Cherie Kerr


Time in Greater OC: 53 Years

Neighborhood: Santa Ana

Hometown: El Sereno

What are you currently working on?

My newest film: The Show Can't Go On! We will be screening live in Las Vegas on July 31 at the Action on Film International Film Festival at 3 p.m!

What's been inspiring you recently?

My family always inspires me. That and the heart and grit many of my friends have displayed during these impossible times. Other than that, not much, really. Just trying to survive with the rest of world!

Tell us a story from your childhood that illuminates who you are as an artist.

There was a day, when I was four years old, that my musician parents decided to call in sick because I suddenly stood up after dinner and started doing standup comedy. They said I had been pretty shy until then and they wanted to stay home and watch me impersonate the neighbors and do more standup! They thought I was very funny and soon put me together with an acting coach with whom I studied for about 5 years. I played many roles in her plays but always got the parts where I had to cry. I said to myself: "I'm going into comedy. This is ridiculous."

Who are or were your theatrical heroes?

A few are Elaine May, Mike Nichols, Gary Austin, and Larry David.

Outside of a theatre, what's your favorite hot spot in Orange County?

I like to go to Zov's. They have really good fresh baked dinner rolls.

What surprises you the most about your role in the theatre community?

That I was so lucky to found and sustain the Orange County Crazies over the past 31 years!

What kind of theatre excites you?

Anything that delivers a profound message. I saw Rent the first week it was on Broadway (After it had come from Off-Broadway). Its message hit me very hard and I cried on the plane all the way home--in fact, I cried for three weeks!! I love sketch comedy and improv too. I have written more than 450 sketches over the past 35 years and how-to books on sketch, standup, and improv. I absolutely love improv, it is where I got my chops actually!

What's the craziest thing you have ever needed to do for theatre?

When we were doing "Ah, Those Lounge Swingin' DuBois Sisters." A heavily improvised Broadway Musical and the musical director quit 90-minutes before the show. We had to scramble to have someone make our 8 p.m. curtain with no rehearsal, just sheet music. It was both a disaster and a miracle. It turned out to be a great show that night!!

What advice do you have for theatre artists just starting out in Orange County?

Work hard. Be humble and persistent. Believe in yourself and be good to others.

Go ahead, promote your things...

The Show Can't Go On! is a mockumentary that will be out later this year. The film was produced by Ree-invent Films in conjunction with the Orange County Crazies! You can watch the trailer here:

Be sure to check out our website for classes: We offer them online and at our 78-theater facility in Santa Ana.

Cherie Kerr