Tiffany Anne Price
Writer/performer TIFFANY ANNE PRICE isn’t afraid of being a self-professed ‘cat lady’. In fact, she’s taking this label to a whole new level with her comedic autobiographical one-woman show, “CONFESSIONS OF A CAT LADY.” Fresh off her performance at the Phoenix Fringe Festival, Tiffany is set to bring this physical and energetic show to the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Fest in June and continues her on-going monthly performance at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood on April 18th as part of the LA Comedy Fest 365.
Tiffany has trained at some of LA’s most esteemed comedy venues including iO West, UCB, Groundlings, and a year-long stint doing standup at the Comedy Store. On-screen she stars in the indie film “Breast Picture,” currently available via Netflix, and the 11-episode webseries “Misery Loves Company,” in which she also co-wrote and produced.
A Phoenix, Arizona native, Tiffany earned her B.A. from ASU West, graduating Summa cum Laude, and cultivated her love for animals while working at the Phoenix Zoo.
I recently had a chance to catch up with this funny lady, who revealed the inspiration behind her show, her feelings about working solo, and what's surprised her most about the experience.
Holly: Tell us a little about your acclaimed solo show “Confessions of a Cat Lady” because I’m guessing it’s not all about your cat.
TIFFANY: My show is a collection of confessions of all the juicy, embarrassing things that have happened in my life. Certain confessions are elaborated on and share a common thread of jealousy, which I refer to as my tragic flaw. I'm even jealous of my cats! The entire show is a lot of physical comedy ala my role models Laverne & Shirley, Lucille Ball, and Carol Burnett. I've been told people have returned to see the show again because they missed so much stuff the first time from laughing. That's the best compliment I could get, besides asking if I lost weight because I look so good. That's a pretty great compliment too.
Holly: Where did you find your inspiration for the show?
TIFFANY: Well, I was doing standup for a time and I decided I'd rather do a solo show and be the boss of my time slot and when I go up and how long I get. So I took a solo show writing course from my friend, Kimleigh Smith, an award winning solo artist and through writing exercises about weaknesses and fears, I came up with jealousy. Writing an hour each day about different stories from my life relating to jealousy and then tying in some material from my standup, I got a one woman show. I've always wanted to do my own show like Carol Burnett had a one woman show, Lily Tomlin, both of whom I have reached out to in hopes they will come to the show. They are funny ladies that I look up to! And now Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are just rockin the whole comedy scene. That was definitely an inspiration too. But I would have gone for it even if they weren't around forging ahead. It's just something I've always wanted to do. Like maybe one day, I will ride a buffalo. I've always wanted to try something bad ass like that.
Holly: Is being a solo performer scary and do you prefer to work alone?
TIFFANY: I never thought I would like working alone. Seems kind of lonely. Like going to dinner by yourself, or a movie by yourself. I prefer to be with someone having fun, especially since I come from a theatre background and improv. There's always someone there to play off of. And if the night sucked, you could blame it on them. heeheehee Standup was the test. If I could stand on my own and get people to laugh at material I wrote myself, then I could definitely do a solo show. I was scared out of my mind the first time I did standup and then again the first time I did my show. I was like, "What was a I thinking? Holy shit! I gotta go out there, what if I forget a line?..." But then I did it. And it was fine. It was better than fine. It was the greatest feeling of accomplishment ever! I don't have kids or anything so I can say that and not feel guilty.
Holly: What’s been the biggest surprise while creating and performing your solo show?
TIFFANY: The biggest surprise would have to be the way it came together. I love cheese, so I'm gonna get cheesy now...creating the show was kind of like magic. I wrote an hour everyday and then one day I put the show together like a puzzle. It's pretty incredible how all the pieces fit together. That was surprising to me. But not to Kimleigh, I guess because she knew it would work out since she's done her own show. And the other surprise is from performing the show. Going solo is scary, so everything else now like auditions or other gigs seems like cake. I love cake.
Holly: In addition to being on stage, you’ve also worked on-camera. Can you tell us a little about the projects you’ve appeared in?
TIFFANY: I'm in a movie on Netflix called "Breast Picture," it's a comedy of course. I play opposite some UCB greats, like Matt Walsh, Joel Spence, and Joey Kern. It's funny because in the movie I play a porn star but there's no nudity or simulated sex so keep your pants on, and in real life there's a porn star named Tiffany Price. That's why I have to go by Tiffany Anne Price. It can be confusing for friends that you haven't seen in awhile and they google me. I also co-wrote, produced, and starred in an 11 episode web series called "Misery Loves Company." It was a fun series about two women that are a mess running a dating service. You can also see me in a documentary style film called "For Billy," which I hear is going to be in several festivals soon. And online right now, there's a new OK GO video by College Humor called OK GO-pid that I have a part in. Love those guys!
Holly: What’s next for you and “Confessions of a Cat Lady”?
TIFFANY: Up next, I have a show in L.A. on April 18th at the Theatre Asylum through the LA Comedy Fest 365. They are a year round branch of the festival to help artists form a fan base. I also just got news that I am officially a participant in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June. I have 4 shows over the span of the festival and they will all be at Fringe Central. It's the hub of the festival, I'm totally excited. After that, I have plans to go back on the road. I've had requests to come back to Phoenix after my run in the PHX Fringe in March. There are also some requests in Texas, Chicago, and NYC. My goal for next year is to take it to Edinburgh for the original Fringe Festival. The ultimate goal and the reason I wanted to do the show in the first place is to have Garry Marshall and Judd Apatow, my two fave directors, come see the show and make it into a movie. Or a sitcom. Sitcom is the ultimate ultimate for this girl. I hear the music now, "...and we'll do it our way, yes, our way, make all our dreams come true for me and you!" But in this case it's just me and I will do it.
Thanks for being so candid, Tiffany! We can’t wait to hear all your ‘confessions’!