FUNNY PEOPLE Interview

July 30, 2009   Comments Off on FUNNY PEOPLE Interview   Interviews

For Funny People, which is essentially a movie about comedians, in varying degrees of success in their careers, writer/director Judd Apatow cast real stand-up comics, including co-stars Aziz Ansari and newcomer Aubrey Plaza.

Taking an innovative approach by making her own live stand-up audition tape and posting it on YouTube, Aubrey Plaza was immediately offered the role of Daisy, the love interest to Seth Rogen’s character, Ira. And, Plaza’s Parks and Recreation co-star Aziz Ansari was cast as the hyperkinetic Randy, a comic that other performers love to hate.

At the film’s press day, the actors both talked about how their current success has changed their lives and careers.

Q: Aubrey, how did you get cast in this film? You do stand-up and had a friend shoot it, and then stuck it on YouTube. Did your agent tell you to do that?

Aubrey: I did that on my own, actually. I knew that they wanted to cast a stand-up, and I hadn’t really done it before, so I just decided to try it and I had my friend shoot it.

Q: How was that experience?

Aubrey: It was totally terrifying, but it was good. It had a good outcome.

Q: Do you write your own stuff, all the time?

Aubrey: Yeah. I wrote all my stand-up in the movie, and all the stand-up that I do now.

Q: What was it like to work with Judd? How much freedom did he give you?

Aubrey: With the stand-up, he gave me total freedom. He liked what I was doing, so he let me go with it. And, in the scenes, it was all in the script, but he definitely let us, on our feet, rewrite some things and play around. He was really good about giving us freedom.

Aziz: For my character, he was really cool about being open to any ideas I had, not only with the stand-up, but with the character traits and attitudes and stuff. It was really collaborative.

Q: Having done a full stand-up routine, were you surprised by how much or how little stand-up ended up in the actual film?

Aziz: I think we all assumed that he wouldn’t use a ton of the stand-up, so no.

Q: How much will end up on the DVD?

Aziz: We shot so much standup, that there’ll be so much on the DVD. We did, six different shows in the comedy clubs, and then there was the show at the Orpheum Theater. They shot hours of stand-up.

Aubrey: And, they would follow me, no matter how small the show was that I was doing. They would even film open mic nights.

Aziz: As soon as we starred doing stand-up for the movie, getting our characters ready and stuff, they were filming every show we did, like at UCB Theater and places like that.


INT: Aubrey Plaza

July 30, 2009   Comments Off on INT: Aubrey Plaza   Interviews

Aubrey Plaza plays Daisy in the new Adam Sandler/Seth Rogan film FUNNY PEOPLE. She describes her character, “…an upcoming comedienne who moved from LA to New York and she’s kind of like, new to the stand up circuit. She falls in with a crowd where she meets Jason Schwartzman’s character and Seth Rogan’s character. It’s kind of like the girl out of the guys comedienne. She’s a little weird and quirky.” Which seems appropriate. (Well, the quirky thing, not the weird thing.)

She cracked me up from the moment I met her, asking if I wanted her to put her shoes back on after I told her this interview was print. She also said, ” really like JoBlo,” which makes her even cooler. Plaza has a major improv background, performing in the UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE. She also stars as Amy Poehler’s intern April on the NBC series, PARKS AND RECREATION. And, as I’m sure all you graphic novel fans know, Plaza will be in the upcoming SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD with Michael Cera. She gave us the story on working on the film, breaking into the stand up world, and her desire for stalkers. (Not really boys…)

At one point in the film, your character is described as a “starfucker”. (Jason Schwartzman plays a minor celebrity and Daisy, well, you know where I’m going.) You’re all over the place now. Television, film…have you gotten any stalkers yet?
Um, no. I hope that happens soon. I really do. No one has stalked me yet. The stuff I’m in hasn’t really come out yet, so maybe people don’t want to stalk me yet. But hopefully…soon. I’d love to at least get a few early stalkers, and then maybe like, some really serious ones.

You have a pretty hardcore improv background. How much did you guys do? How much of the script was actually used?
Well, I would say that the script was, you know, obviously really strong, and everything was in there, but I think Judd (Apatow) just, he allowed us to kind of play when we did scenes, and kind of write on our feet sometimes. He was really, really open to everyone’s ideas. And also, he comes up with different ideas in the moment. So there was a lot of playing around.

This is a much darker story for Judd…
Yeah, I’d say it’s kind of like a hilarious movie about something really serious. [laughs]

A funny movie about death?
Yeah. [laughs] I think it’s a lot deeper than maybe some of the other things he’s done, but it’s just as funny, which makes it great. Truth in comedy I guess.


Comic Plaza joins the list of Funny People

July 30, 2009   Comments Off on Comic Plaza joins the list of Funny People   Interviews

Sometimes, a career arc can form a complete circle. Case in point: comedian Aubrey Plaza, who plays the bored intern April opposite Amy Poehler in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and who makes her big screen debut this week as Seth Rogen’s diffident standup comic love interest in Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

The 25-year-old’s career at NBC includes stints as one of the fabled blazered network pages and, yes, as an intern at Saturday Night Live. “I was in the design department, which I have no interest in,” she said between gigs on the weekend at this city’s Just For Laughs festival. “But I was kind of like a sponge at SNL. I read every sketch. I would steal them and take them home and read them.”

Still, Plaza was working as a waitress as late as a year ago, before the right people started seeing The Jeannie Tate Show, an online sitcom in which she developed her signature style of “bemused disinterest” (as GQ characterized it) based, she says, on the attitude of her teenaged sister. And, yes, Aubrey Plaza is her real name. “Plaza is Puerto-Rican Spanish,” says the Delaware native. “And Aubrey, I was named after a song called Aubrey by the band Bread in the ’70s.”

Weirdly, going into filming of Funny People, Plaza was one of the few cast members who’d never done standup. “I got thrown into standup with a pretty extreme introduction,” she says. “I was pretty comfortable in the improv world, but I instantly had to do standup with the rest of the cast. My third show ever was at the Comedy and Magic Club at Hermosa Beach, and Judd made me go up right after Adam Sandler. I didn’t bomb.”

Having caught the bug, she continues to play clubs whenever she can, possessed of what she estimates as “a solid 10 minutes” of material. (Variety magazine chose her at this festival as one of “10 Comics to Watch” — a list that in the past has included Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK). Plaza is particularly flattered by comparisons of her to a young Janeane Garofalo. “That’s a really huge compliment for me. She’s definitely one of my role models, and I’ve watched everything she ever did. In fact, she was the first live standup I ever saw.”

And the breaks just keep coming. Plaza just finished a couple of months in Toronto filming the Michael Cera starring vehicle, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (about a guy who sets out to fight all his new girlfriend’s exes), the latest from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). “I play a character who’s kind of an antagonist to Scott Pilgrim, like a bitchy record store-slash-barista-slash-party planner. She’s different than anything I’ve ever done because all my other characters tend to be over it and not interested. But she is outraged about everything. I spend most of my time in the movie just screaming at Michael Cera, which was so much fun.”

And this week, she was scheduled to be back at work in L.A. on Parks and Recreation with a 6 a.m. call. “It’s so weird to see all this stuff happening so fast, it’s surreal. I mean, there are all kinds of things I want to do. But I’d be happy if the show were on a long time. It’s a new experience for me. But the feeling of going back there is like going back to camp. Amy is amazing and we all get along so well. So if the show does well it’d be great.”

From the Edmonton Sun


Aubrey Plaza: Funny Person

July 29, 2009   Comments Off on Aubrey Plaza: Funny Person   Interviews

Cute actress/comedienne Aubrey Plaza, who plays Daisy, the love interest in the new Adam Sandler/Seth Rogen/Jonah Hill comedy Funny People, is a real up and comer. She’s co-starring in the Amy Poehler TV series “Parks and Recreation” and will appear in the upcoming Michael Cera action-comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

We interviewed 23-year-old Aubrey in Santa Monica recently and noted that she was glammed up from her long, straight hair with bangs and glasses look in the film to a sleek semi up-do and no specs. She looked current/cute in a green tank over a black tee and a short animal print skirt. Ever wonder just how small the show biz world really is? A few days after our interview, I was on a plane from L.A. to Montreal for a set visit and who sits down next to me but Aubrey! After the “Didn\’t I just interview you?” “Yeah!” greetings, we ended up exchanging info, chomping on some cinnamon gum and with me spilling 7-Up on her purse! Aubrey was on her way to Montreal to appear in several shows at a big Comedy Festival which she didn’t mention at our interview. We wished her great luck and the usual show-biz “break a leg” send off and had a great flight during which the exhausted Aubrey slept more than I did. Reverse back to L.A. and our beachside interview.

TeenHollywood: Aubrey, how did you get cast in Funny People? Didn\’t you do stand-up and have a friend shoot it, and then stick it on YouTube? Did your agent tell you to do that?
Aubrey: I did that on my own, actually. I knew that they wanted to cast a stand-up, and I hadn’t really done it before, so I just decided to try it and I had my friend shoot it.

TeenHollywood: How was that experience?
Aubrey: It was totally terrifying. But, it was good. It had a good outcome.

TeenHollywood: Do you write your own stuff, all the time?
Aubrey: Yeah. I wrote all my stand-up in the movie, and all the stand-up that I do now.

TeenHollywood: They say a lot of funny people were miserable as kids. Does that apply to you or no?
Aubrey: I wasn’t miserable as a child, but I definitely have some insecurities that I work out on stage. I think that growing up with insecurities always leads to comedy, in some way.

TeenHollywood: Were you the class clown as a teen?
Aubrey: No. I was like Reese Witherspoon in Election. I was a huge dork, who was the president of everything. I was everyone in Election, really. I was more of a loser, in that way. I was really, really into taking things way too far and being involved in everything. I was an overachiever.


Laughing Matter: Aubrey Plaza

July 26, 2009   Comments Off on Laughing Matter: Aubrey Plaza   Interviews

Aubrey is featured in the July 2009 issue of “Teen Vogue” magazine! Check out the article below…

Aubrey Plaza isn’t kidding when she deems this “the best year of my life.” In April, she made her debut as Amy Poehler’s deeply disinterested intern on NBC’s hysterical mockumentary Parks and Recreation. This month, she’ll share the big screen with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill in the sure-to-be-a-hit Funny People. And then she heads to Toronto to play Michael Cera’s nemesis in the upcoming film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Basically, the lanky brunette has already worked with everyone who’s anyone in comedy. “Well, I haven’t met Tina Fey yet,” Aubrey deadpans in her trademark monotone.

Her stony-faced shtick is hardly an accident: The 25-year-old has been working on it since high school. As a freshman at New York University, she began taking classes at Poehler’s prestigious slapstick training ground, the Upright Citizens Brigade, but Aubrey also had her sights set on interning at Saturday Night Live, so she relentlessly faxed her resume to their offices until she got an interview. She was hired on the spot: “I literally went from doing nothing at my apartment to watching Ben Affleck rehearse on stage.”

With a few recommendations and some viral Internet hype, she’s gone from playing a “girl with a massive head wound” (her first film credit) to improv-ing with Team Apatow. The actress is used to holding her own with the guys, though: “On set, it’s not like, ‘Oh, you’re funny for a girl,'” she says. “It’s just, ‘Are you funny?'” In Aubrey’s case, the answer is an emphatic yes.

Teen Vogue


10 Comics to Watch

July 26, 2009   Comments Off on 10 Comics to Watch   Interviews

Aubrey Plaza – The ‘Parks and Rec’ intern perfected craft online master of the above-it-all annoyed-teenager look, Aubrey Plaza found a way to take her disgruntled millennial girl routine to primetime in the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” It’s a character type the improv-oriented comedian first honed on the Web series “The Jeannie Tate Show,” where she plays the troubled stepdaughter to the show’s titular soccer mom, developing it even further on a trashy MTV-style dating show satire she wrote and directed. “I am not sick of roles as the angry teenager; I could be one for the rest of my life,” quips Plaza, who explains, “I have a younger sister who I draw a lot of inspiration from.”

Sure enough, Plaza jumped at another droll adolescent role opposite Michael Cera in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” And though the acting attention is heating up, Plaza still considers herself a student of the form. She spent the 2004-05 season interning on the set of “Saturday Night Live,” being a wallflower while quietly observing the pros in action. “People on ‘SNL’ remarked how quiet I was and were shocked to learn that I was in comedy,” she reports.

And although she studied improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Plaza decided to branch into standup after landing the role of Seth Rogen’s girlfriend in “Funny People.” Director Judd Apatow wanted an actual standup for the part, so Plaza made a point to film herself onstage at a comedy club in Queens.

Plaza’s early material has been dark and rebellious, reminiscent of those grunge comediennes who came before her, such as Janeane Garofalo and Sarah Silverman (in fact, she does a killer impression of the latter’s potty-mouthed persona). “My sense of humor is a little strange,” Plaza admits. “I have to remind myself that if I think it’s funny, then I shouldn’t worry about others getting it.” P.O.V. “My purse is so heavy that when I put it on the passenger seat of the car while I am driving, the airbag light goes on because it thinks there’s a person there.”

From Variety


Aubrey to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

July 25, 2009   Comments Off on Aubrey to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”   Alerts

Aubrey is set to be a guest on the talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” next week, on July 31st!

Jimmy Kimmel must have made a deal with “Funny People.” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will feature a cast member from Universal’s upcoming comedy each night next week.

Actress Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up”) will appear on Tuesday, July 28th. Jonah Hill, of “Superbad” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” fame, also stars and will appear on Wednesday, July 29th.

Funnyman Seth Rogen will appear on the Thursday, July 30th edition of the program. Actress Aubrey Plaza, of NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” also stars in the film and appears on the show on Friday, July 31st.

The show airs on the ABC network at midnight, but make sure you check your local TV listings for the exact air times in your city!


“Funny People” Star Aubrey Plaza is Just One of the Guys

July 25, 2009   Comments Off on “Funny People” Star Aubrey Plaza is Just One of the Guys   Interviews

Aubrey Plaza, who stars as Amy Poheler’s bratty and slothful intern April on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, breaks onto the big screen with a role in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” set to be released July 31. I got a chance to speak to the half Puerto Rican, half Irish actress and discovered that she doesn’t fit into any one mold.

All her life, Plaza, 24, has been one of the guys–the ultimate guy’s girl. And now, she’s the girl among the guys in Apatow’s highly anticipated comedy, which also stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. Take the time to get to know Plaza, a woman who is redefining what it means to be a Latina comedienne.

I can’t wait to see Funny People! Who do you play in the film?
I play Daisy, a young stand-up comedienne who’s just moved to L.A. and is new to the area. She moves into the same building as Seth Rogen’s character, Ira, and Seth’s character lives with two other guys and they’re all young, up-and-coming comedians. She makes friends with them and gets in with their circle, but she causes a problem between the guys because Ira really likes her, but she goes out with Jason [Schwartzman’s character].

What’s Daisy like?
She’s a lot like me: really weird and sarcastic. She’s also the girl amongst the guys, which I find is usually the case with comedy. The comedy world is very male-dominated.


“Mystery Team” Trailer

July 21, 2009   Comments Off on “Mystery Team” Trailer   Movies, Videos

The second trailer for one of Aubrey’s new films, “Mystery Team” is now released. You can stream the trailer below.

You have not seen absurdly funny internet comedy until you’ve experienced (almost) anything by the NYC-based group Derrick Comedy. Only two years ago, they were dominating Youtube with their hilarious skits like “Girls Aren’t To Be Trusted.” In fact, their video “Bro Rape” can be blamed in ironic part on having created the “bro” stereotype. Both “Family Guy” and the Nintendo Gamecube were never seen in a “bro” context until Derrick Comedy’s famous spoofing of a “Dateline” special popped up on the web. Check out these videos and more HERE.

Now, the group is taking their ability to write the absurd to the big screen, with their first feature film called “Mystery Team”. The Sundance favorite stars the three main members of the group, Donald Glover, DC Pierson, and Dominic Dierkes, as three wannabe detectives who decide to solve an actual murder case despite their infantile nature and lack of actual experience. Aubrey Plaza, who you might develop a crush on after seeing “Funny People”, also has a part in the film.

Considering the success Derrick Comedy has had in the past, (and also that this doesn’t look as unoriginally disastrous as Miss March, the flop from the other famous comedy group Whitest Kids U Know), I think I’m going to check this one out. It looks like a pretty outrageous small-budget film, even if the wacky humor plays to a more select audience.

From The Scorecard Review


Aubrey Plaza says kissing Seth Rogen is like riding a roller coaster?

July 21, 2009   Comments Off on Aubrey Plaza says kissing Seth Rogen is like riding a roller coaster?   Interviews, Videos

Aubrey Plaza, wearing a hot Dolce & Gabbana navy mini dress, talks about kissing Seth Rogen at the LA premiere of “Funny People.”

Is Seth a good kisser?

“Totally! We make out on top of a car! I describe kissing him kinda like riding a roller coaster,” she says. “It’s scary at times, really fun, and then I throw up a little. In my mouth. Off camera, though. That’s not in the movie. Maybe for the DVD.”

We like this girl.

From the LA Times