We had the good fortune of connecting with Best Actress and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Best Actress, what is the most important factor behind your success?
For us, it’s going in with the objective of “how do we make each other laugh?” In comedy, there really isn’t a right or wrong, just what feels right and what resonates with the audience and the performers. A lot of people are trying to fit into the format, but for us the rubric of what’s good is what would shock and delight another member in the group. We also think that being synced on our monthly red does wonders for mind meld thinking.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what surprises the people most about our comedy is that it always fluctuates between truth and complete chaos. Some moments can feel perfectly rehearsed and written when it’s really just the chemistry that has been brewing over the years between the three of us. Sometimes we’ll read each body language and anticipate what’s coming next before they even do it. We learned from the alt comedy scene and the clown community so we like physicality with our humor and taking silly risks. Our favorite thing is finding new ways to flip something on it’s head. Since the pandemic hit, our live shows in East LA (Lyric Hyperion, Moving Arts) paused. But we’re all creators at heart, and we get itchy if we don’t cook something new up. So we’ve been channeling that into our love of film. We’re actually called Best Actress because we were creators at the independent comedy filmmaking organization, Channel 101, and at their yearly awards ceremony, all three of us were nominated for Best Actress. We love to write and direct for each other, so although the focus on solely video has been a shift for us, we’re really enjoying this development time. But we do miss causing a ruckus on a good ol’ nasty stage floor. We currently have four shorts out, and are working on lots of stuff like short films, treatments, episodic content. Look, ma! We’re Hollywood!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d start at street level cafe. The three of us live in a 2 mile radius so Sunday breakfast was a common occurrence. Hangover optional. Then, we hope you like used goods because KP knows all the thrift stores (her favorite is Out of the Closet on Hollywood Blvd), and Chelsea has a 6th sense for estate sales. Monica is usually in the back seat dreaming about sandwiches from Trencher. And hey, let’s go all out. Next is a good afternoon movie at The Vista and then Casito Del Campo for some nachos and margaritas before heading to our live show at The Lyric Hyperion theater. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think our moms. You don’t know them but picture us, but older. They raised us to be the little beasts we are and even though we’re all in therapy, it’s barely their fault.