Laura was raised in Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. She originally trained as an actress but later settled on working as a governess /Mary Poppins to oligarchs and sheiks in Russia and Abu Dhabi. The positive reaction to her stories and observations from her life abroad, prompted the move into comedy. She trained as a stand-up with Logan Murray (Amused Moose London) and today can be found showcasing her eccentric and original characters on the London stand-up circuit. She recently launched ‘The Elsie Bo Show’ producing sketches and short films. 2013 is a busy year for Laura with gigs planned in Edinburgh, New York and San Francisco!
Originating as a house sketch team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Onassis has gone on to win acclaim as one of the best comedy groups in New York City and was recently named Best Sketch Team at the Friars Club 2011 National Sketch Competition. This October saw the sold out, world premiere of their 22-min TV pilot during the annual Friars Club Comedy Festival. They also performed as part of the annual New York Comedy Festival in their Best of NY Sketch showcase and as part of The Upright Citizens Brigade’s Best of 2011. Onassis is: Lauren Adams, Emily Altman, Paul Briganti, Jocelyn DeBoer, Frank Hejl, Rob Michael Hugel, Dawn Luebbe, Kassia Miller, Josh Ruben, Jason Saenz and Mike Scollins.
TMI is a weekly sketch show that has been playing for the last 6 months to sold-out houses every Sunday night at The Second City, Hollywood. Each week, some of Second City, Hollywood’s most talented actors and writers come together to create a new show, hosted by the most famous person who condescends to work with us. Pop Culture, Politics, Sports – when a story breaks in Hollywood, we’re there with the Crazy Glue. TMI – it’s the sketch comedy equivalent of being trapped in a car with Chris Brown.
Greg Barris is a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene and is the creator of Heart Of Darkness: a psychedelic showcase of comedy, live music and fringe scientists that has been a frequent Time Out New York critic’s pick, much loved by BrooklynVegan and hailed as ‘Excellent’ by The New Yorker. Comedians who have appeared on Heart of Darkness include Reggie Watts, Fred Armisen, Janeane Garofalo, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Greg Behrendt, and Chelsea Peretti. In Fall 2012, Barris announced the release of his debut comedy album SHAME WAVE. Recorded in the spring in NYC, SHAME WAVE features Barris, whom PAPER describes as “the perfect combination of very good looking, hilarious and super-weird,” at his charasmatic best. aspecialthing Records will release SHAME WAVE on October 9th.
Friday, February 1st, 8pm, The Dark Room