Abbott, Miss Abbott, Abbott Elementary discussed on Awards Chatter

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Know, I was a dancer. My mom was a dancer, and so she also it gave me a love for the stage. I think dancing and performing. And then as I got older, became, you know, when I went to college, I studied advertising, because I was like, man, it'd be cool to make commercials that's kind of like, you know, you get to be in the funny world, but not really, but then as I studied advertising and I realized I didn't really want to do that. But I did love the creative aspect of it. Which kind of led to everything just slowly was drawing to what was my first love, which was comedy. And sitcoms, really, specifically. Even what I did, like black lady sketch show, it was cool to be a part of a sketch show, but I was like, man, I really would love to be a part of a 22 minute comedy. And that was like making Abbott. It was just something I need to be in to be in one. Well, and I'll definitely, I guess, go back and hit on a couple other things along the way there, but it is interesting. And others have certainly noted this too that. All the reference points that you mentioned are the same ones that I had growing up. Those same shows, I love them. And I would think for our millennials, the last thing in a way that somebody might predict, you would be drawn to do if they didn't know how important sitcoms were to you as a kid would be the sitcom. Because we kind of came of age at the time of, of course, the platinum age of TV with cable, and now you're kind of such a kind of launched in a way by the Internet. And so we're streaming live. So it's interesting. I guess we'll come back to more of why some people see the 22 minute format as and broadcast network TV generally as constricting some people also, other people respond to working within confines, very well, I know that was like, for instance, Aaron Sorkin said that, which was. Absolutely. Yeah. So just to make sure we hit on an important thing that's also going to come up, of course, later, you start out in kindergarten and your mom's class, I guess, through 5th grade, you're in that same school. And then when you have to go off to 6th grade, it's at another school. And this is where enters the picture, somebody by the name of miss Abbott. That's right. So why was she so important to you that decades later, you named a show after her? I think because, you know, all right, so at first, the name of this show was hairy elementary. It was named after the school that I went to where my mom taught and it didn't clear that I had to get out of get another name. And I said, well, who would I love to bestow this honor? And I thought of my favorite teachers and miss Abbott. It's almost a thing like I didn't know she was my favorite when I had her. I didn't even know she was my favorite by the time I graduated high school. Or anything like that. It was when I was put in this position to name something special after someone, I thought about everything she did for me, and what a lasting impact she had on my life just, and it's stuff you don't know while your kid, but her teaching us how to be responsible with money or turning our whole classroom into a planetarium for the rest of the school to walk through. And I was a little scaredy cat when I got to her class because I never not been at the same school that my mom was at. And it was scary to me. And she really took me in and gave me confidence for sure. And these are all just wonderful qualities that a teacher has and I was so bad because I have so many other amazing teachers. And hey, Abby cleared, and I was like, you know what? What I was like, I like the ring of this. I like it. I love it. It was simple. It was easy. And I loved the ring of Abbott elementary. Yeah, so it worked, but yeah, she just was incredible. And still is. I've talked to her recently. She's just so great. That's awesome. Yeah, and folks who want to have a good time should bring some tissues and go on YouTube and watch the Jimmy Kimmel episode with you. And a special appearance. So what was it though in, I guess, starting in high school and then really picking up along the way into college that made you look at comedy as not just something that was a lot of fun and you enjoyed. But that was something that could be that you might want to dissect and really study even while you're studying advertising and broadcasting. It seems like it got a lot more serious. It did. You know, I was in college and was watching SNL and just started becoming obsessive. I was like, how do these people, you don't just, you know, walk up to mister SNL and get a job, like there has to be something to this, and there's an art to what they're doing. And also it was at the time where my SNL error, when I was in my 20s, was Andy Samberg had just gotten on the show, Kristen, I remember Kristen Wiig's first episode, and I remember being blown away. I had never had that experience before of seeing someone's first episode because I had just started. And so she was on it and I started realizing that these people know these other people. I'm like, wait, the people on this show know the people in the office, this is a community, you know? How do they do it? So I started researching and then I started being like, aha, I knew there was a place and that's when I started finding out about UCB and second city and groundlings. At the time, I had a boyfriend who actually was the next boyfriend. He was living in Chicago, but we were still super in touch. And I said, I found out that second city was in Chicago. And I was like, I really want to see what this is like. I just want to see. I looked down. And I just say this is while you're going to college at temple in the Philadelphia area. So Chicago's what a couple hours train rides. Two hour plane ride, okay. My first plane ride was to Chicago to go to second city. Okay. This is back when plane, you know, planes could be, it could be cheaper. Somehow fight was like $90, which was a lot for me. Yeah, sure, sure, sure. So I go, I don't tell my parents, but I go and stay with my ex and I'm like, I find out they have a winter course, so I went over the winter break, and it was just a weeklong course. I said, let me just see. And I went and it was just that feeling of like, I'm home. Looking at the walls and seeing all these people and like, oh my God, they all were here. They all touched these floors or whatever. So I started taking the classes and the teacher, her name is Shelly gassman. She took a real liking to me and even being someone who had made their career out of comedy like she had written on SNL and to me that was just unreal. I was like, you write on, you know? She told me, I really think you should take the writing course. Instead of writing course, and I just took the extra person on it. And I think that was the first time it dawned on me that, oh yeah, this stuff is written.

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