Lori Funk: News

Lori Funk: News

WHAT THE FUNK has Lori been up to?

Review for TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, performed at Don't Tell Mama

by John Amodeo

In absurd real life situations, two phrases come immediately to mind: "If it weren't' true, it wouldn't be so funny," and "You just can't make this stuff up!" Both of these come to mind when watching cabaret comedienne Lori Funk's hilarious one-woman show, "Two truths and a lie", and could serve as subtitles to her show, which she performed at Don't Tell Mama this past weekend. Funk weaves a semi-autobiogrpahical tale along a thread of mostly truths mixed with the occasional lie in a non-stop journey from childhood to where she is today, through the eyes and voices of other characters, real and fictional, from her life story. To further stir the pot, her poster declares that her "lies aren't nearly as original as her truths," and that, my friends, is truth in advertising.

Funk is cut from the same cloth as a litany of great singing comediennes, from Martha Raye and Nancy Walker, to Kaye Ballard and Carol Burnett, the latter of whom she most resembles with her elastic expressions and comic characterizations. Music director Steven Katz kept the narrative on point, while director Warren Kelley kept the pacing brisk without sliding off the rails. One minute Funk is sultry Catwoman, the next, a wood-splitting lesbian, completely transformed with only minimal help from props or costumes. Adept at both monologue and song, she uses both to great narrative, comedic and dramatic effect, having you doubled over with laughter one minute, and wiping away a tear the next. If you think Funk is hiding behind her humor as most comics do, you would be very wrong. In fact, while you are splitting your sides, you hardly realize that very slowly, Funk is shedding layers, like Salome doing the Dance of the Seven Veils, until, by the end, she has laid her life bare, and touched each and every one of us with her disarming trust and honesty. You just can't make this stuff up.

John Amodeo is a contributing entertainment correspondent to Cabaret Scenes Magazine and Edge Publications.

Lori Funk: On Stage
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Stage: Resumé
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Three on a CouchMiriamSoHo Playhouse / Elena Araoz
Thirst: a spell for ChristabelEnidHERE Arts Center / Elena Araoz
Looking for the PonyWoman (25 character roles)McGinn/Cazale Theatre / Stephan Golux
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Spring AwakeningThea / StraightjacketThe Culture Project / Will Pomerantz
Our Country’s GoodLiz MordenMiranda Theatre / Alix Ornitz
Taming of the ShrewTranioLooking Glass / Kenneth Nowell
Baby With the BathwaterNanny / Kate / PrincipalTheatre Row / Floyd Ruhmohr
All My SonsSue BaylissTurtle Shell Theatre / Shawn Rozsa
Bargains and Blood:
How to Succeed in Home Shopping!
Patti PucciNYC Fringe Festival / Blair Fell
Broken FencesBarbTheatre 54 / Alex Levy
Under the KnifeMarcia / Deidre / Violet Theater for the New City / Peter Zachari
God of VengeanceSarah Target Margin / Carolyn Cantor
Tunnel of LoveDr. Tunnel / TheresaDrama League Director Fest / Katie Pearl
Crazyface10 character rolesFringe Festival / Alix Ornitz
PR MannCandy / Dr. BodkinkowskiOhio Theatre / Robert Lyons
The Official ShowLurleenProducers’ Club / Ted Sluberski
Durang by the Dozen4 character rolesMidtown Int. Theatre Fest / Martin Everall
Lear’s DaughtersThe FoolNYC Fringe Festival / Alix Ornitz
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Vampire Lesbians of SodomRenee / TracyTheatre Building, Chicago / Doug Hartzell
Dining RoomFirst ActressHartmann Center, Peoria IL / K. McQuade
CinderellaWicked Stepsister TarrentellaCandlelight, Summit IL / Susan Holm
’Nature and Purpose of the UniverseElaineMeyer Jacobs Lab, Peoria IL / A. Testard
ForeverDianeSacred Fools, L.A. / G. McClanahan
The ThreadGareth StrenningThe Blank, L.A. / Eileen T’Kaye
Children of StrangeloveHer Majesty’s ServantFamous Door, Chicago / Ann Filmer
Crazyface6 character rolesSacred Fools, L.A. / Aaron Francis
Backyard FruitCleopatra NunnemakerSacred Fools, L.A. / Tom Chalmers
The Tortoise and The HareMayor Skinnytail IIIAlphabet Soup, Chicago / Mark Pence
Crime SceneMultiple Roles, Multiple ShowsSacred Fools, L.A. / Various Directors
Tiff and Mom ShowMultiple Roles, Multiple ShowsFactory, Chicago / Robert Bouwman
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Sue & Lou’s Digital Jam Caroline’s Comedy Club / NYC
Funk-n-Schinderman Caroline’s Comedy Club / NYC
Roe V. Bedtime Westbeth Theatre / NYC
Sketch Garage Gotham Comedy Club / NYC
Faster Than the Smell of Fish Solo Arts / NYC
Improvaholics Kraine Theatre / NYC
T’Hell with the Ladder Organic Theatre / Chicago
Machiavelli Slept Here Strawdog Theatre / Chicago
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Stage: Gallery
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Lori Funk in Under The Knife at Theater for the New City with Peter Zachari and Karen Lynn Gorney Lori Funk in Under The Knife at Theater for the New City Lori Funk in Under The Knife at Theater for the New City Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk in her one-woman show, Two Truths and a Lie Lori Funk with husband Ethan David Kent: S.A.V.E. Benefit, December 12th, 2009 Lori Funk with Steven Katz: S.A.V.E. Benefit, December 12th, 2009 Lori Funk with Karen Herr (l) and Karen Eleanor Wight (r): S.A.V.E. Benefit, December 12th, 2009 Lori Funk with husband Ethan David Kent: S.A.V.E. Benefit, December 12th, 2009 Lori Funk with Tracey Gilbert: Bargains and Blood: How to Succeed in Home Shopping, FringeNYC 2009 Lori Funk: Bargains and Blood: How to Succeed in Home Shopping, FringeNYC 2009 Lori Funk with with Sean Kenin: Bargains and Blood: How to Succeed in Home Shopping, FringeNYC 2009 Lori Funk with Laura Desmond: Bargains and Blood: How to Succeed in Home Shopping, FringeNYC 2009 Lori Funk: Thirst, A Spell for Christable Lori Funk with with Elizabeth Gross: Thirst, A Spell for Christable Lori Funk with Matthew Cowles and Elizabeth Gross: Thirst, A Spell for Christable Lori Funk with Matthew Cowles: Thirst, A Spell for Christable Lori Funk with J. Smith-Cameron: Looking for the Pony Lori Funk with J. Smith-Cameron: Looking for the Pony Lori Funk with J. Smith-Cameron and Deirdre O'Connell: Looking for the Pony Lori Funk with J. Smith-Cameron: Looking for the Pony (photo: ethan david kent) Lori Funk with Deirdre O'Connell: Looking for the Pony Lori Funk with Brad Frazier: Three on a Couch Lori Funk with Brad Frazier: Three on a Couch Lori Funk with Mark Pinter and Brad Frazier: Three on a Couch Lori Funk: Backyard Fruit Lori Funk with Sacred Fools in LA: Busy Bee Lori Funk with Sacred Fools in LA: Grand Guignol Lori Funk with Andy Corren: Crime Scene Lori Funk with The Culture Project: Spring Awakening Lori Funk: Baby with the Bathwater Lori Funk: Cinderella
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Stage: Recordings (demos)

Just Like That from the musical A Christmas Story

Getting Married Today

Before I Knew How to Rhyme

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S.A.V.E. Benefit (and birthday party for Steven Katz)

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Stage: Reviews

When you’re in the audience at a play about breast cancer, you don’t expect to laugh a lot. Or to enjoy the sweet taste of victory. But when the health-insurance-company lady (Lori Funk) and the patient’s lawyer (Debargo Sanyal) in Andrea Lepcio’s top-notch "Looking for the Pony" do battle - literally, with wrestling holds - spontaneous applause tends to break out...The lead characters’ moral perfection is offset, sometimes hilariously, by the assortment of men and women played by Ms. Funk and Mr. Sanyal. Among the most memorable are Lauren’s colorful elderly patient Saul and her chronically weepy assistant who, while everyone around her is sinking, bursts into tears over a misplaced calendar. That may not sound funny, but it is.
Anita Gates - New York Times (CRITIC’S PICK)

The cast of four includes the versatile Debargo Sanyal and Lori Funk, who flesh out multiple characters, alternating satire with heartfelt sincerity. Notable are Sanyal’s comic turns as Dr. Wroteabook and a preening wig salesman, and Funk’s touching Brenda.
Karl Levett - Backstage (CRITICS PICK)

Everyone else in Looking for the Pony - doctors, nurses, cancer patients, rabbis, etc. - is portrayed by two apparently superhuman actors, Debargo Sanyal and Lori Funk, who switch clothes and personas with astonishing rapidity and precision.
Martin Denton - nytheatre.com

This "noise" is portrayed by the other two actors, the hard-working, costume-whirling, accent-spinning Debargo Sanyal and Lori Funk, who play a wild assortment of supporting characters with gusto. Together, they offer a grab bag of Saturday Night Live-worthy caricatures that parade across the austere set...Funk is pitch-perfect as Lauren’s harried, over-anxious assistant, who shakes like a leaf at any mention (or passing thought) of her boss’s disease.
Amy Krivohlavek - Curtain Up

(FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Ensemble)

Let me say that the cast is among the strongest you’ll hope to find at the Fringe. Comedy, as any actor will tell you, is much harder to pull off than drama, as pitch and timing are as crucial as characterization. In Fell’s hands, there are moments of laugh-out-loud brilliance. Lori Funk, who, amazingly enough, was only cast a month ago, shines with her physical antics. You can’t watch her without thinking of Carol Burnett.
David Kennerley - Gay City Times

There’s rubber-faced, Linda Gray-ringer Lori Funk, who plays Patti Pucci, the zebra-skinned grand dame of the EOT Home Shopping Network... The farce is broad in Blair Fell’s latest white trash opus, Bargains and Blood (How to Succeed in Home Shopping), but succeed he does in putting together one of the funniest and darkest shows in this year’s Fringe Festival.
Tony Phillips - Edge

Turns out Lady’s a natural, much to the chagrin of her co-host Patti Pucci (a rather frighteningly believable Lori Funk) who isn’t quite ready to pass off the torch—or her man. The cast creates characters who, though it’s impossible not to stereotype, are also impossible to not laugh at. The various quirks and ticks of the characters come through without blatant mockery of the very real people comprising the home shopping industry.
J. Jordan - nytheatre.com


Enid (the personable Lori Funk, who was so terrific in "Looking for the Pony" this year) turns out to be something between a wicked-stepmother figure and an all-out demon.
Anita Gates - New York Times

The suspense and fear evoked by this scene and much of the work can be credited to Funk’s skillful portrayal of Enid. She manages to imbue every line and expression with the implication of malicious intentions.
Adrienne Urbanski - The Villager


What follows is a farce that is immensely engaging and proves once again that Off-Broadway has just as many gems as the Broadway circuit. Directed by Elena Araoz in the 199-seat theater, each actor brings something unique and special to their roles...In Miriam, Lori Funk brings a resplendent film-noir quality to her over-the-top "widow" with her own designs for avenging the betrayals of her "deceased" husband. Whether it’s Funk’s excessive blinking, the manner in which Pinter majestically wraps a scarf around his neck, or Frazier’s circus-like balancing on an ordinary wooden stool, the physical comedy works as effectively as any of the spoken dialogue.
Jim Halterman - EDGE

I think it important to note that this play is a comedy and one of the funnier I’ve seen on stage in a long time. Djerassi’s play expertly mixes the genres film noir, commedia dell’arte, and broad farce into a hilarious cocktail of theatre. The cast is firing on all cylinders as well. Imagine Leslie Nielsen married to Carol Burnett, with a young Richard Dreyfuss as their psychiatrist. Mark Pinter (best known for his work on All My Children and Another World) plays the megalomaniacal author to the film noir hilt, while still finding room for some well-placed clowning. Lori Funk plays Marx’s estranged trophy wife like a boulder rolling downhill; once she gets started, nothing can stop her short of the curtain call. With two such powerful actors onstage, a third actor might be overshadowed completely. Unless that actor is Brad Frazier. Three On A Couch is only around for four weeks, and if you miss your chance to see it, seek professional help.
Peter Schuyler - nytheatre.com (Critics Pick)

It’s the performances that put the show over the top, and director Elena Araoz makes the most of her cast’s considerable chops...Miriam is the show’s true comedic center, and the role gives Lori Funk the chance to really go to town. All self-dramatizing poses and elegantly arched nostrils, her Miriam comes off like a less dissolute American cousin of Joanna Lumley’s Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous - a glamorous monster with a kind of undefined, all-consuming voraciousness. Plus she can peel a mango like nobody’s business.
A.J. Mell - Backstage (Critics Pick)


The third piece introduces us to the supremely gifted Lori Funk, in a spoof of the self-deprecation of female comedians. Her monologue allows the performer to impressively exercise both her comic flair and her acting chops. Funk later proves herself an adroit physical comedian in the Ozzie-&-Harriet-gone-to-hell satire John & Mary Doe, and she darn near steals the show with her portrayal of a bottom-feeding TV exec in the finale, Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room. Since that piece mocks Hollywood’s corrupting influence on theater artists, I know there’s tremendous irony in my saying this, but: Get this gal a sitcom-or at least an audition for Saturday Night Live!
Adrienne Onofri - Off-Off Broadway Review


The highly appealing Lori Funk, George Eide, and Ted Brunson stole the show as the three pulcinellas, their strong physicality and lush, sensual energy serving as a stalwart anchor to the often outlandish goings-on.
Doug DeVita - Off-Off Broadway Review


The actors, most of whom work together in the Lightning Strikes ensemble, all give first-rate performances, and it is difficult to single anyone out, but special praise is due Lori Funk as Liz Morden, [etc...]
Lucy Komisar - Editor, American Reporter Theater Review


Naughtyville is a Romeo and Juliet-style love story about feuding white-trash families Nice and Naughty, featuring creepy David Lynchesque characters (Lori Funk’s homicidal Mamie Ruthmore is a standout) and music.
Miriam Jacobson - L.A. Weekly

Funk makes the most of the thin material; there’s a Carol Burnett flair to her timing and her daffy characterization.
L.S. - Frontiers Magazine


One standout in the cast: Lori Funk as the Twinkie-obsessed Bootlicker.
Teresa Wiltz - Chicago Tribune


More interesting are the quirky characters [the three heroes] encounter, like...Lori A. Funk’s bitchy improv teacher (a savage impersonation of a prominent Chicago figure).
Adam Langer - Chicago Reader


Stepsisters Mozzarella (who will do anything for a pizza) and Tarrentella (a wanna-be ballerina with two left feet) are the highlight of the show. Their colorful garb and endless chain of verbal jabs are entertaining even without the favorite fairy tale as their backdrop. They’re played by Amber J. Lawson and Lori A. Funk.
Sandy Bosch - Associate Editor, Chicago Sun Times

Lori Funk: On Screen
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Screen: Resumé
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Dara JuLiz's MotherDivisadero Pictures / Anthony Onah
FOUREYESPaulette BowersoxBrudder Films / Conor Byrne
Eden CourtConniePrinters’ Row Pictures / Paul Leuer
The 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey DevilTanyaPainted Zebra Prods.
Plugged InSupportingStrchick Productions
Dirty MoonieDaisyDewes and Don’ts Productions
Bert's PlanEdnaYair Shvartz
Nothing SacredSupportingTom Guagliardo
UpstateBethDaniel McCartney
WatchMomJoseph Volpe
The Girl with the Hair in Her MouthSupportingChristopher Carbone
Law & OrderNancy NewtonNBC / Alex Chapple
Law & Order: SVUMonica WorleyNBC / Jonathan Kaplan
What Would You Do?LeadABC Primetime (Host: John Quinones)
Onion News NetworkDebra VerhulstThe Onion
As the World TurnsRecurring Under 5CBS / Various
Snap JudgmentRecurringCourt TV / Jamie Greenberg
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Screen: Reels

Comedy Reel
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Drama Reel

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Screen: Short Films
A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses.


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A video from the award-winning "Bargains and Blood: How to Succeed in Home Shopping!"


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Lori Funk: Commercials and Voice Overs
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Commercials & VO: Resumé
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Product / SegmentCasting DirectorProduction Co. / Ad Agency
iam.comGardner NelsonCoordinet / Gardner Nelson / Spike Lee
MCIDonna DeSetaBedford Falls, Inc. / MVBMS
CDNow.comJodi KippermanCurios Pictures / Mike Bennion
Burger KingShari HotisCrispin Porter + Bogusky
CitibankLiz LewisPublicis
Expedia.comLiz LewisDoner Advertising
Rockstar Video Games: BullyDonna DeSetaRockstar Games
VisineJ. Walter ThompsonJ. Walter Thompson Recording
An Imperfect Lens (Audio Book)Jewish Braille Institute (JBI)JBI Recording Studio
Snap JudgmentCourt TVCourt TV
Soft ’n’ DriJoanne PasciutoHill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.
Sex in the City (promo) x2Donna DeSetaKaymen Audio / Ogilvy Mather
MercedesMcHale BaroneMcHale Barone / Merkley Newman Hart
Fox TV (demo) x3McHale BaroneMcHale Barone
Oxy 10 (demo)McHale BaroneMcHale Barone
Claritin (demo)McHale BaroneMix Place, Inc.
Sudafed (demo)Roger SturtevantHoward Schwartz Recording / Bates USA
TransCanadaCliff HahnCliff Hahn Studios
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Commercials & VO: Audio Reel

Commercial VO Reel

Character VO Spot

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