Getting to Know: Lida Darmian
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What’s your name?
Which team or show are you on?
Where are you from?
Born in Dallas Texas, raised in Agoura Hills, CA.
How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?
I used to watch the SNL reruns that they would play on E! when I was in elementary school, and I would watch the show as it aired in the mid-90s (I had a cool mom). Was introduced to improv with Whose Line Is It Anyway like everyone else, and my high school had a ComedySportz team (I was not on it). I I went to an improv camp when I was 16, and that was my first taste of it.
How long have you been performing/writing?
I was in a play called "The Elephant Child" in 2nd grade. It was the story of how elephants got such long noses(I played one of SEVERAL elephants). The big Ru-veal was when we pulled off the paperclip that was holding back our accordion construction paper noses, and suddenly we our transformation was complete. Ya gotta love the drama of a mid-show make over.
Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?
I would love to work with both Phoebe Robinson and Jordan Peele. I love that their work doesn't shy away from pushing the boundaries of race/what it means to be a minority, and they add humor to it too. I strive to do work that celebrates individuality and doesn't ignore our differences as people.
Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?
I would most like to write for my friends because I would love to pimp them out in a good way, and I know their voices, so it would be easy. I want to impersonate any diva, complete with full dance numbers.
What makes you laugh the hardest?
I love when anyone is earnestly dumb but still comes from a hopeful place. Also, mispronouncing words can really get me good.
Describe the soundtrack to your life!
There would be some songs you could definitely dance to, something with a great build or drop, some musicals thrown in, and a few songs to cry to.
What's something you'd ask when meeting someone for the first time?
"What's your favorite and least favorite food?"
Where can we find you on a Saturday night?
Ideally: eating at a really delicious hip restaurant and seeing a movie or show. Reality: probably babysitting or lying in bed.