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Artist Q&A: Jane Lynch

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It was no April Fools prank when “Jane Lynch” popped up on our caller ID recently. The funny-woman was calling to give us a preview of her upcoming cabaret. Now only a little over a month away, Lynch offered up her point of view on how she got to be who she is today, what she can’t travel without and what you can plan to see during her performance on May 5!

JANE (1)1.Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Los Angeles and I’m actress.

2. Did you always know you wanted to perform?
Yes, actually I think it’s in my nature. It’s not something I came up with I was 12, I just knew it all along. I knew it for sure. I wanted to be on stage and ultimately, later on, on camera and then I ended up back on stage again.

3.Movies, TV, Broadway and now your own cabaret, you’ve done it all. Which medium is your favorite and why?
I don’t have a favorite, I love it all. I’ve been very lucky in my career, it unfolds itself to me in a great variety every day. I love it and I get to do all sorts of things. The invitation to do this show that you’re going to see in May, kind of came about as an accident but it was probably kind of destined in some way. I was asked if I had a cabaret show by 54 Below. I said I don’t but I can get one and I did.
I got my friends Kate Flanery from The Office, Tim Davis, and a band together and we had a show. Kate is a good friend and I’ve known her since we were actors in Chicago and we’ve been singing on and off for decades now.

4. Finish this sentence: I can’t travel without my…iPad.

5. Finish this sentence: When I’m not working my favorite thing to do is…

Hang out with my dogs and have coffee with friends. (Lynch went on to say she has a belgian shepherd named Benjamin who she has had in her family for about a year, though he is older, and a lhasa apso named Olivia who is 16 and was keeping her company during the interview)

6.Finish this sentence: I am recognized most often for my role as/in…
I don’t have one. Well, maybe Sue Slyvester. 6 times out of 10 it’s Sue Sylvester.

7. Have you ever been to Wisconsin? Is there anything you’re excited to do/see while you’re here?

Yeah, we used to go to the Dells. I’m from Chicago, I’ve been to Milwaukee. My dad went to school at Madison and he was doing summer school when we were kids so we’d go up there. Probably not far north but the parts that are near to Illinois I’ve seen.

We’re not going to be able to do a heck of a lot in the time we have there.

seejanesing8. But is there anything you’d like to eat?
I’d imagine cheese. That’s kind of a wide net, but cheese, brats and beer.

9. What can people expect when they see your show May 5?
It’s about an hour long packed with music and comedy and we do a variety of musical styles from Irving Berlin to Nicki Minaj, a 1920s ragtime song. My friend Tim Davis, who was the vocal arranger on Glee, sing some great three part harmonies and do a song acapella. We do a melody dedicated to the songs that made us cry as kids. Just a bunch of great pieces. The show is for all ages, there’s no f-bombs. Kate is a little inappropriate sometimes but she’s the best sidekick a girl could ask for.

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