by Gili Malinsky
Comedian, actress and writer Lucie Pohl returns to NYC this Monday, November 7th, with another witty, self-penned show. Pohl's acclaim began after her show Hi, Hitler ("a pinch of Hitler, a cup of Hip-Hop and a dash of Hasselhoff") sold out at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She's brilliant, hilarious and so good at getting the details of a character. Read up on Apohlcalypse Now! below ...
What's this show all about?
Apohlcalypse Now! is about two years of disasters in my life. At the heart of the story is the break up of a ten-year relationship, and then I go to Turkey and shoot a crazy horror film with Stephen Baldwin. I tell the audience to expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, dead rats, and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin ...
Why write it?
I started out wanting to address this feeling of doom lingering over our heads (cough, election, cough). I thought I would write about a dystopian future in which Donald Trump is president and we live in garbage cans. I did NOT want to write about this horrible break up that had wrecked my insides ... But then, as is often the case, what ended up on the page was different. The show wrote itself, and I realized that I wanted to be truthful and give the audience some hope.
Best thing someone has said about it?
A guy in Edinburgh came up to me and said, "You know, decades ago I went to a character comedy show by this woman I knew nothing about that ended up being one of the best things I'd ever seen. That woman was Whoopi Goldberg. Your show is right up there with that experience."
Hardest day as an artist in New York?
My hardest days as an artist in New York were always the days I was waiting tables, praying I would get the job I had auditioned for before my shift and feeling utterly hopeless.
What was breakfast?
A Scottish penis. No, I wish. I had Kefir with raspberries! All hail the KEFIR!