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Thursday February 8, 2018, 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?

Marie Denny.

Which team or show are you on?

SNACKS!

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in London, England, then Chicago, IL.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I moved to New York 8 years ago as a dramatic actor associating improv with comedy-which felt out of my league. After a few years here I decided to take an improv class to book more commercial auditions so I could be somewhat poor instead of all the way poor. I didn’t really know what long form improv was before that but I was hooked immediately. Sketch felt like a natural progression a few years after that.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since high school but it wasn’t something I thought I would do with my life until after college.

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

Michaela Coel. Chewing Gum was one of the most brilliant, weird, authentic and original shows I’ve seen in awhile.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I’d love to write for Robin Thede on The Rundown. The show has a voice and perspective you won’t find anywhere else in late night and she brings a fun energy to our current, nightmarish news cycle.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Silly wordplay and inventive physical comedy.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Well I’m a big old 80’s baby so it would start with some manic 80’s pop and then move into some smooth 90’s RnB. Throw in some Snoop and Riri for good measure.

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

“How’s it going?” Practicality won out.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Probably slinging drinks in a bar dreaming of one day being an old, eccentric hermit.

Would you ever consider keeping a rodent as a pet?

Only if it could do useful stuff like bring me the remote and make my bed. That would actually be pretty dope, I might be into that.

 

Thursday February 1, 2018, 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?

Brian Rodriguez.

Which team or show are you on?

I’m on the musical improv team Honeymoon, part of Musical Megawatt.

Where are you from?

The Dirtiest Parts of Jersey, NJ.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I started doing competitive solo improv on my high school forensics team when I was a freshman and loved having it as an outlet for creating characters and following patterns and calling back to earlier beats.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I played Touchstone in an 8th grade production of As You Like It, and have mostly felt trapped performing that role ever since.

I’m sorry, that answer is a little too pretentious! What about: I started playing the trombone and performing in the 4th grade, mostly because I could make it look like I was jerking the instrument off? Is that better?!

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

I just want to be in a scene with Beth Slack again. That would be ideal.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Neither of those things interest me, but I would most like for more Magnet talent (not me) to write for more Magnet Podcasts ???? There is just such amazing talent here that I wish I could carry around on my phone and listen to.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

That thing when babies are scared by their own farts. It’s such a raw visceral reaction.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Lots of Math Rock, Chillhop, and anything Sufjan Stevens does.

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

I’d ask them not to make eye contact.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

At home, watching everyone else’s night out on snapchat.

If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be? (You can wear different shades of the same color.)

 I’m so stressed out by this question, I may never leave the house again. Gray?

Thursday January 25, 2018, 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?

Ellen Matthews.

Which team or show are you on?

She Wolf (Megawatt).

Where are you from?

Western Massachusetts.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I always took advantage of school projects where I had the option to perform a “skit” or “video” as my presentation. When I went to college, I wanted to continue to be creative, but I really did not want to do improv. I didn’t think I could think that quickly on my feet. I eventually discovered a sketch comedy troupe (Sketch 22 at UMass Amherst) which was perfect for me. After college, I moved to New York and took a sketch writing class at UCB, but I found that I couldn’t keep up with the time-consuming writing while maintaining my full time job. Knowing that I needed to continue to create and collaborate in some way, my friend convinced me to take an improv class at UCB which was being taught by Shannon O’Neill. From then on, I started to fall in love with improv. I had always been a writer and performer, and I loved how improv let me do both at the same time, in a collaborative way. When I discovered Magnet Theater in 2016, I felt for the first time the most comfortable I had ever felt doing improv. The teachers, the community, and the open-minded curriculum and style made me feel very much at home.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Always.

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

Writing partner: My friend Danielle Soto. We were writing partners in college. She is now a standup comedian in LA – check her out! A great writing partner sparks ideas from you that you would never have on your own, and makes you laugh A LOT. Scene partner: Anyone who is committed. The worst feeling in improv isn’t not getting laughs, it having your partner bail on you. I still to this day remember people who have bailed on me simply in class scenes, not even at a show, and I still can’t let it go…That’s why we always must remind each other: “Got your back!”

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I would love to impersonate Kate McKinnon, she’s very expressive when she acts or even talks in an interview, which I can relate to. I remember an audience member coming up to me after a show and saying “you have awesome facial expressions!”, which I took as a huge compliment.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Being silly and physical comedy. Don’t get me wrong – I respect clever, satirical, pointed comedy, but I could watch something like The Daily Show without ever laughing out loud. It doesn’t mean I don’t find the material funny, I do! It’s just that I can control my laughter. However, if someone farts in a meeting, I will not be able to control my laughter… If someone slips and makes a funny cry noise, I will not be able to control my laughter… One time at She Wolf practice, our coach Rick Andrews dropped his glasses off his face. He tried to catch them several times in the air, before they took the longest fall to the ground. I had to curl up in my chair because my stomach hurt so bad from laughing at this truly beautiful and genuine moment. I think I laugh hardest when the person is being real, and is actually not trying to be funny.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Lilith Fair.

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

I’m always curious to know what TV shows people like to watch. I find that it can tell me a lot about their personality.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Out to dinner, but back in time to watch Saturday Night Live.

What’s your spirit toothbrush and/or paste?

My spirit toothbrush is a Sonicare because it’s gentle and soothing on my gums. My dentists yells at me for brushing too hard and hurting my gums. Thank you Sonicare!

Thursday January 18, 2018, 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?

Justin Morgan.

Which team or show are you on?

The Nitro Girls.

Where are you from?

Snellville, GA (suburb of Atlanta).

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

Was asked to join a theater sports team in High School at a drama club party. I then went through training at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta very quickly afterward.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since high school really. There was a gap of about a decade though where there was just occasional daydreaming about comedy. Then, I tried my hand at stand-up almost ten years ago. Standup led to hosting. Hosting led to storytelling. Storytelling led to sketch. So…a long time.

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

Someone who blows me away with how funny and talented they are. But also someone who will knock around jokes and bits with me for hours. They should be wide open for collaboration, but resolute in what they personally find funny. (If you are looking for actual people … I think Devin O’Neil, Michael Delisle and Pat May are remarkably funny.)

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Broad question. It would be awesome to write some sort of lunacy for Jason Mantzoukas to perform. Impression? Someone with a very distinct voice … Maybe a Jeff Goldblum, John Lithgow or Sam Rockwell.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Jokes that bomb. I love hearing risky things get met with uncomfortable silences or “Oooooohs.” That tends to make me laugh the hardest. That and my very weird wife.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

I really like radio mixes by Chances With Wolves right now. It’s like 50’s & 60’s rock and soul music covers from all over the world. Radiohead, Talking Heads, 60’s & 70’s soul music.

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

“What can I get you to drink?”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Most likely the movies. I enjoy movies.

If a wicked witch turned you into a pair of shoes, what kind of shoes would you be?

A shoe that I would argue is nice enough, yet still comfortable enough, to be considered a dress sneaker.

Thursday December 28, 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?

Hi, my name is Amanda. “Bless my soul!”

Which team or show are you on?

Drama. We’re new to Megawatt. “Herc was on a roll!”

Where are you from?

Middletown, New Jersey. “Person of the week in every Greek opinion poll!”

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

By accident. I thought I submitted for a paying gig and I wound up in an improv class. “What a pro!”

How long have you been performing/writing?

As a child, I lied a lot. My mom put me in theater classes as an outlet for my persuasive imagination. “Herc’ could stop a show!”

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

Samantha Bee. “Point him at a monster and you’re talking SRO!”

What makes you laugh the hardest?

People who are good at losing. “He was a no one, a zero, zero!”

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

“Now he’s a honcho
He’s a hero
He was a kid with his act down pat
From zero to hero in no time flat
Zero to hero just like that
When he smiled
The girls went wild with
Ooh’s and ah’s
And they slapped his face
On every vase
(On every ‘vahse’)
From appearance fees and royalties
Our Herc had cash to burn
Now nouveau riche and famous
He could tell you
What’s a Grecian urn?
Say amen
There he goes again
Sweet and undefeated
And an awesome ten for ten
Folks lined up
Just to watch him flex
And this perfect package
Packed a pair of pretty pecs
Hercie, he comes
He sees, he conquers
Honey, the crowds were
Going bonkers
He showed the moxie, brains, and spunk
From zero to hero a major hunk
Zero to hero and who’da thunk
Who put the glad in gladiator?
Hercules!
Whose daring deeds are great theater?
Hercules
Isn’t he bold?
No one braver
Is he sweet
Our favorite flavor
Hercules, Hercules (my man)
Hercules, Hercules
Hercules, Hercules
Bless my soul
Herc’ was on a roll
Undefeated
Riding high
And the nicest guy
Not conceited
He was a nothin’
A zero, zero
Now he’s a honcho
He’s a hero
He hit the heights at breakneck speed
From zero to hero
Herc is a hero!”

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

Where are you from? “Now he’s a herooooo!”

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Transcribing the lyrics to Hercules. “Yes indeed!”

What’s your favorite movie quote?

“Indifference is the most awful thing in the world, Armand,” and the rest of The Birdcage.

Thursday December 21, 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?

Amy Charowsky

Which team or show are you on?

SNACKS!

Where are you from?

New Milford, NJ

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I started a short-form group in college with my friend Noah, because short-form was all I was aware of at the time. And then when I moved to NY, I started in long-form classes, and then after years of that, I tried musical improv classes.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I started in dance classes when I was 2, which I eventually learned wasn’t my strong suit. I started acting and singing about 10 years after that.

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

I suppose because my natural tendency is to be a grounded straight man type, a more high energy partner would be the best fit. So… maybe like… Melissa McCarthy — if I could keep a straight face!

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

Oooh, I love acting but I don’t love doing impersonations. The only ones I’ve ever been even halfway decent at are of Karen from Will & Grace and Celine Dion, and you’d have to ask really nicely for them… and maybe give me a glass of wine.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Either really spot-on observational comedy, or just pure silliness. It’s really situationally specific for me.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

It’s a wide range! I keep a Spotify playlist of a random bunch of songs I like… it’s a mix of singer/songwriter stuff, folk rock, bluegrass rock, pop, and so on. There’s even a little bit of classical in there. But I also have a showtunes playlist I put on a lot too. Can’t help it.

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

What’s your name? LOGICAL QUESTION (also I’ve probably forgotten it so realistically I am asking this question twice)

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Probably working, because I don’t have a normal schedule and sadly “Saturday night” doesn’t usually mean anything social for me. That’s what other nights are for!

What’s your favorite time of day and why?

Generally, I love the nighttime, like 10-12. I tend to function better then, like my brain is sharper or something!

Thursday December 7, 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?

Yoshi Saito

Which team or show are you on?

Raw Denim

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Japan. I moved to the states when I was 18.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I was watching TV one day and thought to myself that maybe I could write funny material like that. Shortly after that, I found myself in a sketch writing class! I sometimes do improv and other performances as well even though I am a horrible performer (but at least I am aware of it and have fun doing it).

How long have you been performing/writing?

About a year and a half.

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

I like working with good listeners. So I would say Oprah Winfrey.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I can do a pretty good impression of Frank Ocean singing Pyramids. Other than that, I’d like to impersonate Yoko Ono, George Takei and Ken Watanabe. I’d love to write for SNL!

What makes you laugh the hardest?

Rehearsals with my sketch team Raw Denim make me laugh! Also wacky Japanese comedy.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

“I Love You, Earth” by Yoko Ono. It’s very simple and beautiful yet super hardcore at the same time.

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

So…what’s your real job?

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

You can find me getting a colonic.

What are your top 3 favorite comedy movies?

Team America, Airplane! and any movie by Aki Kaurismaki is very funny.

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!

Thursday November 9, 2017, 10:20am - 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?

Lanee’ Sanders

Which team or show are you on?

Nitro Girls

Where are you from?

Quantico, VA (where they pretend to shoot the hit ABC thriller Quantico)

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I dabbled in improv in high school and sketch comedy in college. When I moved to New York a few years ago, I figured I could probably trick strangers into being my friends by attending weekly improv and sketch comedy classes with them.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Performing in any capacity? Since middle school. Writing? I don’t know. Aren’t we always writing? I wrote a novella called “The Bear Figurine” in the 5th grade, and even though it’s essentially a rip off of “The Indian in the Cupboard”, that’s probably when I first felt like a writer.

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

Mindy Kaling and Martin McDonagh. What a diverse team we’d be!

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I think I’d do a really good job writing for Niecy Nash. If you know her please pass this self-endorsement along.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

When a scene takes a dark, hilarious turn out of nowhere.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Oh man. It would be upbeat…something you’d dance to. Like Jock Jams meats Jamiroquai meets the song “Fergalicious.” Pitchfork would give it a really bad review.

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

Why are you here?

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Probably eating chocolate chips in my bed, half-watching bad TV while trying to figure out how to get pictures of my butt off The Cloud.

What’s the best Wi-Fi name you have ever seen?

Unfortunately my memory is not great, so I’m going to have to say my current one, which is Zamunda.

Thursday November 2, 2017, 10:49am - 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?

Samara Breger

Which team or show are you on?

Kittyhawk

Where are you from?

NYC

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I was very sad and living in Boston, which I hated, so I decided to try out improv and aerial silks. The improv stuck. I didn’t get into musical improv until I got back to New York, and that’s when it all really clicked for me. Thanks, Magnet Theater!

How long have you been performing/writing?

Kind of always–I did musicals as a kid and then focused on classical voice and opera from high school until my early twenties, when it wore me out. Musical improv really reminded me how much I love performing. Thanks again, Magnet Theater!

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

Judy Blume.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for? 

I would love to write zesty little one-liners for RuPaul for when the queens come down the runway. I like to impersonate the devil or animals doing people jobs. I used to celebrate my college’s official annual “Julia Child Day” by terrorizing my friends with my Julia Child impression. STEAK DIANE!

What makes you laugh the hardest?

When my buddies on stage surprise themselves. That look of shock commingled with delight and a tiny bit of terror gets me right in my sweet spot. Also, I’m always tickled when people can’t get through telling a joke without laughing. They’re laughing, I’m laughing, we’re all having a very good time!

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Short answer: Liza Minnelli. Long answer: LIIIIIIIZAAAAA MINNELLLIIIIIII! WOOO!

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

Are you Liza Minnelli? Oh, you’re not? Get the fuck out of here.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Standing in my kitchen, debating whether or not I want to go to a geographically inconvenient party.

If life were a video game what would some of the cheat codes be?

If you pretend to be confident for a while, it can lead to actual confidence.

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