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Finalist for The 2019 Reva Shiner Comedy Award!

So thrilled and proud that my new play “The Clearing in the Jacoby” is a Finalist for The 2019-2020 Reva Shiner Comedy Award!

In this play, set in an ancient Australian forest famous for being an international destination for committing suicide, five very different people find themselves in need of answers, each other, and a government employee named Sharon.

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is the only professional theatre in the entire state of Indiana dedicated solely to new plays. They select ten finalists and produce the winner’s play. I’m so lucky to have been a Finalist for this award three different times now.

Thanks to everyone at The Bloomington Playwrights Project for choosing my play as one of the ten funniest of 2019!

New "Says You!" Tapings in Seattle This Weekend!

I’ll be in Seattle for the live tapings of the NPR radio quiz/comedy show “Says You!” this Friday 4/5 and Saturday 4/6. Shows are at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info available here.

SO MUCH FUN to banter and play with such an esteemed gaggle (cluster? murder? pride? hmmm) of smart and witty folks such as Tony Award winner Murray Horwitz, culture critic Carolyn Faye Fox, and Erin McKean, founder of online dictionary Wordnik.com. All hosted by the inimitable (though we will certainly attempt an imitation or two) Gregg Porter, the Seattle radio superstar.

I’ll post the air dates of the shows later, in case you can’t be there in person!

Either I’m applauding ourselves or measuring a small invisible animal.

Either I’m applauding ourselves or measuring a small invisible animal.

Look for "Reporter Deb" on Veep's Final Season on HBO

Starting 3/31, I’ll be appearing in a few episodes of the final season of HBO’s “Veep” as “Reporter Deb.” It was such a fun gig over the years to be on a great set, full of supportive, smart, kind, and talented people. A big thanks to Allison Jones Casting and Dorian & Sibby Casting, for bringing me in, and a fond salute to every single person I worked with on that show.

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Watch "Batsh*t Valley Parts 1 and 2" on IFC.COM now!

Written by Seth Meyers, this two-part season premiere episode of “Documentary Now!” spoofs the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country.” It will be broadcast on IFC on Feb 20, but for a limited time you can watch it online free HERE.

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I play Marge Middleton, mayor of the tiny Oregon town taken over by the cult (led by Ra-Shawbard, played by Owen Wilson). The episodes also star the hilarious Michael Keaton and Necar Zedegan. Great cast and crew, and so much fun to shoot. Kudos to the makeup and hair wizards — every prosthetic waddle and sprayed-on age spot made Marge who she is!!

Watch the show online today!

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The New York Times Critics pick "Documentary Now"

The New York Times Critics wrote about the 10 things they’re looking forward to the most in 2019, and I’m in one of them!

Look for me in the Season Premiere of IFC’s “Documentary Now” on February 20, when I’m starring in “Batsh!t Valley,” a two-episode spoof of Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country.” Seth Meyers wrote the hilarious episodes, which feature Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson, Necar Zedegan, and Gary Kraus, too.

So you have time to go watch the actual documentary, but you certainly won’t have to have seen it in order to enjoy our take on it. Set your recorders for Feb 20, and check out IFC.com to stream them after that!

NPR's "Says You!" Live Radio Show!

UPDATE: You can find the podcasts for my episodes of “SAYS YOU!” on iTunes and here (titles: “Buffaloed in Bozeman!”) Check ‘em out!

MONTANA friends! This weekend I’ll be a guest panelist at the live tapings of the NPR word game show “Says You!” in Bozeman (NOW SOLD OUT!!!) Friday 11/9 and in Billings at MSU’s Petro Hall (1500 N 30th Street) on Saturday 11/10. Ticket info HERE.

Come and see us play! Word nerds unite! (And I’ll be sure to post when the shows will be broadcast soon.) Now if only I could find where I stored my winter gloves….

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Appearing in Upcoming "Documentary Now!"

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UPDATE: MY TWO EPISODES WILL BE THE SEASON PREMIERE of “DOCUMENTARY NOW” on February 20, 2019! Set your DVRs for the IFC channel that night, or check out IFC.COM for more. The episodes are called “Batsh!t Valley, Parts 1 & 2!”

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Soon you’ll be seeing me in “Documentary Now!”, the brilliant IFC show that parodies classic documentaries. I’m featured in next season’s two-episode spoof of “Wild Wild Country” which was written by Seth Meyers and stars Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson, and Necar Zadegan. Exact air date TBD but check back for more info and behind-the-scenes pictures!

So thrilled that I’ve been able to part of all three seasons of this amazingly creative show, directed by Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas. Check me out in Season 1’s “The Eye Doesn’t Lie” (which spoofs “The Thin Blue Line”) and season 2’s “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything” (which spoofs Spaulding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia”), both available online.

New Reading of "The Escape Thingy" at Moving Arts Saturday May 19 -- FREE!

UPDATE: This went GREAT! Big thanks to all who showed up and supported new work! It's greatly appreciated. And a big thanks to my wonderfully patient director Gabby Griego and my talented cast.

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So excited about the upcoming FREE reading of the latest draft of my new play "The Escape Thingy" at Moving Arts theater company in Los Angeles on Saturday May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Did I mention that it's FREE? Just click here to let us know you're coming but no need to pay anything because it's definitely FREE!

Directed by Gabrieal Griego, the reading will be held at Harmony Toluca Lake, 4301 Cahuenga Blvd. Starts promptly at 11 a.m. Here's the synopsis: Two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, decide what reality to believe, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside.

The wonderful cast includes Mark L. Taylor, Penny Peyser, Victoria Ortiz, Lizzie Zerebko, and Taylor Jackson Ross. Please come and judge my work right to my face, for FREE!

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My NPR's "Says You!" Podcast Available Now!

Now available to stream anytime you like, the first of my two episodes on the NPR word game quiz show "Says You!" is available here and also on iTunes and Google Play. I had so much fun as a panelist, and you can hear me sweat as I scramble to keep up with my brilliant fellow panelists. Look for the episode titled "Verbs with a View," which was taped in Monterey, CA with a wonderful live audience earlier this year. 

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I was so thrilled to be a part of this fun show (you can find out more about the show here). Stay tuned for my second episode, available via podcast soon...

"The Escape Thingy" is a Semifinalist for The Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival!

In its very first year, The Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival selected my new play "The Escape Thingy" as one of the Semifinalists!

In this 5-person comedy, two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, distinguish facts from alternative facts, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside.

This new play, written as part of the Playwrights Union New Play Challenge 2017, was a Finalist for the 2018-2019 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and is also a Semifinalist for the 2018 Ashland New Play Festival and the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.