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Lauren Magnuson

24 Jan

Lauren Magnuson

Lauren MagnusonLauren hails from all over this great nation, most recently transplanting from Boston. It was there she also learned that driving five miles can and will take 45 minutes and that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is a basic human right (get with the program, San Diego.)

She has dabbled in theater and acting all her life, with a slowly developing sense that life is inherently funny. It is with this steadfast philosophy that she ventures into the improvisational unknown.

Lauren spends much of her spare time away from improv trying to achieve the bird of paradise in yoga class, perfecting rap songs for karaoke, and watching animal videos on YouTube.

Stefanie De La Cruz

18 Sep

Stefanie De La Cruz

Stefanie De La CruzStefanie was born on her birthday. Having been raised in Ohio she quickly became the class clown to battle the boredom. Consistently pulling in Ds and Fs, she somehow managed to get As in one class—Drama. After miraculously graduating high school, she moved to Chicago, where she studied Television Writing & Production at Columbia College Chicago. No longer the class clown, she continued honing her sense of humor by becoming a Cubs fan (anyone who knows anything about baseball understands that optimism and a sense of humor are a necessity for any Cubs fan—along with a can of Old Style).

After battling what she refers to as her “creepy stalker dude,” Stefanie took up boxing. Unfortunately, a nasty shoulder injury forced her to find a new hobby. She asked herself, “What could be as scary as getting punched in the face?” Performing in front of a room full of strangers trying to make them laugh, of course. And so it was… improv became her new addiction. Stefanie has taken improv classes at the National Comedy Theatre in San Diego and has performed with the Secret City Comedy Society in Fullerton, California.

In her spare time, Stefanie likes surfing the Internet for nothing at all, occasionally voting for reality TV, and attempting to win the lottery. She still likes the Cubs.

Sumrall Howell

18 Sep

Sumrall Howell

Sumrall HowellSumrall spent her formative years in Oklahoma, Land of the Tumbleweeds, where repeated attempts to reconcile the duality of a life raised by wolves and socialites met with frustration. She does not want to hear your jokes about “Hilbilly Handfishing” (it’s just not that funny) nor does she appreciate references to “The Grapes of Wrath” when discussing her exodus to California…though she acknowledges the literary reference and probably considers you a hipster.

Since becoming infected with snarkiness at an early age, Sumrall now uses this affliction to her advantage to combat phonies, hipsters, and the occasional historical reenactor. In her most neutral state, Sumrall would be considered calm, genteel, passive, and extremely well-mannered, however she is given to bouts of sarcasm and nasty letter writing…so don’t piss her off, ok?

[VIDEO] Left on the cutting room floor…or were they?

17 Jul

We just got done shooting a bunch of promo spots for our upcoming shows – this was my personal first time doing them, and it was a total blast.

Typically, the way the process works is that a few Hinges put their heads together to write scripts for some quick, 30-second sketches, then we get together in a bootstrapped studio to shoot them. What surprised the hell out of me was the sheer amount of comedy that miraculously sprang up outside of the scripted sketches. (more…)

Jessica Lerner

8 Jul

Jessica Lerner

Jessica LernerSan Diego’s own, Jessica Lerner is the next big recording artist! Since 1998 at the age of 8, Jessica has performed the National Anthem for the San Diego Padres 14 times! She began her own professional show at the age of 9 performing at the local malls, private clubs, company parties and private venues.

Featured on NBC 7/39 News and twice on CW Channel 6 “San Diego Living”, Jessica and her music continue to attract attention. Jessica’s clever lyrics, dynamic vocals and pop singer/songwriter style has been called “music for the soul”. She loves to write about life and love, trying situations and inspirational moments. What is most important to Jessica is to be a leader and support others through her music.

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