How did you get started at Parcast?
I worked for Ron Cutler over 20 years ago at his previous company called Cutler Productions. Ron remembered me from years ago, and he very kindly asked me to join when he started Parcast. I said, “I’m on my way!”
What did you do there?
At Cutler Comedy Network, I was singing and doing parodies. I was doing sound-alikes for singers and for voices. It was quite a training ground. It was great work.
What’s a sound-alike?
Let’s say there’s a parody of Madonna, and someone needs to say her lines—I would say them in my best impersonation of Madonna’s voice.
What do you like most about hosting Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories?
I love working with Carter. He’s right on the money in his reads, and we have a great time together. I’m also learning a lot in all of the unsolved cases, and there’s always a nice touch of mystery that is really intriguing for me. I also get to read a lot, which is great.
Do you have a favorite episode?
The Boy in the Box really affected me, deeply. I won’t say it’s my favorite episode, but I will say that it emotionally affected me the most out of all the episodes we’ve done.
What do you do when you aren’t hosting?
I work as an improv teacher and I teach anything to do with the voice. I teach character work, and I have newscasters that I work with on projection and delivery. I also teach singing; I’m a Bel canto teacher, which is operatic training, but it also is the foundation for any kind of vocal work because it helps protect your voice.
If you could switch jobs with anyone at Parcast, whose would you pick, and why?
Maggie’s [A writer/producer at Parcast]. Or maybe Stephen Delellos’ [Another writer]. I would like to write. Or at least, I would like to try.
What is something the audience wouldn’t know about you?
I did two tours of Vietnam with Bob Hope in the USO.
How long have you known Carter?
Going on ten years, at least, maybe more. Carter is a big improv guy as well, and he and I worked together with my late husband, Gary Austin at the Gary Austin Workshops. I met Carter back East many years ago, when he was studying improvisation with Gary.
Can you tell me about Gary?
Gary Austin was the founder and creator of the Groundlings. If you go online you can see many tributes to him; he just passed away a few weeks ago. He was one of the foundational improv teachers in America. He was also a singer-songwriter, and had many of his songs placed in films. Gary was beloved by everybody who ever studied with him, and believe me, there are thousands all over the country because he taught in Seattle, Nashville, New York, Austin, and of course here in Los Angeles.