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Pinup Squirrels: Friend Zone Video


Hey!  I'm so proud to be sharing with you guys the first sketch video I've been apart of since moving to LA.  I've been here for almost a year and it's been a shock that it's taken this long to have a video come out!  There's a bunch of things I've written but for various reasons production has been delayed.  And I've been asked to be apart of some people's videos as well, but various things foil those plans, like groups disbanding and schedules changes, etc.  Life!  Am I right??

Luckily one of my troupes, Pinup Squirrels, is revving up on our video production and here is our first one!  Written by our founder, Kristen Lucas, it's a sketch about a silly app making fun of how big Los Angeles is and how it's a thing that many people don't want to travel to see their friends in different parts of the city.

There is a fashion component to this video for me!  Styling myself was a little tricky.  I'd say roughly 85% of my wardrobe is "loud" or "colorful" in that I'm the pattern and print queen.  A lot of times for videos I can play a loose version of myself, but other times there's a call for something more subtle.  I could have gone either way but the main deciding factor had to do with the fact that I was playing a pregnant woman!  I needed an outfit that would highlight that and feel slightly maternal.  Most women, pregnant or not, love maxi dresses because they are quite comfortable to wear.  So I chose a floral one because it seemed on brand for an expectant mother.  (Dress is discontinued from ModCloth last summer, but you can read about it's twin HERE).  

I opted to also wear a cardigan as this was filmed towards the end of May where the weather wasn't QUITE warm yet.  I somewhat regret this as I was getting really hot while filming under the lights and kept blanking on my lines!  I'm okay with my performance but not in love with it, but hey, it's a learning experience for next time.  (That and to not shake my baby belly around as much?  Ha.)  I almost put on one of my signature novelty brooches but ultimately decided that would be distracting and too much like me and my persona and not an entirely different character.  (I vetoed a lot of dresses that seemed "too me" as well for the same reason.)

My Border Collie, Lucy, also made her comedy sketch video debut along with me!  There's a great close-up of her towards the end.  It's the funniest thing; this dog keeps being asked to be apart of stuff. She was almost cast in a Glamour magazine shoot and now is in this video with a big close-up.  I'm currently writing something that will feature her with one of my writing partners, Matt (we've officially named our duo BAM-BAM Comedy so look out for us!)

The filming of this video is an interesting one.  We filmed the Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend.  That Tuesday I called my mom en route to the Groundlings and told her about the shoot and Lucy's video debut (my mom LOVED dogs).  She seemed a little out of it but was generally excited.  That night I had a show with Pinup Squirrels and then I had rehearsal the next day with Puppets Amok.  Everything was a normal and busy week.  That Thursday morning en route to the Groundlings again I got a call from my brother telling me he was admitting my mom to the ER.  I soon found myself back on the east coast and less than two week's after my brother's call my mom was gone.  

I don't say any of this to bum anyone out.  But this is life.  It's so easy to look at happy photos on social media and rejoice in fun announcements like a new sketch video.  But we are all going through something and all have memories, good and bad, attached to milestones.  I filmed this video on one of my last days as life as I knew it, unbeknownst to me.  I'm not as bummed that my mom can't see me in the video, but I'm weirdly sad we can't geek out over Lucy being in the video (she was a big dog lover and we talked WAY too much about our dogs).  Grief is weird and not discussed enough in culture.  So this is why I share this with you.

On a happier note, I really love the women of Pinup Squirrels.  Kristen Lucas wrote a great sketch, Gaby Rapp, did an amazing job editing. Her and Kristen Van Nest carried the sketch in the first beat to set up the game so well.  My co-star in my scenes is Torrey Richardson and she's not only super talented but has become a dear friend of mine (we're cooking up some stuff together, so stay tuned), The girls in the last scene are Cathy Eller and Megan Combes and both are so kind, funny, and talented.  Friendzone was filmed by Geneva Faye, who was so lovely and warm on set and I hope to work with her again.  Sadly I don't know all of the extras too well, but I recruited Ezra Parter who is a very funny and talented guy I met at UCB.  In short, I wanted to give everyone credit here because they're talented and I love working with such great people.

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for later this week because I may or may not be able to hook you up with a new watch!  What? CHECK BACK!  And if you want to follow Pinup Squirrels on social media, here you go!

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Lauren-Blair Donovan
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