New York Improv Theater founders – and life long X-Files Fans – Walt Frasier and Laurice Fattal have teamed up with fellow Improv comedian – and X-Files virgin – Patrick Reidy. Laurice’s idea was to get a fresh perspective from one that is watching the series for the first time paired with two that have been with the show from the beginning – or nearly.
Walt and Laurice started dating in college in March, 1993 while performing/studying theater at Montgomery College, Rockville Maryland. There were many 1993 events that the couple remember from their early dates, including the original Jurassic Park.
Walt became a big fan of X-FILES, starting with the Pilot on September 10, 1993. Still in their first year of dating, and long before DVR, lets just say Walt struggled to watch the show Friday nights, delaying dates till Saturdays.
Laurice was introduced to the show a few weeks later when she watched the episode called “Squeeze” with friends. Laurice found the episode so terrifying it was years before she became the die hard fan she is today.
“I was watching the season one episode about a werewolf (SHAPES) when Laurice came over,” remembers Walter. “She was nice enough to let me finish the hour of TV before heading out to the movies.”
However, sometime during season 4, Walt and Laurice moved to New York together to become professional actors. That was when Laurice started getting into the show full time. During one of the Season 4 Mythology arcs, Laurice caught the bug and soon bought all the VHS tapes (Something that existed before DVDS and NETFLIX, kids) and binged Seasons 1-3 long before it was fashionable to do so. THEN Laurice discovered David Duchovny movies.
Lets just say, when Walt launched the website, DUCHOVNIACS, he had been dragged to a number of times to meet David at book movie premiers, signings, panels and even a rock concert at the Cutting Room. Starting a website was the only was to justify the continued stalker activities. MORE AT www.duchovniacs.com
As he tells us in the podcast, Patrick Reidy celebrated his eighth birthday on September 10, 1993 – way too young to watch the show. In the 24 hours before taping this podcast, Patrick watched the three episodes discussed expecting cheese. But was pleasantly surprised…
Lets face it, compared to other 1990s TV, X-FILES was years ahead. Even today you can usually only find this quality of TV on cable shows – and most of those shows are produced, written or directed by X-FILES alumni (Homeland, Breaking Bad – and of course Network fair FOX;s 24 and CW’s Supernatural.)
The premier podcast features Walt, Laurice and Pat discussing the first three episodes, PILOT, DEEP THROAT and SQUEEZE (First “Monster of the Week”)
Together the three are prominent members of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH – which perform publicly as LMAO Off Broadway (clubs, theaters, colleges) and Improv 4 Kids (K-12 schools, libraries and camps). Since 2002 the troupe has performed over 5000 shows in New York’s Times Square and touring nationwide.
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WHO’s BEHIND THE MIC
PATRICK REIDY is an actor, comedian, musician, and improviser in NYC. He can currently be seen as a host and improv comedian at the Broadway Comedy Club for the Eight Is Never Enough and LMAO-NYCInteractive Comedy Shows as well as touring with their family friendly cousin, Improv 4 Kids. He is also an established improv teacher, having taught for theComedy Hall Of Fame and independent residences throughout the five boroughs. As a sketch writer and performer his work has been featured onFunny Or Die,College Humor, and the Absent Minded Comedy Show. He is a graduate of Salem State University and has studied improv, sketch-writing, stand-up, and screenwriting at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The Peoples Improv Theatre,andThe Annoyance Theater. Yes, and he would love to help you with your next artistic project!
Follow Pat on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepatreidy
Laurice Fattal has been performing in theatre, music concerts, and stage shows since the age of 10. She originally began writing scripts and composing music through her own vocal group in high school. She continued to pursue her passion for the performing arts in college through studies in theatrical production, acting, music and opera. She has worked in casting, directing, and writing with professional companies based out of NYC, MD and DC. Laurice has written and performed in dozens of sketch comedy digital shorts for LMAONYC. Other credits include the Indie short mockumentary: P.O.O.P: The Movie, Writer/Director of The Top 8 at Eight (original web series). Musicals/Operas: Amahl and the Night Visitors (Riverside Opera NYC), 27 Santa’s & and Elf Called Kevin , Alice in Wonderland – A New Musical, The Phantom Tollbooth – By Sheldon Harnick, The Lounge @ Under St. Marks. In addition to developing the concept for “Eight is NEVER enough!”, she is thrilled to be the co-founder of “IMPROV 4 Kids!” and Bully Assemblies NY – both are outreach programs that currently tour K-12 school.
Follow Laurice on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauricef
Catch Walt Frasier this Spring on TruTV’s “Friends Of The People” now in their 2nd season. Go to Netflix – RIGHT NOW!!! – to see Walter in Lilyhammer (Season 3, Episode 8) as the American comic performing at Steven Van Zandt’s Norwegian club. Also now on Netflix – Blue Bloods (Season 3, Episode 8) see Walter in spandex body suit in first 5 minutes as Arnie the Homeless Avenger. Royal Pains (Season 6 Episode 3) as the Choking Victim. Past credits include sketch bits on Letterman (9 episodes), Stakervision (MTV2), Naked Brother’s Band (NICK), Hair Trauma (WE) and numerous commercials including Dr. Oz’s Fat Pants. Theater Credits include Off Broadway, Touring and Regional Theater plus over 4000 professional Improv Comedy Shows with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH (AKA LMAO Off Broadway. Improv 4 Kids, Improv 4 Teens, Absent Minded Comedy).
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