Mike Tornabene, class of 2010, is not quite what people have come to expect from the typical Tisch Film school graduate. He hasn’t made any independent, artsy films, or interned with production companies in the city. Rather, he’s spent his time appearing at clubs and parties up and down the East Coast–and becoming YouTube-famous along the way.
This is all because of Dom Mazzetti, a character Tornabene and his high school friend Gian Hunjan brewed up. Dom, played by Tornabene, is an Italian American college student who appears on Youtube to talk about such relevant topics as Four Loko, the behavior of drunk girls, and Casey Anthony. The video series has become a massive success on YouTube, where it has been viewed over 13 million times. NYU Local had a chance to talk to Tornabene about his budding career, the origins and future of Dom, and fond memories of beer pong in Palladium.