Q&A with Collen Doyle
How did you get your start in acting and comedy?
I started to perform stand-up comedy and act while in high school. I was 13 the first time I did stand-up comedy and was also a member of the YOH theater players. At 18, I moved to New York City to study acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts; graduating with a degree in 2008 and invited to be a member of the 2009 New York Academy Company. I was able to get representation after finishing the company. Stand-up comedy was always on the agenda. I began performing in clubs all over the city while I was in college, hosting and performing with comics Jim Gaffigan and Judah Friedlander. Some of my favorite clubs to perform at are Broadway Comedy Club, Stand-up New York and Comic Strip Live.
What are some other found memories you have from entertaining?
One of my big breaks as an actor came when I booked a comedic role in a national commercial for Fed Ex. I was flown first class out to L.A. to shoot and it premiered the day before the Super Bowl. The whole experience was surreal and pretty cool.
What can the audience expect from the show?
It’s always my goal to provide the audience with a fun and highly entertaining night in the theater. I consider my comedic style homage to some of the old silent film and vaudevillian actors. I enjoy doing impressions, being silly and with the opportunity to perform in the Town Hall Theatre open up my physicality a bit so that I’m larger then audiences are used to seeing me.
Where did the name for the Show come from?
Years ago when I was in high school getting ready to apply for college (as an actor), I was told to have a back-up plan; come up with a “plan B” incase things don’t work out. My response was that I’d see if things didn’t work out then come up with a “second plan A.” It felt right to name the special that.
What are you most excited about?
“Second plan A.” is like a right of passage for me. It takes years of writing and performing to get to a point where an hour feels natural. After working as an entertainer for nearly ten years, I cannot think of a better or more nostalgic venue to do my 1 hr. special at then with Pentangle at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre with some of my best buds on the show with me.
The show will be filmed, edited and distributed… so I’m also looking forward to that!
Don’t miss “Second plan A.”, Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. To purchase tickets, click here.