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Justin Collette

Justin Collette

Justin Collette has arrived, axe in hand, melting faces all over New York City. A Canadian-born, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and award-winning writer, Justin has leaped into the role of Dewey Finn in School of Rock – The Musical. The rock tutelage is as righteous as ever. In addition to shredding up the Great White Way, he voices the character of “Cupcake” in the new Netflix series “Cupcake and Dino: General Services.” He also co-founded the highly acclaimed sketch troupe “Get Some!” We are totally stoked Justin took some time between classes to sit On the Couch!

What do you consider to be your best asset?

I’m a pretty quick study at things. If I find something hard I get super obsessed with it and won’t stop until I get it.

What was your proudest moment?

Anytime I’m able to become peers with people I really admire. That is the best feeling.

What is your favorite drink?

Cold Beer.

What is your favorite food?


What is your favorite condiment?

Mustard, because of its malleability. Sauces, a binder or a glue in some dishes, it can be hot, it can be sweet… MUSTARD.

What is your current obsession?

Cartoons. Can’t get enough of them. Older Simpsons, new Rick and Morty. Give me all you got, cartoons.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?

Don’t make me choose! The destroy me all equally and I’m equal parts grateful and shameful.

What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

To produce a tangible, artistic, project that I am happy with.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

Eating out at restaurants. Food is kinda my favorite.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Star Wars Battlefront. Please help.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?


What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

The ability to persevere beyond what you believe your breaking point to be, and grow into a better person.

What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Hyper critical self-awareness.

What in the world most thrills you?

Music. Nothing is better than a good song.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?

When people post like this on Facebook:


Who are they clapping at? Who would ever listen to this person in real life??


What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job? I was once tricked into being a garbage man for a day, and the neighborhood I was working in was that of an ex-girlfriend. On our way to her house we drove past an elementary school and recessing children saw a garbage man cry.

What is your favorite place in the world?

East Coast of Canada.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

Someone who is impulsive. There is nothing better than cancelling plans and going off on an unplanned adventure.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?

Dogs. Out of politeness to cats, who I feel don’t want us around.

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

This is a horrifying question. Today is great but then what, I live the rest of my life knowing my best day is forever behind me? I would have to invent a time machine so I could keep reliving the day I invented the time machine.

What is your personal motto?

“Is this the hill you want to die on?”