BA #084: Brandon Sornberger

June 22, 2015 | 12:21 am |

Improviser Brandon Sornberger Podcast Interview

Beating its drum like dum di-di-day, episode eighty-four likes the dirty rhythm you play! On the eighty-fourth Box Angeles actor / improviser Brandon Sornberger (You’re The Worst, Parks and Recreation) stops by Studio 309. He discusses being a directionless youth, his philosophy on philosophies, discovering improv in a college play, his day in NYC on 9/11, his various alcohol related odd jobs, and more!


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The BA #084 Breakdown
– Box rants webcams on television, like this example.
– Drinking (w/ a level 1 cicerone) and rituals.
– Growing up in suburbia Guilderland, NY and being shy, directionless child.
– Playing volleyball and getting into acting – for the attention – in high school.
– Attending Hamilton College for the scholarship money and having a tough first year.
– Starting in biology to help others before switching to philosophy and favorite philosopher.
– Finding improv in a play in college, beginning the group Yoda Pez and traveling Europe.
– Moving to NYC w/ a French gal, Grownups Playground and working for Pfizer pharmaceutical.
– 9/11, being done with acting and moving to Boston to get a grad degree.
– Finding Improv Asylym, booking an Atari commercial and moving to Chicago with the future wife.
– Taking Annoyance, iO classes and being hand picked by Charna Halpern to perform.
– Beer-centric odd jobs and landing an agent in Chicago with help from Jack McBrayer.
– Moving to Los Angeles and immediately landing ‘The Soup presents Pop Quiz’ pilot.
– Start at iO West, UCB and finding theatrical successes through casting workshops.
– Brandon describes what he does in three words.
– Brandon answers why show business, why Hollywood and his favorite thing about LA.
– Brandon discusses who he enjoys to watch and who he’d like to work with.
– Brandon’s favorite thing he has done and how he defines success.
– Choose your own adventure sign-off.


Guest Beer – AleSmith, Speedway Stout



For more Brandon, catch him in ‘You’re the Worst‘ on Amazon, go see him perform in Outside Dog at UCB or in Orpheus Roy at iO West, and follow him on Twitter @brandosornbo.

An aspiring actor, Mike ‘Box’ Elder hates how television shows handle webcam conversations. Follow him on Twitter @boxangeles.