Canuck comic ‘over the moon’ with Super Fun Night
TORONTO — Surreal Hollywood moments are becoming routine for Canuck comic Lauren Ash.
The gregarious brunette rattles of a list of her most recent Tinseltown exploits in the wake of joining Rebel Wilson’s new sitcom Super Fun Night, while marvelling at the wild ride she’s been enjoying.
On the phone from L.A., where she was about to board a plane for a New York premiere party, Ash recounts being whisked by private jet to Vegas and rubbing shoulders with personal idols Molly Shannon and Conan O’Brien.
“It’s pretty amazing, I’ve got to be honest,” Ash says of her career success.
“Daily at work, I’m just like, ‘Is this real? Is this my job?’ It’s amazing. It’s a pretty big dream come true for me so I’m just over the moon about it.”
Ash goes from relative unknown to U.S. prime time regular with the debut of her offbeat gal-pal comedy Wednesday on ABC and City.
Wilson stars as the awkward Kimmie Boubier, a junior lawyer who’s on her way up at the firm but has yet to break out of her limited social circle. That includes her two besties — the shy Helen-Alice, played by Liza Lapira (‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and Ash’s character — tennis instructor Marika.
Getting the part was a year-long journey for Ash, whose past credits include The Ron James Show and Lars and the Real Girl.
She says fellow Canuck actor Paul Campbell, with whom she starred on the shortlived Showcase sitcom Almost Heroes, called from L.A. in January 2012 insisting she get her hands on a pilot script making the rounds called Super Fun Night.
It featured a quirky best friend who sounded just like a sexually confused character Ash used to do when she worked at Second City.
“I went crazy,” she recalls. “And so I was calling (my) manager and agents and everybody and I’m like, ‘You’ve got to get me into this, you’ve got to get me seen for this.’ And from there it was a pretty arduous process that went on for most of 2012, actually.”
She auditioned with Wilson and immediately clicked with the Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect scene-stealer.
Ash knew she had the gig when the final screen test involved having her write an original monologue in the voice of Marika.
She was pleased to discover that Super Fun Night involves a fair bit of improv, a skill she honed over a decade-long stretch as part of the Second City mainstages in Toronto and Chicago.
“Rebel really loves improvising so any scene we do, we’ll get the script the way it’s written and then we’ll do just a bunch of fun takes,” she says.