small experiences are the most important: KL Thomas

If you don’t know KL Thomas, you’re about to find out that she’s one of the hardest working women in NYC comedy. She makes it, supports it, and digs deeper to find out what makes it go. KL has lots of new ideas, and the initiative to implement them.

I met KL at Sticky at Bowery Poetry Club a few years ago, and I’m so glad she stuck around.

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li88y
What’s playing on your ear buds right now?

KL
What’s playing on my ear buds right now?  The Walking Dead, Season 2, Ep 12 “Better Angles”.  It’s playing on the top right hand corner of my LapTop.  I usually have a Tv show playing when I’m working, because it’s the on time I get to watch anything.

li88y
I always want that to be true. When I’m writing late I sometimes try to watch Star Trek at the same time, but mostly that ends up meaning I’m just watching Star Trek, not working. How do you avoid the temptation to give all your attention to the show instead of the work?

KL
Star Trek is an awesome show, how could anyone get work done with that on, LOL! How I avoid the temptation is by turning off the show, if I catch myself not working. I started running Tv shows in the back, because of my Podcast. All my interviews are with people in the world of comedy and they love to talk about their favorite shows on cable and on line. I thought it would be best to start getting myself familiar with these programs. Today is a light work load and I don’t have any damning deadlines, so I get to watch what I love, DRAMA 🙂

li88y
You do everything: perform, produce, shoot, create, invent, stay out all night, look good doing it. From the outside, you look like you’ve got your whole thing together. Does it feel that way?

KL
Goodness, I feel like I never have it together.  LOL!  Honestly, I work with incredible and talented people, who believe in me and always help me be successful.  Recently, I took on larger productions, with the stakes much higher, and I don’t think I would have pulled through without their support.  My friends and colleagues mean the world to me and they are the only reason why I look like I have it together.

li88y
Can you talk about the production? What are you working on?

KL
Well this past Fall I Produced with Sharon Jamilkowski, the NYC Premier of Jenn Dodd’s “No Show: A One Woman Show.” It was the first time that the 3 of us created anything on this level. It was a great experience, because of all the highs and lows of putting up an Off-Off Broadway Production. The highs: working with Jenn and Sharon, watching them create brilliant comedy at a super quick speed. The lows: the part of being a Producer that I actually hate: dealing with contracts with locations, pushing Fundraising Campaigns on your friends and family, etc……You know, the non-fun stuff. But it has to be done or the work will be never be seen. I learned a lot on that project, and I love those ladies very much. Trust me, if you are not already, you should start following Jenn and Sharon.

I’m still producing with Paul Valenti on the monthly event Sketch Block the Live Show, which is coming up on it’s 5th year at Horse Trade’s Under St. Marks Theater. I produce and host my weekly online podcast, Sketch Block Podcast, which I love doing. One of my favorite things in life is to learning about other people’s lives and about their craft and it means to them.

I’m also Producing/Performing in a comedic Web Series/Mockumentary set in the future that focuses on the first sex-bot escort agency. The Series is called GigaHoes, staring the Creators Adam Lash and Kevin Gilligan, Directed by Jason Messina. We will be launching our KickStarter this Spring, shooting over the Summer and the Series will be released this Fall. It’s another huge project and I’m learning something new very day about the film world.

I’m super excited about my own personal project that is still in the early stages of pre-production. I’ll be creating shorts with artists that I have met over the years here in NYC, SF and LA. I will not go to deep into, because I’m still mapping it out, but I’m already reading scripts and a lot of people are on board. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I will keep you posted.

li88y
How do you keep your motor running?

KL
Whenever it becomes too much and all I want to do is run away, I just remind myself of all the times people told me I could never be a performer or be in the arts, because of my learning disability.  Those painful moments actually make me more focused and determined.  Coffee helps too 😉

li88y
I’m always surprised by who has a learning disability, so many people who seem like they’ve let nothing stand in the way of their getting done what they want to get done have had big things stand in their way. How did you overcome it?

KL
I haven’t truly overcome the disability. Only the fears that come with having it. I have to practice my reading and writing everyday.  Which is easy, because I’m always working on projects. But reading cold out loud can be a nightmare to listen too.  Especially now because I haven’t practiced in a long time. But I’m already scheduling an hour once a day to practice. And how I do that is I’ll start reading out loud Dr. Suess books, poetry from Shel Silverstein and articles online.  I’m still very shy about it, so always practice when I’m a alone.

li88y
What do you like best about being alive?

KL
Just being alive is the best.  Everyday we are experiencing beautiful things.  Some experiences are large, like winning an award for something you created for a festival or winning an Academy Award….LOL!  You never know…..But most experiences are small, like when someone gives up their seat for you on the subway or when you get to eat your lunch outside under the warm sun.  It’s really those small experiences that are the most important to me.

li88y
I think it’s easy to forget how little it takes to sustain life, especially when it takes equally little to destroy it.

KL
True, very true.

li88y
Thanks a million KL!

links:

https://twitter.com/KLThomasnyc123
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http://followgram.me/klthomasnyc123
http://ireport.cnn.com/people/KLNYC123

http://sketchblockpodcast.wordpress.com/
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