100% Stuff is a diverse, eclectic, high-energy sketch team that graduated from the Miles Stroth Program in Los Angeles. They’ve been directed by Eric Moneypenny (The Midnight Show, FOX ADHD) and Sam Brown (Whitest Kids U Know). We spoke to cast member Denisse Ojeda about their upcoming show. Kind of.
What can audiences look forward to in your show?
Denisse Ojeda: We’re all pretty big fans of the Peter Jackson film King Kong. We’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of that film this year with probably the best King Kong sketch we’ve ever written. We got a gorilla suit, paper airplanes… It’s gonna be a blast!
How did your group get together?
Denisse: We met at a Wal-Mart discount DVD bin. We’re all pretty big fans of the Peter Jackson film King Kong, and unbelievably that classic was selling for only $5. After that, it really was inevitable that we’d become LA’s hottest guerrilla sketch comedy group.
Who are your influences?
Denisse: If you look up the word “underrated” in the dictionary, Jack Black’s mug would be right next to it. I don’t know if you’re familiar with his work, but we’re all pretty big fans of the Peter Jackson film King Kong, and when we saw Jack Black’s breathtaking dramatic performance, we decided to look this guy up and see what else he had done. From Kung Fu Panda 2 to Gulliver’s Travels, we’ve had a lot to mine from, comedy-wise.
What makes you laugh the most?
Denisse: I would say monkeys, because they’re really just nature’s comedians. You know what’s funnier than a monkey? A big monkey. Without a tail. We’re all pretty big fans of the Peter Jackson film King Kong. There’s just so many opportunities to laugh during that movie. “Who is this gorilla?” “How did he get so big?” “Is that Colin Hanks?”
Do you have any fun “worst show” or “worst audience member” stories?
Denisse: Oh yeah. With live comedy, something’s always gonna go wrong. It’s just so unpredictable. We’re all pretty big fans of the Peter Jackson film King Kong. One time, on the night of our show, TNT was doing a special presentation of the film with never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew. Half of us didn’t make it to the show at all. There were a lot of unused gorilla costumes that night.
Share with us your tips for a job interview.
Denisse: Have a clear vision of what you want. If you’re passionate about something, show it. Yell it from the roof top. And don’t be afraid to go after it, no matter the cost. But prepare yourself for the unexpected threats that may arise. After all, it wasn’t the airplanes, it was beauty killed the beast.
100% Stuff is performing Saturday, May 23rd, 10:15 PM at the Spider House Ballroom. TICKETS HERE