Minnesota’s Got Talent: Internet Sensation ‘Baby Yoda’ Is From White Bear Lake

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Watch out, Josh Hartnett! Minnesota has a new big-time Hollywood celeb to be proud of! “Baby Yoda”, the pint-sized alien that’s been taking the internet by storm, is a lifelong resident of White Bear Lake.

Baby Yoda, who’s real name is simply ‘Drew’, 50, was working in the deli department of the White Bear Lake Kowalski’s when a coworker alerted him to an open casting call asking for “Baby Yodas”. He submitted an audition video and got a call from The Mandalorian’s showrunner Jon Favreau less than an hour later.

“Drew was perfect for the role. Absolutely perfect” said Favreau, “he was so perfect, in fact, that his very existence caused me and the rest of the crew to have an existential crisis about humankind’s place in the universe”.

Drew graduated from White Bear Lake Area High School in 1987 where he was voted “Most Likely To Play Baby Yoda”. His hobbies include ice fishing, watching the Vikes play, and just standing there adorably sipping from a cup of hot soup.

Drew’s only other acting experience prior to The Mandalorian was a blink-and-you-miss-it background role as a potted plant in the Coen brothers film A Serious Man (2008) that filmed in Bloomington, and a small stint as the baby Jesus in a Christmas play at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of White Bear Lake.

“I always knew he would one day be famous,” said Sam Swansen, one of Drew’s neighbors, “I mean look at him; he’s the cutest fucking thing on the planet”.

When asked for comment on his massive overnight success, Mr. Drew simply tilted his head inquisitively before removing the top of our microphone and attempting to put it in his mouth.

We at The Nordly wish Drew the best at his new job!