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Karen Geier is the Co-Founder of Shyndyg.com. Previously she was a digital marketing executive, most recently with Ogilvy. Karen previously headed up Social Media strategy for Canadian start up Kobo, and has consulted for start ups, and fortune 500 companies.

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Casey Wilson on Parodying the Self-Parodying

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Casey Wilson has made a name from herself by being one of the funniest women in the room- whether it was on SNL for her 2-year run, or on Happy Endings, where she played Penny Hartz.

Casey is one of the most in-demand comedians in Hollywood at the moment, with movies such as Bride Wars and Ass Backwards under her belt, and countless guest performances on shows like Comedy Bang Bang.

Soon, Casey will be appearing on Hulu in Hotwives of Orlando, a parody of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise.

I recently sat down with Casey to discuss what it's like to make fun of the already absurd.


Karen: Where did the idea come from for Ass Backwards? How do you find a new angle on something as ridiculous as pageants?

Casey: Pageants are already ridiculous and sad, I think. The idea for the movie came from wanting to write characters based on who we (Casey and Co-star June Diane Raphael) were in our early twenties, which was blissfully unaware of reality in every way. Something about pageants just gelled with that world. We loved the idea [spoiler alert] that these girls had been pageant girls, and identified as losers in their world, because they never won, and in the end, when they lose again, they throw a tantrum like a 2-year-old would, but they accept that they are losers, and that is a huge step forward.

Karen: Were you surprised by the positive reaction Ass Backwards received?

Casey: I am so happy if anyone has seen it, and I'm so proud of the movie. I just hope that it resonates with the marginalized and that people like it.

Karen: Let's talk about your legendary love of the Real Housewives franchise. I know you throw viewing parties at your house, and you're really into it. Who's your favorite character from which franchise?

Casey: All time is most likely Phaedra Parks from Atlanta. She's so insane, but I love her. Of course, Vicki Gunvalson from Orange County. The more insane, the better, in my mind. I love Nene Leakes, of course.

Karen: How do you feel about Kenya? I think she has reinvigorated the Atlanta franchise.

Casey: I know. I feel like Orange County are almost too normal for my tastes this year. We've got Ramona and Sonja in New York, but when they get too normal, I start to worry.

I actually went on Watch What Happens Live and I got paired with Ramona. I don't know what I thought I was going to do, maybe address her insanity, but anyway, I fell under her spell and thought she was lovely. I don't have it in me to go off. I always look at their eyes and I can't.

Karen: So let's talk about Hotwives of Orlando. This must have been a dream role for you.

Casey: The idea was Paul Scheer's baby, and Danielle and Danna who wrote it. They were going off on the insanity of the Housewives and how it's ripe for parody.

Karen: How was it playing your character?

Casey: It was so silly, and the writing is so funny. I have so much admiration for them, because it's already self-parody, but they managed to take it up another notch.

Karen: Orlando is sort of an unglamorous place, so how does that play into the show?

Casey: Instead of holding a peach, there's an alligator. Just crawling across the screen. I play Tawny St John and I am married to an older man (he's actually not that old, I just want him to be on his deathbed so I can take his joey and marry my trainer.)

I'm a rich Orlando housewife who has her own charity. My charity is called Classy Canines, and it's to help get high heeled shoes for dogs, because I don't want dogs to have to walk across the sidewalk barefoot.

Karen: Who does your character have beef with?

Casey: EVERYONE! I think my character is kind of a mic of Kenya Moore and Gretchen Rossi and Tamra Barney.

Karen: Please answer a question that everyone who is a lover of Happy Endings would like answered: Is there any chance that Happy Endings will be rebooted?

Casey: No, there's not. We were really holding out for USA Network and then that fell through the night before we thought it was good. At this point, everyone's scattered. I think that ship has sailed. I hope it can have a second life on Netflix or Hulu, though?

Karen: If there had been a season 4 of Happy Endings, what would you have liked to see happen?

Casey: For some reason, I always pictured Penny and Max living out some kind of Grey Gardens scenario. Penny and Max maybe made some weird suicide pact.

Karen: You did an impression of Dolly Parton on Drunk History that was very popular. Has she seen it?

Casey: If she has, she hasn't called me! I went to see her with Lizzy Caplan. We went to Palm Springs to see her at a Casino and we were the youngest people there by a lot. I wanted to shout at these people because they kept seated during her show. I was like "GET UP! This is DOLLY PARTON!"

We got to take a photo with her and we didn't have a chance to ask her anything. We just had to get in and get out.


Casey Wilson is on Hotwives of Orlando premiering on July 14th on Hulu. She also appears this fall on Marry Me on...

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Secrets of the 'Playing House' Writers' Room with Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:03 PM

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Once upon a time, there was a show called BFFs on NBC. It was a cult hit, (even creating a Brony-like subculture of men who were serious fans) but never made it due to low ratings. The Internet was not best pleased. Then,...

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Of Human Fish and Eating Butts: The Controlled Chaos of Chris Gethard

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:13 PM

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"Eat More Butts" chants the audience with a vigor that belies the content of their chant. This is another episode of The Chris Gethard Show: A public access trip through improv insanity set to a live call-in show beat.

Gethard, a longtime...

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Jen Kirkman Explains the Glamour of the Divorcée

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:26 PM

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You may remember Jen Kirkman from that one drunken night when she told the story of Frederick Douglass on Comedy Central's Drunk History. Or, maybe you remember Jen talking about being an aspiring child actress in Boston during her many phone...

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Sam Simmons on the Pure Joy of Silliness

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:11 AM

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You'll never mistake a Sam Simmons show from any other comedian, unless that other comedian happens to wear loaves of bread on his feet and don an astronaut suit during his show.

Simmons, a veteran of Australia's entertainment scene with cult shows such...

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Eric André Proudly Defends Dumb Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:07 PM

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Describing Eric André's comedy ends up being a lot like watching the opening credits for his show: a confused jumble of comedy snippets cobbled together into a crazy quilt. (Visit his site to get an idea of what that's like.) And...

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Kurt Braunohler on the Delight of Absurdity

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:27 AM

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You may have become aware of Kurt Braunohler when you logged into Reddit and saw a photo of a sky written message that simply read, "How Do I Land?" but behind the clean-cut host of Bunk and LA's Hot Tub lies...

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Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein's Secrets From The Portlandia Writers' Room

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 1:17 PM

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Portlandia is the little show that could. It's a show that, on paper, probably doesn't have mass appeal, as it touches on some very specific characters and situations that could be too narrow for a mass audience. And yet,...
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Scott Aukerman on Interviewing Pee Wee, Directing Justin Bieber, and Hiring Women

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:39 PM

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Scott Aukerman and I recently spoke about his Mr. Show days. Since then, Aukerman has built an empire: Earwolf Media produces not only some of the most popular podcasts with celebrity hosts (Including flagship Comedy Bang Bang, which Aukerman...

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Scott Aukerman on Mr. Show And Why Run Ronnie Run Didn't Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:41 PM

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In music, some places are great incubators: The Factory, STAX Records, Sub Pop. In comedy it is no different. In the late 1990s, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created one of the most influential sketch comedy shows of all time, Mr. Show. They...

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Encouraging an Entrepreneur-Based Economy With Paul Woolford

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:35 PM

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Becoming an entrepreneur used to be a "they" thing: other people did it, but unless you had one in the family, it was a career shrouded in mystery. How do you get started? Do you have to be an inventor? What...

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Brody Stevens Pushes Positivity

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 4:46 PM

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"Charming nonsensical nonsequitrs" might be the best way to describe the stand-up comedy of Brody Stevens, the star of Comedy Central's new show Enjoy It! No two performances are ever the same. He manically runs from topic to topic rhapsodizing on...

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The Storytelling Surf Guitarist: Greg Behrendt on His Next Act

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:29 PM

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Stand-up comedian Greg Behrendt is one of the strangest beneficiaries of the Sex and the City effect that dominated late '90s/early '00s pop culture. After working as a script consultant on that show, he co-authored the landmark self-help book He's Just Not...

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The Key to Comedy With The Birthday Boys

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

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If you're a fan of Funny or Die, have been to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater or listened to the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast lately, you've likely come across a group of affable, hilarious guys named
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Listening to Potential Customers With Shifthub's Jeremy Potvin

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Listening to Potential Customers with Shifthub's Jeremy Potvin

Most entrepreneurs are like writers, in that they adhere to the same adage: "Go with what you know." Sometimes, you can have exposure and experience with a vertical, and still not have a complete picture of how it works, and if you're...

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Post Push And Pivot: Sunsetting Your Company With Mike Townsend

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 4:16 PM

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We've covered a lot of companies who have started up amidst change, and this week's story is about what happens when that change is too much for a company, as it was originally formed, isn't enough to be sustainable.

I recently spoke with...

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The Deadly Sins of Marc Maron

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:01 PM

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We are all prisoners to our own vice, and comedians are particularly afflicted. Some of them hide it well, and others make it into one of the most successful podcasts ever.

Marc Maron is a veteran of comedy who...

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Colin Quinn Tells It Like It Was

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 3:31 PM

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Colin Quinn has never been at a loss for words, and yet in 2011, he managed to do the impossible: Summarize the history of the world down to just the funny bits, in a highly praised show called Long...
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Truth, Filth, and Tightrope Walking: Lessons From 'Set List' Masterminds Paul Provenza and Troy Conrad

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 5:10 PM

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"Funny is funny" as the adage goes, but the format continues to evolve. Since its inception, however, the actual format of standup really hasn't changed. Sure, there's tight tens, longform, and one-man shows, but it has always been one performer,...
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SXSW V2V: In Las Vegas and All About Start-Ups

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Every spring, Austin, Texas busts at the seams with an influx of the weird and wonderful, congregating to learn more about film interactive, music, and comedy. It has been so successful, the city is literally running out of buildings to expand the festival to. To say it's a "must-do" conference...

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