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Ani Martirosyan is our Laner of the Week!

Ani Martirosyan

Ani is one of our go-to Chicago Laners. Ani has been such a great addition to the ML team. She joined the team two years ago and has consistently brought great energy to every activation! She likes being a brand ambassador because she enjoys meeting new, interesting people, attending events, learning more about the city and about herself. Ani followed up with, “for example, while working for Lavazza there is so much I have learned about coffee. Good coffee. I don’t think I will be able to feel the same way about just any coffee product. There is so much history to it, it’s fascinating!”

Outside the Lane Ani is an actress. She currently works as a stand-in for Chicago Fire TV show. Ani describes herself as a “highly functioning introvert who is obsessed with literature.” You can find her with a good book and some great Italian food! 

Blue vs Yellow?

Blue

What famous person would you want to meet?

Johnny Depp

What is your spirit animal and why?

Cat! I would like to believe I am just as independent as those gracious and capricious animals, who are very loyal to the ones they find worthy.

Best pick up line you’ve heard?

“My friends wife is also Armenian. Would you be my Armenian wife?” Way too many, hard to choose one. This is one of the recent ones.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor would play you?

Jim Carrey

Favorite restaurant/ best item on the menu?

Italian food!

Favorite movie/ why?

Amelie. I relate to the main character a lot.

What character have you always wanted to play?

Badass spy!

Favorite 90s jam

What Is Love

What made you smile today?

I am easily amused… A latte with a heart art on top made me smile

Celebrity crush

Monica Belucci

Morning or night person?

Both!

What’s your hidden talent?

I can find a song for every word!

Most embarrassing moment

I am a very clumsy person so embarrassing moments happen every day.

What flavor ice cream would you be and why?

Raspberry sorbet, actually! IT IS THE BEST

Best thing that happened to you this week

My baby sister’s kindergarten graduation ceremony!

Nikki Walla is our Laner of the Week!

Nikki Walla Nikki Walla

Nichole Walla is our #Laner of the Week. She recently joined our LA team and has hit the ground running. Nikki has quickly become one of the our core LA Laners. She is currently working a continuous pop up gig in Venice. Nikki’s favorite part about being on the Lane is all the amazing people she’s met working here.

Outside the Lane Nikki is a burlesque dancer, fashion designer, and a flight attendant on private jets. She also teaches children how to sew. You can check out her design work at Darling Nikki Burlesque and on her instagram @darlingnikkiburlesque. When asked about herself, Nikki said, “I’m not short, I’m fun-sized. I love cigars, sushi, scotch & TMNT. I enjoy cardio barre, traveling and everything about football season.”

Blue vs Yellow?

Yellow

What famous person would you want to meet?

Will Ferrell

What is your spirit animal and why?

Iris Apfel because her style is out of this world.

Best pick up line you’ve heard?

If you were a booger I’d pick you first.

Wanna go bowling? I thought it might be right up your alley.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor would play you?

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Favorite restaurant/ best item on the menu?

Sugarfish….order the Nozawa with Ryo saki

Favorite movie/ why?

Grandma’s Boy because I literally laugh out loud when I watch it even though I have seen it a million times! *adios turd nuggets

What character have you always wanted to play?

Stormer from Jem or a mermaid

Favorite 90s jam

Semi-charmed Life by Third Eye Blind

Something that made you smile today

Sleeping in and eating mac n cheese for breakfast

Celebrity crush

Cillian Murphy & Matt bomer

Your best halloween costume?

Mr & Mrs potato head

Morning or night person?

Night owl

What’s your hidden talent?

I am double jointed in 4 fingers

What would you do with 15 minutes of fame?

Take a tropical vacation and runaway from it

Most embarrassing moment

A bird pooped on my head while I was at work

What flavor ice cream would you be and why?

Peppermint because it tastes like Christmas and I am part elf.

Best thing that happened to you this week

I met Rider Strong aka Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World. My inner 10 year was in love!

What time period would you visit in history?

The 60’s! I am a rock n roll hippie and I enjoy wearing flowers in my hair on the daily.

Who do you look up to the most and why?

Everyone because they are taller than me 😉

Shira Math is our Laner of the Week!

Shira Math

Shira Math is originally from Philadelphia and currently residing in NYC. After graduating Temple University with her Bachelors of Science in public health, Shira decided to take a break from the medical field to pursue her true purpose and passion, dance. Since moving to NYC Shira has completed Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester with a concentration in Hip Hop.

While in the city Shira found a home at Mustard Lane. She has been on the Lane for about 9 months and has quickly become one of our core Laners. Shira is hardworking and has high energy on every job.  Shortly after joining, Shira began working at one of our longest activations, a pop up in NYC that extended over several months. She’s now our go-to girl for early morning shifts…we always know she’ll be there on time and with a smile! 

Outside the Lane, Shira is a professional dancer. She loves all styles of hip hop (popping, locking, top rock, waacking, house, and street jazz) as well as all Latin styles! She often performs as a backup dancer and dances for a lot of film work including TV shows, commercials, music videos, and movies! You can check out her website or her Facebook page to learn more about her dance career.

Fun Fact:

Shira is a triplet!

What do you love about the lane?

I love the support ML gives the entire team 24/7 . And I love the people I work with!

Blue vs Yellow?

Blue

What famous person would you want to meet?

Rainn Wilson

What is your spirit animal and why?

An Elephant! They are playful, loving, and loyal.

Best pick up line you’ve heard?

That is a hysterical question! Probably, “Did it hurt? you know….. when you fell from heaven?”

If a movie was made about your life, what actor would play you?

Jennifer Lopez!

Favorite restaurant/ best item on the menu?

Anywhere that has chocolate…… anything chocolate.

Favorite movie?

Wedding Crashers

What character have you always wanted to play?

Missy Elliot and Beyonce’s backup dancer

Favorite 90s jam

Nas feat Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled The World

Something that made you smile today

Spending time with my roommates

Morning or night person?

Night

Who do you look up to the most and why?

My grandmother, she is a holocaust survivor and after being freed and immigrating to America she created a beautiful life, career, and family. She helped pave the way for the life I have been blessed with. She inspires me to have a relentless will, limitless love, and strong work ethic.

The Usual Rejects: A Q&A with Deven Anderson

We had the opportunity to sit down with Deven Anderson, the Director of The Usual Rejects. He handles all the creative forces behind the show which includes late nights writing content and making costumes/ props out of cardboard boxes. Deven’s close friend and Co-creator, Kirk Gostkowski handles all things business for the Usual Rejects. The group began in December 2014 and has grown exponentially ever since. 

Saturday, May 13th, The Usual Rejects will be preforming in Long Island at The Cradle of Aviation Museum IMAX Theatre for an awesome 80’s themed night. You can check out all the details on their website or their Facebook Page. Throw them a like, for the love of God, It’s a just one friggin’ click.

What inspired you to start The Usual Rejects?

A top notch Alan Rickman impression and a life long dream to bring Die Hard to the stage.

How did you and Kirk come up with the idea to start Usual Rejects?

Kirk and I were standing in line for a Haunted House at Six Flags and he mentioned wanting to do a reading of Die Hard as a part of the Christmas Holiday Event series at his theatre (the Chain Theatre). He specifically brought me on board because I rock a pretty bitchin’ Alan Rickman impression. After sitting down and talking out the show, we realized that there was something much more there. 

What’s the significance of the name?

The name is Kirk’s baby. We were very much going for a play on words surrounding a popular movie, as well as something that captured our group vibe. 

What was the turn out of the first show and how has it grown?

We had a small house for our first show, maybe 25 people but the reaction was HUGE. 

There was an immediate encouragement from everyone to push forward. “Whats your next show gonna be? What movie will you choose?” We all went to a bar that night and wrote a list of like 30 movies we would love to bring to life onstage. “Let’s do the movie Twister and you’ll play the Tornado!” “Let’s do Road House and replace the part of Kelly Lynch with a blow-up doll!”

In a similar vein, what was the first show like and how has it evolved?

Every show we get bigger. Sound cues, crazy elaborate visual sequences, countless bad impressions and more cardboard props than you’ve ever seen. Yeah, I’m a dumpster diver…It’s what it takes to bring a proper alien to the stage…I also may or may not know a Home Depot manager by name…ok, it’s Harold and he gets me. 

We found that we had followers, people who have invested themselves in our shows. True die hard fans and friends for life so we began bringing inside jokes into each show. We found jokes coming back from previous scripts – I proudly admit a purple dildo manages to make it into every show. I like the challenge of sitting down in front of my computer and thinking “How can I fit a dildo into Back to the Future?”

Where do you see yourself/ Usual Rejects in 2 years?

Performing at New York Comic Con and then being asked to never come back to New York Comic Con.

How do you market for upcoming shows?

Social Media, Facebook, word of mouth and those “Here is what you should be doing in NYC this weekend” websites. I bug the shit out of people to come. I also blackmail people to come – oh yes…I’ll tell everyone.

What do you love about it?

I get to take your favorite films that meant the world to you when you were a kid – AND MAKE FUN OF THEM IN FRONT OF YOU – and to top if off your laughing at it the whole time. Well, jokes on you, there’s only one idiot here – and it’s me.

How does Mustard Lane support your outside endeavors?

ML has been huge. “Hey, I need to take 2 weeks off to write my play about talking cheetahs.” “Sounds great! See you in 2 weeks.” Then when I manage to put up “Talking Cheetahs: An in Depth Look Into a Spotty World” and everyone I know from the Lane is right there front row! Most likely grimacing or shaking their heads ‘no’ Deven.

Who do you look up to for business advice?

I think we’ve established that I don’t really care for the business end. I mean I do…care…about business-ey things but I’m more inspired by whatever makes you laugh. Did you laugh when you saw that fat guy carrying a tray full of Chick-Fil-a fall down a hill? Then that fat guy is my hero.

Do you work with anyone you’ve met on the Lane? If so, who and what do you guys do together?

I worked with Brandon Hughes on several Usual Rejects shows. Brandon and I also went to acting school together. Since then we’ve collaborated on several projects outside of the Rejects including several short films.

What’s your best advice for someone who wants to start a business?

Every problem thrown at you from day one is an opportunity to prove your company’s metal.

Bio: Deven Anderson

From the Midwest. I’m everything your mom loves in a guy and then some. Outdoorsy kinda guy. By outdoorsy I mean I like to drink on the patio. I owned a plant once, and that didn’t go well at all. If I were an object I would be carpet – I hate getting stepped on but enjoy getting laid. Humor is a must. If you can’t laugh at yourself I probably will. How are your standards? Hope they’re low. This is for Tinder, right?

Gabrielle Harker is our Laner of the Week!

Gabrielle Harker

Gabrielle Harker is originally from Merchanicsburg, PA. She grew up in a close-knit family and discovered her passion for theatre at a young age. She channelled her energy into theatre and performed in her first production at the age of eight! After that, she went on the perform in several productions and eventually decided to attend Coastal Carolina University for her B.F.A in Musical Theatre.

Since graduating in 2015 Gabby has settled in NYC and has become a core Laner! She joined the Lane in September of 2015 and has since worked countless activations. Her favorite event was working with Showtime Sports for a Boxing Match. Gabby said, “It was incredibly fun and I loved the rush of the crowd. I had never been to a boxing match before!” The girls got to launch Tshirts into the crowd and had a blast doing it!

When asked about her experience working on the Lane, Gabby stated, “I love that each event is different and exciting. It keeps things fresh and fun! Also, I LOVE meeting new people and connecting with fellow Laners. It is such a great group of people and I’m guaranteed to have a good time!”

Outside the Lane, Gabby is a professional actress! This summer she will be heading to Pennsylvania to perform in a production of Disney’s Newsies! She also tours the country singing with the USO Show Troupe. This amazing group is made up of performers who entertain our active military and their loved ones all over the world. In addition, Gabby also loves cooking, DIY projects, traveling and brunching!

Blue vs Yellow?

Yellow

If a movie was made about your life, what actor would play you?

Ellie Kemper/ young Jennifer Aniston

Favorite restaurant/ best item on the menu?

Opai Thai and Taco Bell. Shrimp Pad Thai and Crunchwrap Supreme

Favorite movie/ why?

Titanic. It’s a classic. And I fell in love with Leo

What character have you always wanted to play?

Elphaba in Wicked. Cliché I know….

Favorite 90s jam

Anything by the Spice Girls. Especially Wannabe

Something that made you smile today

The two little boys that I babysit! Such little bundles of joy 🙂

Celebrity crush

Hugh Jackman

Your best Halloween costume?

A piñata

Morning or night person?

NIGHT. All the way

What’s your hidden talent?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden 🙂 haha

What would you do with 15 minutes of fame?

Thank my parents for everything! And belt my face off.

Most embarrassing moment

My pants fell off on stage!

What time period would you visit in history?

The roaring 20s!

What’s the longest word you know? (NO GOOGLING)

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Who do you look up to the most and why?

My parents. They are both wonderful role models and I aspire to be as loving, hard-working, and supportive as they are.