Posts Tagged ‘Just Karen’

Thursday February 15, 2018, 5:03pm - by Megan Gray

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Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the latest additions to Just Karen and Danger Noodle! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned this round. Here’s to a brand new season of killer comedy, premiering on Monday, March 12th, 7:30 pm.

 

KEY:
* – new to team
>Italics – new to program
Bold – Promoted to writer/performer

 

JUST KAREN
Kristina Grosspietsch (performer)
Keith Rubin (performer)
Tom Sanchez (performer)
* Aimée Lutkin (performer)
Dennis Pacheco (writer/performer)
Devin O’Neill (writer/performer)
Carly Silverman (writer)
David Fried (writer)
Elie Stav (writer)
Levi Friedman (writer)
Directed by Matt Alspaugh

 

RAW DENIM

Rachel Robertson (performer)
Matt Abedi (performer)
Shelley Little (performer)
John Graham (performer)
Kyle Levenick (writer/ performer)
Sarah Cassell (writer/performer)
Chris Wade (writer)
Daniel Louis (writer)
Yoshi Saito (writer)
Karina Sahlin (writer)
Directed by Chrissie Gruebel

 

DANGER NOODLE

Gina Cucci (performer)
Matt Brooks (performer)
Alyssa Lott (performer)
* Brendan Goggins (performer)
* Billy Soco (performer)
Jackie Skinner (writer/performer)
Annemarie Cullen (writer)
Lauren Faylor (writer)
Matt Morea (writer)
Rob Webber (writer)
Emily Draper (writer)
Directed by Nat Silverman

 

NEW TEAM TAPATIO

Tanyika Carey (performer)
Michael Stevens (performer)
Janay Bates (performer)
Raquel Castellar (performer)
Randy McKay (writer/Performer)
Francis Fuster (writer/performer)
Caroline Castro (writer)
Gregory Cornejo (writer)
Shenovia Large (writer)
Jennifer Epperson (writer)
Directed by Lanee’ Sanders

 

NEW TEAM SRIRACHA

Duaa Osman (performer)
Kourtni Beebe (performer)
Zak Kamin (performer)
Frankie Johnson (performer)
Gretchen Wylder (performer)
Ben Koch (writer/performer)
Lauren Overpeck (writer)
Virginia Dickens (writer)
Kathleen O’Mara (writer)
Kayte Zhang (writer)
Harry McAlister (writer)
Directed by Michael Delisle

 

NEW TEAM FRANKS

Lida Darmian (performer)
Ladell Thomas (performer)
Chris De La Cruz (performer)
Alexandra Sobrino (performer)
Lorena Russi (writer/performer)
Kate Shine (writer/performer)
Will Cybriwsky (writer)
Nick Wiener (writer)
Jeffery Kitt (Writer)
Elsa Bermudez (writer)
Directed by Johnathan Ross

 

There have also been some exciting changes to our weekend sketch teams, including the addition of The Nitro Girls to Friday nights alongside with The Executives. Check out each team’s new members and see their season debut on Friday, March 2nd, at 7 pm.

 

THE NITRO GIRLS

Leanne Velednitski (performer)
John Ross (performer)
Amy Lynn Berger (performer)
Sam Rogal (writer/performer)
Jesse Mudrick (writer/performer)
Joe Lepore (writer/performer)
Lanee’ Sanders (writer)
Justin Morgan (writer)
* Nat Silverman (writer)
Directed by Chris Hastings

 

THE EXECUTIVES

Charlie Nicholson (performer)
Meredith Burns (performer)
Lane Kwederis (performer)
Xavier Padin (performer)
Elena Skopetos (writer/performer)
Evan Forde Barden (writer/performer)
Sara Kalkstein (writer)
Kristen Loe (writer)
Ashley Glicken (writer)
James Kuo (writer)
Directed by Kevin Cobbs
Tuesday December 19, 2017, 11:00am - by Magnet Theater

Tired of seeing fat guys relegated to sidekicks and punchlines? Tom Sanchez is too. That’s why he wrote the action and music packed solo show Fat Friend, coming to the Magnet stage on December 29th. Here’s our conversation with Tom about Fat Friend, his sketch team Just Karen, and the magic of singing cops.

How did you get involved with Magnet?

I had heard of the Magnet through some friends who had taken classes there, so after a particularly rough class at UCB, I signed up for my Level 1 Class at the Magnet and never looked back!

What’s the inspiration behind your show Fat Friend?

I was tired of always going in to audition to play the fat sidekick in shows, commercials, etc, so I decided to write a show where the fat guy finally gets to be the hero, and not a punchline. Also I wanted to be able to do a dance, talk in an Australian accent, and eat pizza on stage and the only way that would ever happen was if I wrote myself that show!

Fat Friend involves the cast of the fictional sitcom “Totes in Love.” What’s your favorite bad sitcom?

This isn’t technically a sitcom, but the show “Cop Rock” is a very bad show from 1990 that I love. It’s a police procedural musical, in which these gritty cops break into song during the episodes. It’s basically Law and Order meets Glee, and everyone should look up the song “Let’s be Careful Out There” on Youtube immediately.

How has the show changed since it went up at the theater earlier this year?

It’s about 15 minutes shorter, first of all, and I’ve added more jokes, so hopefully it packs more of a punch, and is tighter, overall. Also, I’m updating the dances, and yes, there are 2 dance numbers in the 30 minute show!

How is your process different in a solo show than creating with your sketch team Just Karen?

Just Karen is great because we have this great team of writers who write these great sketches for you, and a great team of performers who are all very talented, so the whole process so much more fun and collaborative. The solo show is more difficult because its just me in the room, so there’s no one to bounce ideas off of, but I get to create and do whatever I want to do in the show, which is its own kind of fun!

What do you like better– sketch or improv? (You have to choose!)

Ok, let me just say that I love my sketch team VERY much and I think they are all VERY talented, but I gotta go with improv! There are no lines to learn, no costumes to bring, no props to worry about, so you just get to be weird and wild!

What’s your all time favorite Bonnie Tyler song and why?

Even though its (spoiler alert) NOT in the show, I’m going with the classic, “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The music video is incredible and the song is so mysterious. Who is Bright Eyes and why won’t they turn around?

Thursday November 16, 2017, 10:46am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

 

What’s your name?

Tom Sanchez

Which team or show are you on?

Avalanche and Just Karen

Where are you from?

I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I used to watch “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” with my Dad when I was younger, but I really got into when my high school theater teacher spent a semester teaching us how to do a Harold during my sophomore year. I’ve been doing improv in one form or another since then.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I’ve been performing since I was in high school and writing for the last 4 years

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

I would love to play opposite Amy Poehler. She’s so smart and sincere as a performer, how could improvising with her not be fun? I also secretly want to be in a Christopher Guest movie someday. Can we make that happen? He reads these, right?

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I kind of wish I had a solid Zach Galifinackis impression under my belt, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I dream of doing a Rosie O’Donnell impression one day.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Moments of surprise or sudden understanding usually get me to laugh, but in reality, I still have the sense of humor of 12-year old me, and a solid dirty pun or innuendo will really get me laughing!

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

The “All Out 00’s” playlist on Spotify. Honorable mentions to the Dangerous Woman album by Ariana Grande and “Despacito” by Luis Fonzi ft. Justin Bieber.

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

“What do you do in your spare time?” This is always more fun than “What do you do?” because most people hate their day jobs!

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

If I’m not doing a show or rehearsing, I’m usually in bed re-watching Parks and Rec or falling asleep to a David Attenborough documentary. His voice is really soothing!

What animal would be cutest if it were scaled down to the size of a cat?

An elephant, hands down. Have you seen baby elephants? Now imagine that they are always that size! So cute!

Wednesday August 16, 2017, 11:50pm - by Megan Gray

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Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the newest additions to Just Karen, Nitro Girls, Chillionaire and The Executives! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned this round. Here’s to a brand new season of killer comedy, premiering on Monday, September 11th, 7:30pm.

 

Italicized = new to program
* = new to existing team
+ = promoted to writer/performer

Just Karen – Directed by Matt Alspaugh*
Devin O’Neill +
Kristina Grosspietsch
Morgan Pelligrino
Keith Rubin
Dennis Pacheco
David Fried
Bailey Swilley
Carly Silverman
Elie Stav
Tom Sanchez*

Chillionaire – Directed by Michael Delisle
Duaa Osman
Tanyika Carey
Molly Kiernan
Kate Shine
Kourtni Bebe
Francis Fuster
Greg Cornejo
Skyler Swezy
Nick Wiener*
Brendan Goggins*

Nitro Girls – Directed by Chris Hastings
Sam Rogal
Jesse Mudrick
Justin Morgan
Lanee Sanders
John Ross
Amy Lynn Berger
Alex Braslavsky
Joe Lepore
Chelsea Frei
Leanne Velednitski

Team Bill S. Preston Esquire – Directed by Jesse Acini
Matt Wassung
Diego Martinez
Chloe Lewis
Lorena Russi +
Jennette Cronk
Billy Soco
Zach Kamin
Lauren Overpack
Zackery Stephens
Caroline Castro

Team Ted Theodore Logan – Directed By Chrissie Gruebel
Karina Sahlin
Daniel Louis Sgrizzi
Sarah Cassell
Kyle Levenick
Matt Abedi
Chris Wade
Yoshi Saito
John Graham
Shelley Little
Rachel Robertson

Team Rufus – Directed by Nat Silverman
Katie Sicking
Matt Morea
Patrick Grizzard
Lauren Faylor
Rob Webber
Gina Cucci
Jackie Skinner
Matt Brooks
Alyssa Lott
Annemarie Cullen

Dinosaur Jones – Directed by Joe Lepore
Matt Alspaugh
Nat Silverman
Hayley Karl
Rich Rosario
Ben Koch
Anna Neu
Becca Schall
Jessica Taylor

The Executives – Directed By Kevin Cobbs
Ari Miller
Elena Skopetos*
Evan Forde Barden
Bryan Berlin
Charlie Nicholson
Lane Kwederis
Meredith Burns
Sara Kalkstien*
Kristen Loe*

Thursday July 27, 2017, 10:18am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Keith Rubin

Which team or show are you on?

Just Karen

Where are you from?

Maryland

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I started doing improv in high school, and joined an improv group in college to have a group of people who were contractually obligated to be my friends. Then when I moved to New York, I studied improv and sketch at UCB and performed informally there and at the PIT before landing at the Magnet sketch program in a more official capacity.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I’ve been performing since high school, and writing for about four years.

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

I’d truly love to do an improv scene with Jason Sudeikis and try to out-straight-man each other for the entire duration of it. As for writing, if I could just be a fly on the wall when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hang out, that’s probably about as educational an experience as you could get. Alternatively, I’d love to just watch how Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright operate on a set and take copious notes.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I’ve recently been working on an impression of the least attractive Hemsworth brother, but…dream scenario? I’d want to impersonate one of the more attractive Hemsworth brothers. And also write something for Martin and Morgan Freeman and call it “The Freemans: Brothers From Another Mother.”

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Extremely specific, extremely dumb things. In this regard, Clickhole is a godsend to me.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

A Songza playlist entitled “90’s Crowd-Pleasing Hits.” Songza because it is as obsolete as my knowledge of music, and 90’s music because Third Eye Blind is the best band there is, was, or ever will be.

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

“How’s it going?”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

If I’m free, probably cooking a nice dinner, and if not, probably seeing or doing the show that’s preventing me from being free and cooking a nice dinner.

 

Wednesday July 19, 2017, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater
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Writer, performer, and avid footballer, LORENA RUSSI, joins host Louis Kornfeld to talk about making the world a better, more evolved place through comedy and how old they both feel. Lorena and Louis discuss how people often put others in easy-to-recognize boxes, why slower comedy appeals to them more, and Lorena’s experience writing for The Kat Call on YouTube. Tune in to hear them shake hands at the end!

Our episode kicks off with Louis mispronouncing Lorena’s name, but it’s okay because it leads to a great conversation on identity and the importance of her name. Sorry, Louis – there’s no going back! Lorena describes her frustrations improvising as an “alpha female […] masculine center” person which gets them talking about how people very quickly and commonly put others into the most readily recognizable boxes available. Lorena touches on the common occurrence of having to be everyone’s source of information and how it can be exhausting to constantly explain things to people.

Lorena and Louis discuss improv as sport versus improv as theater and which parts of each tend to produce humor. Find out why Lorena prefers watching slower shows and why it’s harder for her to enjoy improv shows these days. Our heroes get to talking about entertainment overload and how digital platforms simultaneously wear us out and provide a higher level of accessibility to performers of color than ever before. Lorena calls out Master of None for not being very good and Louis calls the internet the cigarette of our generation. Wow. Hot takes all around! Contrasting the rapidity of the internet, Lorena and Louis chat about needing time to process things, a conversation that involves acknowledging sadness, using power words, and not allowing “darkness of the soul” to creep in too much.

Talking about Lorena’s experience writing for The Kat Call, we hear about what a great environment it was to work in and how it was a part of an overall arc within Lorena’s comedy career of asking the question, “What are we trying to say?” After mentioning how old she feels for the third or fourth time, Lorena wonders how she might accomplish being less angry at the world. Stay tuned for further critiques and assessments on social media! She and Louis also tackle the concept of playing flawed characters on stage and how there is a responsibility to make sure the audience knows they’re flawed. This leads to discussing the responsibilities of making the world a better, more evolved place in general, but particularly for communities that are threatened. We almost go down a Trump rabbit hole, but pull up just in time! Louis says something mysterious and cool: that we have to “grieve the result of our nightmares.”

Finally, our host and wonderful guest attempt to end this episode on a positive note, but you’ll have to listen to see how they do. And of course, Evan takes a picture of Lorena and Louis for social media purposes!

Thursday June 29, 2017, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Bailey Swilley

Which team or show are you on?

Just Karen

Where are you from?

Memphis

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

After I’d been living in the city for about a year, my dad said, “Didn’t you say you were going to sign up for an improv class? Well, when is it?” Then, I went through the improv and sketch programs at UCB, respectively, and then really got into musical improv for a while. #taglinesongs

How long have you been performing/writing?

Performing in some capacity since high school. Writing sketch for about three years.

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

I really love Casey Wilson… and Jenny Slate. And Billy Eichner! Wait, maybe these are just people I want to be friends with.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I do a great Lauren Bacall impression from her “Fancy Feast” commercial (you know the one). I’d love to write for Amy Sedaris. What a genius.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Sketches so based in reality that it makes the writers’ room and audience super uncomfortable.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Broadway bangerzzzz.

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

“Do you know where the bathroom is?”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Stuffing my face with papaya salad & dumplings.

Which actor/actress would play you in a biopic about your life?

Mandy Moore… probably?