Name: Jimmy Fowlie.
WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HIM: As an alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company and recent cast member of the CBS Diversity Showcase. On his comedy web-series “Go-Go Boy Interrupted” starring as Danny, a go-go boy in Los Angeles who finds himself phased out of his profession when he turns 30 years old. The first season proved such a hit, it lead to a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the second season and attracted a cast of notables such as Brittany Morris from tv’s “Glee” and RuPaul’s Drag Race star William Belli.
WHERE YOU NEED TO WATCH HIM NOW: Starring in his one-man show “So Long, Boulder City” at the Celebration Theater in Hollywood. We know you’ve all seen the Oscar-winning hit film “La La Land”. Fowlie’s show spoofs the one-woman show of the same name that Emma Stone’s character ‘Mia’ wanted to put on (but which nobody came to). Fowlie gives the audience some hilarious back-story about Mia’s rather privileged life growing up, as well as what might have been in her show. In one particularly hilarious segment, Mia describes the humiliation of being passed over for the college musical (“I wasn’t even in the ensemble, which is the place they put the untalented people with good bodies”). “The show is beyond stupid,” Fowlie says with a laugh. “It’s really silly and fun and I get to scare people with my comedy.”
WHY YOU NEED TO CATCH HIM: Fowlie’s show has proved such a hit with critics and fans alike that the show’s run has been extended TWICE and is selling out fast. “The intention was to do it once as a joke with friends, cause I didnt’ think anyone would care,” says Fowlie. The show got such amazing buzz that Variety, People, Extra, Huffington Post and more all ran stories on it.
EMMA STONE’S MOM GIVES HER THUMBS UP: Emma Stone’s MOM even showed up for a performance! “Emma’s managers reached out to me and said her mother wanted to come,” he says, clearly delighted. “I was weirded out cause my own parents don’t even like my comedy, it upsets them”, he says deadpan. “Here I am playing this woman, and it’s her daughter and its so wacky and so beyond anything my parents would want to see. But she was the coolest.”
EVEN JIMMY IS SURPRISED BY ALL THE LOVE: “When I’m playing the character Mia, she’s this kinda desperate actress and she’s so delusional,” Fowlie says with a laugh. “People (in the audience) are so grossed out by me. I say these annoying things and sometimes people are groaning at me because I’m obnoxious.”
“Even though my show is kinda like poking fun at the movie and poking fun at the character….the dirty little secret is I LOVED La La Land”
TAKE IT EASY LA LA LAND FANS: Though Fowlie’s performance pokes fun at “La La Land” and it’s rather large plot holes, it’s all done with love. “Even though my show is kinda like poking fun at the movie and poking fun at the character….the dirty little secret is I LOVED La La Land” Die-hard fans of the flick will be glad to know that Emma Stone walks away without a scratch as well. “I’m not doing an Emma Stone impression,” Fowlie insists. “ It’s more my take on the character. And also I didn’t want to shave my chest hair. It was an artistic decision.”
MOVING ON UP: In a turn of events that would make Mia jump for joy, “So Long, Boulder City” is moving to New York City! “It’s so funny because, I want to say this show to NYC is a ‘dream come true’ but in all seriousness that was SO far away from a reality for me,” says a genuinely humbled Fowlie. “This whole experience has been incredible and I am in shock.” New Yorkers will be able to see the show starting December 7 at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10012). Tickets can be purchased using this link.