While in the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns, Squad Patrol found other ways to perform Sketch Comedy thanks to the innovations at Sacramento Comedy Spot. Viewers were able to chat live throughout the show enabling the team to add audience participation. Here are some clips from our series of shows including The Office Show - Quarantined! as well as three clips from the, "Our Fate, Your Hands," series where the audience made decisions about story choices that would lead to a successful or sometimes unsuccessful conclusion. Squad Patrol is back on stage now but we will always remember the times we performed in lockdown. May we never need to again!
I always feel so, so lucky when I get to be on set whether it's in front of or behind the camera. I love the teamwork and creativity that abound in production and then there's the final product to look forward to after it's all done. Grateful for this spot that was recently shared with me and to all the people who made another day on set possible. Here's a spot for Capital Public Radio and NPR.
What better way to celebrate in July than with a show all about America?! Squad Patrol returned to the stage at Sacramento Comedy Spot to a SOLD OUT audience complete with a fly in from the America Fairy and ladies night with the Real Housewives of the Colonies. It's the based-on-historical-events American history show you never knew you needed!
Is there anything better than getting back on set after a year of shutdowns?! This was so much fun to shoot and I'm super, super grateful I had the opportunity to film a bit of comedy with the incredible group of creative professionals behind this project. Check out this industrial for Boombox!
Grateful for one last booking before Coronapocolypse started this weekend in N CA. Stay safe out there!
Squad Patrol, our sketch group rooted at Sacramento Comedy Spot, was selected to perform as part of a sketch comedy showcase at SF Sketchfest. It was an absolute blast seeing the city and performing during their final weekend. Sketch Comedy has been a super awesome outlet for me since returning to teaching. Work hard, play hard!
This year I had the opportunity to take on a new role, acting coach! I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to support a cohort of incredibly kind, talented, and hard-working teens at KD Studios in film and commercial acting throughout 2018. I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with owner, Kelly Ann Dunn, and KD Studios again in 2019!
(Post below is a repost from my Instagram @jessica__benz )
Never mind me; I'm just listening to plastic bags breathe. Pretty standard. Seriously though, I'm always thankful for work, especially when it's direct book work!
School's out for summer and I'm super thankful to be off and running in the industry wheel again. Auditions, callbacks, workshops studio teaching, oh my! Here's hoping for a wonderfully busy summer with lots of new stories to tell. Here's the first fun story of summer...
On June 2nd, I had the chance to kick off the season in a workshop with sketch comedy genius, Kevin McDonald. Such a terrific day full of learning by doing and failing and finessing and performing and leaving with great insight on the process. Fun fact, Kevin McDonald was the Disney voice for Agent Pleakley in Lilo and Stitch. So cool!