An interview with Laura Krafft, Betabrand Model, Comedian and Writer for “The Colbert Report.”
Tell us about yourself. Who are you? What about your career are you most proud of so far?
I’m a writer/performer originally from Evanston, Illinois. I first tried improv in college but didn’t really get into it until I moved to Chicago after graduation. While I was there, I performed at the IO and Second City theaters. I moved to LA in ‘97 and have been working in or around TV ever since. Career-wise, I don’t know if I feel proud as much as lucky that I managed to find a job where I get to work with people who make me laugh hard every day. Having worked in a lot of different fields, I know how rare that can be.
When did you first know you were funny? Can you recall the moment and how it made you feel? Why did you choose to pursue comedy as your career?
An amazing improv teacher of mine, Del Close, was the first person to ever tell me I was funny. I suppose I had been before but no one had ever actually said it out loud, nor had I thought it. I never thought about humor or comedy as a career path, I found it more through a series of fortunate twists and turns. I do know that as soon as I started taking improv classes, I felt like I’d found my people.
What does it mean to be a funny woman in your personal life? and in showbusiness?
I don’t find it means or doesn’t mean anything. It just is.
What is your greatest daily challenge? Reward?
Brushing my teeth. I do it, faithfully, but I always have to bribe myself with a treat afterward.
What was your experience wearing Betabrand? How does your profession echo our brand’s mantras of crowdsourcing ideas & beta testing their potential?
I liked the dress I wore. Re: your brand, I think there’s a pretty obvious link between crowdsourcing a dress and a joke. Either there’s good feedback or there isn’t. The crowd rarely lies.
What advice would you give to anyone seeking to find their own path – career, or otherwise?
I think finding a career you enjoy is as much about finding out what you don’t like to do as what you do.
What are you passionate about outside of comedy? What do you do on your free time?
I like to bake and draw. Draw baked goods. Bake drawn goods. You know, that kind of thing.
Tell us how you really feel about Rubber Chickens.
What is with you guys and the rubber chickens? I feel like you’re in the pocket of big chicken.
You can Follow Laura on twitter at @prettylaura
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