Getting to Know: Melissa Ulloa

Getting To Know Thursday November 29, 2018, 10:00am - by Elaine Bledsoe

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Melissa Ulloa in a purple sweaterWhat’s your name?

Melissa Ulloa.

Which team or show are you on?

Team: Big Whoop. Past Shows: All the Same, Split Screen, Space Station Delta, CHUCHO, Fact or Fiction, The Multiplex, The Evente, The Nightmare, The Feast, The Nighty Night Show, Improvised TED Talks, Gifted.

Where are you from?

I was born in Miami but mostly raised in West Palm Beach, Florida.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I was always into acting and theater and stuff. Then in my first year of college the theater department had auditions for an improv team. I got on, did that for two years and never wanted to not do it.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since I could talk I suppose. When my brother and I were toddlers we'd drag over our little Playskool table into the middle of the living room, use it as a stage and force our parents to watch us do characters or skits or "stand up". I'm pretty we even had a few episodes of a radio show that we'd recorded on one of those Talkboy tape recorders.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Richard Ayoade.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Impersonate? Everyone. Write for? Myself.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Easy. Michael Lutton.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

What's something you'd ask when meeting someone for the first time?

Probably not their name. I don't really like asking for names. I think they're kinda overrated. "How's your day going?" is a pretty good gateway question. You learn a lot by paying attention to what they feel like sharing. You could get facts, opinions, mindless banter, thoughtful answers. I'm down for all those.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Sometimes House Managing at the Magnet Theater. Sometimes doing shows with Chucho. But probably snuggling my cat, hot dog, and watching a movie.

If you were in a talent show, what would your talent be? 
I'm like really good at breaking down cardboard boxes. Maybe I'd do as many as I could in a minute. I reckon I could do about 30. Yeah, that's right. 1 every 2 secs.