Boss Lady: Danielle Uhlarik

By Louis Lucero II

“You should always find a stranger to obsess over, and then genetically modify yourself for that stranger!” True, it’s no, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” or “Thou shalt not kill,” but the sage counsel offered by Danielle Uhlarik in the guise of the Little Mermaid in her series of “Advice From A Cartoon Princess” YouTube videos has reached one and a half million viewers. The popularity of her ironic creations notwithstanding, Danielle — a writer, filmmaker and established performer with The Second City improv and sketch comedy club — has plenty left to say in her own voice. 

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As an actor, writer, filmmaker and comedian, you seem to wear more hats than the average sufferer of male pattern baldness. Which of your roles do you most relish?

That’s so hard! I love them all. I know that there are these real defined boxes in Hollywood that people want you to fit into — either actor, writer, producer. But I guess it depends on the project. I write all the time: I wake up in the middle of the night and write. Most of the 4 a.m. stuff is probably not worthy of seeing the light of day. I really, really enjoy performing, too, but I can’t imagine doing just one forever.

But if you had to do one for the rest of your life?

If I had to do one for the rest of my life, I would have the best writers in the world create roles for me to perform while I produced the show… and wrote the script for it.

Oh, so you’re being crafty?

[deviously] Always.

I would also think that being a performer and providing people with a face to associate your name with might be a good jumping-off point when trying to get your work produced. Have you found that to be true?

Yeah, definitely. The other thing that helps, too, is that I usually write roles for myself, roles that I know I want to play.

So you’ve had a lot of success Second City — first, writing and performing at the club’s Chicago location, and now as a writer and performer for The Second City Network YouTube channel. So how have you evolved as a comedian from where you started with Second City to where you are now?

Well, I’ve had lots of birthdays and I’ve literally grown inches. But outside of that, I think the experiences I’ve had have helped me to get more stories out through writing. I’ve written a film that I produced and starred in — it’s already gone around the festival circuit and won some comedy awards. I’ve really honed my writing craft and have what people call a voice, I guess. But the older I get, I think mainly I’ve really just gotten more comfortable wearing princess dresses.

Read the rest of Danielle’s interview here!


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