Welcome to EXIT INTERVIEW – a new feature here at Wooder Cooler, where local improviser Steve Kleinedler asks former members of the Philadelphia comedy scene about their time here and what they’re up to now.
First up, Jen Curcio! She won the 2015 Wit-Out award for Best Storyteller and was a member of Hey, Rube! and Page One at the Philly Improv Theater.
Steve Kleinedler: What years were you in Philly?
Jen Curcio: The later half of 2011 through May, 2014. I lived there my entire life, but only did comedy through these years.
SK: What prompted you to leave Philly?
JC: I wanted to finish the UCB curriculum, but didn’t want to commute to NYC anymore. Plus, I really wanted to immerse myself in improv and it was too easy for me to be lazy and not go to shows while living in the burbs of Philly. Now I live across the street from UCB Sunset, so I have no excuses.
SK: What do you miss most about Philly?
JC: Easy. My awesome friends and family!!!!
SK: What’s your favorite recollection about the Philly comedy scene?
JC: After my 1st house team night ever (Hey Rube), everyone went out and danced at O’Neals. It was a blast! I know I didn’t do very well in that show because I was nervous, but people still supported me.
SK: What would it take for you to move back?
JC: UCB to open up a theater in Philly. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid all day, everyday. I’m wearing my Don’t Think sweatshirt while typing this. Possibly, if there was a bigger storytelling scene in Philly. I produce/co-host my own storytelling show in LA, so it would be hard for me to leave that.
Steve Kleinedler is a director, instructor, and performer at the Philly Improv Theater.