The rising comedic star talks about this new DVD, Parks and Recreation, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and more.

Around this time last year, I was reading up on Judd Apatow’s new directorial effort, Funny People, since I was going to be visiting the set of the film. Among the huge names in the film was a newcomer named Aubrey Plaza, and, if the newcomers in Apatow’s previous two films were any indication (See: Jonah Hill and Charlene Yi), I figured this young comedienne was surely on a pretty damn good path. Of course, that was before we knew her as the hilariously deadpan April Ludgate on the wonderful NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and the actress also has the highly-anticipated Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World coming up as well. I recently had the chance to speak with Aubrey Plaza for the new Funny People DVD and Blu-ray release on November 24, and here’s what she had to say.

I was wondering how you first heard about Judd’s script and how the whole casting process went about for you? Who was already attached when you first heard about the film?

Aubrey Plaza: Well, I didn’t know much. I didn’t read the script, I didn’t really know anything about it. I knew it was Judd’s movie and that Seth (Rogen) and Adam (Sandler) were going to be in it. That’s kind of all I knew. Allison Jones cast the movie and I had met her, just kind of generally, a couple of months before. She told me then that she was on this movie, but she wasn’t going to tell me what it was until later. I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I was in New York at that point and she had me put myself on tape. I just did the scenes and improvised with my friends and sent it to L.A., just hoping that they would actually watch it. I heard a couple of months later that Judd did watch it and he really liked it, so I came out to L.A. to have a callback and I read with Seth, in front of Judd. That was terrifying but it went really well. I hadn’t heard anything for a month after that and I knew I did well but I wasn’t really sure what the hold-up was, what they were looking for. I found out that they had really wanted to cast a stand-up comedian. At the time I wasn’t doing stand-up, so I kind of took it upon myself to start doing stand-up and taping myself and sending it to him. So that’s kind of how I got the part. It was a three-step process, I guess, where the final step was, I think, the most important, sending bits of me actually doing jokes and having him actually see me on stage with a mic, in front of an audience, that it was possible that I could pull it off, to be this young, stand-up comedian.

You have an improv background, I believe. What was it like getting into stand-up mode, as opposed to your improv background?

Aubrey Plaza: It was really tough. Improv is so different, it’s such a collaborative thing, you’re working with other people, nothing is planned and it’s kind of this community mentality, whereas stand-up, you’re alone and it was really hard. Having to stand in front of an audience and have it be your job to make them laugh, you can’t really look to anyone but yourself. It’s what you wrote, what you said and how you said it, so it’s kind of terrifying, but I liked it. When it goes well, it’s the best feeling in the world. When it doesn’t go well, it’s the worst feeling, but once you get into the rhythm of it, I think it’s really fun. Also it’s a good exercise for writing, for me, using my brain in that different way.

I know the DVD and the Blu-ray that are coming out are both just packed with extras, with a lot of bonus stand-up material. Is there a lot of these unseen bits from your performances on here then?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, definitely. The first time I ever did stand-up was in Queens and it was the first time I had done it and I taped it and sent it to him. After I got the part, a couple of weeks later, he brought me out to L.A. and I immediately started doing shows with the rest of the cast, having never done it before. So I went from zero to performing with Adam Sandler in less than a month. It was really a crazy interaction to stand-up, but they had camera crews follow me to every show and tape every single show that I did. I went up multiple times a week and I did The Laugh Factory, all these open mic’s and they sent camera crews everywhere. There’s a ton of shows on the DVD, a lot of me bombing on stage, which I’m sure will be fun for me to watch (Laughs). So yeah, a lot of failure, but it will give you a good idea of how I got to where I am now.

Aubrey is going to be the grand marshal of the annual Christmas parade in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware tomorrow (Friday)!

The grand marshal will be Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza, star of the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation”

The 46th annual Jaycees Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in downtown Wilmington.

The grand marshal will be Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza, star of the NBC comedy series “Parks and Recreation.” Plaza also was in the movie “Funny People,” which came out in the summer. Emmanuel Savary, a figure skating champion, also will be at the parade.

The parade kicks off at Fifth and Market streets and ends at Eighth and King streets. The grandstand will be at 10th and Market streets.

The parade will feature school marching bands from A.I. du Pont, Salesianum, Cab Calloway and Delaware Military Academy. Two Philadelphia string bands also will perform.

Local groups will dance, sing, cheer and march.

Floats include Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Bob the Builder, Cinderella, Elmo and Dora the Explorer. A fleet of antique cars will be in the parade too.

After the parade, Santa Claus will be in the lobby of the Baby Grand on Market Street from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Carolers will be on Market Street and in Rodney Square from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a holiday bazaar with vendors and a synthetic ice skating rink during this time.

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Aubrey is starring in a “New Moon” spoof video called “Three Wolf Moon” that premiered on College Humor… You can watch it below!

I have just added 41 HQ captures of Aubrey from this week’s episode of “Parks and Recreation” into the gallery. You can view all the captures by clicking on the thumbnails below…

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I have just added 54 HD captures of Aubrey from this week’s episode of “Parks and Recreation” into the photo gallery. This episode was great – and Halloween themed – so its fitting that I add them up today. You can see them all by clicking on the thumbnails below…

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NBC has renewed “Parks and Recreation” for an entire season – so we will get a complete season 2!

NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday-night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “Mercy.”

All three have shown stability in their time periods in recent weeks.

“We are very pleased with the critical and audience reaction to our wonderful new comedy ‘Community,'” said NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad. “The cast and producers are delivering a first-rate, quality show that is very promising as the newest of NBC’s first-rate Thursday-night comedies.”

About “Mercy,” Bromstad added: “This drama has found a dedicated audience and continues to build in the ratings. We’ve seen future episodes, and we’re confident “Mercy” can be a strong player for us.”

Regarding Amy Poehler’s “Parks,” Bromstad said, “Parks and Recreation” has proven to be a steady performer for us on Thursday nights and gets better with every show.”

Absent from the pickup list: Monday night medical thriller “Trauma.”

“Community,” “Parks” and “Mercy” have been modest performers, but this back-nine order gives the trio some breathing room to potentially improve. NBC, the final broadcaster to order additional episodes of their new shows this fall, also has a limited inventory of scripted content to fill any open slots. The network has “Chuck” on deck, which has been speculated might replace “Trauma” should NBC pull the medical thriller.

NBC has “Parenthood” and “Day One” for midseason, though “Parenthood” has been delayed because of the illness of co-star Maura Tierney who was recently replaced by Lauren Graham, and “Day One” has been reduced to a mini-series, at least for now. Additionally, NBC is prepping multi-camera midseason comedy “100 Questions,” which has undergone significant casting changes since the pilot.

“Mercy” has averaged a 2.1 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers and has boosted the time period 37% compared with the network’s performance in the time period last season. “Community” has averaged a 2.6 rating, and 5.7 million. Though it debuted last season, “Parks and Recreation” was brought back for 13 episodes this fall and has averaged a 2.1 and 4.8 million.

From The Live Feed

I have finally created a layout that I love for Aubrey Plaza Online! The photo I used for the main image is from Aubrey’s one-page spread in Nylon magazine from earlier this year… I will be posting it in the photo gallery soon!

Right now, the site content still isn’t complete, but I am going to be working on it this weekend and will post here when its all done and ready!

Please leave your thoughts on the new layout in the “comments” section of this post!

Now that “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” has wrapped principal photography, the movie’s many cast members are starting to talk about their work on the Edgar Wright-directed comic book adaptation. Today, actress Aubrey Plaza is getting in on that action.

Plaza plays Julie Powers in “Scott Pilgrim,” the occasional girlfriend of Scott’s band mate Stephen Stills. The actress spoke with Making Of about the film’s “perfectly” weird faithfulness to the Bryan Lee O’Malley-created graphic novels. “There’s a lot of weird, really perfectly casted people,” said Plaza. “Alison Pill really looks like Kim Pine, Michael [Cera] really looks like Scott Pilgrim in a weird way, so everybody kind of weirdly looks like their character. You almost feel like it was meant to be.”

The actress is perhaps best known for her role in last summer’s “Funny People,” and while Plaza had plenty of comedy to wade through in “Scott Pilgrim,” she admitted that there was an entirely new element for her in the movie’s action component. “It’s kind of a crazy movie because it’s a comedy, but it’s also an action film,” she said. “It was a different way of working—a lot more technical, not a lot of improv. There’s no room to improvise when there’s a blue screen and camera craning at these weird times. You have to really be hitting all of the beats and everything. So it was a learning experience for me, because I’m used to kind of just saying whatever I want.”

And who says learning can’t be fun? Certainly not Plaza, who had nothing but great things to say about filming the comic book movie. “It was really fun,” she said. “Edgar is awesome. He’s really great. Everyone in the cast was really great—they’re all a combination of really funny but also really great actors.”

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I’ve just added 150 HD captures of Aubrey from this week’s episode of “Parks and Recreation” into our gallery! This episode was so awesome – it featured a lot of Aubrey and she was super funny!

You can see all the captures by clicking on the thumbnails below…

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I have just added 88 HD captures of Aubrey from this week’s episode of “Parks and Recreation” titled “The Practice Date”. Although Aubrey wasn’t in this episode much, she was absolutely hilarious in the end with her “surveillance” video!

You can see the captures by clicking on the thumbnails below…

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