How To Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days And The Next 330 is a show about love, loss, and an ending you could never predict. We fired over a Q&A to get more info.
Hi Annie, tell me about your show.
It’s all true. It’s a funny and honest journey about when your life falls into what I call the shit bucket. What started as a memoir, turned into a one-woman show at the world-famous Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, then turned into sold out shows in LA and NY and now here we are. The show involves characters, storytelling, music, and media.
What does Edinburgh mean to you?
A huge opportunity to connect and share art. The idea of a town shutting down to support theatre is beyond me. I can’t wait.
Who inspires you and why?
I think anyone living an authentic life. So that could a huge actor or my local barista. Someone living in their truth.
What is your best or worst experience on stage?
My worst experience on stage was when I was performing improv in the deep south and made a George Bush joke. I not only heard crickets but I think the cock of a gun or two.
The best experience on stage came while performing a sketch with a fellow Groundling, Tim Brennen in a sold-out show. A regular audience member Kip King (fellow actor) was notorious for laughing like a duck. Super, super loud. I had never heard it before so was caught off guard. I laughed so hard I couldn’t continue the sketch which then made Tim laugh. We ruined it, but it was pure joy.
What’s your best or worst review?
The worst review I got came in the form of feedback from a memoir submission. A book agent told me after reading the first 10 pages…’Funny writing, fresh voice, but I didn’t really *care* about the main character, and in memoirs, you really have to *care* about the main character.’ Ouch. I wanted to write back, ‘you know the main character is me, right?’
If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?
I’d work with kids or animals for sure. Or be a professor at Hogwarts.
What was the last book you read?
I just re-read Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. Obsessed.
What the hell were you thinking bringing your first solo show to the UK?
Because it’s an awesome experience to be challenged as an artist. And if one person feels something, then it’s a win win.
Imagine that the BBC have asked you to produce a primetime show. What would it be and who else would be involved?
They’ll have to invite me in to pitch to find out…