Conquering Comedy with Director Jake Lewis:
1. You seem to have found your knack directing comedies. Why do you think that is so?
Comedies are very hard to do well, and I like the challenge they present. I was raised on a steady diet of hysterical movies and master comedians, from Mel Brooks to Robin Williams to George Carlin, and everything in between. Laughing is my favorite thing to do, and being able to provide others with such merriment is important to me since life can often times be so serious. There is a lot of truth in comedy as well, bringing to life our foibles and weaker moments, but in ways that can create new insight for the actor and audience member. There's no tighter bond between people than that of a good, shared, belly laugh.
2. What other comedies have you directed recently?
Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang and Neil Simon's
The Odd Couple
3. What is the funniest play or movie you've seen?
It would have to be a tie between "Noises Off!" and "Out of Order" (of which I'm slightly biased since I appeared in this play last year at WCLOC).
4. Why is Play On this winter's laugh-out-loud comedy?
Put simply, the cast. They have mined every nugget of humor in the already hysterical script, and magnified it exponentially. The plot alone is to be commended, but it would not be nearly as funny without such a vibrant and risk-taking cast as this. They put themselves out there for us to laugh at and with, which makes "Play On!" a comedy success.