Did You Hear the One About….?

By Anne Richmond

comic-strip-liveAnne Richmond, who holds a B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, is an actress, singer, and writer living and working in New York City. For the next eight weeks, she will attend a course for stand-up comedy at the Comic Strip, 1568 Second Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Street. The class, taught by D.F. Sweedler, has launched the careers of many famous comedians. Will Anne join their ranks? She will be updating us on her progress and, in the end, you are all invited to attend her “graduation,” a special performance by Sweedler’s students at the club. Here, Anne conveys her feelings before the first class.

Monday evening, I will be attending my first class in stand-up comedy at The Comic Strip on the upper East Side. The Comic Strip has been home to stand-up greats like Dave Chapelle and Ray Romano. There is a knot in the pit of my stomach the size of a watermelon comprised of excitement, nerves, and absolute terror.

anneSome might describe me as a comedy junky. I love long-form improvisation and studied at i.O. Chicago, as well as in the drama department of NYU Tisch. My computer is filled with stand-up specials from HBO and Comedy Central, but I have never attempted it myself. It’s always been a pipe dream and a fantasy, but the actual act terrifies me!

It’s time to chase the fear! I will be in class at The Comic Strip for eight weeks and I invite you to read weekly installments about my experiences as a female actress dipping her toe in the deep end of a very male dominated pool. These classes and articles will culminate in a final performance at The Comic Strip. Wish me luck!

About Anne Richmond (8 Articles)
I was born in Chicago, IL and at the age of fourteen began high school at Tabor Academy, a small boarding school located on Buzzards Bay in Marion, Massachusetts. While at Tabor Academy, I received a Pandolfi Music Scholarship which provided her with voice lessons. I toured New York City, Chicago, and St. Petersberg, Florida with the Madrigal Singers, a mixed voices a capella group. I also toured England and Wales with Tabor’s production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown as Lucy. I directed a production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and created a one woman cabaret titled Musical Mayhem. I was a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts District Chorus in 2002 and 2003 and the Massachusetts All-State Chorus in 2003. When I graduated from Tabor Academy in 2004, I was proud to win awards for Greatest Contribution to Choral Music and Greatest Contribution to Drama. When I arrived at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, I began her primary training at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. While there I trained in acting, directing, design, musical theater, dance, and creating original work. Between my freshman and sophomore year, I spent the summer in my hometown at i.O. Chicago’s Long-form Improvisation Summer Intensive training center. For my advanced studio training at NYU, I was a member of the Playwrights Horizons Practicum for one year. After so many years at Playwright’s Horizons, I decided I needed to expand my mind and give myself some new challenges. I applied and was accepted into the Experimental Theater Wing where I studied acting, contact improvisation, creating original work, and singing/vocal composition for my final year. With BFA in hand, I have been hard at work in New York City, supporting myself and making my way. I have also been pursuing my passion for writing and hope to be performing in and producing some new media pieces soon, as well as finishing my novel-in-progress, The Narrow Abyss, very soon.