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Chris Leavins is a Canadian actor and writer based in Los Angeles. He has appeared in a number of successful Canadian television shows and been nominated for two Gemini Awards. Internationally, he is best known for his satirical internet show, Cute With Chris.
After 12 years living and working in Toronto, Leavins moved to Los Angeles in 2003.
Leavins has been a cast member or guest star on some of Canada's most popular and critically acclaimed television series including Traders (Gemini Winner 1997 and 1998, Best Dramatic Series), The Eleventh Hour (Gemini Winner 2002–03, Best Dramatic Series) and Slings and Arrows (Gemini Winner 2006, Best Dramatic Series) which airs in America on the Sundance Channel. Leavins appears in the 1997 film The Hanging Garden.
Leavins was nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work as Christopher Todson in the series Traders in 1997, and for Best Actor in a Guest Role for his work on Slings and Arrows in 2007. He has also been nominated for a Gemini for his role in Todd and the Book of Pure Evil in 2011.
Leavins writes and performs for the stage as well. His shows Posterchild, The Captain, and The Best Play in the Fringe Festival Ever have been performed across North America.
In 2006 he started the internet show Cute with Chris, a satirical video podcast which he wrote, anchored, and produced himself from his apartment. The show features photos and letters sent in by viewers, which Leavins comments on, mocks, and subjects to polls on which is cutest. His show also features co-hosts: Colty, the female plastic horse, Pervy, the larger male perverted plastic horse with racist issues, and Peanuts, a bag of polystyrene peanuts that can only be understood by Leavins. The show's popularity increased over time, and the weekly episodes attracted up to 100,000 views each. Chris abruptly ceased production of the show in June 2009, ostensibly prompted by one of his viewers, informing him of how the show had aged him. Chris later confirmed on his website that this episode would be the last in the series.
On January 30, 2008, he performed a live version of the show for free at the 99-seat Hudson Theater in Hollywood, California. The show sold out in 85 minutes. Another two shows, this time charging money for tickets, were put on at the Theatre Centre, Toronto on April 19 and 20, 2008. Both sold out; the first in 20 minutes. Leavins has said that he sees this use of an Internet fan base to attract theatre audiences as a new model for success, and a solution to the difficulties that he experienced attracting audiences as a conventional writer and performer.
- Nothing to Lose (1994)
- Deeply, Deeply Trunk (1996)
- The Hanging Garden (1997)
- American Whiskey Bar (TV, 1998)
- Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion (TV, 1999)
- Traders (1996–2000)
- Robocop (1994)
- Due South (1995)
- La Femme Nikita (1998)
- Blue Murder (2003)
- Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2004)
- The Eleventh Hour (2003, 2004, 2005)
- Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010—2012 )
- The Captain
- The Best Play in the Fringe Festival Ever
- The Captain and other stories (2009)
- Leavins, Chris. "Northern Stars". Archived from the original on June 11, 2011.
- Ouzounian, Richard (October 26, 2008). "Don't get cute!". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
- Leavins, Chris. The Captain and other stories, 2009, p.99.
- "Gemini Awards 1997".
- Tossel, Ivor (April 19, 2008). "Web hit, live show thrives on the power of cute" (Fee required). The Globe and Mail.[dead link]
- Leavins, Chris. "About Me". Cute With Chris. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Leavins, Chris (January 14, 2008). "Show Sold Out". Cute With Chris. Retrieved 2008-04-27.