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I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the very funny and personable Jeff Hiller on September 28 after seeing him in the new hit Broadway show “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” With stupendously impeccable comedic timing both on and off-stage, Jeff Hiller is definitely one of the next rising stars you must go see!

As a member of UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), Jeff honed his comedic skills which he has bestowed upon theatre, film, and television audiences. Theatre audiences have had the pleasure of seeing Jeff’s talent in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (both Public Theater versions), “Silence!, The Children” (NYMF Award Winner), the original cast of “Awesome 80’s Prom,” and “Showgirls”…at UCB. His film credits include “Morning Glory,” “Ghost Town,” and “Adam.” Television viewers watched Jeff in such hit shows as “Ugly Betty,” “30 Rock,” “Late Night,” “Guiding Light,” “Boiling Points,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The P.A.,” “Starved,” and numerous commercials! Jeff is currently dazzling audiences nightly in the new Broadway hit “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” If you want to see comic royalty, then I highly suggest you click here for tickets and go see Jeff in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!” For much more on Jeff, be sure to visit: http://www.hillertime.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Henry Thomas, the guy who played “Elliott” in ET, because that was one of the first movies I ever saw and I remember being like this is so cool…”I can do that better.”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? This is always the question people are like, just one?? I haven’t worked with a ton of people so there are about one zillion people I’d love to work with, but I do have a soft spot for David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Coolidge and I’d love to work in a Christopher Guest movie.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Well before I was an actor, I was a social worker working with homeless youth, so I’d probably doing that.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Of course I try to go indie, but I would do Starbucks Venti Ice Coffee with 2 Splenda and some Skim Milk (I’m watching my girlish figure…hehehe). I also like Joe (on 13th Street) where they give you a card if you get buy five, get your 6th free.

5. Favorite play/musical? I love “A New Brain” by William Finn. My favorite play is “August Osage County.”

6. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’m a swinger, I like the swings ’cause my feet dangle.

7. Favorite skin care product? I actually don’t do much for my skin, but I really like this new Redkin for men thickening spray because it makes seem like I’m less bald.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs during the day and boxers at night.

9. Favorite website? YouTube.com and EW.com. I need my entertainment fix.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman of course. Why is it that we are always friends with big women. I think the three of us (you, me, and Wonder Woman) would have a great time out having drinks.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Career wise it’s “Just say yes to everything” and non-career wise it’s “Love more than judge.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can wiggle my ears and I can make it look like I’m threading string through my lip and then make it look like I’m pulling my lip to make it move, into Elvis lips.

13. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have been studying with Matt Farnesworth and when I am in my voice lesson, I can sing an A!  But usually just a G – an F if I’m feeling safe.  If its before noon, just an E, and if its before 9 AM I sing Bea Arthur.  I don’t know the lowest note, because let’s face it, no one cares about the lowest note you can sing.

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With stage presence and the gift of comedic timing, Lauren Roth is a performer worth watching! Her New York stage credits include “Sex and Violence” (Mint Theater), “Tape” (Medicine Show Theater), “Donnie Darko” (Theater 3), “Lavender Lizards Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream” (New Federal Theater), “Big Naked Feet” (Riant Theater), and “White Pickett Fences” (Columbia University). Most recently, Lauren has performed and written sketch comedy with “Chocolate Cake City” and “We Make The Funny” and studies improvisation with Upright Citizen Brigade and The P.I.T. Lauren can currently be seen as “Priscilla Margot Saunders” in “Billy Carver and The Children In Mind” at Manhattan Theatre Source through July 24!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? There is a 9 1/2 year age difference between my brother and I. In a time before DVR, he used to record episodes of Saturday Night Live on a VHS tape so he could re-watch them throughout the week. Watching those videos with him as a kid and seeing people running around in costumes and wigs making folks laugh was the first time I remember thinking, “I want to do that.”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Woody Allen. I live for his films.

3. Do you have any rituals that you need to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Before a show, I warm up my voice and do some stretches on the stage while listening to music. Every character I portray gets their own play list on my I-pod…listening to songs that for whatever reason make me feel like the person I am playing is really useful. After a show, there is really nothing specific that I do to decompress….unless you count the long train ride I usually have going home.

4. Do you have any strange and unusual talent that no one knows about? I know every word to every line of the movie “The Three Amigos.”  I can recite it forwards and backwards.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? “Just take the f*cking note,” and “an actor should never get a tattoo…not even on their labia.” Both bits of wisdom I picked up from professors in college.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? The Muppets. I think it would be a lot of fun to hang out with them.

7.  Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks, venti drip with room for milk.

8. Favorite way to spend your day off? I am a huge film nut, so I like to go to the movies when I can on a free day. However, I usually use my days off to “G.S.D” (get sh*t done.)

9. Favorite website? I really want to say something that makes me sound super intelligent here, but the honest answer is either Perez Hilton or the entertainment page on “Huffington Post.” I like being constantly updated on Mel Gibson’s racist ranting and Lindsay Lohan’s legal woes.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, all the way. Her special power is the ability to make a man tell her the truth whilst tied up and she handles a costume change like no one else can!

BONUS QUESTION:

11. Favorite skin care product? I am in love love love with Weleda’s Foot Balm. It is like a cup of coffee for tired feet!

12. Favorite kind of shoes? Really well worn-in Converse low tops.

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