Life As Stars
As Studio C’s humor continues to spread, so does their fan base. “I feel like people have [a certain] perception of us because they see us on stage,” says Gray. “But then when they bump into us at Costco or wherever, I think a lot of times we do kind of disappoint people because they expect us to put on a sketch right in front of them.”
Did you know? James Perry likes gardening and cooking.
Fortunately, however, that is not the norm. Fan responses are often inspiring for cast members. “It’s really flattering that people like what we’re doing,” Meek says. “We all really like each other, so the natural consequence has been that people have really taken a liking to the show.” Perry adds, “I prefer to have interactions with people rather than just taking a picture and leaving, because that feels more like I’m a person interacting with a person, and we can make a connection.”
Did you know? Steven Meek loves K-pop music.
As the only couple in the cast married to each other, Whitney Call and Stephen Meek are in a unique position as they try to balance their growing stardom with their growing family. They have adjusted well to becoming first-time parents to their beautiful baby boy, though. Call shares, “Honestly, it’s super fun. I think it was a little intimidating at first, just because we’ve never done the whole family thing, but I think it’s felt pretty much like trying to juggle anything else in your life. You know, you set your priorities.”
Did you know? Matt Meese, Adam Berg, and Stacey Harkey are roommates.
Studio C has also helped cast members to grow individually. “Elements of what I learned performing on stage have been super helpful in being more effective in a lot of different ways,” says Harkey. “One thing I’ve learned from doing comedy and performances is the value of listening to people, of reading audience feedback really well.”
Meese adds, “I definitely have a lot more opportunities to talk to people because they now come up to me and talk to me. I think this might surprise people, but I’m not extremely extroverted—[performing] has helped me become more [outgoing] by necessity.”
Behind the Scenes
Did you know? The mud in the "Robbing Roger" sketch was actually brownie mix.
From collaborating on new sketch scripts to performing and hanging out together outside of filming, the cast has learned how to be flexible and enjoy each other’s company. They play off of popular culture, cranking out hilarious parodies like “Jurassic World Indominus Rex Deleted Scene,” “The Hunger Games Musical,” and various sketches around Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens to name a few. They also play off of words in their hilarious tongue-twister sketches, and in Season 6, they did their first themed episode, tailored around fairytales.
Did you know? James Perry actually prefers real lobster over lobster bisque.
Adding to the fun, each cast member has developed and played their own stage personas over the years. For example, Perry originally made a splash as the Lobster Bisque man. Gray is known as the Awkward Avoidance Viking, but he also uses his astonishing range of voice impressions to portray anyone from Gollum and President Uchtdorf to Snape and Darth Sidious. Call plays the part
of Ann Withers, an awkward librarian who speaks in book titles; Everton has made a couple appearances as the pregnant secret agent, Lady Shadow; and Madsen is the awkward teen beauty consultant, Susan Weebers. Meese has perhaps the most recognized characters, however, making reoccurring appearances as the hyperactive child Kyle, the grammatical superhero Captain Literally, the wildly popular Shoulder Angel, and most recently, “the man, the myth, the legend,” soccer star Scott Sterling.
And new characters and concepts continue to surface. As Shoulder Angel’s costume has evolved over the years (goodbye fluffy halo and flowing gown!), so have the type of sketches the team brainstorms and produces.
Did you know? Mallory Everton has run marathons, and plays the guitar.
“I think when we first started, a lot of my writing was tailored to college life,” Gray says. “[But] our comedy has adjusted as we’ve become parents and our families have grown.” In addition, Everton explains, “We’ve been doing this for over three years; now we want to do different things. We want to challenge ourselves and try and kind of break the mold and do something fun and new.”
Did you know? Whitney Call played the saxophone in 6th grade.
So how do they handle that pressure? “We love music and dancing around before the show,” Call says. And though some may go off for quiet time to get “in the zone” before the spotlight, they always come back together to give a cheer based on an inside joke from the week, say a group prayer, and energetically jump into their roles.