Introducing — Camille Solari, Comedian/Writer/Director!
Where are you from?
I am orginally from Boston, Massachusetts. I’m a Masshole. However, my mother’s side of the family is French Canadian so I spent summers there and have a dual citizenship.
How did you get your start in comedy?
I was a late bloomer to stand-up comedy. I had already been on Comedy Central several times as a writer and performer but not stand-up. A few year back, I did a comedy showcase at The Comedy Store and landed a comedy manager — a few years later, I became a regular at The Laugh Factory, and then after that I showcased for “The Arsenio Hall Show” and landed my first late night TV spot. After that, my career blossomed and I was headlining around the world. Arsenio coined me as the first comedienne in history to do stand-up while being pregnant (and showing) on late night television, and called my act “Camille Solari and her Future Child.” That child, my daughter Charlie, was truly my muse. I created at TV pilot called “Charlie” starring my real-life daughter and it was about a little girl and her dog who solve neighborhood problems with the help of her animal friends while her comedian mother (played by me) discovers the perils and pitfalls of being a new mom. It was picked up by Roku and now Amazon Prime and we are in season 7.
Tell us about your New Zealand show “Kiwis Coming Home”?
My husband is from New Zealand, and my second child Blade was actually born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Because of Covid we left LA immediately when it started and moved to New Zealand. Those weeks turned into months which turned into a year and half. At that time there was no Covid, many New Zealanders were returning home, even celebrity Kiwis. I pitched the show and the show got picked up by one of the main New Zealand Networks. I shot the series for the past year. I would go around New Zealand and interview celebrities who came back home to New Zealand. It will be released by Amazon Prime internationally.
What inspires you?
My family inspires me — Charlie, Blade,my husband Hamish, and our dog Rocky (he’s a Boston Terrier) they mean the world to me.
What is the hardest part of being a comedian during Covid?
I had a different experience. We left LA two weeks into the pandemic and I got to continue a normal life headlining in New Zealand. It’s very different there, I had to change my act a bit, it took me a second to understand the Kiwi crowd. I moved Charlie the series to New Zealand and I got to host and direct Kiwis Come Home. I headlined once a month on a show I created called “The Secret Lives of Comedians” at a swanky lounge in Christchurch called Austin’s Club.
What are your overall career goals?
It’s time to put out a comedy special, I was planning to shoot it in New Zealand when I get back there next year. I would like to direct more TV projects and I have my eye on a feature I would like to direct. I did a series called, Lost In Regina, that I wrote, directed and acted in with a lot of well known comedians. I would like to see that series on a good network. I plan to get nominated for an Emmy. I try every year, we get close, soon…
For interviews, casting, or questions:
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