One Girl's Journey to Saturday Night Live

My name is Lauren Bancroft and I'm from from Nashua, NH.

I started this Tumblr in December of 2010 to document my path to go from who and where I am now, to being a cast member of Saturday Night Live. I have a realistic plan with attainable goals that I work very hard at every week.

I do stand up. I study improv. I write. I work hard.

Ten phases. Eight years. One goal.

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Flappers Comedy Club In Review

So Tuesday night was my first show in six weeks. It went really well. I wasn’t super nervous even though I had four people come out to see me. I did exactly six minutes and there was a tiny bit of crowd interaction in my closing joke.

I hate that I feel like I get bigger laughs when I’m off the cuff than my jokes actually get. This isn’t a new feeling and I’m sure it just means I should be a bit looser and allow myself to be flexible. Crowd work usually works for me, so why don’t I try it out more?

But the show was a good one! Great crowd. Met a few nice comics. Now the question is when and where is my next one? I’m coming for you LA comedy scene.

Six weeks of rust just fell away. I’m back in the game.

I am really itching for Flappers.

It’s been about six weeks since my last set. I hope tonight is a good show. I’m sure it will be.

Although last time I went to this club, the host asked if the audience was having fun after all 13 comics. It got tired quick. It was still a good show overall though.

I’m sticking with jokes I know work. Nothing new tonight. I’ll save my new ideas for the open mics I plan on exploring. Woo! Wish me luck guys.

I am pretty excited for tomorrow night.

Tuesday 4/15 is my first show since moving to Los Angeles. I’ll be telling some jokes in the Yoohoo Room at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. Show starts at 9:30; $10 cover.

EXCITEMENT.

This is what I do in Los Angeles on the weekends.

Hey guys.

I’m honestly not doing super with the job thing right now. I feel this is a serious waste of my skills. I can do so much more than not be allowed to deviate from a script to (frankly not) sell services to women who didn’t know they had to pay to play.

I’m not just a worker bee. And if this job is a measure of that ability then I’m not a good one since I haven’t sold anything yet. I know I’m still training but I’m better than this. Not that I’m better than the girls who are selling. All the power to you ladies, obviously you have something I don’t. Good job. Really.

Now the question is, do I need to do better or just do this job that will allow me to take improv classes and do comedy shows? Or do I find something with benefits that doesn’t make getting hung up on a regular thing?

I know I’m not committed to them and I’ll probably stay through the end of next week (that’s when training ends). But I am disappointed. It seemed like such a good fit.

Well that settles it. Back to NH! I kid, but I will start looking for another job if this doesn’t turn around.

Today started week two of training at my new job. We were assigned desks and here is the view from mine. Not bad. 

The day was alright. Still new and challenging. I can’t wait to get a handle on things.

Anyway, I got drinks with Marvin (sketch director from the previous post) and he gave me some good tips about comedy and improv around LA. Learning things already.

Today started week two of training at my new job. We were assigned desks and here is the view from mine. Not bad.

The day was alright. Still new and challenging. I can’t wait to get a handle on things.

Anyway, I got drinks with Marvin (sketch director from the previous post) and he gave me some good tips about comedy and improv around LA. Learning things already.