1. Sometimes being a goofball pays off! I have been asked to join the Funny or Die Community - a group of actors, writers and other creative types who regularly create funny content for the Interwebs. 

    Last month, my video “Single Girls on Valentine’s Day” was featured on the ForDie Valentine’s Playlist. You can expect to see more videos from me and my collaborators this month - including one video next week and another video around St. Paddy’s Day. 

    I’m excited for the opportunity to continue creating fun sketches in this  exciting forum!

     
  2. Hello friends, new and old… friends yet unmet, friends never to be made. Friends fake and friends genuine. People who were once my friend but whom I have unfollowed from Twitter (actually, I quit Twitter).

    This has been quite a year. Stuff has happened. (There are 8,760 hours in one year - it would be weird if no stuff happened.) Paul Walker died. So did that old guy who used to live on your street growing up… the one who gave out silver dollars on Halloween instead of candy and it pissed you off (even though a silver dollar is worth at least two full sized candy bars… What is the street value of one Fun Size Snickers? 15 cents?).  I had a dream that Nick Lachey died and I woke up believing it was true for like a week until I saw him walk into the restaurant I work at. He drank 3 red sangrias.

    Nick Lachey is alive, my friends. And so are you, if you are reading this. (Incidentally, I believe that ghosts can read. But we shall discuss that later.)

    I made a lot of videos in the latter part of this year. The one posted here is my Christmas video featuring me, Jeanne Taylor, Sean Edwards and JP Wohl. It’s weird and silly and (maybe) funny. Especially if you like phallic humour (I’m secretly a 10 year old boy).

    A sincere thank you goes out to all of you who watched my videos, attended my shows, read my blog or helped support my career endeavors in 2013. I am super lucky to have you in my life. 

    Please be on the lookout for my “New Year’s Resolution” sketch video later this week (it features the talent of Gina Brown, Maya Imani, Jack Frank and Thomas Meaney).

    In the meantime… Happy New Year!

     
     

  3. What nail art will you wear to your funeral?

    Ladies, I think we can all agree that nail art is the best. It’s beautiful. It’s quirky. It allows us to convey our style and our personality to the world around us.

    Unfortunately, we all will die. One day, you too will kick the bucket. You will never again enjoy the simple pleasures of a bubblebath, a mimosa or a Black Friday online sale. The Herve Leger dress you saved three paychecks to own will hang abandoned in the dust-collecting closet (unless you are gauche enough to wear that to your own funeral… gross.).

    "You can’t take it with you!" they say of these favorite worldly comforts. But NAIL ART - nail art, you can take with you! You can wear whatever kind of nails you want to the grave! But which design will you pick???!

    Such a tricky decision, choosing the last pair of nails you will ever wear. But it’s an important decision indeed. Let me walk you through the options.

    FAST FOOD NAILS.

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    Maybe you were unfortunate enough to pass away from a massive heart attack outside a combination KFC/Pizza Hut… or maybe you just really love Subway sandwiches. Either way, you can leave the world screaming “I died fat and I have Nails by Janet Riffe to prove it!”

    JESUS NAILS.

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    Whether you are devout Christian or you’re just hedging your bets - nothing says “Please God, take me to Heaven!” like a nice pair of Jesus and/or Mary nails. 

    EVERYTHING NAILS.

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    Can’t decide exactly what you want to put on your nails? That’s okay, just cover them with literally everything! Panda bears, donuts, sequins - nothing is off the table with this nail art. Show that HR lady who’s boss at your funeral by sporting these workplace inappropriate talons! Cuz you’re never going back to work again!

    LOUIS VUITTON NAILS.

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    Now, here is the point where some of you are going to say “Mackenzie, the thing that saddens me most about death is the realization that there is simply not enough space inside the grave for me to be buried alongside all of my designer purses.” Rest assured, I can TOTALLY relate. That’s why I recommend selecting Louis Vuitton nails for your final resting nails. It’s just like taking your favorite handbag with you! But also not like that at all.

    CHRISTMAS FOREVER NAILS.

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    Remember when you were a kid and you wanted it to be Christmas every day? Well now it can be, every day forever!

    IRONIC SKELETON NAILS.

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    Depressing or inspirational? You decide.

    What nails will you wear to your funeral? Let me know! mackenziehorras@gmail.com.

     
  4. I really love this video I made with my all-female improv and sketch group, Tiny Marbles!

    Girl Talk was my favorite game as a kid. The original version, made in 1988, was marketed as a “game of truth or dare.” The questions were oddly depressing (“Name one thing you don’t like about yourself.”) and the dares were appropriately mundane (“Put a cube of ice down your shirt and let it melt.”). The thing I love most about the game, especially in hindsight, is that had cryptic fortunetelling cards that said  things like “A girl named Cathy knows something about you that you don’t even know.” Or how about this: “While visiting a dude ranch your horse will bolt and you will be rescued by a ranch hand” —?

    Woah.

    I even remember the game’s commercial. The set-up, the lighting, the jingle - everything - is so clear in my head to this day.

    I really loved the idea of remaking the game Girl Talk for an adult crowd. All of the truths and the dares would seem so heightened when seen through the lens of grown-up responsibilities and challenges. When you contrast that heavy stuff with the lightness of a bunch of “girls” playing an innocent board game (complete with full ’90s wardrobe!) it’s super funny.

    The problem is, I couldn’t find the original 1988 Girl Talk ANYWHERE (not even on Ebay). All I could find was a 1992 remake. The whole game had been redesigned. The board layout and cards were different. No more cryptic fortunetelling cards (too many mothers must have complained to the company!) I watched  hundreds of vintage board game commercials online - no Girl Talk. 

    With the prospect of making a shot-by-shot remake a near impossibility, I moved ahead with my own version - Girl Talk re-imagined. I had a lot of help from the Marbles (Jen Drohan, Jeanne Taylor, Katie Nathan, Iselle Slome and Deidre Scott), our production designer Carrie Brownstein and our sound guy Daniel Raphael. John Highsmith shot the video and supplied original music - I think we pulled if off!

     
     
  5. Every group of hot girls has that “special” friend! Happy Halloween from your sexy friends at The Smoking Section!

    (Check out this video link and vote “funny” please!)

     
     

  6. It’s a big month for improv and sketch! In addition to my weekly gigs with Used To Be Babies at Neon Venus and #TheMartiniShot Second City, I’m pleased to announce that Tiny Marbles just booked two last-minute shows next week! Lady Jam is happening at The Clubhouse on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. We will also be playing at CAMP at The Clubhouse on Friday Sept. 20 at 11:30 p.m.

    Tiny Marbles’ Giant Hour returns Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m.

    Check out Tiny Marbles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TinyMarbles

    Tickets for #TheMartiniShot are available at: http://www.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=264145

     

  7. Used to Be Babies is hosting the 9 p.m. hour every Sunday at Neon Venus

    Used to Be Babies improv is now hosting the 9 p.m. hour every Sunday at Neon Venus Art Theatre. Come & check us out for free!

    7023 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

    www.neonvenustheatre.com

     

  8. I’m wrapping up the last two weeks of rehearsal for my Second City revue show, #TheMartiniShot,  and, I have to say, I’m pretty excited. The sketches are coming along great AND the addition of a spunky musical number has left me with a fun new hobby: tap dancing!

    I actually took tap dancing classes as a kid and I was disappointed to give up the activity when I moved on to college. As it turns out, there is a studio in Culver City that teaches adult tap on Saturday mornings and I’ve joined in the class. I’m enjoying the process so much AND we’re going to have a sweet recital in October.

    #TheMartiniShot previews are happening on Sunday nights until August 18 at 6:30 p.m. The show opens Monday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. More information is available at:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMartiniShot 

    and 

    http://www.mackenziehorras.com/news.html

     
  9. Check out this weird video Jeanne Taylor and I made! We play middle school history teachers who teach our lessons to the tune of popular rap songs. This song, “Crew Full of Rebels,” is set to the tune of Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools Full of Liquor.”

    (More to come.)

     
     

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    Summer has just started and I’m already having a ridiculous amount of fun! Between prepping my show at Second City, playing with my improv teams Used To Be Babies and Tiny Marbles, writing comedy and shooting a film, I’m feeling pretty pumped. (The glamorous and self-confident pic above is from the premiere of a great web series, “Child of the 70’s” written and produced by my friend - and Second City castmate - Michael Vaccaro.)

    This weekend, I begin filming The CoStar 2 - a by my good friend Jeanne Taylor, directed by Amy Scribner with DP Maurizio Dotto. The film features an amazing ensemble cast, including Joshua Fardon, Jen Ray, Eric Zuckerman, Kurt Carley and fellow Northwestern alum Jonquil Goode. The story is hilarious and I’m really luck to work with such a cool group of actors and crew! 

     

  11. I’ve been wanting to write something sincere for awhile but it’s been hard to find the time and the clarity of mind to do so. My recent past been unexpected. Exciting, busy, sad, challenging, fun, hopeful, painful… it’s all happening.

    It’s hard for me to acknowledge the “good” in my life when things are not exactly as I want it them be. As much as I want things to be easy, I’ve never wanted things to be easy. It’s more exciting to view my life as a series of problems to be solved than to accept the fact that it could all end tomorrow and this could be all I have.

    And what I’ve discovered is that “all I have” is a full fucking life. Loves to be had. Stories to be told. Lessons to be learned. Everything that happens to me, everyone I meet, everything I do, is the result of a choice. I’m on a path that I chose… it can be rough or it can be beautiful but it’s always just me. And that’s about as perfect as it gets.

    I am not totally comfortable with this feeling. On the contrary, I don’t think I have ever felt more stoic and pensive than I do right now. Important transitions are in effect and it’s fucking hard to sit still and do this work. 

    I know one thing, though.

    I will get everything I need in this life. So will you. You deserve every dream and every happiness.  The universe is a big place and there is enough for all of us. 

    If you love what you do, work hard at it. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re working hard enough, work harder. Don’t give anyone any reason to doubt you. Keep your head down.

    Not everyone is worthy of your energy so don’t just give it away. I don’t love easily and I think that’s okay. Keep it locked away until it’s all you can do but to explode. When you do fall in love, love HARD. Love unconditionally. Kill fear with love. It may not work. Do it anyway.

    Love what doesn’t love you back. 

    Love yourself. Stop judging. Fuck up as much as you want to. Let other people fuck up. Fuck up together. Don’t worry about the outcome, make a mess and never clean it up. You don’t need to know where you are going, just keep moving. You can’t control every outcome so don’t try to control anything.

    Only you can do what you do.

    Keep fighting. Maybe you are fighting for someone else and they don’t even know it. Keep fighting for them too. 

    I fucking believe in you.

     

  12. Tiny Marbles updates

    I’m excited to announce that Tiny Marbles was selected to perform in the 2013 I.O. West Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival! We’re peforming on Monday, June 3 in the 8:30 p.m. block at the I.O. West Loft.

    Tiny Marbles’ Giant Hour is also coming back on Thursday, June 27 at a new venue - THE CLUBHOUSE - 1107-A El Centro, Los Angeles, CA 90038. The Clubhouse is an awesomely fun new improv hub and we are so lucky to have a spot there. We will be going up at 10 p.m. the 4th Thursday of every month, right after Shapeshift and before The Eleventh Hour.

     

  13. Last night was my first show with my new Second City ensemble! Five of us are pictured below - we had so much fun! I can’t wait to spend about a thousand more hours with these guys.

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    Saturday night, I attended the screening of The Co-Star at the Women’s Independent Film Festival in Hollywood. The editor, Laura, Fisk, pictured here in the middle, did an exceptional job cutting the film and she is the MOST delightful person to hang out with! The Co-Star heads to both the Grand Rapids (MI) Film Festival and the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival in Palm Bay, FL this weekend.

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  14. I could not be more excited to announce that I have been cast in a performance ensemble at Second City Hollywood. My castmates and I begin rehearsing next week, under the tutelage of veteran SC director Katie Nahnsen. In about four months, we will launch a mainstage sketch show at Second City.

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the group of talented, supportive and generally amazing people. I look forward to the challenge of developing new characters and honing my comedic perspective in the unique and fabled Second City style… stay tuned!

     

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    April showers bring May flowers and Tiny Marbles is always down for a photo shoot! We have been rehearsing vigorously with our trusty coach Cissy in preparation for the triumphant return of our Thursday night show, Tiny Marbles’ Giant Hour (a setback with our venue has left us temporarily homeless but not to worry- we will be back again in no time)!

    In the meantime, I am now on a house team at Neon Venus Art Theatre. The first show for Used To Be Babies is Friday, May 3 at 11 p.m. We will be hosting shows the first and fourth Friday and Sunday of every month. All shows take place at Neon Venus Art Theatre so check the website for our schedule! www.neonvenusarttheatre.com