ri­gan (ex-stitch) to do so.

“Sean has been at this a lot longer than me, but I rushed my­self through Se­cond City Iowa West [which teaches im­prov],” Leblanc re­veals. “It was fas­ci­nat­ing, be­cause you have tons of peo­ple who have come out to L.A. to do this. They’re twen­tysome­things liv­ing it rough as they pur­sue their dream. So you get that kind of won­der­ful en­ergy. SATUR­DAY NIGHT LIVE comes and does au­di­tions there. It’s just this won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment to be part of!”

Leblanc isn’t new to com­edy, though. Since it’s taught in act­ing schools, “I’ve been do­ing that since I started,” he shares. “But stand-up and im­prov are dif­fer­ent an­i­mals. When I went on stage for the first time, it was the scari­est thing that I’ve ever done! You have to go up in front of an au­di­ence as your­self — not as a char­ac­ter. That is a very dif­fi­cult thing to do!”

Yet it’s been worth it, says Leblanc. “There’s not a skill that I’ve learned in im­prov that I can’t ap­ply to my job at Y&R. If any­thing can point out an ac­tor’s weak­nesses and bad habits, im­prov will do it! Be­cause in im­prov, you take the script away, and you are sup­posed to do what an ac­tor should al­ways do — (con­tin­ues)

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