Carla Cackowski is an actor and writer currently living in the mostly fun city of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of The Second City LA, Upright Citizens Brigade, and iO West (formerly Improv Olympic) and has played on mainstage improv teams at all three theaters. She toured the Caribbean, Canada, Alaska, and Europe performing with The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has performed in lots of festivals, like — the San Fran Sketchfest, Out of Bounds Comedy Fest (Austin, TX), Phoenix Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon (NYC), United Solo Fest NYC, Hollywood Fringe Festival, and L.A. Improv Festival. Carla has written and performed five solo shows in the past five years that have toured L.A.’s theater circuit. Her monologues have been published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS (A division of Hal Leonard). She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. Most recently, Carla wrote twenty six episodes of “Lishy Lou and Lucky Too”, an adorable show that aired on PBS Kids as part of the Emmy award winning The Friday Zone. Carla is also a member of the theater company, The Solo Collective, a group of five unique solo performance artists based out of Los Angeles.
November 19, 2018
Paul F. Tompkins welcomes friends (old and new) back to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is actress Vella Lovell of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! Vella chats about which celebrity she would like to die in the arms of, the movie Hook, and being a kid watching TV trying to not get caught watching something she shouldn’t have. Then, they are joined by improvisers Kimia Behpoornia, Edgar Momplaisir, and Carla Cackowski, to improvise a story set in Grandma’s Kitchen. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!
October 23, 2017
Paul F. Tompkins arrives a bit late but just on time to welcome everyone to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is Ana Ortiz of Devious Maids! They chat about at what moment did Ana feel the most adult, hookers breaking into her apartment in Philadelphia, and her experiences being thrown out of bars. Then, they are joined by improvisers Carla Cackowski, Eugene Cordero, and Ryan Gaul, to improvise a story set at South Street Philadelphia. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!
October 3, 2016
Paul F. Tompkins welcomes every single person on Earth and in space to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest is hilarious actor/improviser Eugene Cordero of Other Space and Kong: Skull Island! They chat whether silent films had to be pitched in the ’20s, what was behind Eugene’s childhood fear of heights, and ’90s R&B. Paul is then joined by Tim Baltz, Carla Cackowski, and Amanda Lund to improvise a story set in a Warehouse. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!
See Spontaneanation LIVE at the Now Hear This Festival on October 30th & at Largo on November 5th! Get your tickets at paulftompkins.com/live!
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August 15, 2016
Paul F. Tompkins welcomes all who who hear his disembodied voice to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest is Kristian Bruun of Orphan Black! They chat about whose hair he’d like to find in his soup, his childhood crush on a Jurassic Park star, and sneakily smoking “darts” during his military school days. Paul is then joined by Carla Cackowski, Gary Anthony Williams, and Jean Villepique to improvise a story set in The King of Prussia Mall, The Biggest Mall in America on Opening Weekend. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!
This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, Leesa.com, Seeso, and the Now Hear This Podcast Festival.
April 18, 2016
Paul F. Tompkins is making the most of every welcome and is pleased to welcome you all back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is stand-up comedian Margaret Cho! They chat about what tattoo Margaret would get if she had to get one within the hour, visiting the White House, and the history of The Bishop Don “Magic” Juan. Paul is then joined by Carla Cackowski, Brandon Johnson, and Chris Tallman to improvise a story set in Los Feliz, Karen’s House, 1997. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano! SPONTANEANATION LIVE returns to Largo on Saturday, June 4th, with special guest Robyn Hitchcock! Tickets are available now: bit.ly/SPONT616
February 15, 2016
Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone who took the time to stream, download, or overhear SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Midroll CEO and The Wolf Den host Adam Sachs! They chat about baseball, how much brain space is needed to know three languages, and “the rules of the road” in India. Paul is then joined by Carla Cackowski, Craig Cackowski, and Little Janet Varney to improvise a story set in a Pediatrician’s Office. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!
There’s no live Spontaneanation at Largo next month, but you can still see Paul there on Saturday March 5th, along with Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter and Mark McConville as they celebrate the Superego Podcast’s 10th Anniversary! Join the good doctors as they welcome special guests (friends old and new to a very special live performance. The early show’s already sold out, but you can still get tickets to the late show!