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Thursday
Jun012017

Call Answered: Amber Nash: Archer, Vulture Festival, Hart of America

Amber Nash and "Pam Poovey" from FX/FXX's "Archer", Photo Credit: FXGrowing up, I was all about the Saturday Morning cartoons from Scooby-Doo to The Smurfs, I was up and ready to watch! So you can imagine my excitement when I called and Amber Nash, of FX/FXX's Archer answered. I was delighted to talk with "Pam Poovey" herself about this hit show, meeting fans, performing improv and so much more including Amber's own web series Hart of America!

Archer airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FXX!

For more on Amber follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I found out when I was a kid that if I made people laugh it was easier to make friends. I think that is where it all started. Then I became a ham. Always performing. I was a theatre kid in High School and then found improv in college.

2. You attended Vulture Festival recently in NYC where fans came to hear you speak on the "Saturday Morning Cartoons" panel. What do you like about attending these kinds of festivals and interacting with your fans? It's so fun meeting fans and seeing how they respond to the show. I'm always so blown away by how loyal our fans are and how much they know about the show that I don't. Fans are the best, I always love seeing "Pam" cosplay too!

Amber Nash as "Pam Poovey" on FX/FXX's "Archer", Photo Credit: FX3. For the past eight seasons you have been the voice of "Pam Poovey," a former ISIS Human Resources Director, on FX/FXX's series Archer. What initially attracted you to this show? Honestly, a pay check! It was a job, I was a gigging actor, and I just wanted to work. But then, I was like wait a minute! This is an awesome show with a bunch of amazingly talented, famous actors and I get to be on it?!? I really got lucky!

4. The character of "Pam" is changing a lot this season. Did you have any input on her direction? I didn't. I got a call from Adam Reed, the creator and writer and he told me where we were headed and what we were doing this season and that "Poovey" would be a gender-neutral cop that was loosely based on Russell Crowe's character from L.A. Confidential. I was so excited. What a dream. I love that Adam feels like I and the character are literally capable of anything!

5. What is the most politically incorrect thing you have to do as "Pam" that initially made you uncomfortable, but after recording it, you were like "I support this because it will open up some dialog between people."? Nothing. I really feel like I'm so lucky that I get some of the funniest, raunchiest lines in the show. The character is so well-written, fun and capable. I think the show overall really earns it's dirty because it's such a smart show.

Amber Nash as "Pam Poovey" on FX/FXX's "Archer", Photo Credit: FX6. What do you relate to most about "Pam" and what is one characteristic of hers you are glad you don't have? I probably relate to being one of the boys, I really was a tomboy growing up with lots of guy friends. I wish I had "Pam's" unapologetic attitude, she doesn't care what people think about her. I think that is one of the things that people respond to most about "Pam."

7. What are some challenges to doing voice over work? What is the best part about it? The challenge is only having your voice and distilling everything you've got down to that. The best part is it is fast, no hair and make-up and I don't have to memorize lines. It's the easiest acting job out there.

8. In addition to television, you have also been working on the web series Hart of America. What differences do you see between network/cable television and web series? What do you like about working on a web series over a TV series? Well the big difference is that Hart of America is mine while Archer is a job that I'm hired to do. I like making my own stuff with the amazing team I work with. It's fun to show people the other stuff I can do. I can't wait to do more.

Amber Nash in "Hart of America"9. Playing with this series title a bit. We are all trying to find our hearts in this new America. Have have you found your heart after this election or how are you finding it? I don't even know what to say. It's crazy town USA. I'm just hanging on.

10. If you could go back in time to when you were a little girl growing up in Atlanta with big Hollywood dreams, what would successful adult Amber tell dreamer Amber? Be nice, work hard, be brave and don't worry so much about bothering people, you have to ask for what you want.

11. You got your start as an improv performer. How do you feel the world of improv prepared for your television/web series work today? Improv taught me everything I know. The audience tells you immediately if your ideas are funny. Improv and the culture is very positive, it helps you be game for just about anything.

12. What do you get from Improv performing that you don't get from "scripted" work? The ability to be wholly creative and responsible for your content.

Amber Nash, Photo Credit: Birdie ThompsonMore on Amber:

A native of Atlanta, Amber graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked at an outdoor therapeutic program for a few years, living with teens who had emotional and behavioral challenges. During this time, she started taking improv classes and performed regularly at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, where she still performs, directs and teaches to this day. She is a current member of Laughing Matters and performs on stage in Atlanta year round. She has also worked with Push Push Theatre and The Center for Puppetry Arts. Amber was also involved with the world-renowned improv groups Improv Olympic (iO) and Second City in Chicago.

Amber got her start doing animated voice work on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim TV series Frisky Dingo, voicing the roles of "Val," "Hooker," and a variety of others. Producers and writers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson gave Amber her voice career start and continue to be friends and mentors to this day. Her work on Frisky Dingo led to Amber being cast in the series regular role of "Poovey" on Archer. Amber was also very honored when asked to voice a character in the 100th episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force for the role of "Tabitha."

In addition to her voice career, Amber regularly tours the U.S., Canada and Europe improvising, studying and teaching. She has worked with Second City, performing at the Alliance Theatre and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is a regular in online sketches for Dad’s Garage TV and recently produced and starred in the award winning web series Hart of America. Amber has extensive stage experience, having performed in BRAWL, an improvised wrestling show, Clash Titan Clash!DroveFingertipsInvasion: Our Town and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Between seasons of Archer, Amber continues to perform in live productions, travel, participate in panels and appearances, and tweet, in character, as "Pam" from Archer at @pamsgossiptrain or as herself @ambercnash.

Friday
May172013

Laura Benanti: 54 Below Interview

Laura Benanti is a Tony Award winning actress whose superb acting skills are perfectly complimented by her golden vocals. From theatre to television (most recently of NBC's Go On, starring Matthew Perry), it has been a joy to watch Laura's career rise since I met her in 2001 at the Drama Department Christmas party. I am thrilled to have the opportunity now to interview Laura for "Call Me Adam."

New York is ecstatic to have Laura back as she gears up to bestow her talent upon 54 Below with an all new show In Constant Search of The Right Kind of Attention from May 20-25. In this show, Laura fuses theatre standards with pop music and original songs. This is surely going to be an evening to remember! Click here for tickets!

For more on Laura be sure to visit http://www.laurabenanti.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My mom and Julie Andrews.

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Julie Andrews.

Laura Benanti singing at 54 Below, Photo Credit: David Gordon3. You are about to perform your new show In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention at 54 Below from May 20-25. How did you come up with the title and song selection for the show? The title was my friend's suggestion and my music director and arranger Todd Almond and I chose the music.

4. What are you looking forward to most about performing at 54 Below? What do they offer that another venue might not? I'm looking forward to the intimacy of that room. There is something so special about sharing a space like that with an audience.

5. What made you want to work with Todd Almond as your musical director? I had done a reading of one of Todd's shows a few years back, and then a demo of a piece he is working on with Sarah Ruhl. I'm such a huge fan of his work. He is also one of the loveliest people I have ever met.

Laura Benanti at 54 Below, Photo Credit: David Gordon6. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? I hope they enjoyed themselves and come away feeling like the know me. And hopefully like me!

7. This show is going to be recorded for a live CD. What excites you about this recording? I love live recordings. It will be my first album so I like the thrill of it being live.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? That I'm neurotic.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Be still. Behold. Be true.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The one where I end up with tons of money that I get to spend on fun things and also give away to people who need it. Whatever super power that is.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

Laura Benanti on FX's "Starved"11. In addition to theatre, you have starred in two series of your own on television, FX's Starved and most recently NBC's Go On. What do you get from your television work that you do not get from your theatrical ventures? Money.

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Walking in the park and laying in the grass.

13. Favorite skin care product? Clarisonic skin brush.

14. Favorite way to stay in shape? Pilates.

More on Laura:

Laura Benanti was honored with the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League nomination for her portrayal of "Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee" in the Patti LuPone revival of Gypsy. In addition to Gypsy, Laura has also lit up the Broadway stage in The Sound of Music ("Maria," opposite Richard Chamberlain), Swing! (Tony nomination: Best Featured Actress), Into The Woods ("Cinderella;" Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, LA Ovation and Tony nominations), Nine ("Claudia," opposite Antonio Banderas; Outer Critics Circle, Drama Leauge nominations), The Wedding Singer ("Julia Sullivan"), In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Lincoln Center), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ("Candela," Lincoln Center; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Tony and Drama League nominations). In City Center's Encores series, Laura has delighted audiences in  Gypsy ("Louise"), Wonderful Town ("Eileen"). Laura also dedicates her time to causes various benefits such as  The Secret Garden ("Lily"), HairPippin ("Catherine") and Children of Eden. Off-Broadway audiences have been dazzled by Laura in  Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love ThemTime and Again ("Julia," MTC). She has peformed at LA Opera in  A Little Night Music ("Anne") and Williamstown in  The Winter's Tale ("Perdita," opposite Kate Burton). On the big screen, Laura has been seen in such films as  Falling for Grace ("Princess Alexandra"), Take the Lead. Television fans know Laura from Open Books (CBS), Life on Mars (ABC), Eli Stone (ABC), Starved (FX). Laura is also featured on numerous recordings including several Broadway cast recordings, as well as "NEO," "The Stephen Schwartz Album" and "The Maury Yeston Songbook." Laura studies voice with her mother Linda Benanti, a former Broadway performer. She was raised in Kinnelon, NJ with her sister Marielle, by her mother and father, Dr. Salvatore Benanti. She is married to actor Steven Pasquale