One Girl's Journey to Saturday Night Live

My name is Lauren Bancroft and I'm 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. www.laurenbancroft.com contact@laurenbancroft.com

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Day Two of Comic Con In Picture Review! Doctor Who style.

Comic Con Day One In Picture Review!

I was the Marauder’s Map. I saw a Bob’s Burgers and an Archer panel. My doodle was on a BBC jumbotron. What a day.

Well guys. I’m off to Comic Con.

I am about to have the best three days of my life. Expect pictures and joy and excitement.

I’m seeing my fanart at the Doctor Who booth first thing! Then the rest is gravy.

Just a few pictures from seeing a show at Groundlings last night. Boom.

Guess where I went tonight! The lovely Melia (Tumblr friend and real life improver) used her student discount to get us tickets for the show. So much fun. 

I think I will further investigate their classes.

Guess where I went tonight! The lovely Melia (Tumblr friend and real life improver) used her student discount to get us tickets for the show. So much fun.

I think I will further investigate their classes.

So last night I went to Mouthypants open mic in North Hollywood). They have 25 booked spots filled by lottery and I got spot 25. Spot 25 unfortunately means I was supposed to go up at 1:00 AM. North Hollywood is about 45 from me in Torrance and with an 8-5 job that sounded pretty tough. 

But Whitney (host) said I could come earlier and put my name in the bucket. They draw names in between booked spots so that way I had chance of getting up sooner than 1:00. 

It was 12:20 and I still hadn’t been called so I was planning on sneaking out but when Danielle Soto and I said bye to Whitney he dragged us back into the show and said we were going up. He flipped a coin and I won but Danielle wanted to go up too so we split the five minutes. 

I did a quick tight two and a half and was surprised by how well it went. The crowd was pretty sparse at that point since the show started at 8:00. I thought the crowd wasn’t into it anymore but they seemed to perk up for me. On my way out a nice (probably drunk) guy said I was funny as fuck. So sweet of him to say. 

I have a feeling I’ll be at this mic on a weekly basis. Good people. Good comics.

So last night I went to Mouthypants open mic in North Hollywood). They have 25 booked spots filled by lottery and I got spot 25. Spot 25 unfortunately means I was supposed to go up at 1:00 AM. North Hollywood is about 45 from me in Torrance and with an 8-5 job that sounded pretty tough.

But Whitney (host) said I could come earlier and put my name in the bucket. They draw names in between booked spots so that way I had chance of getting up sooner than 1:00.

It was 12:20 and I still hadn’t been called so I was planning on sneaking out but when Danielle Soto and I said bye to Whitney he dragged us back into the show and said we were going up. He flipped a coin and I won but Danielle wanted to go up too so we split the five minutes.

I did a quick tight two and a half and was surprised by how well it went. The crowd was pretty sparse at that point since the show started at 8:00. I thought the crowd wasn’t into it anymore but they seemed to perk up for me. On my way out a nice (probably drunk) guy said I was funny as fuck. So sweet of him to say.

I have a feeling I’ll be at this mic on a weekly basis. Good people. Good comics.

I went on a date with a guy who said he’s really into girls who aren’t too pretty to talk to. Which is perfect because I’m really into guys who are sure I’m the best they’re gonna do.

I am getting coffee with the hilarious sketch writer and improviser Eileen O’Connell. We met on Tumblr a while back and I’m so excited to meet her in person.

Guys the BBC picked a piece of my Doctor Who fanart to showcase at San Diego Comic Con next weekend and a comedian I met at Flappers in April had a spare pass and invited me so I get to go.

And I made a bunch of pins of my Doctor Who Doodles (Whoodles) and I’m hoping to maybe sell them on Etsy because money is good.

I am really very inconsolably excited. 

(This is one of those things that could never have happened if I still liked in NH.)

The Kym and Whitney Show at Flappers In Review

I went to Flappers on Sunday night to support a new show. Kym and Whitney are the two comics who run Mouthypants in North Hollywood on Tuesday nights and they seem like really good people.

The show was great. It was sold out and the line up was jam packed with solid comics. This was the first of three shows (one a month) for them and if it goes well they’ll get a regular show at Flappers. They just seem like two good funny people who won’t find it hard to gather the support they need to make this show permanent.

I went out with some of the comics afterward and it was nice getting to socialize with them a bit. Even when I don’t contribute much, I just like listening to people talk sometimes.

I’m going to Mouthypants tomorrow night and will put my name in the bucket. I’m surprised no one has asked “are you sure you’re a comic?” since most of them haven’t seen me do a set yet. Fingers crossed tomorrow is the night! And fingers crossed I find my west coast funny.