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Writing Funny Songs w/ Reformed Whores

Saturday, January 20: This 2 Hour class costs $35.00 and meets at Theatre 99 (280 Meeting Street)

Writing Funny Songs w/ Reformed Whores Do you have an inner "Weird Al" Yankovic or Flight of the Conchords just waiting to burst out of you? Do you want to enhance your sketch comedy with funny songs? Are you looking for a new, fun way to get your ideas out into the world, but don't know where to begin? Well then, this comedy workshop is for you! Whether you're musically proficient or a novice, country/comedy duo Reformed Whores are here to help! In this workshop Katy & Marie will teach you some of their tried and true songwriting techniques! You'll learn song structure, rhyming basics, as well as how to mine your brain for comedy gold without judgment. If you play a musical instrument, feel free to bring it! A guitar will be provided. Also if you have a way of recording sound on a device or phone, please bring it to class as well as a note pad & pen. Yee-haw!

 

Instructor: Marie Cecile Anderson & Katy Frame

 Marie Cecile Anderson describes herself as a Southern belle w/ big ballz! Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Marie caught the acting bug at age 5 when her first role was a piece of dancing seaweed in the Nashville Children's Theatre production of The Little Mermaid. From there she continued to yuck it up performing in school musicals, community theatre, singing in the church choir, and twirling the flag & rifle for her high school's marching band. Marie went on to study theatre in NC and CA, and soon moved to NYC w/ no money and everything she owned in six boxes. Fresh off the boat, Marie arrived in NYC all bright-eyed an bushy tailed, dead set on "making it" in the Big Apple!

Marie studied improv at the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC and performed her first solo comedy/music show at The People's Improv Theatre called "Me & My Uke." She's acted regionally, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway. Marie was featured in HBO's Flight of the Conchords, in national commercials, Above Average music videos produced by Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, and was once a model on Dr. Oz. You can also see Marie as a series regular in the award winning comedy web-series PLANT. Season 2 "The Second Coming" is now streaming on Amazon Video.

In 2009, Marie starred in the award-winning independent feature film Sneakers and Soul. The film was an official selection at over a dozen film festivals across the country and Marie was nominated for "best actress" at a number of the festivals. S & S is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Hulu and soon Netflix.

Most recently Marie co-created a comedy web series called Ghostedbusters, about the modern (and cowardly) dating phenomenon called "ghosting" that involves ceasing all communication with an unwanted suitor. Check out all three episodes at ghostedbusters.com and also read her interview in Brokelyn!

 

Katy Frame

Seeing that Katy Frame is a quintessential/slightly demented All-American Girl, it's fitting that she was born in our nation's capital, Washington DC. Raised in Maryland, she now calls Brooklyn her home. She may look sweet on the outside, but don't be fooled! This salty lil' lady is all about crass, sass, and a... well you get it... Full of grit and the determination to let her star shine, she packed up and moved to NYC at the tender age of 18. She attended Barnard College, Columbia University where she first fell in love with improv and sketch. After arriving, she promptly changed her major from Biology to Music & Dance (not telling her parents until graduation) and hasn't looked back since! 

Though this wild flower ultimately found her passion was in writing, song writing, and comedy, she started out her career in musical theatre performing in many Off-Broadway shows in NYC. When Katy isn't gate checking her guitar and shoving her accordion below undersized Delta Airline seats, she can be found acting in all sorts of cool projects. She has gotten to act alongside Will Smith and Josh Brolin in the blockbuster Men In Black III, she's been directed by Wet Hot American Summer's Michael Showalter for the MTV show Blogger Girls, and she was featured in and wrote music for the Warner Brothers web-series My Dad is in a Boy Band, where her song "45 Is The New 15" was featured on The Today Show! You can also find Katy in a bunch of other projects like College Humor videos, and short films but be sure to catch her in full uni-brow in the upcoming web-series PLANT and on an episode of IFC's Commuters. 

Favorite theater roles include Stella in A Street Car Named Desire, Louisa in The Fantasticks, and most recently Katy played the leading lady, 23, in The Bleeker Company’s Somewhere With You at the New York Musical Theater Festival.

 

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