Kalup Linzy

Kalup Linzy was born in 1977 in Clermont, Florida, formerly worked in New York, and currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida. Linzy’s theatrical works challenge ideas of gender while embracing a wide range of pop cultural forms such as soap operas, drag performances, and censored movies and radio programs from the 1930s.

He has developed nearly thirty characters based on stereotypical Hollywood figures and often performs them himself. Whether or not he physically portrays the character, he always voices it, often distorting his voices’ natural sound, a practice that evolved from his childhood lip-syncing hobby.

Linzy works on all aspects of his productions—writing, directing, and filming—and he has combined his DIY aesthetic with high-profile collaborations with figures such as James Franco and Chloe Sevigny.

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