Welcome to our weekly Giggle Goddess question and answer session with a comediva out in the world spreading giggles like wildfire. After watching her portray the ultimate nosy neighbor in “The Good Neighbor Minute,” who wouldn’t want to take tea with our Giggle Goddess of the week — Katina Corrao.
This Q & A will take you deep within the depths of her soul … sorta.
What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
Oh, wow, um, what’s this “cupcake” thing you speak of? I actually don’t eat cupcakes. HaHa … Ew, imagine that was my answer? The Red Velvet from Baked by Melissa.
What or whom inspired you to pursue a career in comedy?
My Family! They are all hilarious and have always encouraged me to see the funny side of life. It takes us 20 minutes to tell a two-second story, but they’re always filled with passion, sweat, giggles and big hand gestures.
If Chuck Norris were to corner you in an alley and challenge you to a duel, what would be your weapon of choice?
My weapon of choice would be a long, meaningful hug. Then when he wasn’t looking, I’d cut him for even thinking of challenging me to a duel, despite the fact that I was hanging out in an alley by myself.
What are some challenges you’ve faced since going down the comedy track? What are some things that have made all of those obstacles worth overcoming?
Let’s see, was it the time I was encouraged to get “character” head shots complete with me dressed as an “old lady” OR the time I was asked to perform facing the wall? OR the time … Truth be told, there have been many challenges, but I am eternally grateful for every single one of them. Without challenges, we don’t become stronger. And now, because of those challenges, every positive step in the right direction or every moment of success is that much more rewarding.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard/seen?
Which comedienne, dead or alive, would you love to work with/meet?
Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Melissa McCarthy, Ellen DeGeneres, Mindy Kaling, Maria Bamford and … EDIE McCLURG!
In what ways do you think you’ve improved or evolved since your first comedy venture?
Early in comedy, whenever performing, my top lip would frequently get caught on my teeth. That doesn’t happen (as much) anymore.
What long-term/short-term goals do you have for your career?
Long and short are both the same: To play the nosey neighbor in a sit-com.
Which character are you most like from “The Divas”?
Hands down, without a doubt, Lucille Ballbuster. LOVE her!
Do you have a specific audience to whom you play/would like to play? Describe that audience, and why/how you’re playing to them.
Yes, I do. Let me set the scene … I’m the warm-up comic for the Emmys. I’m dressed up and look like an actual nominee, only they make me wear a wrist band that says, WARM-UP COMIC/LIMITED ACCESS. I go on stage without an introduction. It’s awkward. That loud, high-pitched microphone sound goes off and everyone is staring waiting for me to begin. Someone in the audience coughs. I open my mouth and … Bam! I’m killing, joke after joke after joke, the audience is going crazy, standing up, wolf-whistling, the entire experience feels like a dream! The next thing I know, someone comes up on stage and rips my wristband off and hands me an Emmy, and I’m weak in the knees but I manage to stay strong AND keep my stomach tucked in the entire time. I hear over the microphone, “The Real Winner tonight is Katina Corrao! She is now in our group. We love her!” The audience is even louder and more enthusiastic with their laughter. I look out and into the crowd and my parents are there and my sister and all my friends and they are all hugging and dancing in the aisles. Then, as they whisk me off to do press, I turn back around and Kristen Wiig gives me a thumbs up and mouths in slow motion, “We should work together.”
When you’re not out writing/performing comedy, you are… ?