With today’s post, we welcome someone who needs no introduction – the delightful Amb from Toronto, Ontario, Canada – to The Blog of Funny Names. Give her a warm welcome… it’s cold up there this time of year! – Dave
Hi everyone, Amb here! *amb looks around, waves*
I’m so excited to be making the leap from, erm, enthusiastic commenter to guest-contributor at The Blog of Funny Names! I’ve been swooning over one of the BoFN boys for a long time now, and I’ve been a fan of the wit and brains of all three of these amigos for even longer. Since they haven’t been able to get me to stop talking yet – not even a Funny Names Theory in my honour could get me to quiet down – they’ve made the wise decision to just let me at their blog already. See? Brains!
As a pop culture vulture who has a tendency to treat fictional characters like close, personal friends, it seemed like a natural fit for me to focus on funny-named folks in the film and television industry. And as the token Canadian in our esteemed group of guest-contributors, it seemed like a natural fit for my first post to be about an actor hailing from the northern part of our Northern Hemisphere. May I introduce you to Paulo Costanzo?
Paulo Costanzo currently stars as Evan Lawson on My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of: Royal Pains.
Evan Lawson may be his most well-known role, but Paulo actually got his start on classic Canadian fare such as “Animorphs”, where, it’s worth noting, he
played the funny-named Aximili-Esgarrouth-Isthill. Over the course of this show’s riveting 26 episode run, Paulo/Aximil is given Andalite morphing technology by his brother, the equally-funny-named Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, and they’re attacked by (I swear I’m not making this up) Yeerk fighters. The morphing technology gives the brothers the ability to change their DNA but not, fortunately for us, their names.
Surprisingly enough (or maybe not, depending on how you feel about children’s television shows) this role didn’t seem to open a lot of doors for Costanzo. A string of small parts in even smaller movies followed, including, according to IMDB, the role of “Tenant #1” in something called, “Puff, Puff, Pass”. Now, I’m a polite Canadian girl so I have no idea what the title of that movie could possibly be referring to, but Mekhi Phifer is the director, so I can only assume it’s an allusion to some of the life-saving medical equipment he used during his days on ER.
Costanzo came back to television in the aughts, landing the role of Matt Leblanc’s brother in “Joey” in 2004, and then, keeping his streak alive, landing the role of Mark Feuerstein’s brother in “Royal Pains” in 2009. Happily for me, he’s stayed there ever since, and now we hang out in my living room once a week!
For the record, Costanzo originally hails from Brampton, Ontario. Granted, Brampton isn’t as awesomely named as, say, my dad’s hometown of Flin Flon, but it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live now, so he gets points for proximity.
Thanks for making me feel so welcome on my first day everyone! See you next time!