Interestingly, many people have asked me "Hey man, what was that...are you trying to be funny?" Well, if they only knew how effortless it was for me they would be shocked. Whether they get the joke or not is not really the point. The point is to go where you are celebrated not tolerated. Over The Counter affords me the opportunity to share those talents with folks that understand that I am not trying. Eddie Murphy once asked me "Do I know you?" and from there I knew that I needed to be with my kind. Being a Paterson, NJ native and Rutgers Alumni I had no idea I would be having so much fun in Charlotte.
75 million years ago there was an evil galactic overlord named Matt Curtis who ruled over 76 planets including Earth (then called Teegeeack).
Due to overpopulation, Matt decided to gather up the 13.5 trillion people on these planets and send them into volcanoes on Earth off the Canary and Hawaiian Islands. He then dropped H-bombs and killed the people.
Matt trapped the souls of these people in boxes and implanted them with a false reality by making them watch movies. The confused souls with these false realities attached themselves in clusters to the last remaining people on Earth.
It was a cool September day in 1976, when events would unfold that would forever change my life. I was walking home from school, as I did each day, when a bright blue sky, without warning, turned an ominous grey. As the winds increased, I nervously hurried my pace, cutting through woods adjacent to the school, but quickly losing visibility, and sense of direction. Stopping for breath, I found myself in an unfamiliar thicket, surrounded by the most horrific ... wait, what was I supposed to be talking about?
Cindy is not really a member of the group. She has no friends and no social skills. Paul has asked her to leave Over The Counter improv functions countless times, but she doesn't truly understand the English language and keeps coming back like a stray dog. He finally gave up and stopped asking. No one in Over The Counter improv really likes her, but they put up with her because she does come with some hefty endowments. It makes up for her lack of personality.
What is there to say about me that hasn't already been said about Rob Lowe?....I know, its a good question. I am a two time Northwestern Southeastern kite flying champion. I once spent an entire summer following around the Toni Braxton concert tour, and yes it was glorious. One night in a drunken haze in Tijuana I witnessed a monkey and a kangaroo fight to the death. The kangaroo won because it pulled a switchblade out of its pouch.
My comedic style has been referred to as both "genius" and "special" by my especially condescending friends. All I know is, it silences the voices in my head. Raised in Lenoir, NC and a resident of Fort Mill, SC, I am metaphorically forever in battle with the town elders from Footloose. "Just let me express myself and no one will get hurt. Well, almost no one."
My comedy motto is "the funniest comedy is stolen comedy". Just ask my fellow cast members.
As a fine southern lady once said to Peggy, "Even though you weren't born in The South, honey, I know you got here as soon as you could". Peggy was born and raised in Indiana, where she frequently ran with scissors, and slapped herself with her eyes crossed to see if they would indeed, freeze that way.
(Thankfully, they did not) She has many years of experience in community and church theatre, and is thankful to God - the giver of all good gifts.
I like stuff. And things.
He likes to rhyme. He’s in his prime. He likes lemon more than lime. He wears tights and fights crime. He talks too much to be a mime. He’d pay a nickel for a new paradigm. Buy him a drink and he’ll say “L’Chaim.” (Seriously, try it sometime!)
Being married to the founder of Over The Counter improv, I fully thought I'd be CAST when Paul made the announcement of the team. But I wanted to make it on my own ability. And despite only having one character I do on stage, losing my train of thought when another player says "hi" in a scene, and my limited ability to do accents...I only do a southern accent (the one I was born with), I was proud to be selected. Sure I heard cries of "Nepotism" from fellow teammates, but I know deep down I got chosen because Paul doesn't want to have to sleep with one eye open for the rest of his life.