Resume/Press Kit

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SAG/AFTRA/AEA
Karen Bankhead is a classically trained, seriously funny actress! She got the idea to write a funny role for herself at the age of 7, with “Scouterella” a scintillating spin on the story of Cinderella, which debuted in a certain Santa Cruz mountains Girl Scout Camp, with Karen in the starring role.
Karen grew up in an Air Force family and began her acting career on stage, in theatres in Arizona, New York, Southern and Northern California. She grew up in San Jose, CA and received a BA in Psychology from UCLA. She has played a variety of delightful roles including the wacky receptionist “Taylor” on the ABC series “New Attitude,” the ultra-nerd “Adrienne” on “Boston Common” and as “Denise Pendergrass,” the feisty line producer on the debut season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She has studied at Second City, and was a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company, and founder/producer/writer/performer with the groundbreaking improv groups “Hold the Cream” and “Foxy, Fine and Funny.” Stand up venues include the World Famous Comedy Store, Ice House, and the Improv. Karen has toured with her award-winning one-woman comedy/inspirational show, “The V-05 Experience” and is having a ball making appearances in comedy and stage shows and hosting corporate and private events as her “altar” ego, Etta Mae Mumphries.

(FUN FACT!!!  Karen has appeared on several television games shows, and was the WINNING contestant on $25,000 Pyramid, Win Lose or Draw, Your Number’s Up, and Debt).

As a speaker, Karen is available as “Etta Mae” or herself, specializing in the topics of ENCOURAGEMENT, CLEAN COMEDY, FAITH, ADOPTION, SINGLE MOTHERHOOD and SINGLES.

FILM:
I AM SAM New Line Cinema (Jessie Nelson, Dir.)
SAYING GRACE Axium Films
LITTLE RICHARD – BUILT FOR SPEED20th Century Fox (Robert Townsend, Dir.)
LAST EXIT TO EARTH Concorde/New Horizon (Katt Shea, Dir.)
IN THE LINE OF DUTY: The Price of Vengeance Patchett/Kaufman (Dick Lowry, Dir.)
MURDER WITHOUT MOTIVE Len Hill Films (Kevin Hooks, Dir.)

TELEVISION:
FRANKLIN & BASH Co-Star TNT
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Guest Star HBO
RENO 911 Guest Star Comedy Central
THE PARKERS Guest Star UPN
GILMORE GIRLS Co-Star WB
WILL & GRACE Guest Star NBC
TALK SHOW DIARIES (Pilot) Guest Star UPN
GIRLFRIENDS Guest Star UPN
THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Co-Star FOX
BECKER Guest Star CBS
FAMILY GUY Voiceover/Recurring FOX
GOOD MORNING, MIAMI Co-Star NBC
SPY-TV Guest Star NBC
MOVIES AT OUR HOUSE Guest Star AMC
BOSTON COMMON Guest Star/Recurring NBC
TASHAVISION Guest Star/Recurring Oxygen
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS Series Regular Oxygen
NEW ATTITUDE Series Regular ABC
THE PARENT’HOOD Guest Star WB
THE JAMIE FOXX SHOW Guest Star WB
SISTER, SISTER Guest Star WB
THE SMART GUY Co-Star WB
THE SINGLE GUY Co-Star NBC

THEATRE (representative):
THE V-05 EXPERIENCE One-Woman Show United Int’l Solo Fest, NYC, HBO, etc.
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Lisa Harold Clurman Theatre, NYC
GROUNDLINGS SUNDAY COMPANY Sketch/Improv Groundlings Theatre, LA
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Cecily 24th Street Theatre, LA
ON THE VERGE Alexandra 24th Street Theatre, LA
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Helena NoHo Theatre, North Hollywood
VANITIES Joanne Complex Theatre, LA
FOXY, FINE & FUNNY Comedy TroupeComedy Store, Improv, Various
HOLD THE CREAM Comedy TroupeVarious
NEVA’S TALE Florence LATC
WINTER HARVEST Salome’ Theatre West, LA
PLAYWRIGHT’S PROJECT Various Music Center/Odyssey Theatre

TRAINING:
Improv/Sketch Comedy/Characters The Groundlings, Second City
Scene Study David Dean Bottrell
Workshop/Member Theatre West
Actor’s Lab/Scene Study Remi Aubuchon/Joanna Lipari
SKILLS: Improv, Characters, Dialects, Hosting, Stand-Up, Writing, Piano, Saxophone, Viola, Dance

Commercials: Including Trident, Century 21, ACE Hardware, Pepsi, Southwest Airlines (List available upon request)

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2 responses to “Resume/Press Kit

  1. Hi Karen. I just saw you on Pyramid. I recognized you immediately from your extensive body of work. Can’t wait for your next time on the big screen!

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