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Stand-Up. The Musical!

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Selena Coppock
January 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor .

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I'm mostly a standup comedian and storyteller, but before that I was in a sketch comedy trio and before that I studied and performed improv for years, and before that I sang a capella throughout high school and college. And before THAT I was in middle school and hated everyone and everything. I love standup and I love that this show is a brilliant musical about the comedic format that I adore so much.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this winter that...?
features a fantastically choreographed fight between Club Comics and Alt Comics. You just can't get that type of hilarious stage combat anywhere else!

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met Lauren Maul, the amazing writer and director, a year or two ago when she moved to New York City. We had mutual friends, so she reached out to me about comedy shows in NYC. I was blown away by her talent immediately and I'm glad that we've become great pals. I know most of the cast through the NYC standup community and they're all hilarious, lovely people. I had the good fortune of collaborating with some new people and they're all fantastic, too. It's a jazzy crew.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
THE BOOK OF MORMON. If you don't take yourself too seriously and you love fun, laugh-out-loud musicals, then "Stand Up. The Musical!" is for you.

Who are your heroes?
The female pioneers of comedy: Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and so many more. Those women paved the way so and taught America that ladies are just as funny as, if not funnier, then men.