HBP: Episode 165: Daddy Issues with Andrew Pifko
Globally recognized for his Stella Artois Superbowl commercial starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeff Bridges, Andrew Pifko, the award-winning actor and comedian is no stranger to Hollywood and has a comprehensive body of work in film, theater and voice. With countless series and guest appearances under his belt in both comedy and drama, the classically trained actor has his sights set on becoming a household name.
On the big screen, Pifko will be disrupting audiences playing the title role in the acclaimed drama DADDY ISSUES premiering April 19th in cities across North America (will also be available on iTunes). The film centers around Maya (Madison Lawlor), a queer pixie artist who meets and falls madly in love with her insta-crush, Jasmine. It’s all gumdrops and fairytales until Maya discovers Jasmine’s passionate relationship with a secret sugar daddy Simon Craw (Andrew Pifko). For his role, Andrew was nominated for “Best Lead Actor” at the Nice, France International Film Festival and won in the same category at the NoVa Film Festival in Virginia.
On the small screen, Andrew will have a recurring role in as a swashbuckling Robin Hood-esque bandit in BYUtv’s ‘Dwight In Shining Armor’ airing Monday nights and will be heard as a series regular, voicing multiple characters, on Netflix’s ‘Carmen Sandiego’ alongside Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez. He also recently wrapped ‘Greek Gods’, with comedy icon Mel Brooks, taking an acerbically comic look at the immigration debate.
When he’s not on set, Andrew can be seen singing and performing as the lead in Second City Hollywood’s production of ‘More Guns: The NRA Musical’ (now extended until August 2019) every Saturday evening at 8:30pm at Second City Hollywood. https://www.secondcity.com/shows/hollywood/more-guns/ Pifko also often performs with the music and rap improv group ‘Kaboombox’ and ‘Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party.’
This Canadian native holds an Honors degree in Zoology and Microbiology from the University of Toronto and is a graduate LAMDA, U.K. post-grad classical program. As an extension of his pre-med studies, Andrew gained certifications in Research, Night and Rescue Scuba Diver on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He also spent a year in both Japan and Israel teaching English before eventually becoming an actor and graduating from the Upright Citizen Brigade’s Improv and Musical Improv programs. This modern-day renaissance man also enjoys riding his motorcycle and getting his hands dirty, having just completed a 2-year renovation of a classic 1929 Hollywood Hills home to bring it back to its former stature. To no surprise, his many voice over projects and travels have led him to master many languages including German, Japanese, French and Hebrew.
Andy’s television credits include David Fincher’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS:LA,” “The Big C,” “ANT Farm,” “The Mentalist,” “Playmakers,” “Queer As Folk,” and as a notably darker ‘Walt Disney’ in Screen Junkie’s “Roast of Beauty and the Beast”. Also a voiceover actor, Pifko has voiced the playable character Aldo Trapani in the video game The Godfather: The Game, based on The Godfather film and has worked with the signature voice of the Sundance Channel and National Geographic Wild. A jack of all trades, Pifko’s writing/directing projects include “Game of Thrones Divorce”, “Good Morning” and, “Kim Davis: Songs From My Heart,” a commercial he performed/wrote with “America’s Got Talent” music director Scott Simons. On stage, he wxas most recently seen in the LA premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s ‘In the Next Room’ and has performed as ‘Banquo’ in Macbeth (Roust – NYC), ‘Mercutio’ in Romeo & Juliet (Resurgence – Toronto), I Love You, You’re Perfect…Now Change