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Xavier Burgin

[Photo: Mario Rodriguez]

Most Creative People 2017

Xavier Burgin

Writer, Director

For cut-up storytelling

When Xavier Burgin fires off a tweet, his followers grab the popcorn. The writer and filmmaker—known as XLNB on social media—is drawing a growing audience for his hilarious fictional narratives, which he unspools to his 60,000 followers in linked tweets. What’s distinctive about Burgin’s storytelling, aside from the medium, is that he crafts his work in real time, improvising twists based on followers’ reactions. “Unlike TV or film, you’re getting feedback in that very moment,” says Burgin, whose fans include Barry Jenkins and Hannibal Buress. Since Burgin’s first hit, a love-triangle comedy called “Tina and the Gucci Flip Flop,” went viral in 2015, he’s created over 30 more, including “The Barbershop Chronicles,” a cautionary tale for anyone considering dating the ex-girlfriend of your hairstylist. “Posting the over-the-top shit on [Twitter] helped me realize that I’m actually kind of funny,” Burgin says. “But it also helped me understand my voice as a writer.” 

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