On Tuesday, October 29th at 6 PM in the Overby Center Auditorium, Laraine Newman and Fiction Writer Jack Pendarvis will take part in a panel entitled “A Guy and a Gal Walk into a Panel: What’s so Funny about Gender.” The event is co-sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies, the Department of English and the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the University Lecture Series, and the Department of Theatre Arts.
Laraine Newman’s Biography:
Laraine Newman is a native of Los Angeles and began her career at the age of 15 when the improv group she worked with was hired to bring culture and self-expression to the youth of East LA and South Central.
After High School she went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. A fact that none of her comedian friends will ever let her live down.
At the age of 19 she appeared in the New Theatre For Now at the Mark Taper Forum and was accepted to the Theatre School at Cal Arts. She lasted there for 3 months. Too many actors. She went on to join another improv workshop that soon became the Groundlings.
In 1973 Laraine appeared in a Lily Tomlin special. Lorne Michaels produced that special and later hired Laraine for SNL assuring her that it probably wouldn’t last more than 13 weeks.
Laraine’s more notable movie roles have been: Stardust Memories, American Hot Wax, Perfect and Problem Child 2. Then there are the roles she did for money. They won’t be listed here.
Laraine’s most recent television appearances include: Curb Your Enthusiasm, 7th Heaven and According To Jim plus the upcoming How To Live With Your Parents.
Laraine has enjoyed a thriving animation career where her voice can be heard regularly on; Doc McStuffins,Fairly Odd Parents, Winx, Motor City, Garfield and Metalocalypse. The rest are too numerous to mention and wouldn’t resonate with an audience over the age of 11.
Laraine is contributing editor for the online food magazine OneForTheTable and has written for Esquire, The Jewish Journal, The LA Times Magazine, Worst Laid Plans, Strays, Huffington Post and The Believer.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 23 years and her 2 daughters.