Sandra Hess [Interview]

We have a very cool interview for you fine folks today. Today we have the brilliant Swiss actress and model Sandra Hess sharing a few words with us. I should really put some emphasis on the SWISS part, as you will soon realize that I made a ridiculous mistake and stated that she was from Sweden, which are two entirely different and unique places in their own right. I haven’t been to either, but I want to go to both. But, I digress.

I was first interested in speaking with Sandra Hess because she played the illustrious Cave Nug in a film that was oh so important to me as a child, the Pauly Shore vehicle of a film featuring the Hobbit Man himself, Sean Astin and Mr. George of the Goddamned Jungle himself, Brendan Frasier, known as Encino Man. And let it be known that I have probably watched this film over 100 times in my life, and yet, Sandra managed to truly blow my mind with a fact that I had never really “Linked” up with until now (someone may enjoy what I did there).

Sandra is an amazing actress, and just an overall wonderful person, and we are so happy that she was gracious enough to to be featured on our digital pages. So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy some great words from the amazing Sandra Hess!

I understand you began modeling in Sweden at a young age, but when did your yearning to be a performer begin? What drove you to make the big move from Sweden to L.A.?

Well first of all….I’m from Switzerland , not Sweden, LOL. If I had a penny for every time someone confused the two I’d have a nice little sum of money.

[Editor’s Note: Yeah, no excuse for that. My apologies to Switzerland.]

My obsession with stories and story telling started as a child. I remember being maybe about 6 and begging my mom to take me to see kids plays at the theater and I was obsessed with movies and tv. I would watch these stories and completely get lost in them. At the same time I had a huge fascination with America and whatever came from there. So when I graduated school and a friend of mine was headed to UCLA for a language course, I begged my parents to let me join him. The rest is history…..

One of your earliest roles was a short but sweet, and very memorable to me as a young person during the time, was as the Cave Woman who inexplicably shows up at the end of the film in Encino Man. What was your experience like working on this film? What was that mud made of?

Haha….maybe you need to watch the movie again and pay close attention to the beginning, then maybe the end won’t be so inexplicable. You will see us in the beginning with long haired brown wigs just going about our business in our cave when a big earthquake hits and our cave crumbles. Brendan Fraser’s character thaws out first and mine not until the end of the film.

It was my first role ever and a great experience. And mud is mud…. even on movie sets.

In 1996, you appeared in the third installment of the legendary Beastmaster series known as The Eye of Braxus. What was your experience like working on this series that has its own cult following?

Wow..that was ages ago, but the one thing I remember most favorably about that movie is all the different animals that were on set.

You have worked in just about every genre of film possibly, from Soap Operas to comedies to fantasy or horror. In your experience, what has been your favorite genre to work in?

I like all genres if the characters are interesting.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to tell our readers about?

I haven’t been acting much the last couple of years and at this point in my life would like to get into producing. I have optioned a script that  I’m trying to get made. It’s a bit of a family project. My husband would direct it and a dear friend of ours would star in it. Fingers crossed.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Waking up next to my hubby and 4 animal noses this morning.

Adam Ambruso [Interview]

We are wrapping up the week here with some great words from one of today’s brightest stars on the rise. That star is Adam Ambruso, and we love him. Last year, he appeared in the amazing and harrowing film Trafficked, which featured the likes of Ashley Judd, Sean Patrick Flannery, and Jason London. And not only that, he was also an executive producer on this incredible, and dare I say important, project.

Ambruso is a man who has worn several different hats in his career thus far, and we firmly believe that he is only just getting started in this business. With each and every project he puts out or appears in, he is simply cementing his deserved status as one of the best in the game. And we are so excited to continue following his wonderful career, and seeing what he will graciously give to the world next.

So, let me stop rambling, and let you all enjoy some amazing words from the great Adam Ambruso!

What drew you to the world of acting? When did you first realize you wanted to play pretend for a living?

I always wanted to act and talked about it as a child. This desire became real when I took my first drama class while attending The University of Texas at Austin. Being a “latchkey” kid reared by a single mother, I was raised largely by television shows, movies, and music so there were countless actors and moments that inspired me to become an actor. I definitely resonated with Tom Cruise, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, and Harrison Ford and their stories growing up, as well as countless others. However, my drama professor at UT really had the greatest influence on me taking the plunge into acting in Hollywood. One day in class he asked me to stay after so that he could talk to me. In that meeting he said pensively, “I’m not sure, but I think you might want to consider this as a profession”. That’s all I had to hear. I decided right then and there that I was going to move to Hollywood and make that a reality.

One of the latest films you both performed in and executive produced, is the amazing and controversial Trafficked that I have heard so many amazing things about throughout 2017. So what drew you to work on and produce this project? What inspired you to help create this project?

That’s an interesting question. I’ve been asked that many times because of the subject matter. Honestly, when looking for projects my main objective is to find a great story, but I also have a strong desire to leave a positive imprint on this world and send impactful messages through my work. However, I believe the script finds you. That was definitely the case with “Trafficked”. My producing partner and mentor Will Wallace dropped it on my desk and asked me to give it a look and see if it moved me. Well, it definitely did that and more. I was saddened and enraged that such a terrible and disgusting human rights violation could be happening right underneath our noses. I felt that I didn’t really have a choice whether to make the film or not. This film had to be made, and I was going to see to it that it did.

Another recent project you worked on is Manny Rodriguez Jr.’s Butterfly Caught, which also features our old friend Dominic Bogart, looks to be absolutely fascinating. So, again, what drew you to this project? And what should our readers be looking forward to watching you do in this film?

I like Dominic a lot although I didn’t get to directly work with him, unfortunately. We were on set the same day but were in different story lines. My acting coach and mentor Will Wallace brought me this project as he often does. He let me know it was a Hollywood story and that he normally didn’t like stories about Hollywood, but that this one was different. As usual, he was right. I felt that the story was relevant and needed to be told and that the subject matter was important. The characters were rich and interesting and had depth. Right away I resonated with the character of Randy and knew that I had to play that role in the film. This began a long battle of me fighting to play that role. It was the first time I took some big risks and really put things on the line to get a role. The story of how I finally got the role is almost as interesting as the role I had in the film. That will be for another time. Here’s what you can expect to see when you watch the film. After tragically losing his fiancée, Randy becomes a cop in an attempt to avenge or “right” her death and ends up getting tangled in a sticky web on his way to the top of his career.

When your off set, and find yourself with that occasional bit of “free time”, what do you find yourself doing to occupy your time? Beyond the world of film, what makes you happy?

When I’m not on set, I am really trying to enjoy all life has to offer. I work a lot at this stage of my life. I am building a new house in the Hollywood Hills, managing several rental properties, and run a couple of businesses. When I’m not working I love to watch films and listen to music as well as play my guitar and sing. I love all things athletic…from hiking to lifting weights to Snow boarding, which is my favorite thing to do. I would be remiss if I didn’t include spending time with my family, friends, and that special someone whenever I am in a relationship.

What does the future hold for you? Anything else you would like to plug to our readers?

This year I filmed the Great Race starring Treat Williams and a movie for Lifetime called Who Took My Daughter, both of which will be out this year. I am currently gearing up to play my most difficult role yet, which is the lead role in a true life story of a real savant that is alive today. I also plan on playing the lead role in the big budget super hero film that I am writing with my writing partner called 13: The Search For Peace.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

That last thing that made me smile is when my buddy Griff Furst just told me over the phone that he goes to auditions and pitch meetings sweaty immediately after running sprints or working out. I think that’s just plain awesome.

Alfred Sole [Interview]

Today’s interview subject is a guy who is unique for many different reasons. First of all, he is probably the first full fledged Production Designer we have had featured on the site, and checking that box is pretty damn cool. Also, he is one of the best in the game, who has worked on just about everything you love most likely. Secondly, he is the filmmaker behind one of the most terrifying films I have ever seen. That film is the cult classic project Alice Sweet Alice, also famous for being the breakout role for one Brooke Shields.

One thing not so unique to this site, but absolutely amazing either way, is his involvement with a project we adore and have spoken with several folks in the past about, and that would be Friday the 13th: The Series. I’m not sure how many writers and actors from this short but sweet series, but I know it is certainly not enough!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy some amazing words from the brilliant artist we should all know and love, the wonderful Alfred Sole!

Have you always had the passion to create, or did you just find yourself in this line of work one day?

When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be a painter. I wanted to be Salvatore Dali.

When did you first discover that you had a passion for the world of film and television?  

When I was a kid, my father took me to the movies, and I saw a film called Diabolique. I kept on thinking, “how do you do that? How do you make that?”

The 1976 thriller Alice Sweet Alice, which you wrote and directed, was my earliest experience with being scared out of my mind. Going back to it as an adult, I find it to be just brilliantly made, and a truly strange tale. So where did the inspiration for such a frightening tale come from? What made you want to tell this strange story?

It started from the Catholic mass- Take my Body. Take my Blood. Of course, I was raised Catholic. I kept reading about low budget features, and how directors got started. Then I went to see the movie Don’t Look Now, which I thought was brilliant. I started thinking about what it would be like, for a storyline, to kill someone- a little angel during her first Holy Communion, while everyone was taking the host, which is supposed to be the blood and body of Christ.

Alice Sweet Alice has built a cult following amongst avid horror fans. I know why I love it so much, but what do you believe it is about the film that has kept audiences interested in the film for over 40 years?

I just think it’s a good story. It was made with a lot of love and passion.

Another project that we have discussed at lengths here at TWS is Friday the 13th: The Series, having talked with several writers and actors from the series. I understand you worked on this highly underrated program as well! How was your experience working on a project like this?

I worked with the Producer at the time, who was very supportive of my writing. They were looking to do Friday the 13th. She needed to figure out a way to do it as a TV series. Eventually after many conversations, I came up with the idea of the pawn shop.

Beyond writing and directing, you are also a very accomplished production designer, having worked on very popular television series like Veronica Mars and Castle. For those of us who may be a bit more ignorant to what actually goes into make a film, can you tell us the importance of production design? And what are the specific duties that pertain to being a production designer?

I remember reading about David Lean and Alfred Hitchcock, how they started out, as Art Directors. Originally people were called Art Directors which evolved into Production Designers, and I was studying architecture and design. I remember when I was doing Communion I had found my own locations and almost all of the costumes. It’s very hard for me to let go and give that kind of work to someone. What a Production Designer does is, whenever you see an actor, behind him is the sets. Whether digital or built, I really have a passion for that.

One film that you worked on happens to be a classic that I watched as a teen repeatedly. It was Rich Wilke’s Glory Daze. So, I have to ask, what was set life like on that film? You also had a brief cameo as well. So how was that? Was it as fun to be a part of as it was to watch almost weekly as I did?

Working on Glory Daze was LOTS of fun! There was very little money, but Rich was such a smart director, that I enjoyed the collaboration.

Don’t ask me why I wound up in the film. I usually get very nervous when I have to speak or appear anywhere, but I do think, if I recall correctly, the actor who was supposed to do it, didn’t show up. They asked me to do it. I enjoyed watching Glory Daze, except for my scene. I was embarrassed.

One of the things I remember about that film is Ben Affleck, who was in the film, used to practice his lines. I would hear him saying the same thing over and over, in different ways. He was so young and serious. Matt Damon would come by and they were friends and would hang out. I had a vibe from those two guys that they were going to go on to bigger and better things. There was just something about it. I couldn’t put my finger on it.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

Right now, I’m Production Designing MacGyver for CBS, and it’s been hard work but great fun. We get to go 2 or 3 different countries on every episode and we build a lot- from insides of airplanes to insides of ships to Afghanistan. I enjoy the challenge.

I hope someday that they will do a remake of Alice, Sweet Alice. I’ve been approached before to do a “2”, but I turned it down. I want to do a remake of the movie with a rewrite of the first draft.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

This makes me smile: I can’t believe the movie has its own life. People are discovering it.


New Music Tuesday: Nikhil D’Souza – Silver & Gold [Single]

“During early writing sessions I had a conversation about how relationships these days don’t seem to last. It’s like people get together then due to other options it becomes a matter of convenience. It’s so easy to end that relationship. But silver & gold signifies staying together and you have to really put an effort into it, It actually comes from the colour of hair. It also refers to the change of colour in your hair as you age and staying together through all of that.” – Nikhil D’Souza

What a lovely sentiment, isn’t it? I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to explain the track myself, so I thought I would let Nikhil do the work. “Silver & Gold” is an absolute delight of a track for anyone who loves a slightly anthemic and brilliantly crafter singer/songwriter vibe. I truly adore Nikhil’s enchanting vocals, that operatic feel of the whole track, and just a beautiful theme for a song. The sentiment of trying to understand what it truly means to love is not an unusual topic for a song, but when it is done as well as this one, it feel fresh and exciting.

Nikhil will be releasing a full length album in the coming year, and if the rest of that trackless is as provocative and down right classy as “Silver & Gold”, we are sure to be in for a real treat in 2018. I know I will be on the look out, and it would behoove you to do the same. I am confident that one listen to this track (see the video below!) and you will be as hooked as I am. Enjoy!

Tour Dates:-

April 9th – Village Underground, London – supporting Lissie & Milk & Bone

May 5th – Live At Leeds

May 17/18th – The Great Escape

May 21st – The Waiting Room, London

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You can stream “Silver & Gold” via Spotify right HERE. Or download the track HERE. Also check out the song right now, with this incredible video for the song:

Justin Nozuka [Interview]

It has been almost 10 years since I first stumbled into Berbati’s in Portland to see this young kid that my wife was raving about. And since that night, the name Justin Nozuka has been a staple in the Trembath household. But some where through the mystery of time, I didn’t hear much of his work beyond his critically acclaimed debut album, Holly.

But as serendipity would have it, Just Nozuka has returned to my world in a major way. Emerging almost a decade since I last really listened to him, he has created a whole new sound that is absolutely impeccable. Not only some of the best work I have heard from Justin, but some of the best work being released now…by anyone.

I talked about how much I love his track “Warm Under the Light” and his High Tide and Low Tide E.P.s at length on last week’s New Music Tuesday, so be sure to check that out as well!

And with that, please enjoy some amazing words from one of today’s most talented singer and songwriter, the brilliant Justin Nozuka! Enjoy!

You kicked off your career at a very young age. What was it like throwing yourself into the world of recording and touring at such an early age? And what sort of advantages do you feel you may have gained from doing so?

It was a thrill touring out of high school. I’ve gotten to see a lot of different places, and been exposed to so many different cultures- it all contributes to my growth as an artist, I’m super grateful to have had those experiences.

Your latest EP’s High Tide & Low Tide are absolutely exceptional journeys in the world of music. I truly can not say enough great things about them. So, coming off your 2014 album that was a bit more experimental, what were you hoping to accomplish with these albums? What did you want the listeners to understand?

With the new releases, I wanted to create something a little more traditional. I was listening to a lot of folk music from artists like Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, and felt inspired to create something that had a similar sensibility. Somewhat more straight forward I suppose- and I also wanted to induce an uplifting, comforting, warm experience for the listener, and myself.

I previously mentioned in a review for Low Tide that I first saw you perform live 10 years ago. Obviously time makes us all grow as humans, but what do you believe is different about yourself as an artist than you were around the time I saw you in Portland in the summer of ’08? What has been the most important lesson you have learned?

I’m a lot more careful about what goes into the album, while at the same time I still go with the flow. I have become more careful about not over doing my vocal licks and straining my voice. I take more care with writing lyrics as well. I think like any growing human, my sensibilities are becoming more refined and I know more what I like and don’t like.

I understand you are hitting the road over here in the UK and Europe with a pretty rigorous touring schedule. I am curious as to how receptive audiences over here are to artists from the states and Canada. Have you managed to find a sort of cult following in any particular region on this side of the pond?

We’ve had a lot of support in the Netherlands. I’ve been to Western Europe quite a lot over the years and we’ve had bigger audiences and more intimate ones. For the most part it’s been a really positive experience touring there. We’ll be playing some new territories we’ve never been before which is exciting and a bit scary. All in all, I’m really excited to get back there.

When you are on long stretches of touring, what do you do to really savor the experience? Do you have any traditions or things you like to do while you’re on the road?

Surrender. The tour has a schedule and I just enjoy surrendering to it. Some of the sights (landscapes) are insane… you just feel lucky to get to experience that. Another must for me is vocal rest- I don’t speak much to keep the vocals feeling fresh.

What does the future hold for you? Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

I’m feeling really inspired at the moment. I’ll be releasing more music in a few months. I hope to tour for the rest of the year and into next year and in the meanwhile write and start working on another album.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

Balam Garcia (our guitarist) is a laughing and smiling man, it’s contagious!


Justin Nozuka Tour Dates – Europe & UK

APR 4 – Ideal Bar, Copenhagen, Denmark

APR 5 – Ingensteds ,Oslo, Norway

APR 6 – Kägelbanan, Södermalm, Sweden

APR 8 – LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands

APR 9 – Stadschouwburg, Groningen, Netherlands

APR 10 – 013 Poppodium, Tilburg, Netherlands

APR 11 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

APR 13 – Kulturclub Schon Schön, Mainz, Germany

APR 14 – Frannz Club, Berlin-Friedrichshain, Germany

APR 15 – Béi Chéz Heinz, Hanover, Germany

APR 17 – Papiersaal, Zurich, Switzerland

APR 18 – Konzerthaus Schuur, Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland

APR 21 – Backstage, Paris, France

APR 22 – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton, United Kingdom

APR 23 – The Garage, London, United Kingdom

APR 25 – Thekla, Bristol, United Kingdom

APR 26 – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham, United Kingdom

APR 27 – The Wardrobe, Leeds, United Kingdom

APR 28 – Northumbria Institute 2, Newcastle, United Kingdom

APR 30 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, United Kingdom

MAY 1 – The Caves, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

MAY 2 – Night People, Manchester, United Kingdom

MAY 3 – The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland

MAY 5 – Ohibo, Milano, Italy

MAY 6 – Monk Club, Rome, Italy

MAY 8 – Razzmatazz 3, Barcelona, Spain

MAY 9 – Moby Dick Club, Madrid, Spain

Check out this amazing video for an even more amazing song, “Warm Under the Light”:

Ha Phuong [Interview]

Hey Folks! I have cool interview today with the amazing singer, writer, actor, and more, Ha Phuong. It was a real treat to get to learn about this amazingly talented woman, and this very cool contest that she is running in support of the upcoming film Finding Julia, which she will star in and also wrote. And as you would suspect, she contributes to the music as well.

Here are some details on the contest:

“Lost in a Dream,” the theme song for Vietnamese actress, singer and philanthropist Ha Phuong’s new feature film, Finding Julia, takes center stage in a karaoke-style competition. Professional and amateur singers alike are invited to record themselves singing “Lost in a Dream,” which can be found at for a chance to win a $20,000 prize. Performers are asked to edit their performance into a creative video, and send it to

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2018. Five finalists will be selected to present a live in Manhattan on April 15th, 2018 where the judges will select the winner. The singer with the overall best live performance, creativity and vocals will receive a prize of $20,000. Along with this prize, the winner’s live taped performance and background information will be sent to numerous talent managers for possible interest in helping to further their career ambitions. Additionally, the finalist with the most unique live performance will receive a $5,000 prize.

So if you think you have what it takes to compete in this incredibly cool and unique contest, sign up! Now, please enjoy some amazing words from the great Ha Phuong!

As a person of seemingly endless talent as a singer, writer, and actress, I am fascinated to know what drove you to the creative world? When did you realize you wanted to be an artist for a living? Was it a deep-rooted ambition going back to childhood?

If I succeed people of color, like myself, would be part of the arts in America and would have the confidence to say, “I can do this!” That is the main factor that brought me into the creative world.

As an artist, especially in the world of music, what is the creative community like in your home country of Vietnam? Is there an element of support in this community?

The creativity in Vietnam has a rich traditional background. We enjoy sharing our culture with the world. We had a post wartime where we did not have much exposure, so it was a difficult time. The competition in Vietnam is very high. As a Vietnamese proverb says: “In difficulty, it brings us wisdom.”

What made you decide that you wanted to make the jump over to performing in the states. And while it may seem obvious to some, why did you choose New York? And how has this transition been for you?

I became an American citizen, and I know performing in America can bring a global audience. I think this inspires many other artists around the world. From the time I got married, New York was my homeland. My destiny has made New York feel as though it choose me. I love where my family is living right now, it is where my children were born, and where I have created a solid foundation. I enjoy the international cultural works in New York. I want to be a part of this cultural world we enjoy so much.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming film, Finding Julia, that you wrote and will star in as well? What inspired you to create this project?

This is a story of a talented girl whose mother passed away. She does not speak English fluently or understand the American culture. She is confused and disoriented, and has lost the love, support, and closeness from her once caring father. I am embarking on this project to describe how a celebrity whom already established her name in her country has to confront so much difficulty in her new country. This is my own story.

In support of Finding Julia, I have heard you are doing a pretty amazing competition for up and coming artists that sounds absolutely spectacular! Can you tell us a bit about it?

Karaoke is fun for people. I look forward to seeing the entries. To learn more about it please visit,

What else does the future hold for you? Anything you would like our readers to know about?

Besides the film, I have future plans for developing more music and working with my charities and helping others.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The last thing that made me smile would be seeing audiences enjoy my film, my daughter’s excellent report cards, and my husband’s encouraging smile towards me.

Lydia Popovich [Interview]

We have another amazing comedian to showcase here at Trainwreck’d Society! The wonderful Lydia Popovich recently popped up on my radar due to her affiliation and friendship with the great Amy Miller, who I have told you all in the past is the best in comedy right now. And wouldn’t you know it, Lydia is right there with her! Like minded individuals, with totally different acts, yet the same love for Dolly Parton (we will get into that more).

Popovich is a strong voice within the proverbial choir of female comics who are working their asses off to make a living solely from her talent of making people laugh. Talent being the most important aspect of Lydia’s career. She has a brilliant delivery and has a confidence that would be commendable for anyone in any type of field, but especially important in the world of stand up comedy. These are some of qualities that I could only assume drove herself and Amy Miller to create one of the hottest monthly shows in L.A., as well has having a thriving stand up career admits the ridiculous & unnecessary hardships of being a woman in the world of comedy.

So Folks, please enjoy some great words from the brilliant and insanely talented comedian, Lydia Popovich!

What was your first experience like performing comedy on a stage? Where did you kick of your already illustrious career, and how was that experience for you emotionally?

I recently found video of my first set ever. It was in SF at a little theater above the SF Comedy College I did a three minute bit at their open mic. I was absolutely terrified. I remember feeling sweaty all over. Feeling like I might shit my pants. I was the most nervous I’d been in a very long while. Mind you this room was small…like 12 chairs small. It was on the 6th floor of an old theater building the Tenderloin district in SF. The room was filled with other students and maybe 2-3 wayward tourists who had stumbled into someone on the street that sent them up to see “live comedy”.  What I am saying is this was the most safe place to perform for the first time and I was still TERRIFIED. I got on stage and made it through my bit. With each second that passed, so did a little bit of the fear. Each word was easier to say than the one before it. By the time I saw the light I was feeling a level of happiness I had never experienced before. I wrapped up, walked off stage and almost cried. I was so proud of myself. People laughed. I saw them smile. I knew stand-up was something I could be really, really great at.

As a hilarious human being who has performed all across the country, what would you consider to be some of the “hidden gems” across this land? What are some cities that you have enjoyed to work that may not be as obvious as a New York or L.A. scene?

Tennessee is absolutely beautiful. Most folks visit Nashville and Memphis but not nearly enough folks are visiting the gorgeous Smokey Mountains and all of the wonderful cities in Eastern Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee is a wonderful city and one of my favorite places to perform. People leave their houses with the intent to have fun and as a result the crowds are warm and appreciative.

With the events that have unfolded recently in the world of comedy and entertainment, it seems almost okay to feel hopeful about how women are being treated in these worlds. Almost, but I would never pretend to know. So, in your professional opinion, do you believe that things have gotten any better in the world of comedy? Have you noticed any sort of shift in attitudes towards women in comedy, for the better?

Women face discrimination, sexual/verbal abuse, equality in pay and opportunity in both personal and professional aspects of life. While increased transparency in the wrong doings of high profile industries like comedy/entertainment will help assign accountability it does not solve all problems. We need to unify as a society to say “THESE BEHAVIORS ARE NOT OKAY”. We need to define and defend equality. We need to stop questioning women and their value.

How did your monthly show at Hollywood Improv with fellow hilarious comedian Amy Miller come about? And what do you believe it is about your chemistry with Amy that makes it work so well?

A year ago me and Amy were drunk at Dollywood. We talked about how cool it would be to have a show called Two Doors Down (it’s a Dolly Parton song we are fond of). Amy moved to LA, we talked to the Improv about the show, they said yes. Amy and I started comedy together, we both love Dolly Parton, we’re both driven & bossy. We share a mutual respect for each other as women, as comics and as friends. That’s why the show works. Also we’re super funny, pretty and charming hosts so like….duh.

I have found two things to be extremely clear after watching your amazing stage act: a couple of things you are very passionate about are brunch and the great Dolly Parton. So, I am very curious to know what would happen if you were to combine the two? So, what do you believe a brunch with Dolly Parton and yourself would be like? Would you want anyone there with you, or would you want Dolly all to yourself? 

Funny you should ask. I actively update this list. I’ve always kept a “dream” guest list. It’s lost a few good folks but they’ll be there in spirit.

Dolly Parton
Oprah Winfrey
Carol Burnett
RuPaul Charles
Dave Grohl
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Teresa Caputo

Prince (RIP)
Joan Rivers (RIP)
Don Rickles (RIP)

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

If you are in LOS ANGELES you should come to TWO DOORS DOWN. Our next show is March 26, 9:30pm at The Hollywood Improv. Me and Amy are super funny and charming. You’ll have a super time.

My dear friend and brilliant comic Marcella Arguello is producing a really special show called, Women Crush Wednesdays. Every Wednesday 8pm, she hosts all female line ups at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics. The line ups have been bonkers.

I’ll be featuring at Rooster T Feathers March 8 – 11 with Chris Porter. Tickets can be found HERE.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

A picture of a fat baby foot stuffed into a tiny Havaiana flip-flop on Instagram