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Yippee Ki-Roast, Motherf@$%ers! Bruce Willis Named Next Comedy Central Roastee

Yippee Ki-Roast, Motherf@$%ers! Bruce Willis Named Next Comedy Central Roastee

Comedy Central is ready to trade barbs with the ultimate wisecracking action hero. The #1 brand in comedy announced today that international film superstar Bruce Willis will be this year’s Roastee. The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis (#BruceWillisRoast) will take place in Los Angeles with the tape and airdate to be announced at a later date.

“This ain’t the first time I’ll be tied to a chair and held hostage by a group of humorless assholes for a couple hours,” said Willis. “Bruce has survived terrorists, Armageddon, romance and death itself. Yet, nothing has prepared him for this Roast,” said Kent Alterman, President, Comedy Central.

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DOCTOR DETROIT: Dan Aykroyd’s Cult Classic To Receive April Blu-ray Release!

DOCTOR DETROIT: Dan Aykroyd’s Cult Classic To Receive April Blu-ray Release!

He’s making the world safe…for insanity. On April 24, 2018, the cult comedy Doctor Detroit comes to Blu-ray for the first time, courtesy Shout Select.

Clifford Skridlow’s newest profession is the oldest profession in Doctor Detroit, a chaotic comedy starring the one and only Dan Aykroyd.

When fast-talking pimp Smooth Walker (Howard Hesseman, WKRP In Cincinnati) finds himself in hot water with Chicago crime boss Mom (Kate Murtagh), he claims that there’s a new player in the game: Doctor Detroit, a cat who’s badder than bad … and completely fictitious. In need of a patsy until the heat dies down, Smooth hits paydirt with mild-mannered professor Clifford Skridlow (Aykroyd) — and promptly skips town, leaving his bevy of sexy “employees” in Clifford’s hapless hands. Charmed by the ladies and spurred by his dedication to chivalry, Clifford agrees to become their protector and ally, transforming himself from a power-walking professor to a heroic hustler … and throwing down the gauntlet to save his college from financial ruin and the four damsels from the wrath of Mom!

Special Features:
· NEW Audio Commentary With Director Michael Pressman and Pop Culture Historian Russell Dyball
· NEW Interview With Director Michael Pressman
· “Radio Free Detroit” – Inside the Doctor Detroit Audio Press Kit, Featuring Rare and Vintage Interviews
· Photo Gallery
· Theatrical Trailers
· TV Spots
· Radio Spots

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Super Troopers 2: Official Teaser Trailer Released For Broken Lizard’s Highly Anticipated Sequel!

Super Troopers 2: Official Teaser Trailer Released For Broken Lizard’s Highly Anticipated Sequel!

Everyone’s favorite cops are back (by popular demand) with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic: Super Troopers 2. Check out the teaser trailer for the film below and mark your calendars for it’s April 20th, 2018 theatrical release!

For entire cast has returned for the sequel and features many notable additions — Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stohlhanke, Linda Carter, Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Brian Cox, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur!

Synopsis: When the United States and Canada get into a dispute about the location of the actual border, the Super Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the contested area. Our heroes quickly revert to their own brand of unconventional police work.

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Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman is back on tour this year – with all new material.  Stories and jokes you haven’t seen on her Netflix specials.  Don’t worry.  It’s not all about Trump – why talk about him when Jen can talk about herself and her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture.

Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her 2015 Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was named one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.  Her most recent Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?” is streaming worldwide as of January 3rd, 2017.

Jen is also a New York Times Bestselling author – her two comedic essay memoirs, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself; (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) are hilarious looks at her life without children, and living a not-so-conventional life after 40.

Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately, and is also well known for being a five-time narrator of Central’s Drunk History.  She’s a regular guest on CONAN and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Jen has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, The Wendy Williams Show, Harry, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and voiced many characters Cartoon Network cult-hit “Home Movies.” She’ll be appearing in the upcoming feature film “Home Again”.

Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s Self Help.  Jen has a weekly podcast, I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman, which is often in the Top 100 in comedy on iTunes.

2017 Tour Dates:

Sep 6- SAN FRANCISCO- Cobb’s Comedy Club
Sep 7- PORTLAND, OR-Aladdin Theatre
Sep 8- SEATTLE, WA- Neptune Theatre
Sep 9- VANCOUVER, BC- Rio Theatre
Sep 20-BOSTON, MA- Wilbur Theatre
Sep 21- NYC- Highline Ballroom
Sep 22- BROOKLYN, NY- Bell House
Sep 23- PHILADELPHIA, PA- Trocadero Theatre
Sep 24- WASHINGTON, DC- Howard Theatre
Sep 28- TORONTO- Just For Laughs
Oct 5- MINNEAPOLIS- Woman’s Club
Oct 6- CHICAGO, IL- Thalia Hall
Oct 7- DETROIT, MI- Majestic Theatre
Oct 20- HOUSTON, TX- Heights Theatre
Oct 21- DALLAS, TX- Kessler Theatre
Oct 22- AUSTIN, TX- The North Door
Nov 1- DURHAM, NC- Carolina Theatre
Nov 2- ASHEVILLE, NC- The Orange Peel
Nov 3- ATLANTA, GA- Variety Playhouse
Nov 4- NASHVILLE, TN- Basement East
Nov 15- CLEVELAND, OH- Hilarities Comedy Club
Nov 16- CINCINNATI, OH- Taft Ballroom
Nov 17- COLUMBUS, OH- Woodlands Tavern

Tickets For All Shows Available At JenKirkman.com

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The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour has announced the launch of the upcoming comedy tour featuring rising stand-up talent Tony Hinchcliffe. A stand-up comedian who’s considered a fresh evolution in the now-popular roasting scene, Tony appeared in Comedy Central’s inaugural Roast Battle specials, Fusion’s All Def Roast Snoop Dog Smoke Out and is appearing in the upcoming season of Seeso’s What’s Your F@%king Deal.  “One Shot” Tony’s one-hour comedy special on Netflix–airing now– is an innovative take on the stand-up special which follows him in one continuous take. The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Tony Hinchcliffe marks the largest-ever national tour of his career so far and kicks off in St. Louis on August 2 and concludes in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store on September 5. Tickets are available: HERE.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the Monster Energy Outbreak Comedy Tour for me Tony Hinchcliffe,” says Hinchcliffe. “I’ve got shows in the Midwest, the South, both the East coast and the West. I’ve got shows, I’ve got shows, in different area codes.”

Watch Tony Hinchcliffe: HERE

Watch “Kill Tony” podcast:HERE

“Tony is bold, rebellious and gut-wrenchingly funny. We first saw him during Snoop Dogg’s Comedy Central Roast and immediately knew he was a perfect fit for this tour”, adds Steve Glazer, the founder of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. “We can’t wait to see the avenues Tony is going to pave in comedy.”

With his dark, free-flowing, and truly unapologetic stand-up comedy style,Tony Hinchcliffe is one of the most widely respected punch up writers in both TVand stand-up and highly trusted by the best comedians in the world includingChris Rock and Dave Attell. Hinchcliffe has worked as a staff writer on the past six Comedy Central Roasts, shaping iconic sets from many dais members ranging from Jeff Ross to Martha Stewart. He is a writer for NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, Will Ferrell’s one hour special, the Comedy Central Roasts, the Comedy Central specials Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail and Justin Willman’s Sleight of Mouth.

Hinchcliffe hosts the popular, weekly podcast show, “Kill Tony,” which now has over 200,000 downloads per week. On the road he sells out with strong word of mouth drawing power due to his podcast, being a regular on The Joe Rogan Experience and years of opening/featuring theaters on tours with Jeffrey Ross, Joe Rogan, Dave Attell and most recently Dave Chappelle.

Tony recently added interviewing to his podcasting empire with his new show “The Pony Hour” as well as his hilarious pro-wrestling panel podcast “The Store Horseman” which he records with his friends Josh Martin, Chris Burns, Matt Edgar and Johnny Skourtis. Tony has opened for the 311 tour, appeared on NBC’s Last Call w/ Carson Daly and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Already well known in Los Angeles, Tony is poised to steal the show at many upcoming comedy festivals, tours, and venues around the world.

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour previous comedy tours have included Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Distefano andmore. The mission of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is to discover rising stand-up talent and give the comedian their largest national U.S. tour and exposure. Last year, The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour helped re-emerge Andrew Dice Clay in a nationwide tour alongside prominent TV roles including the premiere of his new Showtimeseries Dice.” 

For more information: www.tonyhinchcliffe.com

Twitter: @TonyHinchcliffe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyhinchcliffe/?hl=en 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TonyHinchcliffe/

For more information on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, visit:#OutbreakTour,  Twitter: @outbreakpresnts,  Instagram : @outbreakpresents, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutbreakPresents,@MonsterMusic and @MonsterEnergy.

Catch Tony Hinchcliffe on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour (HERE):

St. Louis, MO
Ready Room
Madison, WI
Majestic Theatre
Ferndale, MI
The Magic Bag
Minneapolis, MN
Women’s Club
Nashville, TN
Huntsville, AL
Stand Up Live
Louisville, KY
Mercury Ballroom
Indianapolis, IN
Deluxe @ Old National Center
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues
Columbia, SC
Music Farm Columbia
Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage
New York, NY
Gramercy Theater
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Comedy Store

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Shout Factory To Release “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXVIII” Into The Wild On March 28th!

Shout Factory To Release “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXVIII” Into The Wild On March 28th!

Coming March 28th!

Riffer extraordinaire Mike Nelson hosts all four episodes in the 38thcollection of episodes from the beloved comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, but the true theme for this set is diversity. Proving to the world that no single genre is immune to cheesy movies and that our hilarious heroes aboard the Satellite of Love are equal opportunity critics, Shout! Factory presents an incredible melting pot of cinema’s multicultural genres, including the worst in Cold War drama, Sword and Sandals, Juvenile Delinquents, and Monster movies.

Available March 28th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII includes previously unreleased episodes Invasion USAColossus and The HeadhuntersHigh School Big Shot and Track of The Moon Beast, as well as a plethora of bonus features including the featurette Zugsmith Confidential , Tracking A Moon Beastwith actress Leigh Drake, Mike, by Joel interview, the original feature film of High School Big Shot, four mini-posters by artist Steve Vance and more!

In addition, the first 1,500 fans who order directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive bonus disc,  MST3K: Play MSTie For Me Triple Decker, which gathers 39 of the finest MST3K musical moments into one eminently singable package.

In Invasion USA, a tapestry of Cold War-era American archetypes discuss the perils of Communism before witnessing the invasion of America by an unnamed but Soviet-flavored army; Colossus and The Headhunters is a 1960 Italian flick that clearly found the swords and the sandals at an Italian movie thrift store. We have a hero, we have a damsel in distress, and we have plenty of bad guys. Atypical of this genre, however, there are no monsters, unless you count the filmmakers and cast; High School Big Shot follows a beleaguered young man who gets involved in a crime for a payoff that he thinks will cure the troubles with his alcoholic father and cheating girlfriend;  and Track of The Moon Beast brings us a sad tale of a mineralogist’s nightly transformation into a killer reptile following an unfortunate meteor shower.  Alas, even make up effects by legend Rick Baker cannot redeem this film.

Volume XXXVIII Bonus Features

  • Zugsmith Confidential featurette
  • High School Big Shot(original feature film)
  • Mike, By Joel interview
  • Tracking a Moon Beastwith Actress Leigh Drake
  • Theatrical Trailers

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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‘Wayne’s World’ To Return Theaters For 25th Birthday Bash!

‘Wayne’s World’ To Return Theaters For 25th Birthday Bash!

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of ‘Wayne’s World’ and it’s time to celebrate! Paramount Pictures and Specticast have announced a birthday bash for the 90s classic in the for of a theatrical re-release. Directed by Penelope Spheeris and starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, the film originally hit theaters on February 14, 1992. The re-release of the film includes a theatrical exclusive special event with an introduction by Peter Travers (Rolling Stone Magazine and ABC-TV), and a videotaped chat with the director and cast members after the film.

For participating theaters and tickets, visit www.waynesworld25.com.

Synopsis: Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, Wayne’s World is a wacky, irreverent pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). From Wayne’s basement, the pair broadcast a talk-show called “Wayne’s World” on local public access television. The show comes to the attention of a sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) who wants to produce a big-budget version of “Wayne’s World”-and he also wants Wayne’s girlfriend, a rock singer named Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Wayne and Garth have to battle the executive not only to save their show, but also Cassandra. Director Penelope Spheeris, Myers and Carvey hang a lot of silly, but funny, jokes on this thin plot, and the energy of the cast-as well as the wild pop-culture references-make Wayne’s World a cut above the average Saturday Night Live spin-off movie.

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‘Greg And Donny’ Christmas Special To Premiere On December 14th!

‘Greg And Donny’ Christmas Special To Premiere On December 14th!

Comedy fans take note! GREG AND DONNY has returned for a second hit season online which will culminate in our most ambitious episode to date, a full length Western PA retelling of a classic Christmas tale, reuniting the entire cast and directed by Matt Yeager! Please tune in on Wednesday, December 14th at 8pm on the GREG AND DONNY Facebook Fanpage located at https://www.facebook.com/greganddonny/

GREG AND DONNY is a single camera, scripted comedy about two friends who grew up and live in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Greg teaches health at the high school and Donny don’t got a job. Greg’s wife Gina is what you might call a cougar with a big mouth, but she says it’s ‘cause she’s Sicilian. Donny’s friend Missy is a spacey kinda girl with a active social life. They all grew up together and spend most of their time arguing about all the things that make them mad n’at.

Created, written by and starring Jeff Skowron and Matt Yeager, GREG AND DONNY won IFC’s ‘Out of the Box’ award at the New York Television Festival and went on to be developed by IFC Network with the pilot being directed and produced by Troy Miller and Dakota Pictures.

Check out Icon Vs. Icon’s recent interview with Jeff Skowron at this location:

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Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December

Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December


Don Jamieson will record a new stand-up comedy album at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, to be released in 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Jamieson comments: “Come be a part of the fun when I record the follow-up to the Top 10 Billboard Comedy Chart Metal Blade albums, ‘Live & Hilarious‘ and ‘Hell Bent For Laughter‘!”

For more information, visit: www.funnystop.com. See below for all upcoming shows!

Don Jamieson stand-up tour dates
Nov. 23 – Broken Goblet Brewery – Bristol, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Nov. 26 – McGarvey’s Bar & Grill – Altoona, PA
Dec. 1 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 2 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 3 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 10 – The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Dec. 13 – Revolver Music Awards @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Dec. 15 – The Block Entertainment Complex @ Harrah’s – Chester, PA w/ Dizzy Reed’s All-Star Band
Dec. 16 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Dec. 22 – That Metal Show X-Mas @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ w/ Eddie Trunk & Jim Florentine
Dec. 28 – Parx Hotel & Casino – Bensalem, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Jan. 27 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
Feb. 2 – Monsters of Rock Cruise – Tampa, FL w/ Queensryche, Stryper, and more

Jamieson’s stand-up act is his take on everyday life, with a heavy dose of sarcasm. Amongst his many accomplishments, his Metal Blade Records stand-up albums, Live & Hilarious and Hell Bent For Laughter, debuted on the Top 10 on the Billboard comedy charts. Jamieson also became an “Emmy Award-Winner” for his work on HBO’s ‘Inside The NFL’, where he and long-time comedy partner, Jim Florentine, wrote, produced and performed sports-themed comedy sketches.

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Susan Yeagley Discusses Her Hilarious New Role In Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’

Susan Yeagley Discusses Her Hilarious New Role In Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’


Susan Yeagley is no stranger to the world of improv comedy. A multi-faceted performer, she cut her teeth in the art form as part of prestigious Sunday Company of the Groundlings Improv Group. In one of her most notable roles to date, she has joined the ranks of Christopher Guests amazing troupe of actors to bring his latest comedy to life. ‘Mascots,’ a Netflix Original film, takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy. Written by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, “Mascots” will launch globally on Netflix on October 13, 2016. In the film, Susan Yeagley stars alongside comedic powerhouses Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Zach Woods, Sarah Baker, Chris O’Dowd and more! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently had the opportunity to catch up with Susan Yeagley to discuss her journey as an actor, bringing her characters from script to screen and more!

Susan Yeagley

Susan Yeagley

You have become a familiar face to audiences over the years. How did you get started on your career in the entertainment industry?

Well, I don’t like needles and I don’t like the sight of blood, so I thought I would run away from medicine and be an entertainer. [laughs]

Did you have reservations about taking the plunge?

The good news is that I have no family, on either side, that had ever made a living in show business, so there was no pressure on we whatsoever. I thought, “If this works out, great! If not, then I can always do something else like work at a bank or take care of old folks.” Luckily there was no pressure to knock it out of the park!

It is definitely working out for you so far, so that’s a plus!


Let’s talk about the influences that had a big impact on you as an artist.

Sure! I would say one of my biggest influences was Johnny Carson. Growing up, I remember my parents not getting along during my childhood but the one time they were unified was when Johnny Carson was on TV and there was laughter in the house. I remember coming downstairs in my pajamas and sneaking around the corner and watching them watch Johnny Carson and all the characters that he did. I remember realizing, right then and there, the beautiful neutralizing effect that comedy can have on people and relationships. Even if people are arguing, they can put that aside for a little while and disappear into a place of joy. So, Johnny Carson has always been a big one for me.

You’ve carved out a great career. Where do you look for inspiration these days to fuel your creative fire?

That’s a great question. I am always looking for characters. Now that I’m a mom and I go to these kid’s birthday parties, I find other parents to be great sources of comedy. It also comes from traveling a lot or even going to the grocery store. I am fascinated by what people are passionate about and what they love. The older I get, it seems there are more people to play because I can kind of age myself and play these older characters. I’m definitely always on the lookout for interesting characters.

You have a new project on the way with Netflix’s “Mascots.” How did you get involved with the project and what excited you the most about the role?

I have always wanted to work with Christopher Guest. That has been on my bucket list since I saw “Spinal Tap” in 1984. I have always been a fan of his and his work. I never quite understood how you could get into one of those movies because he has such a great little family of actors he uses over and over again for all of the films. I wasn’t sure how one penetrates that group because they are all so delightful and he uses them over and over again. I just really got lucky and timing was great! I got a call from my manager that he was looking for an actress from The South who does improv to play Parker Posey’s sister. The stars aligned because it was exactly the right match for me because I have a southern accent, a lot of my characters are southern because that is my whole life and I draw from that. It was really timing!

Christopher Guest's 'Mascots'

Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’

Tell us about the character you play in the film and what you brought to life this time around.

This character is named Laci Babineaux and she is sisters with Parker Posey’s character, Cindi Babineaux, and they are from Mississippi. I’m going with my sister to the eighth annual Mascot Convention in Anaheim, California. She is the Armadillo for the Amelia Earhart College for Women. You are going to see a whole bunch of mascots in this and it is a big ensemble cast. There are lots of great performances in the film. A lot of Christopher Guest’s movies end with a big event, whether it’s “Best In Show” with a dog show, “A Mighty Wind” with a big performance or “Waiting For Guffman” with a play at the end. This one will not disappoint as it ends with a big mascot show at the convention. We are there and we get into a lot of trouble while we are in Anaheim and that is really when the fun ensues!

The way I understand it is when working on a Christopher Guest project, you are given a loose outline of your character to allow for improvisation.

Yeah! What he does is give us about a 30 to 32 page outline that is kind of like bullet points. Chris was so smart because he gave me Parker’s number and vice versa and we started talking a couple of months before cameras started to roll. We got to know each other and talked about life, love, dogs and everything else! We really got to know each other and painted in between the bullet points of who these sisters were and what they were about. It gave us the opportunity to dive pretty deeply into them, so by the time we showed up on set together, we felt like we were sisters. That was great!

What is your typical process for bringing a character to life before you hit the set?

I tend to draw from people I know. I follow a lot of different people on Twitter and I love their voice in that concision. I follow a huge array of different types of women ranging from women in Africa who are raising their children there to women evangelists. You can hear about what they love and what their dialog is like, so I am influenced by getting to know these characters. I also draw from my own family members. As any southern woman has, I have some real kooky characters in my family! I always have an ear out for something unusual and something that excites me. These characters we developed, working with Parker, were so exciting because we could be so wild. We were two sisters from Mississippi who get to go to California, have a blast and take the world by storm.

Are there similarities between you and your character?

Yeah, I think we are similar in that we both have a naughty side. The great thing about doing this character was that I actually got to be full-on naughty, out there and a little trashy! In my own life, I have to keep that hidden! [laughs] It was fun to get to play someone who was much more overt in her maliciousness and naughtiness!

Susan Yeagley

Susan Yeagley

Every project has its own set of challenges. What did you encounter with this role?

Everyone was so supportive and so helpful on this project because it was my first Christopher Guest movie and they brought me right into the cake mix beautifully. Everyone was so trusting and helpful. The only problem I really had physically was chewing the gum everyday for 10 hours! My jaws were so sore at night! [laughs] I would have to come home and not talk because I had been smacking gum all day! Those are really good problems to have if they are your only problems! [laughs]

You wanted to work with Christopher Guest for some time and this project made that a reality. What did he bring out of you creatively?

I feel like I have waited my whole life to be directed by someone like him, someone so respectful of women, so kind, so brilliant and so heart-centered. He understands the process because he himself is an actor. He feels that everyone is equal, a team player, an incredible listener and is so supportive. He brought out so much in me because he made me feel so safe. He truly gave me wings to fly!

Looking back on your career, how have you most evolved as an artist?

I think I care less about what people think of me. That is probably more of a personal thing and I think, as people age, that is one of the gifts of getting older. Just knowing what works for me, what I like and trusting that and what makes me laugh provides a real freedom. It doesn’t have to make other people laugh but if it is something I find peculiar and interesting, I am able to trust that and go with that gut instinct and that’s enough!

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as an artist?

I would say to never give up! I am 45 years old. To be 45 years old and be able to get into a Christopher Guest movie is a miracle! This is something I have wanted my whole life. The fact that this happened later in life is very inspiring. I believe in late-bloomers! I believe we are all probably going to live to be 120 years old, so it is never too late, no matter what your dream is! You are never too old! If you are still breathing and can get up in the morning, go for it! Life is short, so go for it! This experience has taught me that if it can happen to me, everybody else can find in within themselves to make their dream happen as well! It is possible!

Are you involved with any good causes we could help shine a light on?

I’ll always be supportive of GLADD and The Trevor Project. I have a gay mother, so gay rights are very front and center to me. I also love J/P HRO, which is Sean Penn’s charity. They are doing tremendous work in Haiti. I have friends who recently adopted from Haiti and have been working closely with the organization. We love all of those charities!

Awesome! Thanks so much for your time today, Susan! We wish you continued success in all of your endeavors!

Thank you, Jason! Have a great day!

Catch Susan Yeagley in Christopher Guest’s ‘Mascots’ when it premieres on Netflix on October 13th. Follow Susan Yeagley’s continuing adventures on Twitter!

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