Larke Miller: Stand-up comedian, actress & writer

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Bio:

Larke Miller is a Vancouver based stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She began her career as an actress in her teens. Her love of comedy and interest in writing led her to Los Angeles where she was accepted into the Groundlings program. It was in Los Angeles, that she began performing stand-up comedy. Larke's soft spoken and feminine style belies her provocative observational humour. Larke's writing is satirical and ironic. Early on in Larke’s stand-up career, she was selected as a Los Angeles finalist on NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING. This led to her comedy being seen on THE TONIGHT SHOW on NBC. Perhaps the biggest highlight of Larke’s stand-up career was performing on THE LATE LATE SHOW on CBS. Larke has also been featured in a COMEDY NOW special for CTV/Comedy Network. Larke's acting credits include IZOMBIE, SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED, and the critically acclaimed Canadian film SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE. She will make her directorial debut later this year with a SCI-FI RomCom short  THE JOBS WE DON’T WANT.

What do I do best?

Being weird

What makes me the best version of myself?

I would say when I am my best self when I’m confident.

What are my aspirations?

I have written a few scripts which have been well received. I look forward to having a story produced.

My Biggest Success?

Getting over my stage fright, sort off. I’m a pretty shy and introverted person. I’m pleased with the times I have done things regardless of my fears.

My Most Challenging Moment?

At the moment I am in pre-production for a live action/3D animated short film which I have written and will direct called THE JOBS WE DON’T WANT. Everyday I learn something new about the business and craft of film making.

My Motto?

Do all things in love.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

I admire the careers of Steve Martin, Larry David and Ricky Gervais. They are all talented and successful in more than one medium.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Manhattan! It’s like a huge Vancouver.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Apple cider vinegar!

My Current Passions?

I’ve taken up swinging trapeze. It’s a challenging workout and can be frightening, but I like that about it.

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How did you get into the industry?

I started taking acting classes as a child and went into theatre. In my late teens, I moved into film & TV. As an adult, my desire to create characters and tell stories grew. I started taking screen writing classes.

Any emerging industry trends?

I think the emergence of multiple digital platforms, makes it a good time to create content. The industry seems to be making strides towards gender parity. For the first time, I feel excited about being a woman in show business.

Any industry opportunities or challenges?

While there are growing opportunities for women. There are still challenges. I feel challenged being a soft-spoken women. It’s hard to be taken seriously. Sometimes, I feel pressure to be “one of the guys,” in the stand-up world and in business. I think film/TV productions are presenting a lot of Bad-Ass women in action films, but I would just like to see well developed female characters in all walks of life. I find myself drawn to more vulnerable and flawed characters, regardless of gender.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?

I’m directing a short Scif-Fi RomCom this summer called THE JOBS WE DON’T WANT. It’s about a reptilian shapeshifting alien from Pluto, who lost everything after Pluto was stripped of planet status, and winds up working on an organic walnut farm in Northern California. The film is an allegory. I wanted to address our increasingly hostile and divided society, but I didn’t want to contribute to our division. So, I thought I would write a love story about enemies, from two different worlds, who overcome their differences.

What's next for the Business in the near future?

My short is a pilot for a series I hope to sell.

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business?

I’m crowd funding for the first time.  

Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?)

I’ve hit brick walls many times, but I’ve always had multiple interests. If I am not getting called in to audition, I’ll spend more time working on stand-up comedy and creating my own work.

Ideal experience for a customer/client?

Hopefully the crowd laughs a lot and leaves a show feeling better.

How do you motivate others?

Lead by example.

Career advice to those in your industry?

Ask for constructive criticism from people you admire.  

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