Interns of the Weeks: Kelsey Merritt and Allison Krauska!

Raye Maddox here, Intern Manager, with a long awaited second installment of Intern of the Week: Season 2! It’s been awhile! Think of it like a Writer’s Strike but not that! If you’re new to the show, this is where I (and you by extension) get the blessing of getting to know some of Dallas Comedy House’s House Interns! Nominated by their peer’s and netting themselves a $20 DCH Bar Tab, four show tickets to ANYTHING, and, of course, this blog, it’s Kelsey Merritt and Allison Krauska!

  (On the Left: Kelsey and Michaela being awarded Dual Nobel Peace Prizes! On the Right: Allison in front of the setting sun of an alien world: [location unknown]!)

(On the Left: Kelsey and Michaela being awarded Dual Nobel Peace Prizes! On the Right: Allison in front of the setting sun of an alien world: [location unknown]!)

Where is your hometown?

Kelsey: East Bernard, TX

Allison: I am from good ol’ Mesquite, Tx

What class are you taking?

K: Graduated January 2018! 

A: Currently, I am finishing Improv Level 4, working to graduate in 2018 from the DCH Improv Program.

What’s something you’re passionate about?

K: Physical movement. Also community. DCH makes it pretty easy to find both of these. I generally say I’m better if moving. I think it gives my body a chance to catch up with my brain. One of my favorite ways to get to know people is to go for a walk. Amy Poehler mentions this in Yes, Please and I agree that “walking the beat” can help take conversations and friendships to the next level. There’s something about going for walks that takes the pressure off the other person and allows you to just enjoy going somewhere together.

A: While improv has become a passion of mine and a release from the stress of the real world, my friends know me for two things: my love traveling and the Dallas Stars. I have been to 6 out of 7 continents!! (Antarctica is a little expense and tricky to get to, but I’ll get it one day!)

What’s the best food?

K: Either bacon wrapped dates or spinach and artichoke dip with warm pita bread. Also, almost any ice cream.

A: Out of the whole world, my favorite food remains to be Mexican.

What’s the worst candy?

K: Grape flavored anything. Of all the fake flavors that exist in this world, it is by far the most removed from the taste of the actual fruit. It just makes me think of cough syrup. Bleck.

A: I still despise Andes Mints.

Favorite movie?

K: The Breakfast Club. I love so many movies and there are so many others that on any given day I’d respond with, but this movie came to me at a particular time in my life. Sometimes you see your personal struggle translated and verbalized so perfectly at a critical moment of identity struggle and I think you connect to that movie/music/art/etc. in a permanent way. That’s the most accurate way I can describe my love for that movie. Growing up I related to Emilio Estevez’s character on a profound level. I might do his monologue for Pipeline one day if I’m brave enough.

A: My favorite movie series continues to be the Fast and Furious Franchise because I live my life a quarter mile at a time... I mean, I may plan more than a quarter mile metaphorically, but you get the idea. I’m a big fan.

What’s just the worst?

K:  People who leave pens unclicked or uncapped. It’s the littlest thing, but it drives me up the wall. It’s the smallest act of respect you can have for something that is yours or perhaps is borrowed. Also, why take the chance that you’ll ruin a perfectly good pen. Just cap/click your pen. What did that pen ever do to you??

A: The worst is burnt orange because I bleed maroon. That makes no sense to anyone who didn’t graduate from Texas A&M. Gig’em!

What’s some good advice?

K:

  1. “We can’t hate ourselves into a version of ourselves that we love.” – Lori Deschene

  2. Also, “At all time until death, we are in the middle of our stories, with new elements constantly being added.” – Carolyn Ellis, Autoethnography: An Overview, 2011

  3. Sorry, one more, “To neglect action is to love life as a bystander, complacent, isolated; to neglect reflection is to transgress for the sake of transgression, to live life frenetic, solipsistic, and again, isolated.” – Fassett and Warren, Critical Communication Pedagogy, 2007

A: My advice would be that if you ever question if you should go or not go, always go... to visit a family member, to encourage a friend, to have dinner with a stranger, to travel the world... wherever life calls you, don’t be afraid to go and don’t be afraid to know who you are and what you stand for.

Kelsey Merritt is an absolute delight in any room she occupies! She’ll throw her hand in for occasional Showcase Sundays and you never know when she’ll be donning that black staff shirt regularly! Catch her in Sapphire or Block Party and Pipeline!

Allison Krauska rises quickly through the classes and quickly solidified herself as a fantastic intern! Hailed as “The Woman with No Enemies” strike up a conversation with her when she’s not globe-trotting! If you do so, you’ll find you just acquired a new friend!

Raye Maddox is the Assistant to Garbage Ideas Disposal and the Intern Manager. He’s very excited about Westworld right now and looking very much forward to Solo. You can see him do improv in Midnight Passion, The Revenge Society, Deep Dish, and Kill Me Please. He also hosts the free monthly variety show Block Party every last Wednesday of the month!