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Meet Tori Brenna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tori Brenna.

Tori, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I actually started out my career as a high school English teacher – working with 9th graders! Teaching, especially during your first year, is STRESSFUL and I started doing improv and comedy to decompress from my time in the classroom. I found more and more that the impact I was hoping to have in the classroom had an even broader reach when I was writing sketches or performing on stage, so I pivoted towards doing comedy full-time and haven’t looked back. Filtering my stories through a comedic lens gives me so much license to be authentic and about whatever is going on in the world (or in my life)! Ultimately, when we’re laughing, we’re listening, and I find the absolute best way to get people to listen is to make them laugh.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In so many ways comedy is still a very image-driven industry, especially for women. I have alopecia – a hair loss disease — which has often left me feeling like my career would always take place “behind the scenes.” I’ve spent a lot of time wearing wigs and painting on eyebrows or gluing on false eyelashes so I could “look the part” of a regular person. But if we’re being honest – there’s literally no such thing as a “regular person.” We all made up what a “regular person” is and it turns out that the image we made up isn’t very authentic for most people. I’ve found that the more work I do with my bald head shining, the more authentic I can be as a writer and performer. The bald lady “look” isn’t always going to be the right one for everyone – but it’s the right one for me.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
For the last few years, I’ve been on an improv team called “Logan Everett” and we host an improv show twice a month at the Moving Arts theatre in Silverlake. This show is one of many in the “indie” improv community in Los Angeles – which is such a cool community because it’s made up of a large group of funny, talented artists who just want to share their jokes and time with one another. Logan Everett is named for the only male American Girl Doll, which was released around the time we all met each other. For our one year anniversary as team, we bought the Logan Everett doll, and now I get to co-parent a doll with five of my best friends – every little girl’s dream! We are a mix of writers and actors who want to use our show as an opportunity to elevate all the really cool work happening in our community. I think we’re most proud of that fact that our shows are a super positive, welcoming environment and people love coming together twice a month to laugh with us.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was constantly trying to make people laugh – I just couldn’t get into anything too serious. I was focused in school and loved to read and write and perform. I was in marching band in high school and college and marching band kids are super nerds in the best way. At one point I seriously contemplated going to law school, I took the LSAT and everything, but I just couldn’t visualize myself being a lawyer for the rest of my life. I cared about things so hard as a kid – I was a vegetarian because I loved animals and BEGGED my mom to apply for a recycling bin because I was so worried about the planet.

Pricing:

  • Logan Everett’s Yearbook show takes place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at the Moving Arts theatre, and is totally FREE!

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