OOB Interview: Lilan and Wilder

A comedy festival wouldn’t be complete without some West Coast talent. And this year’s Out of Bounds features a few fantastic L.A. acts—including today’s interviewees, Lilan and Wilder. This sketch duo performs regularly at UCB L.A., which means YesAndrew.com is very jealous of them. Lilan Bowden and Wilder Smith, on top of having names that belong in an O. Henry story,  are just a hoot. A hoot-and-a-half. TWO HOOTS! These funny ladies will bring their high-energy and big characters (and maybe a few wigs?) to their show on Friday, August 30, at The Hideout Theatre. Enjoy the wisdom of…

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Lilan and Wilder (in incorrect order).

Lilan and Wilder

Why did you decide to submit to Out of Bounds?
We love doing comedy and so far have only had the opportunity to do it in Los Angeles. We are STOKED for our first Out-of-Town show at Out-of-Bounds!

What do you know about the Austin improv scene?
Our LA friends who have done the festival before say it’s super fun and it rocks. We are looking forward to it rocking.

What act/show are you most looking forward to seeing at OOB?
We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Austin-based groups, and a show we always love is the UCB Maude Team “New Money.” They kill every time.

What workshops, if any, do you plan on taking while at OOB?
We’re too poor for workshops! We barely made it to Austin! Next year!

How would you describe your show to someone who’s never seen live improv/sketch?
Lilan and Wilder’s Best Day Ever is a high energy comedy sketch show including but not limited to embarrassing scenarios, superhero capes, corsets, and attempted breakdancing. It’s a show about two best gal-pals who hardly know they’re ladies.

How would you describe your show to your grandmother?
It’s really fun, Grandma! Be warned, it does have some sexy stuff in it, but it’s not too bad. You’re a cool grandma so I think you’ll like it.

If you were to accomplish one big goal in your OOB performance, what would it be?
We’re aiming to make Texas laugh their butts off. And then put them back on so they can laugh them off again. All the butts should be fully off by the time we’re done.

Why do you perform the format you do? Why not some other format?
We love sketch comedy because we’re pretty animated and weird in everyday life without meaning to be. It’s a medium that suits us well.

If you had to sum up your troupe’s “sketch philosophy” in 20 words or less, what would it be?
The only choice is the fun choice.

Lilan and Wilder in correct order.

Lilan and Wilder in correct order.

How do you know if you had a good show?
If we unconsciously dance in the end blackout a little or if we unconsciously open our arms wide then we do our thank-yous, as if we want to hug the audience. Those are both good signs we know we rocked it.

When your OOB show is over, what will y’all do?
We are going to explore Austin like two kids in a candy shop, and probably see if we can hit up any candy shops.

[Candy, eh? Well, in Austin, may we recommend this fantastic candy shop?]

What’s the funniest line, taken completely out of context, that’s been said during one of your troupe’s shows?
“Everyone answers the questions, everyone gets the birth control.”

Why should a complete stranger who’s reading this interview come see your show?
Oh man, you’ll really love us. Be warned, it does have some sexy stuff in it, but not in the way you’d think. And we hit each other in the head with frying pans. What’s not to love? And if you wanna say hi afterwards and don’t know how to pronounce our names, it’s “LEE-lawn” and “Wilder” as in Gene Wilder. Yes, we’re both girls.

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Lilan and Wilder bring the heat at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 30, at The Hideout upstairs theater. Get your tickets here.

And you can like Lilan and Wilder on Facebook.

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