Working on a sitcom, why getting pooped on by a bird led to time with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, minor surgery, building an acting career, and laughing through news tragedies.
Actress and comedian Kathy Searle (Baby Mama, My Man Is a Loser, Body of Proof, Blue Bloods, Gossip Girl, and Lipstick Jungle, etc.) joins Marc Raco and Danielle Beckman in the MouthMedia Network studio powered by Sennheiser.
In this episode:
- Danielle highlights Girls Who Code, Moms Can:Code and Kode With Klossy, nonprofits that help women pursue careers in the tech industry
- Marc and Danielle share their experiences of revising old places of work, and how things can feel nostalgic even as they’ve changed over time
- An on-the-fly round of “Old People News,” where a reporter can’t get through a breaking news report without cracking
- Why acting at the Williamstown Theater was one of the most profound moments of Kathy’s career
- Learning from Faith Ford, Kelly Ripa, and Ted McGinely while guest starring on Hope and Faith, the first multi camera sitcom Kathy has worked on
- An appeal to the Comedy Gods to get Tina Fey on the show
- They joys of getting positive feedback on set from actors and crew after a take
- The importance of being in the moment while acting and being on set
- Kathy tells us how a bird’s stray BM on the set of Baby Momma got Tina Fey and Amy Poehler laughing with her, not at her
- Danielle and Kathy share their experiences of working together at The Actor’s Studio, and how weaving stories and roles together makes for a stronger overall show
- The difficulty of being “in the moment” when playing comedic roles, and finding the balance between reading the audience and focusing on the interactions on the set
- The importance of wardrobe and styling in returning to a familiar character
- Learning to hone the craft of acting by working with Anna Chlumsky and the “lucid body” technique
- The importance of remembering that despite anyone’s status or reputation, that we’re all human beings
- Kathy’s goals as an actor, and why philanthropy is so important to her
- Why perseverance and longevity is such an important factor in building a career in acting
- The dangers of the “compare and despair” pitfall that’s so prevalent, especially with social media
- Plus, since Elsie is on jury duty, everyone shares the strangest thing that happened to them this week!
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