Welcome to our weekly Giggle Goddess question and answer session with two comedivas spreading giggles like wildfire. This week, we talk to two comedy veterans who know their way around a funny bone.
This Q & A will take you deep within the depths of their souls ... sorta.
Fangirlishly stalk the duo at the following locations: Twitter (@thisLAwoman; @thatLAwoman), YouTube, Facebook.
What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
Sabrina: Fleur de sel from Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena. It made me rethink everything I thought I knew about cupcakes.
Jennifer: Red Velvet, 'nuff said.
What or who inspired you to pursue a career in comedy?
Sabrina: My insanely funny and talented husband, Ezra Weisz, who was not yet my husband. I considered myself quite the dramatic actress before I met him. He was my first improv teacher and that was that. I have been hooked on making people laugh for the past decade and change.
Jennifer: I've always been a goofball. People don't see it coming when they first meet me, which is my secret weapon (see again below).
If Chuck Norris were to corner you in an alley and challenge you to a duel, what would be your weapon of choice?
Sabrina: My dance moves. They would confuse and entice him long enough for me to make my escape.
Jennifer: Well, I'm white as white gets, but I can do a number of different voices and dialects, so I'd probably start talking to him in my Vietnamese manicurist character and tell him that he really needed a mani/pedi. Then, of course, I'd have to give him a mani/pedi... ew.
What are some challenges you've faced since going down the comedy track and what has made those obstacles worth overcoming?
Sabrina: My comedy has actually opened more doors to me than anything else (I'm knocking on wood now... okay back) and I feel really grateful to be able to make folks laugh on a regular basis.
Jennifer: Well, it's actually very diffiult to be taken seriously in the comedy world when you are a female. Sad, but still true. It's changing a lot, thanks to amazing women like Liz Lemon, Sue Sylvester, and Comediva!
What's the funniest thing you've ever heard/seen?
Sabrina: I get my heartiest laughs seeing people fall down, without serious injury resulting, of course. It's the slip on the banana peel/pie in the face type of comedy that really gets me. I was once on a walk and talk with a friend of mine and we were looking at each other as we strolled across a school campus. In a flash, he was gone. When I realized that he had walked into a flagpole and got knocked to the ground, I lost it for several minutes.
Jennifer: I have to agree with Sabrina here. Good pratfalls and physical comedy done well is simply sublime in the belly.
Which comedienne, dead or alive, would you love to work with/meet?
Sabrina: Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Tracey Ullman. Not necessarily in that order. They all have insane comic timing and impeccable character work. I grew up in awe of these ladies and would love to have an peek at their process.
Jennifer: Again, I agree with lovely Sabrina. Ms. Burnett, Lucille Ball, Ms. Ullman, and I'd have to add Goldie Hawn to the list. I miss her. Aspen must be nice.
In what ways do you think you've improved or evolved since your first comedy venture?
Sabrina: I have learned to trust my instincts more. When I first started out I was worried about "doing it right." The more I tried to cater to what I thought the audience wanted, the more mistakes I made. Now I go with my gut. And I dont' care so much about how my hair looks.
Jennifer: I don't try to be funny anymore. Every time I try to force a funny idea, it tanks. So, I do my best to be vulnerable and honest and trust my partner to be there to catch me when I fall, prat, or otherwise.
What long-term/short-term goals do you have for your career?
Sabrina: My long term goal is to keep doin' it. I want to be an old lady standing on a stage somewhere cracking people up. My short term goal is for our YouTube channel to have 1000 subscribers and millions of hits. Then, L.A. Women will be offered a television show. That's how that stuff works, right?