Thursday, November 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

DHS grad selected for comedy troupe

By
From page A11 | October 18, 2011 |

Annie Baria says she often plays dumb-blonde roles, "but I'm OK with that. I love dumb blondes; they're confident, and there is a freedom in their lack of self-awareness." Robyn Von Swank/Courtesy photo

Robyn Von Swank

Annie Baria, a 2004 graduate of Davis High School, was recently invited into the Groundlings Sunday Company in Los Angeles.

The esteemed comedy theater was founded in 1974, and alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Phil Hartman, Melissa McCarthy, Lisa Kudrow and countless others who have gone on to feature films, television and commercials.

The Sunday Company is the highest level in the Groundlings School, and is by invitation only. Thousands of students take classes every year, vying for one of 14 spots and a chance to perform sketch and improvisational comedy every Sunday night.

Members write their own material for a weekly show in the style of “Saturday Night Live.”

“Because you are constantly writing new sketches, I draw inspiration from anything and everything,” Baria says in a news release. “I’ve based characters on girls I was in a sorority with, my mom’s book club, even myself as a kid when I was stuck wearing an eye patch.”

A 2008 graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, Baria has optioned a feature screenplay she wrote loosely based on her college experience, and she also can be seen in national commercials for Jack in the Box and AXE body wash.

She was recently cast in an all-improv feature film being shot by the cinematographer for Bruno and the people behind Christopher Guest’s films, on location in Texas later this month.

“The roles I book are always a variation on the dumb blonde, but I’m OK with that,” she says. “I love dumb blondes; they’re confident, and there is a freedom in their lack of self-awareness.

“A director I recently worked with said ‘You have to be smart to play that stupid,’ which I’ve decided to take as a compliment.”

Earlier this year, Baria launched a comedy website, www.BitchHumor.com, which includes a Twitter feed, videos and blogs written by Baria and fellow comedians. The site is gaining notice in Hollywood, with Baria’s hero Judd Apatow Tweeting about its launch.

Baria also cites Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings as her role models.

“I’d love to have a career where writing and performing comedy go hand-in-hand,” she says.

Baria can be seen performing live every Sunday at the Groundlings, 7307 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Her blog and videos of her sketches can be viewed on www.BitchHumor.com.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Jumpstart Davis hopes to spark Davis’ startup scene

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1

     
    UC committee approves tuition hike

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    What’s in Village Harvest’s new name? Local control

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    ‘Dolphin Way’ author to speak at Davis Parent University

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Analyst: No ‘fiscal cliff’ when tax hikes end

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    First of three storms douses California

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Bera prevails in close congressional race

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Pre-Thanksgiving Farmers Market open on Nov. 26

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Realtors seek canned food donations Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    #EggFreezing trends for women in tech

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A3

    NAMI support group meets Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Taize services offered at DCC

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Per Capita Davis: News from the funny papers

    By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A3

     
    Staying clean could harm your health

    By Pat Bailey | From Page: A3

    Racial justice resources available at open house Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    San Diego advances plan to recycle wastewater

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Breakfast with Santa tickets available now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Join DHS Madrigals for annual evening of food and music

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

    Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    End a hike with qigong practice

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    STEAC jeans drive on Dec. 10

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

     
    Fraternity launches ‘Green the Greeks’ program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Museum displays family heirlooms

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Performers sought to liven up holiday markets

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    For the vets

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Forum

    Senior kitty needs a home

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    David Brooks: Obama in winter

    By David Brooks | From Page: A6

    Caregivers overlook a valuable ally

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    We urge a ‘no’ vote on BDS

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Offensive line, Turay provide impressive UCD convoy

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Blue Devil pool teams make one more splash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Young DHS harriers have a big day at section championships

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Youth roundup: Diamonds shine at Level 4 state meet

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    .

    Features

     
    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A7

    DHS teacher puts his facial hair on the line in annual fundraiser

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    Backyard apples? It can be done

    By Don Shor | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Name Droppers: Governor taps UC Davis grad for bench

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Robotics team takes second in Madera competition

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    .

    Arts

    ‘Cat Ballou’ closes Western film series

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Here’s a little more about water conservation

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    DMTC plans tile-painting fundraiser

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Nancy Shepard

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    As usual, three’s a crowd

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, November 20, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6