Main Ensemble Member

Marguerite Lawler

Marguerite Lawler is an improviser, comedian and actor currently based on Treaty 6 Territory.

They can be seen in shows like OffBook: The Improvised Musical, Murder at Makeout Point, LOLMANDY, and more. They have been improvising with Rapid Fire since 2015, and have performed around Alberta, Vancouver, and NYC. They also do sketch comedy around town. They love summer camp, their dog Molly, and their cats Kitty and Gregory Tent Pole.

FAVOURITES

TV Shows: Ted Lasso, I Think You Should Leave, Haunting of Hill House, Bob’s Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Schitt’s Creek.
Movies: Rocketman, Promising Young Woman, Coraline, Kicking and Screaming, Shaun of the Dead, Hocus Pocus, Mamma Mia, Signs, Shrek.
Actors: Kristen Wiig, Daniel Kaluuya, Carey Mulligan, Colman Domingo, Jessica Walter, Jason Sudeikis, Zendaya.
Video Games: Google?
Books: Breathe: A Ghost Story, The Shining.
Music: Elton John, ABBA, Fiona Apple, Lizzo, Childish Gambino.
Websites: rapidfiretheatre.com
Food: ice cream, potatoes, paneer
Words to live by:

“I Bet You Love Your Mother in Law”

“Somebody Once Told Me”

I really like to start with fun and weird characters and seeing where that takes it, and finding their heart in the scene with some jokes along the way.

Marguerite Lawler

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?

I started doing improv in Grade 9, and my coaches (first the amazingly talented Josephine Hendrick, then later my phenomenal drama teacher, Joe Vanderhelm, to whom I owe a great deal, as well as a friend and another improv hero Sam Stralak) were in Rapid Fire and encouraged us to see the shows. I did, and immediately knew that’s where I wanted to be. I started volunteering, taking workshops and kept improvising in school, then in my final year I was asked to audition, and the rest is HISTORY!

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?

As Amy Poehler said “Don’t start a scene where two people are talking about jumping out of a plane. Start the scene having already jumped.”. Get things DONE, don’t just talk about it! In improv we don’t have to worry about huge effects and jazz, we’re already making it up so why NOT jump out of a plane! Try a kooky character! She also says to look into your partner’s eyes — which is equally as important. When you’re trying to make the other person look good, that’s honestly the best improv you can do. Just like in acting, you have to LISTEN to what your partner is saying and go from there. Also have a strong platform because scenes will often go to crap if you don’t.

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?

Shout something you want to see a scene about! I always find that exciting as an improviser when the audience is actually pumped about what they’re yelling. Add your own flavours (spooky kitchen, spooky carnival, spooky summer camp… spooky spooks).

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?

Both are amazing! Short form has more room for snipes and ridiculous bits (only four minutes of it, which admittedly sometimes is for the best). I also LOVE the feeling of being halfway through a long form after setting up for (maybe) a huge elaborate story and lobbing offers into the world and having absolutely no clue where it’s going and tying things together knowing (hoping) it’ll somehow all work out.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?

I really like to start with fun and weird characters and seeing where that takes it, and finding their heart in the scene with some jokes along the way. I also just recently realized I really like to mime wearing a backpack, that’s definitely in (my) style.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?

The first two that came to mind was 1) when I was about to throw a box in the CIG, and then tipped it over somewhat gently but grandly, yelling “THIS IS THE SOPHIE’S CHOICE OF RADIO!” 2) Doing an improvised song with another improv hero Julia Grochowski where the lyric was “I’ll keep putting paprika on your eggs, you keep putting a baby in my legs.” That was one of my favourite improv moments ever.

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?

I’m a camp counsellor, I teach improv, and like to make sure my dog keeps a strong social presence in the media.

HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?

There is no way it does not come in handy. Almost every part of life is made easier or at least more fun because of improv training. Saying yes AND offering more, connection, following the fear, positivity is always more interesting than negativity, the list honestly goes on for miles, I wrote a full essay on it once.

DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

The closest thing to Hogwarts in Edmonton, if Hogwarts served Friendly Fires and was full of the most supportive friends you can imagine who you make jokes with.

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