ALWAYS LEAVE THEM Laughing
Christian Jules Leblanc (Michael) is putting a little humor in his life!
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)