by Ryan Meehan
Rebecca Corry has shot countless pilots and was recently the face of 4 national/international HERTZ spots playing the GAS alongside Owen Wilson as the voice. Rebecca says she understood funny, “when I came out of my mother’s womb thinking… What is this? Some kind of joke?” She was born and raised in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington…or as she likes to call it, “the El Camino-driving, hot dog water loving, one-toothed pregnant teen capital of the world.” Rebecca lived in Chicago for 9 years, where she studied writing, acting and improvisation at The Second City, Annoyance and Center Theater. After an 11-month run in the Chicago production of Tony and Tina’s Wedding as the pregnant maid of honor, Corry moved to Los Angeles. Immediately following her arrival she appeared at the HBO workspace in her first one-woman show, “Have You Ever Been Called a Dwarf?”, hosted a pilot for the Oxygen Network and was chosen to perform as a “New Face” at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Shortly after that, she landed a memorable role as Paul Giamatti’s receptionist, Astrid Barker, in the feature film “BIG FAT LIAR.” She then guest-starred on CBS’s “Yes, Dear” and was in a national commercial campaign for Gallo wine. Rebecca hosted the second season of an interior design show called “Mix It Up” created and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Along with Courteney and David, she went on to create and sell late night comedy series to FOX which she wrote and produced on. Rebecca also guest starred on “The King of Queens,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” NBC’s “Late Friday,” “Comics Unleashed,” E’s 101 series,” Comedy Central’s Premium Blend” and Rules Of Engagement. Her second one woman show “REBECCA CORRY WITH BALLS” was the LA Weekly’s “Comedy Pick of the Week.” Rebecca then beat out thousands to become a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing 4”, has her own Comedy Central Presents and currently headlines at universities, clubs and theaters around the country. May 29th, 2012 Rebecca’s first comedy album “MY STORY” was released and is available everywhere. Currently, Rebecca can be seen on VH1’s “TOP 100 SEXY SINGERS” and at her next “STAND UP FOR PITS” at the Arlington Draft House in Arlington Virginia May 12th 2013 and club dates around the country. And she’s our guest today in 5 Questions.
FOH: What was your first experience doing comedy like? What was the one joke you had that was critical to your first set? Did it go over well?
RC: The first time I ever did stand up comedy was at the Hollywood Improv 11 years ago showcasing for “New Faces” at the Montreal Comedy Festival. One of my first jokes was about how I quit growing in the 6th grade but my head and ass didn’t. It did go over well. I was chosen for the festival. I think it’s because my ass and head are huge.
FOH: You’re under five feet tall…Do you view that as an advantage or a disadvantage at certain clubs?
RC: In terms of reaching things? I don’t understand the question.
FOH: What are your favorite comedy clubs to perform at? Do you have a particular place that you call home?
RC: My favorite club to perform at is the Tacoma Comedy Club. I’m from Washington State, so it’s always good to go home and see everyone. Except one time…my youth group leader when I was 13, Karen Ireton, came to one of my shows. The next day she wrote me a 3 page letter on how being a stand up comedian wasn’t pleasing to God and that she wished I only did Christian stand up comedy. I told her God is at every one of my shows but that he’s promised to quit doing coke and yelling out my punch lines.
FOH: Do you think that since there are several female comedians killing it right now (most notably Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer) that it has become a little bit easier than it used to be for female comics to get specials and better headlining gigs?
RC: Oh. I hate the term “female comedian”. I don’t know a single vagina that has actually written a joke. They can’t type. Though mine is pretty good at the space bar. Actually…mine can hold a pen. Funny is funny. Doesn’t matter what you use to pee out of.
FOH: What are some examples of good decisions that you’ve made since you’ve been in the entertainment industry? Any bad ones you’d like to share with us?
RC: One time, when I first moved to LA, I told Grace Wu…an NBC Network executive that this was an easy business and I didn’t understand why everyone says it’s so hard. I look back at the moment and it hurts my butt hole. Mainly cause she had to look at this fresh faced asshole and know that I’d most likely be sucking dick behind Target to pay rent. The “good” decisions I’ve made are simply creating. Creating shows and content. When you think you’re “good” you stop getting better and learning. You do it cause you love it or you quit. Period. There are no guarantees. And STAND UP FOR PITS. My live comedy show that raises money for Pit Bulls. Honestly the best thing I’ve ever done and will continue to do forever.
FOH: Any good heckler stories? How do you generally handle those situations?
RC: No, none. Hecklers are broken people
FOH: What’s up next for you in the twelve months to come? Any big plans?
RC: I’m headed to Bloomington Indiana to play the Comedy Attic then I plan on coming back to Los Angeles. I will audition for shit. I will write shit. I will try to sell shit. But most importantly, I’ll spend time with my Pit Bull Angel. She’s hilarious.
Social Networking information will go here:
Official Website: http://www.rebeccacorry.com
Rebecca on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.corry.5
Rebecca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRebeccaCorry
Rebecca’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/518rebecca
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