Having never acted before (no high school plays, no community theatre), it was a mild shock to Peter when he made his Broadway debut opposite Brian F. O’Byrne in Shining City in 2006, and then in Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia later that year. While he hasn’t been on stage since 2008’s off-Broadway production of Boy’s Life, it doesn’t mean the hilarious actor hasn’t kept busy. He’s done TV spots, on shows like Law and Order, and has three films in the works, including Happythankyoumoreplease, which comes out in August.
How would you describe the way you dress?
Reggae skinhead-Amish-mountain man.
Who are your style icons?
Mark Twain and the Gallagher brothers.
Most memorable/bizarre audition outfit?
I don’t really get super dressed up for auditions, but I always find it funny auditioning for war themed projects because without fail, every person there is wearing some article of green clothing as if to say, “Hey I’m not getting dressed up, but can’t you just imagine me wearing a full out military get up!”
Worst costume piece you’ve ever had?
This was both lame and cool at the same time. I did a play once where I had to run onto stage wearing the costume of a Thai king. I had no shirt on, just this elaborate coat, and puffy purple silk pants that where right out of MC Hammer’s closet. What made it particularly funny was my incredibly white chest with a collar tan line. I don’t think I was really pulling off the King of Siam.
What won’t you take off this summer?
It just turned a batch of old ratty white t-shirts into cool blue tie-dyes. I foresee them getting quite a bit of wear this summer.
Favorite store no one has heard of (anywhere in the world)?
I would have to say 99x on East 10th street. They have really cool British imports and are the only place in NY that you can get Fred Perry European fit shirts. Someone told me it recently closed though, which would be a bummer.
Boxers, Briefs or other?
What are you working on now?
I’m in a movie called Happythankyoumoreplease, so that should be cool. Other than that I’m slowly but surely fixing up my new apartment in Crown Heights.