CAMILLE THEOBALD

I was born in Salt Lake City, August 30th 1989. I grew up just right outside of Salt Lake in an area called Murray then at 14 moved to Bayfield, Colorado.  

My first improv class was in 2009 while attending The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. The teacher was this frizzy haired, plump, woman who only wore purple. It wasn't a great first impression I remember often thinking "This is nothing like Who's Line Is It Anyway, Isn't improv supposed to be funny?" I've always been a goofball but for some reason comedy hadn't crossed my mind as a possible route for my career, I was stuck on dancing and singing. I graduated later that year and started doing small shows and cabarets, that's when I discovered that for me funny songs were easier to perform and generally easier to sing. From that moment on I started experimenting with comedy in all forms, sketch, stand up, comedic songs, and soon dropped dancing and musical theatre all together. Stand up was awesome but I felt too stuck in a monologue of jokes, just the slightest distraction threw me off, so I signed up for an improv class at Upright Citizen's Brigade in 2010. That is when fell in love with improv.

I was half raised by the television and Seinfeld came free with an antenna so I looked up to Julia Louis-Dreyfus as if she was my big sister. Tina Fey is also someone I've always admired especially on SNL when she started her Sarah Palin impersonations. Although I only liked watching funny TV shows and Movies I never thought I could do comedy, until I failed at Musical Theatre. 

When I'm performing I feel like I can release emotions that just aren't appropriate to show in regular day life, because if you do you may end up in a psychiatric unit. Specifically with improv, anything is possible and my scene partner and I can experience whatever we choose. 

In 2011 I was in a longform improv group called Mr. Roger's Revenge which performed weekly at the Egarage (now known as Queens Secret Improv Club). The next year teams were shifted around and I was in a new team called  Ricky's Lake into 2012. Then a group called Frosting Hangover formed and we performed biweekly.I then started rehearsing with a short form group called Fighting Laughter Warrior. This group was particularly fun because we were creating the games together and trying different show formats as we went along. The producer/director had the intentions from the begining to turn it into a T.V. show. We worked really hard on it until late 2013 when we were very close to signing a deal with producers to film the pilot but things didn't work out. Now I have the wonderful Sunday Night Improv crew to keep me a happy camper.

As for teachers, at  UCB I had Amber Petty for 101, Brandon Gardner for 201, Kevin Hines for 301 and 401, and Lydia Hensler for Advance Harold. Then, of course I've taken a number of Tom Soter's Monday night classes and Carol Schindler's workshop.

My most challenging improv moment was when Fighting Laughter Warrior was performing in the back of a busy bar. Most of the patrons in the bar had no idea this show was going on so of course they are talking to their friends as they normally would, like drunk idiots. The noise was bad but what made it worse was the way the venue is you can't hear anyone on stage without a microphone. It was hard to stay in the scene while holding a microphone, because in most life situations you are not carrying a microphone. As different people spoke in the scene we would pass the microphone to each other...quite a stretch for the audience's imagination. At the end of the night we had a killer scene where I played a cross dressing donkey so it worked out. 

I may just have a horrible memory but I'm pretty sure the worst show I did was at the last Sunday Night Improv I did in May. I had to create a hip hop song on the spot with the title Far Away. I rapped about being from Utah and promising not to convert anyone to Mormonism. The worst experience I had was in an improv I did some time ago. Improv can get super uncomfortable sometimes and there is one particular scene partner I remember from my early years who was really good at making you feel uncomfortable. I was doing a scene with him and I had said he was my husband but he replied by saying he was my son then I begrudgingly justified his statement with incest. Needless to say, it was difficult to keep that scene going anywhere but the gutter and I think that somehow the it ended on a horrible race joke. It wanted to curl into a ball and cry on someone's lap after that scene. 

As for other work, I was recently part of a scene for MTV's Girl Code where I play a goth chick, have been in College Humor and Funny or Die sketches as well as Improv Everywhere stunts. I host regularly for The Cinema Couch where I've interviewed people such as Michael Jai White and Kelly HU, and recently covered the Friars Club Film Festival. As for film I had a small role in a feature film called His Man still in post-production and looking forward to filming an indie project called Raining On Prom night, where I play a musical theatre geek!

I hope to one day write and be a lead in a sitcom that runs until I'm old and wrinkly. That probably isn't realistic though so I'd settle for whatever TV work I can get, do a bunch of comedic films, and a character role in a commercial like "Flo" from Progressive. As long as I'm making people laugh and not on unemployment I am happy. 

I love performing with Sunday Night Improv because it is such an eclectic bunch of people I get to play with, and having a pianist accompany the scenes makes it uniquely exciting. It is the MOST fun! I heard that the updated Websters dictionary definition of Fun added Sunday Night Improv to the description, which totally makes sense. People should come see Sunday Night Improv to experience the Webster definition of Fun!

SEE CAMILLE THEOBALD AT SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV ON JANUARY 24 & 31! 6 PM AT STAND-UP COMEDY LABS - 236 W. 78TH ST!