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2018 Chautauqua Season

Morning Lecture Series: Laraine Newman

Jul 13, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 13, 2018 12:00pm



Laraine Newman is an Emmy- and Annie Award-nominated performer. She began studying improv and mime at the age of 16 and continued to study improvisation and mime until graduating Beverly Hills High School, and studied mime with Marcel Marceau in Paris.

At the age of 19, she appeared in the New Theatre For Now at the Mark Taper Forum and was accepted to the Theatre School at Cal Arts, but left after three months to join an improv workshop with her sister Tracy that later became The Groundlings. In 1974, Newman appeared in a Lily Tomlin special produced by Lorne Michaels. After seeing her in The Groundlings a second time, he hired her for Saturday Night Live.

Newman’s notable movie appearances include roles in “Problem Child 2,” “Stardust Memories,” “American Hot Wax” and “Perfect.” Her most recent television appearances include: “Dice,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” “Comedy Bang Bang,” IFC’s “The Birthday Boys,”  and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Her career in voice animation includes roles on television series “As Told By Ginger,” “DocMcStuffins,” “Vamparina” and “Captain Underpants,” and the films “The Emoji Movie,” “Despicable Me 3,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Inside Out,” “Minions” and “The Boxtrolls.”  

She has also written for Esquire, The Huffington Post, The Believer and McSweeneys, and is contributing editor for the online food magazine Oneforthetable. 

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