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Each time I see Jerrell Curry on stage as well as off stage, his burst of energy is captivating. It seems like the joy and happiness that he radiates just brightens up the room. Of course, I couldn’t help myself but ask him a few questions.
Jerrell, you are always so full of positive energy. What source drives you to be so vibrantly happy?
I've always been a naturally positive person, I think. There are definitely times when I get super bummed out about life, so in those moments I just fake it until it's a real feeling. I also listen to a lot of pop music, so that helps. I recommend Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion album for good vibes.
Good advice. How long have you been doing improv?
It will be two years this October. It's weird thinking about how much time has passed. I feel like I've done a lot but nothing at all at the same time. I'm a little improv baby.
What brought you to improv?
I don't know if it was any one thing. I know it was something that I always wanted to try, probably because I was obsessed with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the time, and once I started I was immediately sucked into it.
What do you like most about it?
I think it allows me to be my most free. I feel more like myself now than I've ever felt in my life, and improv has a lot to do with that. It's like when pop stars say things like, "This is my most personal record I've ever made...it drops November 21st..." That's how I feel about improv except instead of releasing Stripped, I make a poop joke on stage. It's equally fulfilling, honestly. Speaking of, my next poop joke drops October 3rd, listen on Apple Music.
Feeling free is fulfilling. Besides improv, what are your other hobbies?
I watch a ton of TV. I have the TV taste of a suburban mom, so I love anything soapy. So like, anything associated with Shonda Rhimes. Right now, I'm obsessed with How To Get Away With Murder. The acting is great, and the dudes are hot. I'm also really into making lists of books that I want to read and never doing it. And thinking about Nick Jonas.
Do you have any pets?
I have a dog! I love him. His name is Jasper. He's a scrappy little Lhasa Apso. Our birthdays are a day apart. If I was a dog, I would probably be him. He enjoys sleeping and rolling his eyes.
Jerrell, I see you are from Lewisville? Were you born here in Texas?
Born and raised. But I weirdly don't feel like a Texan. I definitely don't mind it here, but I don't know if this is my spot or not.
When you go to bed, what is one thing you mostly dream of?
Oh, that's a good question. I usually dream of things that are super related to what I have going on at the moment - all pretty realistic. So I've been dreaming a lot about boys, Rihanna, and coffee.
Who is your favorite actor/actress of all time?
I don't know if I have a solid favorite actor or actress. I love a lot of different people depending on their roles. It's a very long list, but the first person I immediately thought of was Jenny Slate, particularly in Obvious Child. She just kills it in that movie. She's funny, vulnerable, and super real. She's also really, really great in Parks and Recreation and The Kroll Show. Jenny Slate for President.
If you had just one wish in life to definitely come true, what would it be?
Um, I wish I was a little more confident. I scare myself out of doing things pretty frequently. I would get a lot more done if I spent less time in my head worrying and more time just doing, moving with a purpose. I've gotten better about just saying yes and pushing myself out the door, just turning that part of my brain off, but I'm scared the entire time. Now I'm worrying if that was the right wish or not.
I would never think that you lack confidence? I think there are so many of us at improv that feel like that, though. I know I do! Maybe it's a part of why we like it? Because it's a bit of challenge, that we succeed to overcome??
I completely agree! Improv at the very least forces you to fake that confidence until it's a real thing, for sure.
Jerrell, these are cool answers, thank you!
Iryna Spitzer is a writer and improviser. She is currently in Level 2 at DCH. Besides comedy, she likes drama (to balance it out), also flowers, children, animals, and world peace!
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