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WHO IS THIS SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKIE?
After completing her master’s degree from University of Southern Mississippi and a brief but successful stint as a nightclub comedian on the Gulf Coast, Christy set out to Los Angeles to study with character actress Kathleen Freeman and Seinfeld dialogue coach Judy Kerr. Within months, McBrayer hit the Hollywood comedy club scene. She performed regularly at the Improv, The Comedy Store and Farfalla’s Bar F-2, a room she co-founded with Pete Gray. She opened for Andy Dick and Jimmy Shubert at Luna Park and served as an emcee at The Hollywood Palladium. She also co-wrote and performed with an all-girl comedy troupe in “Ten Tits and Five Tiaras” at The Tamarind Theatre.
Between appearing in national television commercials and guest spots on The WB, McBrayer demonstrated her dramatic skills to the critics in Pamela Alster’s “Millennium’s Eve” directed by Bill Cusack at the HBO Workspace and later at The Hudson Theatre, where Backstage West noted, “McBrayer is a delight…the best work on display.” In last year’s production of “Dylan’s Ghost” at the Coast Playhouse, Christy appeared in the role of “Gaylen,” a young Texas woman abandoned in New York who spends an introspective evening with the apparition of the dead poet. The Hollywood Reporter called her “attractive, convincing and first rate.”
However, it was in a workshop presentation at The Complex in Hollywood of her original one-woman show that Christy caught the attention of “Unsigned on Sunset” promoter Art Aaronson. Aaronson went on to produce McBrayer’s “Southern Fried CHICKIE” at the El Portal Center for Performing Arts in NoHo last year, received glowing reviews and was a Recommended Pick by LA Weekly who raved, “Totally unselfconscious onstage, McBrayer deftly shows the humor and sensitivity in the way her characters have chosen to live their lives…her characters are homespun but also rich enough in gray areas to create a compelling soap opera.”
Journalist Andy Fobes writes about a New Orleans production of "Southern Fried Chickie":
"I saw the opening of "Southern Fried Chickie" Saturday Night at Martine's in Metairie, Louisiana. The one-woman show, by Tupelo-native Christy McBrayer, met all expectations and well surpassed them. Based on the soap-like stories of actual family and friends who have colored McBrayer's life, "Chickie" carries the audience through a hilarious, unique and tender journey, accompanied by the incredible talent of three local musicians, who are able to masterfully change instruments with each other (guitar, fiddle and mandolin) and even provide comical narration in just the right places . . ."
USADEEPSOUTH readers -- watch for this talented Southern gal!
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