Although we have been missing Sean Carrigan as Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn on The Young and the Restless, the good news is that Sean’s new Netflix series, American Vandal, debuts on Friday, September 15th. The satirical true crime mystery explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. See the preview here…and read what Sean has to say about the series, stand-up comedy, Mötley Crüe and more after the jump!
OT: What is American Vandal?
SG: This series follows the whole popularity of the Netflix series Making a Murderer…except that it is a crime film spoof of a ridiculous topic. A whodunit about “Who Drew the Dicks” on the cars! It was so much fun to shoot because we had to take this topic so seriously. Director Tony Yacenda made sure that the actors weren’t winking at the camera so that this would appear to be an actual documentary, despite the crazy topic. I have worked with Tony and Dan Perrault from American Vandal before. We used to do funny internet videos through our company, Woodhead Entertainment. We made the short Favre: Rise which was about the Brett Favre “sexting” scandal. That video had over 4 million views! So later on when American Vandal was created, the part of “Coach Rafferty” was written especially for me.
OT: So tell us about your role.
SG: Coach Rafferty is the football coach who has a habit of sleeping with the moms of the students. I’m in six of the eight episodes ;and I become a key figure that is talked about a lot during the investigation which explores all the angles of who could have done the vandalism.
OT: You have a lot of experience with stand-up comedy. Do you get to do comedy in this role?
SG: Definitely. I have some really funny moments throughout the series.
OT: Is this your first series for Netflix?
SG: Yes. I just shot a movie out in Ohio that’s also going to be on Netflix. It is a psychological thriller/horror film that will be coming out next year which deals with the paranormal.
OT: Are you currently doing standup comedy?
SG: I’ve got gigs all over LA. I just recently hosted a show on the USS Iowa, a battleship that’s docked in San Pedro, California, as part of the LA Fleet Week and opened for Vince Neil, believe it or not, from Mötley Crüe!. What is funny about that is that I got in trouble during my high school days with my mom when I camped out for Mötley Crüe tickets. I got in trouble; and my mom wouldn’t let me go to the concert. This was the Dr. Feelgood tour; and the band broke up the next year! I’ve always been upset about that. But I called my mom the other day and said, “Ma, I just opened for Vince Neil. I finally forgive you for not letting me go that concert!”
OT: Do you still keep in touch with your co-stars from The Young and the Restless?
SG: Yes. Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, Y&R, pictured above) and I hang out all the time and do our improvisation shows. I still keep in touch with a good amount of other people from the cast as well, but it is hard when you’re off doing other things.
OT: Any other projects going on for you that you’re at liberty to talk about?
SG: There’s a possible film I may be doing in Vancouver at the end of the year, but we’re still waiting on official word about that. Other than, I am reading scripts and looking for the next project. In the meantime, I’m very excited about American Vandal.
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