WHO WERE YOUR ACTING/IMPROV INFLUENCES, ROLE MODELS? Character voices June Foray, comedy Gracie Allen, smothers brothers, music Tom Leaher, Role model Lilly Tomlin
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN IMPROV? Yonkers NY, My whole life was improvisation. I was on my own at 18 putting myself through college so when ever anyone asked can you play this or that. I'd say "Nobody does (fill in blank) like I do" and take the job whether I was qualified or not. That lead to acting jobs and radio commercials. Because nobody does voices like I do.
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF PERFORMING? Money! Hahah. The satisfaction of entertaining and sharing my joy of it with audience.
DETAIL, CHRONOLOGICALLY, YOUR IMPROV RESUME/CAREER? In short, performing improvisation in college, then part of a traveling stage show for low income areas. Then coming to New York and auditioning for the First Amendment Theater company as an act, which soon evolved into Strictly Improv a show that ran for I think 13-14 years where I worked with the most talented group people I will ever know. Everyone a stand out including my long time comedy springboard, Tom Carrozza.
WHO WERE YOUR TEACHERS? One stand out Shaw Robinson and the school of life.
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM DOING SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV? IS IT FUN? A great workout and the pleasure of working some of New York's top improvisors. Its a great fu and a challenge, especially since sometimes I'll be working with people I never met. So you never know what can happen!
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST CHALLENGING IMPROV MOMENT? Performing improv live on television and also working with Robin Williams
YOUR MOST REWARDING IMPROV WORK? See above; also working and performing for cancer patients and the wounded warrior program.
DONE ANY WORK IN TV? FILMS? SCRIPTED THEATER? Written and performed on HBO & FOX TV Credits: The Colin Quinn Show, Saturday Night Live, All My Children, The Sopranos, Nickeloden, Sirrus radio and in numerous commercials usually playing an Italian peasant. I also had the audaciy to sing for Barbra Streisand and be proud of it. I am a a proud member of the Friars club and host of Comedy Concepts Blog Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/comedy-concepts You can see the Nancy Lombardo Show every Friday at 7 P.M. on Channels 56, Time Warner; 83, RCN; 34 FIOS; and live on the internet WWW.MNN.ORG .
WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO GO WITH THIS? just to keep challenge my creative side by thinking creating and performing in the moment. That and the guaranteed comedy pilot I was told I would get if I did Tom Soter's show.
WORST IMPROV EXPERIENCE? Being physically hurt by an out of control improvisor on stage. That's why it's important to train and know what your doing at all times.
SEE NANCY LOMBARDO IN SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV, SOTER-LEE THEATER, 236 W. 78TH ST. SUNDAY, MAY 6, AT 7 P.M.!