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Daniel Franzese            

Stand-Up Comedian & Actor, Best Known for "Mean Girls"

Daniel Franzese is an accomplished actor who has made his mark on both the big and small screens, while also showcasing his talents as a creator, writer, and comedian. Franzese’s journey in the entertainment industry has been defined by his diverse range of roles and his commitment to artistic expression.

One of Franzese’s early breakthroughs came in the film Larry Clark’s BULLY (2001), where he delivered a powerful performance as Derek. The film, based on a true story, explored the dark side of teenage life and delved into issues of bullying and violence. Franzese’s portrayal showcased his ability to embody complex characters and tackle challenging subject matter with depth and authenticity, establishing him as a talented actor early in his career.

In recent years, Franzese gained widespread recognition through his iconic breakout role as Damian in the film Mean Girls. Most recently he was seen in “RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race.” His outstanding numbers and infectious energy on the show captivated both fans and fellow contestants, earning him praise for his willingness to step out of his comfort zone and embrace the art of drag. His involvement in the competition showcased his versatility and charisma, further solidifying his status as a dynamic performer.

Franzese’s talents extend beyond the screen as he has written and created stage shows that have delighted audiences. “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin Rock Opera” is a comedic musical that parodies the popular reality TV show and became a hit with fans and critics alike. His play “Italian Mom Loves You” showcased his writing prowess and provided a heartfelt exploration of family dynamics and the Italian-American experience.

Not limited to his work in film and theater, Franzese has also found success as a stand-up comedian, taking his unique brand of humor to stages around the world. His sharp wit and engaging storytelling have allowed him to connect with audiences on a personal level, while his ability to navigate topics ranging from relationships to societal issues demonstrates his versatility as a performer, his comedic talent as a stand-up comedian has brought joy to audiences globally.

Beyond his artistic endeavors, Franzese remains committed to advocacy and using his platform to effect positive change. Through his activism, he has continued to champion LGBTQ+ rights, inclusion, and social justice, making a lasting impact on both the entertainment industry and society as a whole.

He was recently Glaad award nominated in 2023 for his podcast "Yass Jesus!" which explorers the concept of not having to choose between gay and God.

Franzese’s journey as an actor, creator, writer, and comedian exemplifies the power of artistic expression and the ability to influence and entertain. His remarkable performances and dedication to social change serve as an inspiration to aspiring artists and activists alike, reminding us of the transformative potential of storytelling and the importance of using one’s platform for meaningful impact.


Daniel Franzese, Vivica A. Fox, Stephen Guarino Set For Logo's 'Gay Skit Happens'
According to Variety, the show's first episode will be hosted by out actor Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls, Looking) and is themed around Valentine's Day.
'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Comes Out As Gay
Actor Daniel Franzese has come out as gay in an open letter addressed to his " Mean Girls" character, Damian. "You were proud of who you were; I was an ...
Lindsay Lohan Has Mean Girls Reunion Daniel Franzese, Rajiv ...
Lindsay Lohan had a second Mean Girls reunion with actors Daniel Franzese ( Damian) and Rajiv Surendra (Kevin G.) on Thursday, Feb. 13 -- see the photo.

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