Hello and welcome to yet another installment of Funny Human of the Week, a column featuring the web goofs of a different funny person each week. This week’s human is the supremely talented Lauren Lapkus, who you may recognize from Orange Is The New Black or her many appearances on the Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show and podcast.
She was also one of the guests on a very special SXSW edition of a show I co-created with former Funny Human Ian Abramson, Seven Minutes In Purgatory, which is the only personal plug I plan on including in this week’s column!
Lauren is a writer/performer with an especially strong knack for childish-yet-dark character work, like in this clip from Funny or Die! I like this a lot!!
I mentioned you might know Lauren from Comedy Bang! Bang!, both the TV show and the podcast. This clip is an extremely fun one and a great showcase of her weirdo talents, despite the presence of the endlessly uncool Kevin Smith!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJuHxJd69fo
It’s basically a prerequisite for Funny Humandom to be a skilled Twitterer, and Lauren’s got skills for days. Check out these quality Tweets and give her a follow if you haven’t already done so!
I deactivated my Facebook page a while ago and the only thing I miss is getting unnecessarily angry at people I barely know
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) September 23, 2014
Ever use a word wrong and realize it days later? It’s so ambiguous.
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) March 13, 2015
I write “sleep” on my to do list every day so that when I wake up I can cross it off and start the day feeling productive
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) February 3, 2015
I have no regrets! Besides everything I’ve ever said
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) July 29, 2014
The bruises on my legs show my journey…where I’ve been. (Into the coffee table a bunch of times)
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) December 28, 2014
The craziest fact about me is that I know someone who spells “damn” d-a-m-b. Sometimes it keeps me up at night.
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) January 11, 2015
I either wanna have a baby and raise it really well or do nothing forever
— Lauren Lapkus (@laurenlapkus) February 27, 2015
Lauren has her own high-concept podcast on the Earwolf network called With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus, with a hook that seems more complicated than it is. Each episode is an installment of a different nonexistent podcast hosted by a different comedian, with Lauren appearing their guest. It’s confusing but not really! Also very fun and funny! Here’s a good example of how the show works: this is Lauren appearing on The Betsy Podcast, hosted by improviser Betsy Sodaro!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0KV-OqWS9E
To close out the column for another week, here’s a great clip featuring Lauren’s improv group Wild Horses, playing a four police officers/super fun friends killing time on a stakeout.