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I am a thingmaker, which is a vague but fast way to say I’m an actor-writer-musician-filmmaker-YouTuber-comedian-director-whatever I need to be to get the project done. I got a MASTERS IN OBOE from the Cincinnati Conservatory before I realized I had no interest in being an oboe player, so I made the obvious transition to comedy.
I spent years in Chicago studying and performing at the Second City, iO, and the Annoyance and still do the occasional CHARACTER bit. THIS is the first comedy short I made inspired by physical therapy I had to do when I started running. It’s dumb and delightful. I directed a gay sketch show called In Gaga We Trust which was developed entirely through improv- actors would pitch a scene, improvise it, I’d offer feedback and adjustments, they’d reimprovise it, then we’d rinse and repeat until we had the scene we wanted. The show sold out its entire run and the crowds loved it. My long-term goal is to have a film and television production company that uses this approach.
After comedy I focused on writing and acting. In one year I wrote two sitcom spec scripts, a pilot, a solo storytelling + music show, worked a full time job, and did a nine month acting conservatory that met nine hours a week. It feels funny and relevant to say that was the year that followed my first real break up. [thumbs up emoji] I definitely mean to brag when I say that Amy Morton (the Meryl Streep of Chicago theater) saw my acting showcase and told her friend I was really good (surprise, Amy! I happen to know that friend and she passed on your kind words! Love your work JK you’re never going to see this!). I played Meg (the host/MC) in the national tour of Odd Squad! LIVE, a musical for kids based on the PBS show that is legitimately one of the funniest kids’ shows I’ve ever seen.
I kept my love of non-oboe music going by playing any instrument I could in any cover band that would let me in, including a badass all-lady cover band I started called Skirt Steak. We covered everything from Shakira and Bieber to Rage Against the Machine, Lauryn Hill, and Phil Collins (I played keyboard, synth, guitar, sax, trumpet, sang backup, and DJed on my iPad). I was asked to do a BOWIE COVER for a variety show which led to a minor obsession with doing creative covers of songs but making them funny. Combine that with seeing Reggie Watts open for Conan and magically I became REBECCA LOOPS, complete with a YouTube channel where I do a cappella covers of popular songs on a looper. My Biggie cover made the front page of REDDIT, and Nicki Minaj saw my Chun Swae cover and called me a “FKNG ICON.”
My main focus right now is filmmaking and projects I can post on YouTube. I figure either my channel will blow up and I’ll be able to use that platform to create all the different music, comedy, and film projects I want to make (dream scenario), OR I’ll be able to build a solid portfolio of my acting, writing, comedy, filmmaking, directing, and music chops that will help me get work off the internet (really I’m Kenneth the Page- if my job is sweeping up shrimp tails after a big TV party I’m okay with that because I WORK IN TELEVISION!).
For a touch of my personal life- I grew up in Texas, went to college in Louisiana (LSU), grad school in Ohio (CCM), grew into the person I am now in Chicago, and moved to New York City in 2015. I had to leave for awhile for ALL of the family medical stuff including the death of my sister, but I’m back in the city I hope to call home for a very long time trying to put the pieces back together. Grief is a weird bitch but I’m learning how to live with her and let her fuel me to create things I care about. Like this weird DRAG CHARACTER explaining softball I guess? Like I said, grief’s a weird bitch.
A collection of other links:
- A not-boring vlog about the boring parts of my life (I learned a LOT about shooting video making this monster)
- A vlog in the style of a variety show (dream job on a silver platter: talk show host)
- A dirty, funny original song (the funniest part is that it was written by me, a prude lesbian)
- Africa by Toto on a kalimba (thumb piano from Africa)
- Looper bloopers
- Bills, Bills, Bills by Destiny’s Child on a looper w instruments
- Cover of Delilah by Tom Jones w lots of instruments
- My Big Gay Blog Post: coming out edition (the writer in me REALLY wants to revise this but I’ll stand by what my six years younger self wrote)