Rebecca Addelman is Keeping Busy
The Toronto-born comedian has a CBC sitcom in development and a live comedy show in L.A. – and she still has time to work on her tan.
With a CBC sitcom in development, a live comedy show in Los Angeles and a writing gig on Current TV’s SuperNews!, it’s a mystery how Rebecca Addelman still has time to work on her tan. Shalom Life caught up with the Toronto-born comedian to talk about her upcoming projects.
What’s kept you in comedy?
Comedy is the only pursuit that combines intellectual challenge with farts. Nothing beats that.
You’ve been a judge on MuchMusic’s Video on Trial. What’s the best or worst music video you’ve seen lately?
Video on Trial prepared me for most video-viewing experiences – but nothing can prepare you for the 82nd Airborne Division’s remake of Lady Gaga’s Telephone. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haHXgFU7qNI] These soldiers, who are currently stationed in Afghanistan, have given a great gift to us all – and I’m not talking about putting their bodies in the line of fire. I’m talking about the homemade Gaga get-ups and shameless man-on-man choreography they showcase in the video. It’s amazing and confusing and thrilling all at once. And yeah – it’s better than Gaga.
Who are some comedians you admire?
This list is very long, but a few biggies are people like Larry David, Conan O’Brien, Monty Python and Tina Fey, who are all writers and performers. To me, that’s the ultimate: performing and writing your own show. I’m also constantly wowed and inspired by my fellow sketch partners: Holly Prazoff and Inessa Frantowski. Those girls are…well, their talent is beyond description. So let’s just say they’re “fantasmagorrific.”
What would you be doing if you weren’t a comedian?
Working for the family law firm. But then they’d have to change the name to Addelman & Son & Daughter. And that doesn’t have the same ring to it.
What’s your process for writing sketches for SuperNews!?
What’s fun about SuperNews! is that nothing’s off limits. Our job as writers is to find what’s funny about life – from technology to dating to why girls dress so gosh-darned slutty on Halloween – and spin it into some silly but pointed satire. So often the process is to just look around and see what’s happening right now that seems ludicrous or joke-worthy. And when that fails, I just do a Google News search for ‘Sarah Palin.’
Has moving to L.A. influenced your comedy routines and sketches?
I loved performing in Toronto, and the community there is very creative and experimental. But in L.A. you have to be tighter and more polished. So L.A. has changed me in that regard – and I do believe living here has made me better at what I do. But other than forcing me to raise my own standards, I try not to let L.A. influence me. L.A. is a weird bubble, filled with celebrity bubble-people with their Mercedes and Blueteeth. You need to reach outside its bubbly grasp to tap into real life and stay funny in your own unique way.
Will you be performing in Canada any time soon?
Sadly, right now I don’t have any plans to perform in Canada. However, Holly Prazoff and I would love to take the two-person sketch show we’re currently showcasing at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in L.A. to Toronto, or maybe to a Canadian festival. We believe the people of Canada need to see our moronic antics live on stage!
What else are you working on?
A sitcom I’ve co-created is in development with the CBC, and hopefully you’ll be seeing it on your TV screens soon. So I’m working on that. But mostly I’m working on my tan. It’s a deep shade of ochre.